By Will Hermes
Updated December 13, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST

Back before Pro Tools audio software made hip-hop sound collage as easy as Donkey Kong, moonlighting adman Steve Stein crafted a string of mind-boggling cut-‘n’-paste singles that exploded the idea of what a DJ composer could be. While he never made music a career, his work inspired the likes of DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, and Fatboy Slim. This new collection of swing beats, soul grooves, folk digressions, and old-school in-jokes proves the dude still makes wittier mixes in his spare time than most of his beat-smithing offspring. COPYRIGHT’S A BITCH This set — full of familiar samples, as usual — was recorded for BBC radio but took on a life of its own thanks to tireless ”entrepreneurs.” Seek and ye shall probably find.

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