The hooded genius returns with his first solo album of the millennium. DJ Shadow - aka Josh Davies - was responsible for giving the world the haunting and beautiful 'Midnight In a Perfect World' single in 1997. He collaborated with James Lavelle on UNKLE to produce an arrray of splendid tracks, namely 'Be There', 'Rabbit In Your Headlights' and the ultra-cool 'Guns Blazing'.
On this record, Shadow loses the overt guitar riffs and decides against featuring any high-profile vocalists. There are still a fair few characteristic spliced and chopped samples on this record and some more bizarre than ever. Yet it is the amazingly written and produced 'Blood and the Motorway' that grabs the most attention. Emotive Foreigner-esque (for all you eighties fans) vocals sit on synthesized swansong organs and the result is incredible.
There are a couple of infectious instrumentals too where Shadow combines stripped and raw hip hop beats with electronica hooks. 'Giving Up The Ghost' is one such track that springs to mind. Shadow proves that he can still scratch and sample as good as anyone else on 'Walkie Talkie' - a funky ditty powered by heavy basslines.
Admittedly, Private Press takes a few listens before you truly appreciate the array of intelligent and creative sounds and its impressive hooks and beats. It's a clever album and Shadow isn't even afraid to get a little breakbeat and dancey with us on 'Right Thing'. If we're talking about the greatest music artists of our time, Shadow would definitely be up there.