DJ Shadow


DJ Shadow - Endtroducing... ©1996 Mo Wax/A&M
1. Best Foot Forward
2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
3. The Number Song
4. Changeling ** Transmission 1
5. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)
6. (untitled)
7. Stem / Long Stem** Transmission 2
8. Mutual Slump
9. Organ Donor
10. Why Hip-Hop Sucks In '96
11. Midnight In A Perfect World
12. Napalm Brain / Scatter Brain
13. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit)** Transmission 3

DJ Shadow is a rather neat performer who utilizes samples to create a very interesting musical world. To what degree the sounds throughout this record are sampled is a mystery to me since I'm not at all up on sampler technology, but Endtroducing... is definitely a good record with an abundance of well thought out, lush music. The initial track that caught my interest is "Stem/Long Stem**Transmission 2", which I heard over a couple different record store speakers before finally getting the album. DJ Shadow proves in this and other songs that he has a very solid understanding of structuring of music, regardless of how it is created. Though a lot of beat happy material exists on the album, there is still a pervading sense of song at the core of it all. Rather than just making a hodgepodge collage of jumbled together samples, DJ Shadow is creative in making sure everything gels together into something strong and cohesive. This is the type of album you might enjoy later in the evening as background music while you read a novel or do some computer work. Certainly one of the more recommended "DJ" albums.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 07/2000

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