The Wizard of Ounces
Released October 2017
When I was first writing this, I wrote the phrase “singular sound” multiple times. Stop reading and go listen to “28 Grams of Wizardry,” and then come back. Oh, you’re back? Let’s start here: In the movie, “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy’s house is plucked up from its familiar environment and era and dropped into technicolor magic land. Pictured here is the brand-new The Wizard of Ounces cassette from Rik Rude which is indeed that colorful, exotic place. It revives the rave-soaked summer of 1995, filled with drum-n-bass music—like Goldie’s Timeless and Photek and all those Metalheadz 12” singles. The sound essentials from that summer Rude delivers in an electrifying recontextualization, all fresh and new for our present time. You’re going to hear this record and then you’re going to look up ‘90s drum-n-bass records on YouTube and then you’re going to want to make more new albums like this one. “Let this record spin,” he says, in that amazingly multidirectional flow. While the record spins the magic happens: Once you see these colors you’ll struggle going back to b&w. “Spark a spliff and meditate,” he says on the spectacular “Gold Standard.” I’m genuinely addicted. It’s good to hear Kelly Castle Scott featured on a couple of cuts. Listen for the many piano details during the “Rolling with a pack of lions” song… It’s called “Bronze Lions of Glory.” Headphones are a must.