A best-of from the prankster rapper, with every track reinvented and re-recorded

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Gonzales – Z

Jewish-Canadian electro-rapper ‘Chilly’ Gonzales has carved a short but cultish career out of sporting a velour tracksuit and injecting his idiosyncratic hip hop with a humour both sharply self-effacing and thoroughly silly.

This is a compilation with a difference, since every track has been not only re-recorded but reworked from scratch. Gonzales’ ribald rhymes are thus disguised or obliterated by surprisingly sensitive, often sumptuous musical arrangements that run the gamut from klezmer to Studio 54 funk.

Z is a revelatory experience for fans and a treat for neophytes.