So I gave this album a spin while traipsing around the largest market I’ve ever seen (Chatuchak Market in Bangkok).
While I was still bombarded by a myriad of sights (and smells), DJ Shadow was soothing me with his (slightly) more gentle pastiche of sounds.
They were a perfect combination. So much of what I was witnessing was an intersection of various worlds (East and West, traditional and modern, spiritual and consumerist). And being Thailand, there was no shortage of “borrowed” ideas, and clever (although not always deliberate) reinterpretations of familiar designs.
That is very much were DJ Shadow is coming from – reshaping and reimagining sounds from across genres.
As an album this is more beat heavy and faster tempoed than its predecessor. But it is still more of a daytime headspace party than one you’d invite your friends along to.
I just learned that the most upbeat track on here was remixed for The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, which featured the sort of driving I think most Bangkok residents would love to try if everyone else would just get off the roads:
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