Cannibal Ox ‎– The Cold Vein

Def Jux ‎– DJX07-2
CD, Album

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1 Iron Galaxy
Turntables – J Fluid*
2 Ox Out The Cage
Featuring [Uncredited] – El-P
3 Atom
Featuring – Alaska (3), Cryptic*Turntables – DJ Cip One
4 A B-Boys Alpha
Turntables – paWl (2)
5 Raspberry Fields 4:01
6 Straight Off The D.I.C. 4:17
7 Vein 4:27
8 The F-Word 5:27
9 Stress Rap
Turntables – DJ Cip One
10 Battle For Asgard
Featuring – C-Rayz Walz, L.I.F.E. Long
11 Real Earth
Turntables – DJ Cip One
12 Ridiculoid
Featuring – El-P
13 Painkillers 5:58
14 Pigeon 6:10
15 Scream Phoenix 5:05

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Recorded at Def Jux except 1, 6 & 14 recorded at Ozone.
1, 6 & 14 mixed at Ozone.
2, 9, 11, 12 & interludes mixed at Def Jux.
5, 7, 8, 10 & 15 mixed at Greene Street Recording.
3, 4 & 13 mixed at The Cutting Room.
Mastered at the Lodge.

Track 15 is an unlisted track.

© 2001 Def Jux

© 2001 Def Jux Recordings, ℗ Def Jux Recordings.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 00308 88242 3
  • Barcode (String): 600308882423
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, 2): DJX00007RP1
  • Matrix / Runout (Moulded, Reversed - Variant 1): 1-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Moulded, Reversed - Variant 2): 1-0-1
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1, 2): IFPI L044
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 1667
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 1632

Other Versions (5 of 6) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
DJX07-1 Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein(2xLP, Album) Def Jux DJX07-1 US 2001 Sell This Version
IHI-LP-455 Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein(4xLP, Album, Dlx, RE, RM, Whi) iHipHop Distribution IHI-LP-455 US 2013 Sell This Version
DJX24 El-P Presents Cannibal Ox El-P Presents Cannibal Ox - Cannibal Oxtrumentals(CD, Album) Definitive Jux DJX24 US 2002 Sell This Version
IHI-CD-454 Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein - Deluxe Edition(2xCD, Album, Dlx) iHipHop Distribution IHI-CD-454 US 2013 Sell This Version
DJX 07 CD Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein(CD, Album) Def Jux DJX 07 CD Europe 2001 Sell This Version



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July 31, 2004
edited over 13 years ago

After hearing "Vein" on DJ/Rupture's "Gold Teeth Thief" mix umpteen times (and lovin' it every single time) I finally got my arse in gear and purchased Cannibal Ox's full length contribution to hip hop and electronica...oh what a clever boy I am!
From the outset this album is jammed full of witty and sharp rhymes that never descend into the expected contrived cliches territory that unhappily dominates a wide area of hip hop. Vast Aire's unmistakable voice and cadence serve to strengthen his metaphor-strewn lyrics, reminding me of Asia/Lyrics Born unique contribution to the Quannum collective.
But the real star of this album is El-P who single-handedly lays down a whole new template and set of values for hip hop production. Synths swirl and layers of effects create a blanket of sonic emotion, whilst the drums rap out crisp and Vadim-like rhythms that hover on the boundaries of experimental electronica. Samples are abound, but of particular note is El-P's appropriation of Philip Glass's minimal compositions (Koyaanisquatsi if I'm not mistaken). El-P manages to combine the repetitive mantra-like ghostly voices and strings from various parts of Glass's work with his non-formulaic approach to hip hop production.
There are moments of pure bliss when these elements are combined (particularly on "Straight off the D.I.C." and a secret 15th track on the CD), which allow the Glass samples to elevate further the intensity of the rhymes and beats.
Breath-taking, staggering and immense are just some of the words that describe this milestone of an album.