Cut Chemist (Ozomatli, Jurassic 5) drops the needle on this short-but-brutal four-track Madman EP: 18 minutes of sample-based bangers, as feverish and brain-thumping as Kendrick Lamar's gritty turn on this year's DAMN." /> CUT CHEMIST: MADMAN EP | L.A. RECORD

CUT CHEMIST: MADMAN EP

November 5th, 2017 | Album reviews

Cut Chemist
Madman EP
The Content Label

Ahead of his slated 2018 full-length, famed producer and DJ Cut Chemist (Ozomatli, Jurassic 5) drops the needle on this short-but-brutal four-track Madman EP: 18 minutes of sample-based bangers, as feverish and brain-thumping as Kendrick Lamar’s gritty turn on this year’s DAMN. “BADLANDS” is the most nuanced selection, beginning with an ominous symphonic prelude of cello and timpani before disintegrating into a bruising Bonham-esque cacophany of stubborn kick drum and pastoral cymbal crash. “WAR IN PIECES” (featuring the crushing Deantoni Parks) is the most sample-heavy track on the album, announcing itself as a devotee of The Bomb Squad with a garbled record scratch and a Terminator X-worthy proclamation before dropping into an 808 beat and anthemic samples. It all recalls a simpler time—when our music players needed batteries and the most inspired among us walked with panthers.

—Kegan Pierce Simons