Z-Trip 'Gears' Up For Debut CD

"Shifting Gears" features collaborations with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington ("Walking Dead") and Public Enemy's Chuck D ("Shock and Awe").

DJ Z-Trip's long-delayed debut album, "Shifting Gears," will finally hit stores April 26 via Hollywood. The artist, best known for the inventive mash-ups heard on his underground mix CD "Uneasy Listening Vol. 1," reportedly faced considerable obstacles in clearing all the desired samples for the 15-song set.

"Shifting Gears" features collaborations with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington ("Walking Dead") and Public Enemy's Chuck D ("Shock and Awe"). Underground rappers Aceyalone and Mystic appear on "Everything Changes," while Murs and Supernatural rap on the unabashedly silly "Breakfast Club" (sample lyric: "I love Count Chocula / when I'm watching my cartoons").

First single "Listen to the DJ" featuring Jurassic 5's Soup was unveiled last summer via the in-game soundtrack to Electronic Arts' "Madden NFL 2005." Other acts sprinkled throughout the album include Lyrics Born, Whipper Whip, Luke Sick and Busdriver.

As previously reported, Z-Trip's remix of the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" is tipped for inclusion on "Motown Remixed," which the label will release March 29.

Here is the track list for "Shifting Gears":

"Intro"
"Listen to the DJ" featuring Soup
"All About the Music" featuring Whipper Whip
"The Get Down" featuring Lyrics Born
"About Face"
"Furious"
"Take Two Copies" featuring Busdriver
"For My People" featuring Supernatural
"Bury Me Standing" featuring Luke Sick
"Breakfast Club" featuring Murs and Supernatural
"3rd Gear"
"Everything Changes" featuring Aceyalone and Mystic
"Walking Dead" featuring Chester Bennington
"Shock and Awe" featuring Public Enemy
"Revolution (STR parts 1 + 2)"