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Video of the Moment #2408: DJ Shadow (feat. Steven Price)

By on Tuesday, 25th July 2017 at 6:00 pm

DJ Shadow has been a busy boy. Earlier this year, he dropped a collaboration with Nas, the incredibly catchy ‘Systematic’, my vote for this year’s best single so far, part of ‘Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack’, out now on Mass Appeal Records. Just this month, he released a new EP, ‘The Mountain Has Fallen’, naturally featuring a beguiling cast of guest stars. These include English film composer Steven Price, who won an Oscar for scoring the 2013 sci-fi thriller Gravity. ‘Corridors’, their ghostly-sounding, extremely atmospheric collaboration, has now been made into a music video, and boy is it spooky. But you can’t stop watching or listening! Watch and enjoy it below. For much more on DJ Shadow here on TGTF, come through.



Single Review: DJ Shadow (feat. Nas) – Systematic

By on Tuesday, 16th May 2017 at 12:00 pm

‘Systematic’ is the new release by Californian experimental DJ and producer DJ Shadow, and featuring lyrics from the hip-hop legend that is Nas. Before the record even starts, we are off to a good start and luckily, the track itself doesn’t disappoint.

DJ Shadow’s body of work has musical influence that stretches far and wide having released countless musical productions merging elements of hip-hop, rock, jazz and soul amongst other genres. He released his first full-length album ‘Endtroducing’ in 1998, which was the first ever completely sampled album, and even has a nice spot in The Guinness Word Records to prove it. After a lengthy career that has cemented his place as a pivotal figure in the world of experimental hip-hop, Mr. Shadow returned in 2016 with album ‘The Mountain Will Fall’, his first release for 5 years, which features equally politically charged hip-hop track ‘Nobody Speak’ featuring Run the Jewels. The marriage of experimental sounds and politically-charged rap works well, and Shadow suits the position of the beat master behind the show, the longevity of his career and signature sounds making him a well qualified professor.

Then we have Nas, an urban icon whose musical influence is felt beyond the world of hip-hop, and continues to leave an indelible mark on the culture. Nas’s debut ‘Illmatic’ was another key ‘90s hip-hop release, ground-breaking in the way it fused social commentary and progressive hip-hop beats from the likes of Pete Rock, Q-Tip and DJ Premier. Having both made seminal musical debuts back in ye old days of the ‘90s, new single offering ‘Systematic’ sees the two musical heavyweights come together in this track made for season 4 of the HBO show Silicon Valley.

Neither artist are new to collaborating and its shows on this slick, beat heavy offering. The track has a timeless sound to it, free of any musical trends or record label influence (not surprising, as the track is released on Nas’s own label Mass Appeal) and sounding like an honest expression of what both artists do best. ‘Systematic’ sees Nas bring his steady flow of socially conscious lyrics, which he delivers in a clear and concise way, never short of flow and rhythm. The music and lyrics are a marriage that fit perfectly, in sync and intertwined from the start. “Close your eyes / cover your ears do not listen / try to feel what I’m saying/ to make you feel is my new expression”, the chorus instructs us, and when Nas instructs, you listen. We hear an unknown sampled vocal that states, “Remember the past / cherish the present and work for tomorrow / the time is now’. This addition sounds both important and urgent.

The show explores the politics of those selected by the system to succeed, through the genre of comedy. The track mirrors the show’s theme of exploring a corrupt system, but switches comedy for the medium of music, and urges people to observe and act on a system in turmoil. “The system will defeat itself / never stays in a steady state / it over heats itself / it only feeds itself”, Nas tells us. In a moment in history where politically-charged dissident voices seem more important then ever, ‘Systematic’ is a breath of fresh air that gives exactly what we have come to expect from both artists. It’s also a nice stop-gap to whet our appetites for Nas’ much-anticipated album this year. Time to all come together and have a big old anti-system block party, hosted by Nas and DJ Shadow. Anyone else down?


‘Systematic’ by DJ Shadow featuring Nas is out now on Mass Appeal Records. The song will also appear the forthcoming ‘Silicon Valley: The Soundtrack’ to be released on the 23rd of June on the same label. To read more of TGTF’s coverage of DJ Shadow, use this link.


Video of the Moment #2224: DJ Shadow

By on Wednesday, 16th November 2016 at 6:00 pm

DJ Shadow released a new album this year, ‘The Mountain Will Fall’. While his collaboration with Run the Jewels on the incredibly catchy ‘Nobody Speak’ has probably overshadowed the rest of the new album, he’s got a new music video from the album for us. ‘Three Ralphs’ is a glitchy electronic masterpiece, brought to life by the artist Ruffmercy, who decided nightmarish cartoon characters splayed across a video screen was the way to go. Watch the video below. For more on TGTF on the incomparable DJ Shadow, go here.



DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist / February 2015 English Tour

By on Thursday, 18th December 2014 at 8:30 am

Header photo by Joe Conzo

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist will bring their collaborative Renegades of Rhythm tour to England in February, hot on the heels of their recent highly-acclaimed North American tour. The pair of world-renowned turntable artists will be spinning the vinyl collection of hip-hop icon Afrika Bambaataa in their onstage set, which will include the visual talents of multimedia producer Ben Stokes. You can take a peek at the Renegades of Rhythm promo video below the tour date listing. Tickets for the following shows are available now.

Tuesday 3rd February 2015 – Manchester Albert Hall
Wednesday 4th February 2015 – London Forum
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Bristol Motion



Preview: Snowbombing 2012

By on Tuesday, 3rd January 2012 at 9:00 am

To some people, snow not sun plus lots of sport is the way forward for music festivals. For those hearty souls, Snowbombing Festival in Austria is the festival of choice. Taking place next year on the 9th of April to the 14th of April 2012, the event will occur for the eighth time at the Tyrolean resort of Mayrhofen this year. Headlining this year will be the notorious Snopp Dogg. Other acts high up on the bill include Example, DJ Shadow, Groove Armada (DJ set) and the Vaccines. See the entire line-up on the official Web site here.

While the ticket buying process has been made very simple by the Snowbombing admin (the event wristband is included in the price of the accommodation you choose), the options are so numerous, you better head on over to the official Snowbombing page to decide for yourself what amenities are best for you.


Video of the Moment #606: DJ Shadow

By on Thursday, 20th October 2011 at 6:00 pm

DJ Shadow‘s album ‘The Less You Know the Better’ was released last week, and here’s the video for new single ‘Border Crossing’. The very real issue in the world today has been converted visually and sonically into the maelstrom that it is in real life.



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