Listening to Wanna Buy a Monkey? is like listening in on one of music's most eclectic, if not genre-bending, producers as he creates his own personal mixtape.

Listening to Wanna Buy a Monkey? is like listening in on one of music's most eclectic, if not genre-bending, producers as he creates his own personal mixtape. Dan the Automator—known for his participation in such acts as Handsome Boy Modeling School, Gorillaz, Dr. Octagon, and Deltron 3030, among others—is a true musical innovator whose varied musical tastes form the sturdy foundation for this 16-track set. From Brand Nubian to Tortoise, Dan has the ability to bring together such acts as Doves and Bobby Digital (aka the RZA) in an effortless manner (and mix). He also (wisely) gives himself a pat on the back by including tracks from three of his projects: Lovage, Deltron 3030, and Gorillaz. Other highlights on the hip-hop heavy set include Zero 7's "Destiny" and De La Soul's "Bionix."—RH