REVIEW: Day’s “Land Of 1000 Chances”

DJ Day photo Day_cover_zpsa2b8bb36.jpg DJ Day has been making a great set of music over the years but now, presenting himself simply as Day, he is taken on the album route with the fantastic Land Of 1000 Chances (Piecelock 70).

What I like about it is that throughout these songs, you hear someone with a great ear for music, slicing up soul, funk, jazz, and whatever records he feels like chopping and cutting up. It’s not just the same loops or the sounds most are familiar with, but it’s like looking into a cookbook for the first time and going “what is this? I have no idea but it feels good, I’m going to try it.” His use of vocal samples are quite nice and what works for me is not only its outer dialogue that holds the entire album together, but its inner dialogue that comes from not only the lyrics, but how the samples correspond to one another. This technique is not only within the same song, but from song to song, so by the time the album is finished, one feels like you just went through a novel of sorts, along the lines of a DJ Shadow or RJD2, and with the loose funkiness of a Cut Chemist.

Land Of 1000 Chances is not an album made by someone who simply knows the funky parts, and wanted to string it together. There is something in these songs that are quite remarkable, although that something will not surface upon first listening. It will take repeat listens to get a full grasp of that inner dialogue. If this is not a novel, it’s a very good novella and I’m glad someone like Day allows himself to be sonically literal. He understands the guidelines, but this album represents him driving on the wrong side of the road every now and then. A pleasure? It is.

(The vinyl pressing of Land Of 1000 Chances can be ordered directly from PL70.net.)

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