Review: DJ Yoda, “Fabriclive.39”

DJ Yoda
Fabric Records

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

UK turntablist star DJ Yoda is known for his “How to Cut and Paste” mixtapes and crazy, genre-blurring eclecticism. But on his 70-minute Fabriclive.39 set, he initially stumbles with muddled mixes of Violent Femmes’ “Blister in the Sun” and Ice Cube’s “Jackin’ for the Beats.” After an awkward few tracks, though, he clears the cobwebs with the Hot 8 Brass Band’s unexpectedly touching cover of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing,” and the rest of the disc finds him flying through jaw-dropping blends of Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison,” Bonde Do Role’s “Marina Gasolina,” Run-DMC’s “It’s Tricky” and other party-rocking favorites. Despite a bumpy start, Fabriclive.39’s overall excellence confirms DJ Yoda’s stellar reputation.

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