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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. 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. After the label's demise, Shadow launched his own Liquid Amber imprint and worked with artists as diverse as Nils Frahm and Run the Jewels.

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. He launched his new Liquid Amber label in 2014 with the Liquid Amber EP, then issued the Nite Skool Klik EP in 2015, the latter a self-titled debut from his project with producer G Jones. The Mass Appeal label picked up his 2016 solo release, The Mountain Will Fall, an album that featured guests Nils Frahm and Run the Jewels. ~ Sean Cooper
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Less You Know, The Better

1. Back To Front (Circular Logic)

2. Border Crossing

3. Stay The Course

4. I've Been Trying

5. Sad And Lonely

6. Warning Call

7. Tedium

8. Enemy Lines

9. Going Nowhere

10. Redeemed

11. Run For Your Life

12. Give Me Back The Nights

13. I Gotta Rokk

14. Scale It Back

15. Circular Logic (Front To Back)

16. (Not So) Sad And Lonely

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Track List: I Gotta Rokk

1. I Gotta Rokk

2. I've Been Trying

3. Def Surrounds Us

4. I Gotta Rokk (Irn Mnky Swagger Mix)

5. I've Been Trying (Various I'm Done Trying Mix)

6. Def Surrounds Us (Rockwell Remix)

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Track List: The Private Press (Explicit)

1. (Letter From Home)

2. Fixed Income

3. Un Autre Introduction

4. Walkie Talkie

5. Giving Up The Ghost

6. Six Days

7. Mongrel Meets His Maker (Part I)

8. Mongrel Meets His Maker (Part II)

9. Right Thing / GDMFSOB (Instrumental)

10. Monosylabik

11. Mashin' On The Motorway

12. Blood On The Motorway

13. You Can't Go Home Again

14. (Letter From Home)

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Track List: The Private Press

1. (Letter From Home)

2. Fixed Income

3. Un Autre Introduction

4. Walkie Talkie

5. Giving Up The Ghost

6. Six Days

7. Mongrel Meets His Maker (Part I)

8. Mongrel Meets His Maker (Part II)

9. Right Thing / GDMFSOB (Clean Instrumental Version)

10. Monosylabik

11. Mashin' On The Motorway

12. Blood On The Motorway

13. You Can't Go Home Again

14. (Letter From Home)

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Track List: Preemptive Strike

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Track List: Endtroducing.....

1. Best Foot Forward

2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt

3. The Number Song

4. Changeling

6. Untitled

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

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Track List: Endtroducing..... (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

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

Disc 2

1. Best Foot Forward (Alternative Version)

2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt (Alternate Take Without Overdubs)

3. The Number Song (Cut Chemist Party Mix)

4. Changeling (Original Demo Excerpt)

5. Stem (Cops 'N' Robbers Mix)

6. Soup

7. Red Bus Needs To Leave!

8. Mutual Slump (Alternate Take Without Overdubs)

9. Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)

10. Why Hip-Hop Sucks In '96 (Alternate Take)

11. Midnight In A Perfect World (Gab Mix)

12. Napalm Brain (Original Demo Beat)

13. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Peshay Remix)

14. DJ Shadow Live In Oxford, England (Oct. 30, 1997)

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Track List: Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt (Salva Remix) (Single)

1. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt (Salva Remix)

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Track List: Def Surrounds Us / I've Been Trying EP

1. Def Surrounds Us

2. I've Been Trying

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Track List: Ghost Town (Single)

1. Ghost Town

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Track List: Mutual Slump (Daedelus Remix) (Single)

1. Mutual Slump (Daedelus Remix)

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Track List: Nobody Speak (Single)

1. Nobody Speak (Feat. Run The Jewels)

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Track List: Stem / Long Stem (Clams Casino Remix) (Single)

1. Stem / Long Stem (Clams Casino Remix)

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Track List: The Liquid Amber EP

1. Ghost Town

2. Mob

3. Six Days (Machinedrum Remix)

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Track List: The Mountain Will Fall

1. The Mountain Will Fall

2. Nobody Speak (Feat. Run The Jewels)

3. Three Ralphs

4. Bergschrund (Feat. Nils Frahm)

5. The Sideshow (Feat. Ernie Fresh)

6. Depth Charge

7. Mambo

8. Ashes To Oceans (Feat. Matthew Halsall)

9. Pitter Patter (Feat. G Jones & Bleep Bloop)

10. California

11. Ghost Town

12. Suicide Pact

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Track List: The Mountain Will Fall (Single)

1. The Mountain Will Fall

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Track List: What Does Your Soul Look Like (Pt. 1 / Prince Paul Remix) (Single)

1. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Pt. 1 / Prince Paul Remix)

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janinediluzi o
Dope track
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Good music to listen to on mass transit thru the city
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It's kinda cool at fifty years old I get it...
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ddr1959
How do I get to hear your mixtape? It started to play for me but quit after 2 songs.
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victormarsh3 1
Heard this song a long time ago in Splinter Cell Conviction, been enjoying the artist and genre for years since
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He is the one of two; sole creators of the genre. z-trip is the other...than k you for bringing it. Life is complete.
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I use DJ Shadow for artistic stuff
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:)
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Interesting guy .. DJ Shadow got some cool chill stuff. I love what he says in the "Scratch" documentary about the ego of heads who think there this that or whatever in the wax playing and sampling/pla y i n g world.
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Me And My Dad Love Organ Donor I Love Organs There HUGE But Still Organ Donor :Dj Shadow I 100% Love It
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After all these years its still a favourite
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Hella digging this song. Great to paint to
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Legendary
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Very cool.
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the king of digging. you truly have the "spidey sense"
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Bboy beat Classic...
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In Tune And On Time....PLAY A . . . . = >
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It all ties together cosmically and spiritually
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FEEELLLINNNN G IT����������
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Keep destroying that organ. What a boss.
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Shadow what up homz! beat these fools down, then Down-beat these fools up
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Yep b4 the commercials
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This beat reminds me of me!
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Love it! Yukimi from Little Dragon is flawless on this track.
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A friend of mine had Entroducing just sitting in a box and I saw it. I asked him to let me hold it for a while to listen to it. He told me I could have it. I guess he didn't feel the CD. I think it's one of the best CDs I've ever heard.
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There's a game out there, And the stakes are high.
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oldcoolness
Dj Shadow is a true insperation. i just herd him for the first time. great compasition.
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Check out the Shadow & Cut Chemist DVD documenting their tour, "Product Placement" -it's dope
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when I was a young cat this song just broke my mind so sick but so smooth all at the same time as being a chill as hell reacord to listen to for no reasons what soever
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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
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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
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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.
http://www.d j s h a d o w . c o m / n e w s / f r e e - d o w n l o a d - d j - s h a d o w - r e m i x - p r o j e c t
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BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN I HATE YOUR MUSIC!?!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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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?..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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That... Is..... AWESOME!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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There's good and there's amazing...I couldnt find a catagory for dj shadow!
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He is a beast
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dj shadough!
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Dj Shadow can flow !!!!!! X
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ME AND SHODOW GO BACK LIKE FOUR FLATS ON A LACK
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Weird but slick
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Weird, but sounds cool
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jjrice.2010
WTF
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jjrice.2010
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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
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Been 8 yrs........
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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!
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Love it
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