This year, mix-tape DJs finally received mainstream recognition.
This year, mix-tape DJs finally received mainstream recognition. However, the problem with mix tapes is that, typically as a result of featuring a host of different artists, the DJ's vision gets lost in the process. That is clearly not the case with producer/DJ Mark Ronson's Elektra debut, "Here Comes the Fuzz." In fact, this sounds more like a proper artist album than a DJ-driven set (though its party atmosphere is in full effect). Having produced for Nikka Costa and remixed for Jay-Z and Moby, among others, Ronson knows how to properly put together a complete set. Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg and Trife take it to the old school on the breakbeat-inspired "Ooh Wee." Ronson also mines Southern-fried blues with the Nappy Roots and Anthony Hamilton on "Bluegrass Stain'd." The title track may be the set's most interesting offering. The unlikely combination of Freeway and Costa mixes hip-hop, funk and rock with stellar results. This one is a must-have.—RH