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DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow's Josh Davis is widely credited as a key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo' Wax label. His early singles for the label, including "In/Flux" and "Lost and Found (S.F.L.)," were all-over-the-map mini-masterpieces combining elements of funk, rock, hip-hop, ambient, jazz, soul, and used-bin finds. Although he'd already done a scattering of original and production work (during 1991-1992 for Hollywood Records) by the time Mo' Wax's James Lavelle contacted him about releasing "In/Flux" on the fledgling imprint, it wasn't until his association with Mo' Wax that his sound began to mature and cohere. Mo' Wax released a longer work in 1995 -- the 40-minute single in four movements "What Does Your Soul Look Like," which topped the British indie charts -- and Davis went on to co-write, remix, and produce tracks for labelmates DJ Krush and Dr. Octagon plus the Mo' Wax trip-hop supergroup UNKLE.

Davis grew up in Hayward, California, a predominantly lower middle-class suburb of San Francisco. An odd, white suburban hip-hop fan in the hard rock-dominated early '80s, Davis gravitated toward the turntable/mixer setup of the hip-hop DJ over the guitars, bass, and drums of his peers. He worked his way through hip-hop's early years into the heyday of crews like Eric B. & Rakim, Ultramagnetic MC's, and Public Enemy, groups that prominently featured DJs in their ranks. Davis had already been fiddling around with making beats and breaks on a four-track while he was in high school, but it was his move to the Northern California town of Davis to attend university that led to the establishment of his own Solesides label as an outlet for his original tracks. Hooking up with Davis' few b-boys (including eventual Solesides artists Blackalicious and Lyrics Born) through the college radio station, Shadow began releasing the Reconstructed from the Ground Up mixtapes in 1991 and pressed his 17-minute hip-hop symphony "Entropy" in 1993. His tracks spread widely through the DJ-strong hip-hop underground, eventually catching the attention of Mo' Wax. Shadow's first full-length, Endtroducing..., was released in late 1996 to immense critical acclaim in Britain and America. Preemptive Strike, a compilation of early singles, followed in early 1998.

Later that year, Shadow produced tracks for the debut album by UNKLE, a longtime Mo' Wax production team that gained superstar guests including Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), Richard Ashcroft (of the Verve), Mike D (of the Beastie Boys), and others. His next project came in 1999, with the transformation of Solesides into a new label, Quannum Projects. Nearly six years after his debut production album, the proper follow-up, The Private Press, was released in June 2002. The following year Shadow released a mix album, Diminishing Returns, and in 2004 he released a live album and DVD, Live! In Tune and on Time. In 2006, his long-awaited third solo album, The Outsider, came out, but instead of following the blueprint he'd used on his past two records, Shadow enlisted help from Bay Area rappers like Keak da Sneak, E-40, and Lateef, as well as David Banner and Q-Tip. He toured frequently during the next few years, but released no material until 2010, when the single "Def Surrounds Us" teased a new album. Issues around rights clearance delayed the release during 2011, but The Less You Know, the Better finally appeared in the fall, heralding a return to his sample-based hip-hop. A year later, Reconstructed: The Best of DJ Shadow rounded up his greatest hits, while Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions from the MPC Era 1992-1996 compiled his early productions, with its title referencing his studio tool of choice at the time, the Akai MPC. ~ Sean Cooper, Rovi
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Track List: Def Surrounds Us / I've Been Trying EP

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Track List: The Less You Know The Better

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Damn I love this guy he's so f**king amazing it's not a joke how f**king awesome he is and he was probably one of the first djs I have ever heard at least one of those kinds of djs that have such a sick beat and with such a love for their own music
DJ Shadow is the single biggest influence of my musical life since I was 13, I'm now 23. When I first heard him I didn't understand how he conjured the beautiful and complex scratchings, samples and everything else wonderful about his music when I was that young. After figuring out how electronics can be used in music and a long time later I got to see him live and in person, even shook his hand, in 2012 (finally!) and omfg I went berzerk. He redefined how amazing music can be a handful of time
I clicked on buy this album for The DJ Shadow Remix Project, but it wasn't available. Turns out he's just giving this one away, very cool, and Pandora should account for that possibility.
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BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN I HATE YOUR MUSIC!?!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
But, please don't make the songs too long or too short. Just make the song(s) about 3-4 1/2 minutes long, please?..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
That... Is..... AWESOME!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
There's good and there's amazing...I couldnt find a catagory for dj shadow!
He is a beast
dj shadough!
Dj Shadow can flow !!!!!! X
ME AND SHODOW GO BACK LIKE FOUR FLATS ON A LACK
Weird but slick
Weird, but sounds cool
jjrice.2010
WTF
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Euphoric haze of feelings of tingles of mists hitting your body as u lay there dreaming in your mind of pure perfection** * M U S I C like no other
Been 8 yrs........
~Kappa~
These lyrics are speaking about The Law of attraction! Please people just do a little research, you will realize it is The truth and that WE all have been lied to for WAY too long! PEACE AND LOVE!
Love it
LOVE IT!
I like the beat
awaken from this incubation of hibernation. . . . . . . . . . . s t a t e s g r o o v e = M z B
Josh.....THE . . . . . . . S h a d o w . . . . . . . . . f u n n y how LONG it took; 2 confirm, the 10 4........... . M Z B = B r i t t a n y the single wide, humidified, BiG eyed roller coaster dive =>
lmao amoc22 XDDDD
Don't read this because Serena Houston is retarded and still believes in chain letters. AOL circa 1996 called, they want their s**t back.
dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
best ever
I miss my "SLURP" CD that got stolen out my ride back in 1998.
cristianalar i d
Love it :)
thethunderca t s h o e s
such a great song and very detailed bio, enjoyed both the listen and the read
My favorite DJ Shadow song has to be Organ Donor
Shrooms are not good for you're liver , and if you take to many you're anus will turn into a bonefish with a lust for pixie dust and shelving units. Trust me , that is not what you want to happen, however I am envious you saw shadow at Coachella
Shadowsphere at Coachella 2012 on shrooms Best Best Best
much love for your slammin jammin scratcha attackin tracks.
Love ain't strong enough a word for how I feel about this music. Tripped shrooms to Private Press back in high school and havent Been the same since. Nothing else comes close to Shadow's style. Epic!
I'm so glad I got to see the Shadowsphere
One of the best all around DJ ....
antonydibrun o 6
Top 5 artist/dj/pr o d u c e r (DOIN MY BEST MUHAMMAD Ali) of ALL TIIIEEEMM!
evremmy
beastly
sounds weird at the end oh well
it constantly picks up intempo. cool
Can't lie. I would love to drop something. Or most definitely hear somebody like Wale or Currensy on it.
Think back...when this came out? Good times for a lot of ppl.......
Trip-Hop
Not a bit of rap anywhere, but it's one of the greatest Hip-Hop albums ever.
DJ SHADOW ...... very inspirationa l i want to make music like this but will never come close to this perfection!! ! ! ! ! ! i love it
bwh459
DJ motha F**KIN SHADOW
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