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Classic Album Review: Keoki | Jealousy

Along with being able to match beats, the plate-spinner can also write songs.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Hardly a week goes by that I don’t get half a dozen DJ mix-CDs in the mail. Frankly, there isn’t enough Ecstasy in the world to get me to listen to all of them.

But one I didn’t hesitate to spin was DJ Keoki’s latest Jealousy. There’s a good reason why the special K sits near the top rung of the plate-spinner ladder — along with being able to match beats, he can also write songs. And the 70-minute Jealousy has more than a few fine ones, from the swirling, hypnotic synths and dry-ice romanticism of the title cut to the propulsive floor-filling cover of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Relax. No wonder the competition is jealous.