It’s been 11 years since the last proper DJ Food album but alas, he’s returning with his distinctive break-beat sound deep into the 21st century with his forthcoming LP, The Search Engine. Collectively, the album features everything from outer space inspired soul samples to jazzy jungle beats, moody interludes and up-tempo anthems. “Sentinel (Shadow Guard)” stands out for its progressive fusion of hip-hop breaks and the more contemporary electro sounds of Dada Life or Boys Noize. The song opens with an inconspicuous and delicate string melody, but begins building steam as a heavier guitar riff struts in. The buildup pivots around a hard hitting cymbal, where the floor falls out and the growling bass-guitar riff takes center stage. In other words, it’s a nice slice of where DJ Food’s at in 2012.
The Search Engine arrives February 12 via Ninja Tune.DJ Food - Sentinel (Shadow Guard)