252. DJ Shadow – “Endtroducing…”

I spent several hours yesterday on a bus travelling out and back to the bridge on the River Kwai. Part of my journey was spent in the company of Mr. Shadow and his enormous record collection.

DJ Shadow is reported to have over 60,000 records in his collection.  So if he embarked upon my mission, he’d be looking at approximately a 164 year timeframe.

This, his debut effort, is a headphone joy. His waves of samples, his humour and his experimentation swirl around your head and distract you from the Bangkok gridlock and the monotony of endless truck part shops.

This is in the same vein as (and was presumably an inspiration for) The Avalanchesdebut.  It doesn’t have the self-conscious frivolity of the Aussie lads’ effort, nor does it chase any dance floor glory, although this candidate no doubt does the trick:

This stuff has been labelled “trip hop” and it seems an apt label.  It is very much a chilled-out, relax and imbibe vibe.  There is nothing lazy or rushed about the sound collages here.  Everything feels like it belongs.

Let’s see if his follow-up can handle some Bangkok wandering…

File under: Aural découpage

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One response to “252. DJ Shadow – “Endtroducing…”

  1. Easily one of my top albums ever. Shadow is a genius.
    You know this album is in the Guinness book of records for the first album constructed entirely out of samples? 🙂

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