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Endtroducing...

DJ Shadow

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Album Review

As a suburban Californian kid, DJ Shadow tended to treat hip-hop as a musical innovation, not as an explicit social protest, which goes a long way toward explaining why his debut album Endtroducing... sounded like nothing else at the time of its release. Using hip-hop, not only its rhythms but its cut-and-paste techniques, as a foundation, Shadow created a deep, endlessly intriguing world on Endtroducing, one where there are no musical genres, only shifting sonic textures and styles. Shadow created the entire album from samples, almost all pulled from obscure, forgotten vinyl, and the effect is that of a hazy, half-familiar dream — parts of the record sound familiar, yet it's clear that it only suggests music you've heard before, and that the multi-layered samples and genres create something new. And that's one of the keys to the success of Endtroducing — it's innovative, but it builds on a solid historical foundation, giving it a rich, multi-faceted sound. It's not only a major breakthrough for hip-hop and electronica, but for pop music. [Endtroducing... is also available in an import release.]

Customer Reviews

Endtroducing...

Selon moi le meilleur album de DJ Shadow!

Follow the leader...

It's difficult to put into words how important this album is, really. Aside from it being unable to classify it into any genre, Dj Shadow has given us an entire sample based production that stems from countless hours of 'listening' to other artists. Simply, the result is a masterpiece that never grows old and most certainly changed the way I listen to music. A must for any collection.

Another crate classic

Simply an amazing record. When I first got this cd it didn't stop spinning until a couple years later. Even now I still listen to it. If you like this album I recommend that you check out the midnight in a perfect world remix on the deluxe copy. Dope track.

Biography

Born: 1972 in San Jose, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

DJ Shadow's Josh Davis is widely credited as a key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo' Wax label. His early singles for the label, including "In/Flux" and "Lost and Found (S.F.L.)," were all-over-the-map mini-masterpieces combining elements of funk, rock, hip-hop, ambient, jazz, soul, and used-bin finds. Although he'd already done a scattering of original and production work (during 1991-1992 for Hollywood Records) by the time Mo'...
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