DJ Z-Trip's proper debut album tips a Kangol to hip-hop and electro pioneers but lacks the imagination to push those lessons forward, so it's up to the disc's dozen guests to generate some traction. Lyrics Born's infectious party growl ("The Get Down") and Chuck D's snarling polemic ("Shock and Awe") do the job admirably. But even Busdriver's backflipping flow can't save "Take Two Copies," and if you ever wanted to know how far Depeche Mode would fall if Dave Gahan were replaced with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, "Walking Dead" is your chance. Sadly, Shifting Gears rarely gets out of first.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene with music features, additional online music listings and show picks. We'll also send special ticket offers and music promotions available only to our Music Newsletter subscribers.
More MUSIC News
- Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, AKA DJ Windows 98, Coming to Bardot Miami
- Miami Beach’s Centennial Concert: Gloria Estefan, Celeb Cameos, and Conga Lines
- Rat Bastard on the Evolution of Noise: “We Are Always Trying to Come Up with Something...
- Telekinetic Walrus Talks The Spaceship With the Heavy Bass Bump