DJ Shadow - Endtroducing..... (Music CD)
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Though the sleeve notes of DJ Shadow's exhilarating long-playing debut speak
of his devotion to "vinyl culture" and "sample-based music"
(a guide of which is contained within), it's all just double-speak for hip-hop.
Undoubtedly, this is the musical culture that lit up the life of young Cali-boy
Josh Davis, inspiring him to construct these vocal-less, found-sound collages.
Not the hip-hop that a dime-a-dozen MCs have turned into a cartoonish,
excess-filled formula, but the hip-hop of such sonic anarchist producers as
Afrika Bambaataaand The Bomb Squad. To put it mildly, DJ Shadow sides with the
dope beats, not the bland blah-blah-blah.
Shadow's skills with a drum machine power ENDTRODUCING... as much as his innovative def-ness with a sampler--which says a lot for someone who's been called the Jimi Hendrix of sampling. The songs shift tempos in a blink, incorporating multiple time-signatures, and it's to Shadow's credit that he's as comfortable hinting at Elvin Jones' or Dave Grohl's rhythmic attacks as he is citing old faithfuls like Clyde Stubblefield. His wide array of samples colour the album's beat-heavy text. Ethereal horns, ambient keyboards, orchestral strings, vocoder vocals, whole film scenes--each is made a part of the sweeping focus, part of a grand post-modern design.
1. Best Foot Forward
2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
3. Number Song
4. Transmission 1
5. What Does Your Soul Look Like
7. Stem/Long Stem
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