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Josh Davis, also known as DJ Shadow, makes that kind of impact with the arcane record samples he artfully merges into cohesive, thoughtful, revelatory aural collages. He is obsessed. He digs up sounds you and I have never heard before, and maybe a thing or two we have heard before, and fuses them into some brilliant new heterogeneous dream with the power to stir the subconscious and induce sheer awe.
Once I bought his CD and broke free of the hold that "Building..." had on me, I got accustomed to the other twelve tracks of the album. There were many pleasant surprises. I found "Midnight in a Perfect World" just as addicting as the song that got me hooked in the first place, a loping, seductive, scratch-heavy, impossibly beautiful five minutes and two seconds. "Changeling" was another fast favorite, like a lush sunset after a long summer day. "Stem/Long Stem" creeped me out with pernicious string samples surrounding a single lonely chime.Read more ›
That being said, Endtroducing stands the test of time, firmly implanting itself in popular cultures lexicon of important records. Endtroducing has far exceeded even the largest expectations: perfect production and album arrangement greeted by overwhelmingly positive reviews and an ever-growing fan base. Some people consider the record an emotional masterpiece, others an aural marthon, and some even think of it as turntablism at its finest. Quite frankly, it is truly the first musically post-modern piece of music in the recording art industry. While certainly neither the first to sample nor investing in a large amount of samples, the direction, focus, and articulation of a generation can be surmised within the record. It is the death and rebirth of the recording industry all at once.Read more ›
You have to realize Trip Hop was already in full fledge: Massive Attack and Portishead had already come out with their own thing, but DJ Shadow came with a different proposal in 1996 when he produced 'Endtroducing...'. Through the magic of samples, he blended in a way many have tried to copy, yet no one yet matched, genres such as rock, soul, funk, ambient, and jazz, into a final product that transcends time. If you need further proof of that, think how long it's been since this album came out (1996) as you are reading this, sit back, listen to it and be amazed, as so many have been amazed to this day.
After listening to 'Endtroducing...' almost daily for three weeks now, turning back and thinking of acts such as Fatboy Slim almost feels awkward, considering his sample-based 'Better Living Through Chemistry' came out almost a full year after Shadow's debut. Granted that everyone has a place in music, DJ Shadow's genius with sampling work simply is above and beyond, making this not only his breakthrough, but also one of the best albums ever.
Other favorite tracks: "Changeling", "Untitled" and the grandieuse "Mutual Slump". If you want to take a dip into an evolved form of his work, check out his side project, U.N.K.L.E., in particular 'Psyence Fiction'.
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A great collection to those who want something new in the music genre department. With tracks that have a numerous amount of samples, you will wonder at first how this is even... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Hom Tanks
One of the greatest melding of hip hip and the cult culture of the 1990's. This is pure jazz in it's experimental progressive structure, a must own album for the 90's generation.Published 19 days ago by Robert Bourland
How can you deny this album? This is a CLASSIC. A must-own for music lovers. Perfect example of how mixing and sampling can be an ART and is NOT un-originality. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. G.
Twice I tried to purchase this album and both times I've received the wrong vinyl. Although the shipping box is labeled: DJ Shadow, Entroducing... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jonathan Lau
Vinyl is missing tracks like Transmission 2, which is ironic as this is a vinyl sampled album.Published 4 months ago by L McDaniel
This is a collection of symphonic meditations on hope, uncertainty, and fear in the face of the unknown. It's also constructed from the fragments of shattered dreams. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julian