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Sunday, January 09, 2005

RATATAT - MIXTAPE 

Album: Mixtape
Artist: Ratatat
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Remember when the mp3 for Cherry first came out? Everyone downloaded it and thought the album would be great. Finally in 2004, Ratatat released their self titled CD. It was a delicate mix Evan Mast's pulsing electronic beats and synths, and Mike Stroud's pumping guitars. The beats were fantastic, and for months the CD became the soundtrack to my life. The only negative I had (and that was only if I was really looking) with the CD was that by the end of the album, I found that some of the beats blended into each other and sounded too similar.

This next release takes care of that. Ratatat leaked some remixes they made for some heavy hitters in the hip-hop community. Normally, I can't stand Missy "Miss-make-me-hurl when she talks about sex" Elliot, but their remix of hot was just that. The new cd-r, "the Mixtape" has some of the biggest names in rap (Missy, Kanye, Raekwon & Ghost, Meth, Dizzee Rascal and Jay-Z). Their unique beats add a lot to already strong tracks. "Keep 'em High" featuring Kanye, Talib and Common is one of the strongest, and since Kanye could shit on the mic and people would think it was Christmas in July, it will probably be playing in clubs for white dudes in striped polos to freak too by the end of summer. The beat bangs on Dizzee Rascal's "Fix Up, Look Sharp" and the catchy guitar riff they add to Rae & Ghost's "Cutting Up" is addictive. They include some Lox, and G-Unit, as well as some freestyles by the Brooklyn Zoo and Meth to make sure the mix has something for anyone. Head over to their Website and snatch this up... NOW!

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