Wanna Buy a Monkey? - Dan the Automator
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  • Summary: Producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura, a founder and member of acts such as the Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, Deltron 3030 and Lovage, here offers his first mix album. Many of the cuts are from his own remixes or productions, and come from bands ranging from Tortoise to the X-ecutioners.
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  1. Wanna Buy a Monkey? shows off Nakamura's ear for a great track as well as his deft turntablist skills.
  2. If the DJ's art is to unite unlikely musical party guests, The Automator is a fine and generous host.
  3. 80
    A diverse, versatile selection of tracks. [Apr 2002, p.94]
  4. It may be hard to keep up with him at times, but it's a very rewarding ride.
  5. It's all good fun. [June 2002, p.126]
  6. 60
    While most of the mixing is clean and effortless, it is also often unspectacular. Furthermore, the decided lack of turntable wizardry certainly won't earn him a "DJ Dan" moniker among vinyl mavens. But in terms of selection and overall execution, Monkey is a very nice listen.
  7. Monkey comes off resembling either a padded greatest-hits comp or an "inspired by" soundtrack for a non-existent movie. What it certainly isn't is a DJ mix where previously hidden links between seemingly unrelated songs are unearthed through the ancient art of juxtaposition.

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