One of the most creative producers to emerge from the hip-hop scene over the last 10 years has without a doubt been Brian Burton AKA DJ Danger Mouse.
Since grabbing global headlines in 2004 with the “Grey Album” (an unofficial bootleg which merged Jay-Z’s “Black Album” with the Beatles “White Album”) he has gone on to create some of the best selling records of the decade include Gorillaz “Demon Days” and Gnarls Barkely’s “St Elsewhere”, as well as working with underground rappers such as MF Doom and Gemini. Not content with conquering hip-hop and the pop charts he’s also ventured into blues, electronica, folk, soul, indie, psychedelia and dance by working with and producing records for the likes of Beck, The Black Keys, The Rapture and The Shortwave Set. Last year he was responsible for the astounding soundtrack to David Lynch’s “Dark night of the soul”, one of my musical and artistic highlights of 2009.
His latest project is Broken Bells, a collaboration with James Mercer of acclaimed indie rockers The Shins. Adding yet another sound to his cannon, it features melodic 60s sound with folky guitars, crisp hip hop drums and swirling vintage synths… a warm and unique sound that is bound to see them become one of the hits of 2010. Their first single “The High Road” is available from Monday 18th January, with the album dropping on 9th March. You can pre-order a limited edition music box version of the album now (and get a free download of the single) from the band’s website.