DJ Shadow & Cut ChemistBrainfreeze

Label:Sixty7 Recordings – none
CD, Mixed
Genre:Hip Hop, Funk / Soul
Style:Cut-up/DJ, Funk


First Set
1.1Unknown ArtistThunder Kick Radio Spot
1.2The Jules Blattner Group2001: A Soul Odyssey
1.3Fried ChickenFunky DJ
1.4The MohawksThe Champ
1.5Reuben BellSuperjock
1.6Albert KingCold Feet
1.7Ultimate ForceI'm Not Playing
1.8Eddie Bo & Inez CheathamLover And A Friend
1.9Mack Rice*Three People In Love
1.10The Nu PeopleI'd Be Nowhere Today
1.11Nu-Sound Express, Ltd.Ain't It Good Enough
1.12The Mystic Moods*Cosmic Sea
1.13American GypsyInside Out
1.14OdettaHit Or Miss
1.15The Mar-KeysGrab This Thing (Part 2)
1.16Rusty BryantFire-Eater
1.17Simtec & WylieBootleggin' (Part 2)
1.18Wilbur Bascomb & The ZodiacJust A Groove In "G"
1.19Eddie Bo And The Soul Finders (2)We're Doin' It (Thang) (Part 2)
1.20Rufus ThomasSophisticated Sissy
1.21The Showmen IncThe Tramp (From Funky Broadway) (Part 1)
1.22Original Soul SendersSoul Brothers Testify (Part 2)
1.23Rufus ThomasItch & Scratch (Part I & II)
1.24Alvin Cash & The RegistersKeep On Dancing (Instrumental)
1.25Lou CourtneyHey Joyce
1.26Unknown ArtistBummer Radio Spot
Second Set
2.1The Singing PrincipalWoman's Lib
2.2Salt (3)Hung Up
2.3The Soul LiftersHot, Funky & Sweaty
2.4Frankie Seay & The Soul RidersSoul Food
2.5Interpretations*Jason Pew Mosso (Part 1)
2.6Thunder & LightningBumpin' Bus Stop
2.7Sugar Billy Gardener*I Got Some
2.8Pleasure WebMusic Man (Part I & II)
2.9Gary ByrdSoul Travellin' (The G.B.E.) (Part I)
2.10Unknown Artist"W" Radio Spot
2.11Marlena ShawCalifornia Soul
2.12The VibrettesHumpty Dump (Part 1)
2.13Eddie BoFrom This Day On
2.147-ElevenDance The Slurp
2.16DJ ShadowThe Number Song
2.17Grandmaster Flash & The Furious FiveFlash It To The Beat
2.18Pearly QueenQuit Jivin'
2.19Tony Alvon & The BelairsSexy Coffee Pot
2.20Chuck MangioneHill Where The Lord Hides
2.21DJ ShadowThe Number Song (Cut Chemist Party Mix)
RemixCut Chemist
2.22Funka FizeNo Words
2.23Schoolly DGucci Time
2.24Jurassic 5Unified Rebelution
2.25Third GuitarBaby Don't Cry
2.26Don PierceThis Funky Thing
2.27Funka FizeBecause You're Funky
2.28The Troubleneck BrothersBack To The Hip Hop
2.29Stu GardnerDevil In A Man
2.30Samson & DelilahThere's A DJ In Your Town
2.32Tim And BillSomeone

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Original CD copies have ©1999 Sixty7 Recordings written in red on a clear background on the CD inner ring.

On back: "A nonstop live mix of strictly 45's and exercise in vinyl destruction"
On disc: "Dance the slurp"
"The wildest... the kookiest... the grooviest...the slurpiest 45 R.P.M."

A flood of bootlegs hit the eBay around 2000:
1) The first bootleg has "Slurp CD 001" and a Bar Code written in the center.
2) The second bootleg has "CD-SD 1001" written on the inner ring.
3) This bootleg has a solid white inner ring instead of clear and has no writing.
4) This version has a clear center ring with "4585 SLURP MEDIA TECH 01" printed on play side.

© 1999 Sixty7 Recordings

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Engraved in red on CD hub): © 1999 Sixty7 Recordings
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L912

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Brainfreeze (CD, Mixed, Unofficial Release)Pirateria FonograficanoneUS2000
Brainfreeze (LP, Mixed, Unofficial Release)Sixty 7 RecordingsV-SD 1001US2001
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Brainfreeze (CD, Mixed, Unofficial Release)Sixty 7 Recordingsnone2003
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Brainfreeze (CD, Mixed, Reissue)Sixty7 RecordingsnoneUS2022
Brainfreeze (CD, Mixed, Unofficial Release)Sixty 7 RecordingsnoneUSUnknown



  • Big-Beat-Beddy's avatar
    Edited 3 months ago
    Released in 1999, "Brainfreeze" was the first in a trilogy of turntablist mixes by DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist using arguably the most difficult format for turntablism: the 7", 45 rpm vinyl record.

    It's a groundbreaking mix for many reasons. Firstly, the song selection is impeccable, shining a light on many little-known alternative gems from funk and soul's yesteryear, as well as some of Shadow and Chemist's own productions. Secondly, the set construction is imaginative and creative, particularly the second half of the second set, where Shadow's "Number Song" and "Organ Donor" are cleverly intertwined with their remixes and original samples. Thirdly, the turntablism is skillful and adventurous, pushing the boundaries of what is capable in a live DJ set by using two world-class turntablists - a live DJ mix with the complexity of a studio mix. Fourthly, it uses a quick-mix format to keep the energy up, squeezing 67 tracks into 52 minutes (at a time when DJs tended to play records for most of their runtimes). And finally, the mix has a distinctively exuberant and irreverent spirit, with it's cheesy radio spots and wacky turntable trickery.

    Some of these strengths also lead to weaknesses: the 'comedy' "Thunderkick" introduction soon gets old, and the turntablism is sometimes too showy and detracts from the music, rather than complementing it (e.g., on "Itch & Scratch", "Soul Travellin'" and "California Soul").

    However, "Brainfreeze" laid down an innovative template that went on to influence many dance mixes and albums in the 21st centrury: Shadow & Chemist's more ambitious and sophisticated "Product Placement" and "The Hard Sell" follow-ups, Mr Thing's "Things-First", "Holy Shit" and "Strange Breaks & Mr Thing" series, RJD2's "Your Face Or Your Kneecaps", Fake Blood's "USED" series, and The Avalanches' "Since I Left You", to name a few. ★★★★★
    • Michael1138's avatar
      I'm looking for a vinyl version if anyone in Australia has a copy for sale.
      • 45_prince's avatar
        The "keep on scratching" sample is taken from "Grandma Gee Gee & Clifton Chenier - Just Keep On Scratching", on THE CRAZY CAJUN RECORDS
        • stevenhanagan's avatar
          Edited 5 years ago
          I'm a little lost. I scored mine in savers, i haven't given it a listen. But seems like its worth it. Mines dated 99' and has all of the Official release stuff but is 2 mixes. Assuming it's a bootleg.....


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