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By A Customer
This review is from: The Private Press (Audio CD)
Genius is arguably the single most abused word in the English language, its common, offhand usage numbing it of much of its pure potency. But its hard not to place DJ Shadow under that label, as he's done the impossible. He's produced an album that is as good as its predecessor, "Entroducing" (an album that has been hailed as a classic).
Its much broader in style and feel than "Endtroducing" and has much more of an innovative type production than his regular cut and paste ethic. Take the track "Monosyllabik" for example: a basic two-bar sample that is shredded and ripped up into tech-funk which sounds like Roy Ayers being produced by Aphex Twin. Another track that is unlike anything heard before by Josh Davis is "Mashin' On The Motorway", it features MC Lateef clumsily crashing into other drivers over a K-Hole funky baseline. Its this sparkling originality that helps me compare this album to other favourites like David Holmes "Lets Get Killed".
But Mr. Davis does tread into older territory with "Walkie Talkie": a scratch-happy thumping beat that has a baseline that feels like a chainsaw buzzing through your head. Here you can refer to his previous classics like "The Number Song" and "High Noon".
Also "Blood On The Motorway" is a beautiful piece of epic soul that reminds us of how deep "Entroducing" was. But this album is not as emotionally weighted as "Endtroducing". It has a brash sense of fun throughout the album. With the twisted skits bouncing around and "You can't go home again" sounding like an instrumental 80's New York pop song that never departs from Shadow's incredible production values.
To sum up, DJ Shadow has created a maginificient soundscape (again), as well as being one of the most enjoyable albums I have purchased in recent times. And I am being honest by telling you that there is not ONE track in this LP that I do not wanna hear again.
Really, its that special.