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DJ Shadow: The Less You Know, The Better

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    DJ Shadow (born 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. Inspired by hip-hop's early years, he then grew to absorb the heyday of crews like Eric B. & Rakim, Ultramagnetic MCs, and Public Enemy; groups which prominently featured DJs in their ranks.

    Josh "Shadow" Davis had already been fiddling around with making beats and breaks on a four-track recorder while he was in high school in the NorCal cow-town of Davis, but it was during college that he co-founded 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 Hip-Hop Reconstruction mix tapes in 1991 and pressed his 17-minute beat-head 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 U.N.K.L.E., a long-time 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 he released another long awaited full-length album "The Outsider," which featured rising Bay Area Hyphy rappers including Keak Da Sneak and E-40. "The Outsider" also featured a single with Q-Tip (of A Tribe Called Quest), which led to Shadow's first appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman.

    Between 2007 and 2009 Shadow released three volumes of "The 4-Track Era Collection," a series of his earliest recordings. The 4-Track Era project was exclusively available through his web store, ShopDjShadow.com. In the midst of all of these solo projects, DJ Shadow collaborated with fellow hip-hop DJ Cut Chemist. Together they created a series of mixes that fused soul, funk, and rock, in the framework of a cohesive concept involving using only 45 rpm records (7 inches). These mixes include Brainfreeze, Product Placement, and The Hard Sell, which would be debuted at the Hollywood Bowl.

    Shadow's website relaunched in August 2009, enabling him to sell digital downloads direct to his fans through his own autonomous storefront. 2009 also saw the announcement of Shadow's involvement with DJ Hero, an Activision video game which features Shadow as a playable character within the game. Shadow also contributed several mixes to the game.

    While Shadow's profile has never been higher, he has increasingly shied away from music press and traditional forms of social networking. 2010 has seen Shadow hard at work on his next album, which he has called "a return to form," and gearing up for an expansive Summer tour of the world.

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    1. Back To Front (Circular Logic)
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    2. Border Crossing
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    3. Stay The Course
    featuring Posdnuos (of De La Soul); Talib Kweli
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    4. I've Been Trying
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    5. Sad And Lonely
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    6. Warning Call
    featuring Tom Vek
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    7. Tedium
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    8. Enemy Lines
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    9. Going Nowhere (Interlude)
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    10. Redeemed
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    11. Run For Your Life
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    12. Give Me Back The Nights
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    13. I Gotta Rokk
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    14. Scale It Back
    featuring Little Dragon
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    15. Circular Logic (Front To Back)
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    16. (Not So) Sad And Lonely
    Producers: DJ Shadow
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    Total Comments: 9
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 3/20/2014 4:56:00 PM; Partial IP: .201.65.74)
    Location: az
    Comment: I really miss the days when DJ's used to cut and scratch on records!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 8/3/2013 5:40:00 PM; Partial IP: 202.132.73)
    Location: CALI
    Comment: B. Lewis a Producer from the "Zae" good ol 408 did a remix for Shadow's 'Scale it Back' featuring Little Dragon. also look up Tony Papesh designer and illustrator of the album cover and from the Bay Area. kinda reminds me of another Illustrator of book covers and Animal Farm's Ralph Steadman, Hunter S Thompson. this takes it back to when I use take Life Drawing Courses in the late 90's at De Anza college with an instructor now retired by the name of Lee Tacang.
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 4/9/2012 12:13:00 PM; Partial IP: 05.134.131)
    Location: Killakali
    Comment: dizz shut Up..
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 10/2/2011 5:22:00 PM; Partial IP: .68.224.52)
    Location: nyc
    Comment: Yup the old DJ Shadow that we used to love is finally BACK! 5 stars!
    5 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/28/2011 8:43:00 AM; Partial IP: .252.54.23)
    Location: Boston
    Comment: This album is incredible. All I can say is DJ Shadow is back. A big improvement over The Outsider. This album has got so many elements and so many different styles.
    3 Stars
    Name: (Posted: 9/28/2011 12:56:00 AM; Partial IP: 66.124.201)
    Location: where i be
    Comment: GD it Shadow!!! Can't you just make the dark and dreamy instrumental hip-hop that we all want so fucking badly from you???? Why you gotta be all "experimental" and shit. I just listened to this in it's entirety and some of it is fantastic, while some of it is just so gd awful. Some of it is too boring for words. One word you would not use to describe this is cohesive. Stop trying to be something your not Josh, we adore you just the way you are, or should I say the way you were????
    Name: (Posted: 9/26/2011 7:01:00 PM; Partial IP: 68.224.232)
    Location: USA
    Comment: Just heard this album on another website. It's INCREDIBLE! Shadow returned to his "preemptive strike" roots and brought back the dusty drums his fans craved! Can't wait to get this on wax!
    Name: (Posted: 9/22/2011 7:46:00 PM; Partial IP: .215.27.99)
    Location: Canada
    Comment: I'm looking forward to this.
    Name: (Posted: 8/31/2011 1:08:00 PM; Partial IP: .8.206.246)
    Location: heLL
    Comment: He's Back
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