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Dan the Automator

Wanna Buy a Monkey?

Wanna Buy a Monkey? Album Cover

Release Date: 02.19.02
Record label: Sequence
Genre(s): Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B, etc.


I'll Take Two Please
by: bill aicher

As a man heavily involved such innovative musical ventures as Delton 3030, Handsome Boy Modeling School, and the animated phenomena's, Gorillaz, it only makes sense for Dan the Automator to release a mix album as eclectic as his original work.

Featuring a collection of tracks The Automator was directly involved with, as well as several "underground" gems, Wanna Buy a Monkey? wholly succeeds as a mix album in the truest sense of the word. The eclecticism is obvious through the tracklist alone; Black Rob mixes to Delton 3030 mixes to Air's "Le Soleil est Pres De Moi" and before you know it you're grooving to Bobby Digital's "La Rhumba" which flows amazingly into the original version of Gorillaz "Latin Simone."

it's as varied a mix as you'll ever see on an album, but where the disc truly shines is in the execution. Mixes are executed flawlessly; remixes are done on the fly.

Yet perhaps the most notable aspect of the disc is the doorways of music it opens. Wanna Buy a Monkey? exemplifies the fact that a mix album is no longer restricted within a genre it's not a Lyricist Lounge hip-hop mix or an Oakenfold trance mix. Instead Monkey is a mix of some truly great music, and great music just flows together the DJ is there to make sure it happens. 11-Apr-2002 1:20PM