On the first of the two-disc set that is Celestial Mechanix, DJ Spooky uses his exclusive all-access pass to visit Thirsty Ear’s Blue Series catalog and masterfully remixes the label’s already-bewildering lineup. Tha’ Subliminal Kid offers his spaced skills behind the decks for the stable of Thirsty Ear modern jazz musicians and makes room for some special guests. Spooky applies washes of mind-bending effects and on-point scratching, such as over DJ Wally’s "NYC To Hawaii" as remixed by Meat Beat Manifesto.
The second disc is a constant mix of the tracks, thirty-five of ’em, as selected by the well-versed writer, speaker, artist and digital prophet. It’s Quaalude turntablism from a household name who capably leads us on a guided tour through stuff that’s already so out there, we hardly need anyone else to muck it up. But we’re glad he did.