It’s been two decades since DJ Shadow‘s experimental debut Entroducing… in 1996. It’s been five since last LP the Less You Know the Better. But if the latest helpings from the forthcoming LP The Mountain Will Fall demonstrate anything, it’s that the producer has stayed true to a densely sample-adelic and loosely experimental sound.
With the imminent release of The Mountain Will Fall this Friday the producer has shared one final track. Appearing on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, the producer revealed The Sideshow. Outlining his motivation behind the track, the producer shared that he wanted to make a scratch track, but playing with conventions wanted none of the breaks to be recognisable. Perhaps a bit on an in-joke. “It’s cool to scratching from the same record, but it’s always the same sounds that have been on all the battle break records from the last 20 years,” Shadow explained.
Glitchy rhythms bounce, low-end bass rumbles, and mutating beats underpin guest vocals by Ernie Fresh. The track sounds like an open love letter to the vinyl DJing of eras past. The rapid mutations and slow grooving tempo of this crate-diving throwback show there’s something more here than just a cryptic challenge to aficionados.
This is the final track to be released from the upcoming album. Previous singles have including Nobody Speak ft. Run The Jewels, Bergschrund ft. Nils Frahm, and the title track, released late last year. The Mountain Will Fall comes out this Friday, June 24.
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