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The Less You Know, The Better (Deluxe Edition)

DJ Shadow

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The Less You Know, the Better finds DJ Shadow (Josh Davis) returning to entirely sample-based music. A longtime crate digger, Davis creates beats and mixes from the ground up, snipping samples from LPs and weaving them into dense cut-and-paste works of art. In terms of format, this is comparable to his landmark release Endtroducing…. There’s much to savor here and new things to discover with each listen. Davis uses long samples and recognizable song forms as he genre-hops between classic hip-hop (“Back to Front” and “Stay the Course” featuring Posdnous and Talib Kweli), heavy metal (“Border Crossing”), hard rock (“Warning Call,” “I Gotta Rokk”), folk (“I’ve Been Trying”), techno (“Def Surrounds Us”), and a wistful and unexpected piano ballad that gets two treatments (“Sad and Lonely” and “(Not So) Sad and Lonely”). Trippy vocal snippets, turntable scratching, and moments of sublime ambient beauty are sprinkled throughout, making The Less You Know, The Better an enjoyable if uneven listening experience from this defiantly old-school DJ.

Customer Reviews

This is the evolution of really, really good music..

What I love about this album, and Dj Shadow in particular, is that he acknowledges what is great in today's music. "The Less You Know, The Better" is a fresh, emotional, insightful, neck snapping, genre-less trip through the mind of this brilliant, innovative artist. It's times like these that I'm so very grateful that music like this still exists. Although it sounds like Shadow, those looking for the rebirth of 'Endtroducing' should look elsewhere. Anyone else looking for a new, brilliant experience should buy this right now. Say Word!

Another awesome aural adventure

As I've come to expect from DJ Shadow, this album is packed with complex sonic landscapes unlike anything I've heard before. Not for the timid, you have to listen to this with a curious mind, preferably with earphones to catch every nuance of his craft. The driving beats of "I Gotta Rokk", "Border Crossing" and "Enemy Lines" are in stark contrast to the playful exuberance of "Circular Logic (Front to Back) and the near-pop-iness of "Scale it Back", but no track is like another. It's a truly unique aural adventure for those not afraid to expand their musical experience by a few degrees. Don't be afraid!


Great mix from everything from trance to a classic feel of djing. It's beautiful <3


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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