In 1995 UK-dj-duo Coldcut (Matt Black and Jonathon More) released a much-lauded mix-album, Journeys By DJ: 70 Minutes of Madness. Definitely worth checking out. For once do believe blurb-lines like "headfood-nirvana" and "turntable tricknology". All true, promise! You can find the whole album on YouTube, but here's a little taster already. Starting with a sample from a 1958 stereo-demonstration-LP (pictured below), Coldcut take it away with 'Bola' by Philorene (= David Barratt & Elliot Sharp).
On the Journeys By DJ-album, Coldcut gave credit to "only" 35 tracks, but they probably used a lot more. And if recognizable, tracks were cut-up or reconstructed. Take for example 'African Drug'. Bob Holroyd recorded it first for his '93-album Fluidity & Structure, as an eight-minute-trip with hypnotizing tribal drumming. Coldcut used only three minutes, and mixed it with weird spoken-word (origin yet unknown. anyone?). Here's Holroyd's original mix. Might take some time to grow on you.
Last but not least: Coldcut did not only bring obscure acts to a bigger audience. Famous songs got a new life as well. Like ‘One Blood’, a massive 1989-dancehall-hit for Jamaican singer Junior Reid. Hear the original first, then the drum & bass-version used by Coldcut on their Journeys By DJ mix-album.