French producer DJ Cam, born Laurent Daumail, is low-key one of the most influential artists to come out of the early trip-hop, also known as “ambient hip-hop”, era. DJ Cam’s output is steeped in hip hop but with heavy and impeccable jazz vibrations. Released in 1995, Underground Vibrations was Cam’s debut release and has since gained a cult following as one of the masterpieces of trip-hop. Think a jazzier, more sample-centric Portishead, with hints of Stereolab or early Loop Digga. Heads will be able to parse out some well known sample drops that Cam uses in this sonically unique context. Every track slams, but tunes to check out include “Romantic Love,” “Mad Blunted Jazz,” “Sang-Lien,” “Other Aspect,” and the epic “Free Your Turntable And Your Scratch Will Follow”. Underground Vibrations hasn’t seen a repress since ’98, so this 2 LP pressing on white vinyl is long overdue. But don’t sleep cause it’s only limited to 500 copies. 10 tracks in all released by Daumail’s label Inflamable.
- white vinyl pressing
- limited to 500 copies
- music label: Inflamable Records 2019
reviewed by Ricky Fleece 5/2019