Just the other day I was asking DJ Knife if he thought break beats would come back and we laughed it off. Sure enough the new DJ Shadow EP entitled Liquid Amber kicks off with them – this isn’t what I was expecting…
“Ghost Town” is an ambitious ride through many of the micro-genres within the Future Bass umbrella that have inspired me recently, while “Mob” is an intentionally stripped-down, Cali-certified head-nodder. Both songs were written, programmed, and mixed by myself, and they represent the forward steps I feel I’ve taken as an engineer.
He’s had some time to take those steps in the studio. It’s been 18 years since he first got a standing O for Endtroducing. Unlike it, and it’s follow up Preemptive Strike this new stuff is pretty much devoid of samples. Take a listen and see what you think.
I like the manic vibe of Ghost Town but it’s not a sound I really associate with DJ Shadow. Mob sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a shitty 3-d animation about robots rollin’ in Cadillacs. I’m feelin’ the Machinedrum remix that ties it up. It might just be because the bass is huge though.
If you’d like to see Shadow and fellow scratch legend Cut Chemist – they’re on a pretty long tour this fall you might be able to catch them on.
Is this a good look for DJ Shadow or should he stick with the sample world? Lemme know what you think in the comments.