DJ Smash – The Party Platter is one of the most genuine release from legendary DJ Smash. His sound and style brings a breath of fresh air to music. His DJ and turntablist skills are desirable. Hip hop meets acid jazz on this album of his. That makes perfect sense and is not surprising since is a New Breed release. You know, New Breed Records, “New Breed a new generation of sound”. He puts his own spin on this album by using and incorporating different styles of music. Highlights for this album include Bassanova, Moodulator, Jumpin’ Ritmo, and Gettin’ Dizzy.
Bassanova is mixture of bossanova jazz and hip hop. This style of jazz follows a different beat than your typical jazz. This song follows the syncopation of traditional samba. You can feel and hear a Nujabes vibe when you listen to this song.
Moodulator uses such a calm relaxing keyboard which fits in with the rhymes sounds and rhythm. This tune will have your head nodding. His puts his own spin on this quality music. The beats are super thick. Jazz meets hip hop on Moodulator.
Jumpin’ Ritmo uses a hodgepodge of hip hop breakbeats and electronic jazz breaks. The breaks are what make this song memorable.
You can hear a drum kit over hip hop breakbeats on Say Ow. This is one of the more hip hop oriented cuts on the album. DJ Smash seemed to have been influenced by the sounds of James Brown, Little Richard, and Simply Red which is why you hear random funk breaks all over the place on Say Ow. The guitar gives away the funk.
DJ Smash puts down his own jazzy touches and composition over hip hop beats on the song Gettin’ Dizzy. He also blended in an incorporation of trip hop to give the song a try vibe nonetheless. Those beats and jazzy sounds make the song memorable.
Lounge Mode uses a laid back lounge jazz sound perfect for the lounge or a nightclub. The song follows some jazzy beats. Overall this song is an underrated gem.
Daktari uses a fusion of tribal house and breakbeats. Notice the Afrocentric beats DJ Smash uses. Say Ow is a funky upbeat uptempo hip hop song where funk meets hip hop.
I rate this album 5/5*****!!