This is a journey into sound.
What do you get when you're a DJ who has bunch of records sitting around and you decide to mix them all together and make a project of it? Well, chances are your name is DJ Inform and the result of your work is The Fair Use Project. The Green Brothers' DJ and California-based Columbus native previously released The Cutting Room, which was a thirteen track album of mostly instrumental tracks, but Fair Use is something totally different.
Using over 150 different records to create a mix, you're likely to recognize many of the songs as the original samples of other songs you may be familiar with. However, Fair Use isn't necessarily just a simple sample breaks mix as Inform layers the songs with lyrics from other artists, in essence creating new songs. At a few points, Inform triple-layers the records and creates an even more unique sound.
From the start, you hear classic tracks from the likes of Bobby Blue Bland, Tom Scott, Rare Earth and Grover Washington as the backdrop for lyrics from Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, Beatnuts, Lords of the Underground, Jay-Z and Lauryn Hill. Moving along, you'll find the rhymes of the late Big Pun, Das Efx and Rakim over soundscapes by Ahmad Jamal and Stanley Turrentine. By the end of Fair Use, the listener has been exposed to a plethora of music including Donnie Hathaway, Delegation, Bobby Caldwell and The Jimmy Castor Bunch.
[Editor's note: The entire list of artists included can be found on DJ Inform's blog at http://djinform.blogspot.com/p/fair-use-project-what-is-it.html]
The Fair Use Project spans five tracks and nearly 41 minutes in length. It's an engaging listen and recommended for anyone interested in the art of being a DJ and working with actual records, as all the songs on Fair Use are from vinyl.
Download The Fair Use Project via DJ Inform on Bandcamp