Dan Nakamura
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Dr Octagonecologyst (1995), 7/10
So How's Your Girl (1999), 6/10
White People (2004), 6/10
Deltron 3030 (2000), 6.5/10
Lovage: Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By (2001), 6/10

Dan Nakamura (not related to Toshimaru Nakamura) is a San Francisco-based disc-jockey and virtuoso of the mixing board. He made his name with the instrumental hip-hop of the EP A Better Tomorrow (Ubiquity, 1995), credited to the Automator.

Dr Octagonecologyst (Bulk, 1995 - DreamWorks, 1996), a collaboration with Kool Keith and Q-Bert, and Instrumentalyst (Dreamworks, 1996), which is its instrumental version, glorified Nakamura's acrobatic art of hip-hop beats, electronic arrangements, downtempo and trip-hop atmospherics and heavy-metal guitars. The album was reissued as Dr Octagonecologyst. Instrumentalyst is an instrumental version of it.

Nakamura and Prince Paul formed Handsome Boy Modeling School and recorded the sample-heavy So How's Your Girl (Tommy Boy, 1999) and White People (Elektra, 2004) with a star-studded cast of rappers and djs.

The science-fiction concept album Deltron 3030 (75 Ark, 2000) was a collaboration with rapper Del tha Funkee Homosapien and turntablist Kid Koala. Deltron 3030 sampled William Sheller's Introit (from his Lux Aeterna album of 1972).

Dispensing with the raps, The Instrumentals (75 Ark, 2001) highlighted Nakamura's art of electronic soundsculpting.

Nathaniel Merriweather is Nakamura's easy-listening project. He delves into melody, camp arrangements and languid beats on Lovage - Music to Make Love to Your Old Lady By (2001) with help from distinguished vocalists such as Mike Patton of Faith No More and Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields.

Clint Eastwood (2001) was Nakamura's most successful single.

Weather Sky (Erstwhile, 2002) is a collaboration with avantgarde tabletop guitarist Keith Rowe.

Wanna Buy a Monkey? is a terrible mix album.

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