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DJ Shadow, a.k.a. Josh Davis, could be credited with bringing newfound introspection to the gloating sounds of hip-hop. Condensed with urban oscillations and scatological beats, Endtroducing shutters with eclectic samples and aural montages that reach beyond the constraints of hip-hop style. Enhancing the mix with fundamentals of rock, soul, funk, ambient, and jazz, the modern fusions fail to go unnoticed, even by the casual listener. While most of the tracks are compiled by layering samples from vinyl treasures found in used-record bins, the production quality of the mosaic is unmatched. Darkened melodies carry throughout the album with its eye on the end of the tunnel. The narration samples come from numerous sources and keep the listener involved and waiting for resolution. With a message as fragmentary as an overheard conversation, Endtroducing conveys no apparent conclusion, but begs the mind, body, and soul for some rewind. --Lucas Hilbert
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I am the proud owner of many CDs, but Endtroducing and Private Press are almost all I listen to these days. Not much music I hear actually gets me dancing, but Changeling, The Number Song, and Mutual Slump make me get up and boogie. So much GROOVE! I can't say enough good things about this album or the artist. Can't categorise him either. He's called DJ Shadow, but he's not your average scratch-break DJ. Ambience I think, is his thing.
If you don't own a DJ Shadow album, buy one today. You'll be a better person for it.
Also, don't rip him off, buy his album, don't burn it.
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'.
On to the music. The music is basically hip-hop with a huge influence of jazz, with a touch of drum-n-bass and trip-hop. With an exception of "The Number Song" and "Mutual Slump", the tracks are mostly mellow ambient pieces, and the entire album is very pleasing to the ears, and to the mind either. The abundance and variety of sampled cuts prove that Shadow has a deep background of music studying, since I've never seen anyone guessing the source of most of samples on this album.
Once again I'll insist that this record is an example of music that most of us have never heard before, and at least one album of DJ Shadow is a necessary listen. This one might be the best of them.
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A must have.
I got into his music in the mid 90's because of skateboard movies and I'm still hooked. Buy this and you won't reget it. Cheers!
never heard of them,but after listening to them,wow, really liked it, will sound great real loud on my 9. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mystro one! Read my reviews!
This has got to be my favourite hip-hop/alternative/whatever album of all time. Quality sampling, extremely clever guy. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2006
A couple years back i became interested in underground hip hop and turntablism. My first, and best purchase, was DJ Shadows Endtroducing. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Chris Nielsen
Dj shadow has proved that he is one of the greatest artists ever. With such diverse tracks and complex beats, Endtroducing will be something to look back on from years to come.Published on May 30 2004
In 1998 I had a crush on a girl named Ellie. On a rainy day we decided on an awkward quasi-date to Rasputin's Records and Blondie's Pizza. Read morePublished on April 19 2004 by Erik Russell Olson
Call it Trip-Hop, Hip-Hop, or rap, DJ Shadow really makes you think. For example, with an intro like "Best Foot Foward", you can truly believe you're going to go on a... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2004 by Charles
This album has got alot of critical acclaim and none of you have probably heard it. DJ Shadow is the master of sampling. Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by TrEE