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N0. 12: DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall

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The 12-track album finds DJ Shadow exploring new realms in addition to the deep samples and kinetic soundscapes that helped to launch his career 20 years ago. On ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ he’s shifted further toward original composition, a vast experimentation of beats and textures, synthesizers and live instruments including horns and woodwinds. The album features Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and more.

DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World (Ben Gomori’s Utopian Edit)

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Here’s Ben Gomori’s Utopian Edit of DJ Shadow’s Midnight In A Perfect World. Premiered on his guest mix on John Digweed’s Transitions show this week and being given away as a free download via Data Transmission.

Unofficial edit. I made this last month after having had the bones of it sitting there for about 15 months, finished it and then found out that by chance Shadow’s 20th anniversary re-issue of ‘Entroducing’ just happens to be out this month, so felt like good timing to finally get it out there. Hope you like it.

DJ Shadow – The Endtroducing 20th Anniversary Edition

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Fresh off the release of The Mountain Will Fall, DJ Shadow just announced his Endtroducing 20th Anniversary ENDTROSPECTIVE Edition, out October 28, 2016. This deluxe CD/LP collection features the original album as well as demos, alternate takes, live versions, and exclusive remixes from Hudson Mohawke, Clams Casino, Salva, Teklife, and more.

Pre-order the Endtroducing 20th Anniversary ENDTROSPECTIVE Edition on CD/vinyl now on DJShadow.com hereThe pre-order also includes a 12″ vinyl of “Stem / Long Stem” (Clams Casino Remix), which you can stream now on Vevo or below.

The CD/LP package will also include expanded liner notes from an interview conducted by the author of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing… (33 1/3), Eliot Wilder, and never-before-released photographs by B+ and Phil Knott. The 12 remixes, produced by some of electronic music’s contemporary groundbreaking artists, will also be available as a standalone digital album.

From DJ Shadow on the ENDTROSPECTIVE:
As a music lover, my favorite records always have some hallmarks of an era, but also sound as if they could have been made almost any time within a 20 year time span. I’ve always felt that as someone who buys a lot of records and sits there and studies them and kind of vibes off them, I also feel like once you put something out into the world, it can be discovered later. That happened so much with Endtroducing – 10 or 15 years down the road, people were discovering it.”

See the full tracklist for Endtrospective here and catch DJ Shadow on the North American The Mountain Will Fall Tour this Fall.

Video: DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak

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DJ Shadow has unveiled the music video for the song “Nobody Speak” featuring Run The Jewels, a standout track from his latest album ‘The Mountain Will Fall,’ out now on Mass Appeal Records. The video depicts a meeting of leaders that quickly descends into chaos, a scene not unlike what is unfolding in governments around the globe. It also features appearances by DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels.

Says DJ Shadow: “We wanted to make a positive, life-affirming video that captures politicians at their election-year best. We got this instead.”

Says Run The Jewels’ Killer Mike: “It’s such a dope video. It’s what I really wish Trump and Hillary would just do and get it over with…And even in that fight I think Hillary would win – and that’s not an endorsement.”

The video was directed by Sam Pilling and produced by Pulse Films, stars Igor Tsyshkevych and Ian Bailey, and was shot in NYC, London and Ukraine.

DJ Shadow – Bergschrund feat. Nils Frahm

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DJ Shadow has unveiled a new single, “Bergschrund,” from his forthcoming album ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ (Mass Appeal Records / June 24). The song is a pulsating, icy collaboration with Berlin-based musician, composer and producer Nils Frahm.

A North American tour in support of the new album has been announced for September and October including two nights each in LA (Sept 28+29/Teregram Ballroom) and NY (Oct 14+15, Music Hall of Williamsburg). See below for full tour dates. Tickets go on sale this Friday, June 10.

Says DJ Shadow on the “Bergschrund” collaboration: “Nils Frahm is an insanely smart composer. He created a sinewy, gated vintage synth line which I then expanded upon, hopefully to complimentary effect. Our track is called ‘Bergschrund,’ an obscure German word for a particular type of crevasse, or ice cliff, usually found on mountains at very high elevations.”

DJ Shadow will host three Beats 1 shows this year, the first of which will air June 23. The show will be called DJ Shadow Presents: #radioface. His BBC Essential Mix will debut on July 2 and he created a radio station for Pandora, the Producer’s Who Inspire Him Everyday: pdora.co/25IhBgI

‘The Mountain Will Fall’ is DJ Shadow’s first full-length release since 2011 and finds the groundbreaking artist shifting further toward original composition, experimentation, and live instrumentation.

Video: DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall

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DJ Shadow has unveiled the first music video from his new album, ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ (out June 24 on Mass Appeal Records). The otherworldly, gorgeous video for the title track features an astronaut floating across a mysterious planet and hurtling through a distant universe synched to the song’s “rolling, meditative” (Vice Noisey) rhythm. The video was created and directed by Territory Studios, who has worked on some of the biggest films of the past few years (The Martian, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron), plus video games like Forza, Need For Speed, Killzone and more.

Says director Marti Romances: “As huge fans, it’s been a pleasure to collaborate with DJ Shadow on the graphics. We’re really excited by the project and look forward to an amazing come back. The peaceful and long momentum of the song inspired us to create something very unanimated and mysterious. The part we like the most is where we see the astronaut being shot into hyperspace and then we see that being part of that cosmic constellation at the end.

DJ Shadow will host three Beats 1 shows this year, the first of which will air in June. The show will be called DJ Shadow Presents: #radioface. His BBC Essential Mix will debut on July 2.

‘The Mountain Will Fall’ is DJ Shadow’s first full-length release since 2011 and finds the groundbreaking artist shifting further toward original composition, experimentation, and live instrumentation. It features collaborations with Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm and Matthew Halsall amongst others.

DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels

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DJ Shadow has unveiled a new song from his forthcoming album ‘The Mountain Will Fall.’ The track is titled “Nobody Speak,” a collaboration with Run The Jewels. ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ will be released June 24 on Mass Appeal Records and includes the previously released title-track.

Occasionally, I make a beat that demands a specific vocal treatment and attitude. In the case of ‘Nobody Speak,’ I wasn’t going to settle for anyone other than Run The Jewels; in my mind, it was them or no one. Fortunately, they agreed, and they took the track to a place I could never get to on my own. That’s the definition of a rewarding collaboration.” – DJ Shadow

Shadow is a legend and a friend. When he makes music he often changes music forever. When he asked us to jump on the record we didn’t blink.”
– El-P of Run The Jewels

“Nobody Speak” is part of the Run The Jewels’ Record Store Day release this Saturday. The RSD exclusive, dubbed “VRTJ” is a Virtual Reality cardboard viewer that comes with a download code for the collaborative track.

DJ Shadow will host three Beats 1 shows this year, the first of which will air in June. The show will be called DJ Shadow Presents: #radioface.

Pre-order ‘The Mountain Will Fall’ here: DJShadow.lnk.to/TMWFso

TOUR DATES:
June 24 – Artefact Festival – Strasbourg, France
July 2 – Pitch Festival – Amsterdam, Netherlands
July 8 – Les Ardentes – Liege, Belgium
July 14 – Super Bock, Super Rock – Sesimbra, Portugal
July 16 – The Peacock Society Festival – Paris, France
July 17 – Benicassim – Benicassim, Spain

DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall

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DJ Shadow is back with The Mountain Will Fall, his first full length album release since 2011, out June 24th. The 12-track LP includes collaborations with Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall, & more. The album is available for pre-order today on TheMountainWillFall.com. Bundle options include The Mountain Will Fall t-shirts, posters, and limited edition screen prints signed by DJ Shadow and legendary UK street artist Paul Insect.

Head over to Pitchfork now for an exclusive Q&A on the new album, and premiere of title track “The Mountain Will Fall” here.

Pre-order the album now at https://DJShadow.lnk.to/TMWFSN. All pre-order bundles include an instant download of the eponymous first track from the album called “The Mountain Will Fall”, and all customers will receive the full download of the album on June 24th, 2016.

Friends,

On July 6th, 2015, I started working on my fifth solo album. I’m excited to announce that it is finished, and ready for you all to hear. It’s called “The Mountain Will Fall,” and it features Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, and Matthew Halsall, among others. Songs will begin to emerge in the coming days and weeks, but the official release date is June 24th via Mass Appeal Records and Liquid Amber. In addition to the standard digital/ iTunes version, there will be double vinyl and CD examples, as well as some limited goodies we’re putting together for fun. If you go tothemountainwillfall.com, you can sign up for additional updates from me as we draw closer to release.

I truly appreciate all of the support I have received in my 25 years of sharing music, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to do so again. I’ll be doing solo shows again starting in late June and continuing into next year, so I hope to see you all very soon.

Respectfully,
DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow – Swerve

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About a year ago, DJ Shadow launched his Liquid Amber Imprint with an EP of the same name, and since then, we haven’t heard any new solo material from him.  However, that is about to change. He’s been hitting it hard in the studio for several months, and has decided in keeping with the Christmas spirit to gift us with “Swerve.”  This battle weapon bumps hard, and will certainly spice up your holiday celebration.  Listen and download below:

DJ Shadow has been working on his new material that’s in all shapes and forms and this track is just one small piece of the larger and more diverse project that will be his LP next year.

Enjoy, and keep an eye out for more from DJ Shadow in the new year!

Flashback: DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World

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On November 19, 1996, DJ Shadow released on Mo’ Wax his debut album and probably one of the best electronic music albums of all time, Endtroducing…. Below, you can watch the video for “Midnight In A Perfect World”, one of the highlights of the release.