Cut Chemist’s new single “Outro (Revisited)” is featured on his new EP with three complimentary versions: an instrumental, a dub version and a bonus beats version. The single is fun, frantic teaser from the forthcoming album Die Cut, his first album since 2006’s The Audience’s Listening.
“Outro”‘s rapid-fire beats put listeners on the run, and run you shall, as you have to keep with Blackbird’s brisk verses lest you become a sucker and “bite the dust.” Its guitar rock riffs and occasional shredding guitar solo sound akin to those in (Chemist’s frequent collaborator) DJ Shadow’s last album though Chemist is aided here by Deantoni Parks (Mars Volta) and Lonnie Marshall (Weapon of Choice) who provide drums and bass respectively. The dub version of “Outro” is more psychedelic and a worthwhile listen, while the bonus beats version and instrumental versions are just what they seem.
Overall, the original track shows promise; the single track could warrant a higher rating on its own, but with two tracks more DJ friendly than listener noteworthy, the EP might not be necessary, but it’s a nice touch. Now it waits to be seen if Cut Chemist has avoided any slump due to the long gestation period between albums.