DJ Shadow just released his first career-spanning compilation, Reconstructed: The Best Of DJ Shadow. And in the two-disc set of tunes taken from his earliest pre-Mo Wax days, though his career defining albums Endtroducing and The Private Press, up until his recent full-length, The Less You Know The Better, sits two new tracks, including “Listen” which was cut with legendary UK rock-blues vocalist Terry Reid. Easily one of the most straight-forward records Shadow has ever producer, “Listen” blends dusty drums and guitar loops with Reid’s powerful vox. The man they call “super-lungs” doesn’t wail the way he did in the ’60s, when he was first considered as frontman for Led Zeppelin, but his voice is still rich and full. Check out the video for “Listen after the jump.
Throughout his career, DJ Shadow has ben of two minds. One is the forward-looking producer and turntablist who insists on evolving, despite the call on fans to maintain a status quo (usually fixated around the time of his legendary debut album, Endtroducing). At the same time, Shadow himself has always acknowledged the archival element to his work, whether digging through long forgotten crates looking for the ultimate samples, or compiling his own past, much of which has never seen the light of day.
It’s in the spirit of the latter that Shadow has announced Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996. As is indicated by the title, this 24-track collection will feature 24 unreleased cuts from Josh Davis’ DAT collection, all of it composed on his trusty MPC. There is no release date set for this double-vinyl, CD or download compilation, but you can download the 1996 track “Affections” after the jump. …MORE
Hailing from the West Coast’s Quannum Projects (home to DJ Shadow, Blackalicious, Tommy Guerrero, etc.) Lateef The Truthspeaker is a longtime MC with deep histories that precede him. As half of Latyrx (with Lyrics Born), half of Mighty Underdogs (with Gift Of Gab), and half of The Maroons (with Chief Xcel), there hasn’t been a shortage of work from the Oakland native. What is noteworthy is that, after all these years, all the tours, all the revered tracks, and a Grammy to boot, Lateef finally debuted with a long-awaited solo album, Firewire.
“I’m very happy with it,” he says of the new album. “I always try to keep busy but it was nice to finally focus on just my own songs.” Lateef’s focus has been what’s driven him and his crew since they were college-aged kids in the early ‘90s, known as the Solesides collective. It’s this early work that catapulted their subsequent careers, a body of work that ranks amongst the best the West has ever offered. And while “Lateef” translates as “gentle” in Arabic, Lateef the Truthspeaker is a vicious MC with a catalogue that precedes him. Here, we talk with this son of Black Panthers about work ahead in both political and musical realms, touching on some history, the time he battled Murs, the forming of Latyrx, old recordings and of course anticipated new ones.
Coachella has announced their 2012 line-up, which will take place for the first time over two weekend, Apr 13-15 and 20-22. Radiohead, Dr. Dre & Snoop and The Black Keys all signed on for headline spots, along with Swedish House Mafia, Justice, Kaskade and DJ Shadow. The big reunion for 2012 is So Cal post-emo legends At The Drive-In.