The Boiler Room has become the one stop shop for watching the best is electronic music artists perform their craft in an intimate setting of webcams and audience standing behind them. And what started as a showcase for young new London DJ talent has become a tour stop for veteran superstars like Thom Yorke and Carl Craig. Now add DJ Shadow to the list. The turntable legend performed last week, without his current Shadowsphere set-up, but still wowed the crowd with his one-of-a-kind technique.
DJ Shadow has released the third video off his recent album, The Less You Know The Better. The song features Little Dragon singer Yukimi Nagano, who has become something of the goto vocalist for electronic producers looking to add some human voice to their compositions. The video, directed by Ewan Jones Morris & Casey Raymond, is less literal than Shadow’s previous “Border Crossing” clip, which took literal translation of the song’s pro-immigration subject matter. But the intro clip featuring a guy who can memorize a deck of cards is pretty neat-o.
DJ Shadow has never been afraid to mix a little righteous politics into his pastiche of sample-heavy hip-hop turntablism. And “Border Crossing,” the new video from his latest album, The Less You Know The Better, follows that habit, focusing on the controversial immigration laws currently being practiced in Arizona.
The clip, by director Dean Fernando, utilizes vintage grindhouse footage off desert chases and huddled masses crushed against fences to reinforce the point made by the thrashing guitar track of Shadow’s tune. Maybe someone should do a banjo-diven remix to address the current idiocy happening in Alabama.
Lots of DJs are known for digging through record bins, but our friends over at self-titled spend a lot of time digging through YouTube looking for vintage clips for our nostalgic entertainment. They just dug up this 1997 interview with DJ Shadow and Grand Master Flash that aired around the same time as Endtroducing. Shadow explains how turntables work while Kurt Loder still stumbles on the word “hip-hop.”