There are a few reasons why you may not find this 12" single. One, it's on Mo' Wax Records, and we all know how people will jump on anything that rhymes with Ho Crax.
Two, it has the Major Force name. Major Force were a Japanese group that were doing clever things with beats, loops, and samples before anyone cared, and thus their legacy remains strong with this release.
Three, it is blessed with the remixing/DJ'ing techniques of Cut Chemist. His knack for the deep funk and old school hip hop is put to the test once again in "Re-Return Of The Original Art Form", which is merely a continuation of the work he'd done in "Lesson 4", the remix of Liquid Liquid's "Cavern", and Jurassic 5's "Swing Set". The cover has a statement which claims he used 49 records, an old school tape, and a homeboy of his to create this mini-masterpiece. Does the track live up to some of the expectations that have surfaced since this record became known? Yes. Mr. McFadden simply plays the "can you spot the sample?" game and comes off becoming the Ben Stein of DJ's, scratching obscure lyrics and beats alongside a tight mix of funky beats that will either make you move, or go "hmmm, do I have this in my crate?" If you witnessed Cut Chemist during 1999's Word Of Mouth tour, he would do a few jam sessions with producer (and Breakestra bassist) Miles Tackett. This is very similar to that vibe.
You don't have to be a DJ elitist to enjoy this record. While the record only has one song (repeated on each side for your convenience), it will become one of those records that will last among those who are able to get ahold of a copy. Head nodders will nod, the dancers will get down, and Cut Chemist can smile and say "ha, I still have more up my sleeve". With this record, CC leaves behind a trail which will, hopefully one day, lead to a full solo project.
Music Vibes: 8 of 10 Other Vibes: 8 of 10 TOTAL Vibes: 8 of 10
Originally posted: August 7, 2000