DJ Shadow releases highly anticipated double-sided LP ‘Our Pathetic Age’ [Stream]

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DJ Shadow releases highly anticipated double-sided LP ‘Our Pathetic Age’ [Stream]DJShadow Rolling Stone Credit Derick Daily

Since the first release of Endtronics in 1996, DJ Shadow has been a constant force throughout hip-hop. The veteran producer’s latest work showcases his diverse skill set and adds to his impressive discography.

The first side of Our Pathetic Age is entirely instrumental, featuring primarily experimental hip-hop production. On the second half, DJ Shadow enlists a smorgasbord of hip-hop heavyweights including Nas, Pharoahe Monch Pusha T, Run the Jewels and more. Tracks like Rosie” showcase DJ Shadow’s prowess as a forward-thinking producer, while “Rocket Fuel (feat. De La Soul)” proves that the old-school hip-hop style will never die. DJ Shadow explained Our Pathetic Age‘s thematic content in a statement:

“More than anything, I try to get a sense of the mood of society as a whole. The subtle signals that humans send each other, the way people behave, their frustrations and ebbs and flows. In my part of the world, people are scared. There’s rampant homelessness, and a real fear of falling into generational poverty. People are addicted to, and addled by distraction; they’re angry and confused, and disaffected by their own governmental institutions. There’s songs that are inspired by this energy and seek to harness it, to make sense of it. In some cases, there’s attempts to salve the wound; in others, the songs merely observe but don’t offer solutions. Despite the title, it’s a hopeful, vibrant album…there is always light in darkness. I want it to reflect the times we live in, a signpost in the ground to mark the era…Our Pathetic Age.”

Photo Credit: Derick Daily, via Rolling Stone

G Jones revives an old classic, with ‘Drift (Acid Mix)’

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G Jones revives an old classic, with ‘Drift (Acid Mix)’G Jones Maclyn Bean

Audacious experimentalist, G Jones has taken an acid-fueled stroll down memory lane. His newest release appears in the form of a rendition of “Drift,” first featured on the bass connoisseur’s debut EP way back in 2012, before getting the VIP treatment just a year later.

As gripping as it is frenetic, “Drift (Acid Mix)” emboldens Jones to flex the production wizardry that he’s known for, having been donned “the most gifted Ableton beatmaker” ever seen by none other than DJ Shadow himself. With the cut’s heavy infusion of acid synth work, the latest release takes on an audible flavor a bit unlike Jones’ typical work, while still possessing many of the Cali-based producer’s signature elements, from his hyper-attentive drumlines to the flipbook of melodic climaxes that his work is commonly lauded for. Organized chaos at its finest, the newest take on “Drift” never loses focus among the clutter of such a high-paced production.

“Drift (Acid Mix)” comes ahead of G Jones’ recently announced Tangential Zones, the respective epilogue to 2018’s widely embraced The Ineffable Truth.

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DJ Shadow shares ‘Urgent, Important, Please Read,’ the second single from upcoming LP, ‘Our Pathetic Age’

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DJ Shadow shares ‘Urgent, Important, Please Read,’ the second single from upcoming LP, ‘Our Pathetic Age’Djshadow Credit Derickdaily

Turntable mastermind DJ Shadow recently announced his upcoming LP, Our Pathetic Age, that will be his most extensive to date. The album is set to include 23 tracks, with half being instrumental, highlighting Shadow’s own production prowess and the other half featuring rappers that match his reputation within hip-hop.

The first single, “Rosie,” was from the instrumental section of the album. The new single, “Urgent, Important, Please Read” features three guest MCs: Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe and Daemon. Shadow has spoken that the theme of this album is humanity’s addiction to distraction, and now with guest vocalists in tow, he can bring that message to light with words.

The track begins with traditional rapping as Shadow drives the words with the rhythms he’s crafted in the beat. But from there the song becomes more of a thought-provoking sermon. Its last line is: “So there you have it. A few different perspectives to reinforce the notion that you are not going crazy, and you are not being paranoid, and everything that you’ve been worried about are the exact things that need to be on your mind. The question is, what do we do about it?”

After that, the track closes with over two minutes of just the beat, clearly leaving space for the listener to consider their own answer to that dreaded question.

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DJ Shadow plots new LP, ‘Our Pathetic Age,’ releases lead single, ‘Rosie’ [Stream]

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DJ Shadow plots new LP, ‘Our Pathetic Age,’ releases lead single, ‘Rosie’ [Stream]Shadow Working2 Bw

Three years after the release of The Mountain Will Fall, DJ Shadow is back with a new LP—fully loaded with 23 tracks, which is the most of all of Shadow’s releases. The title of the album is Our Pathetic Age, and it is due out Nov. 15.

This new long-player will be split down the middle between instrumentals and features. Eleven will be without a guest vocalist, and the remaining will call upon various artists who either match or surpass Shadow’s own reverence in the world of hip-hop.

As of now, Nas, Run The Jewels, Ghostface Killah, Wiki, De La Soul, and Raekwon are just a few of the rappers set to be featured.

“People are addicted to, and addled by distraction; they’re angry and confused, and disaffected by their own governmental institutions,” the producer said of the LP. “There’s songs that are inspired by this energy and seek to harness it, to make sense of it.”

While that commentary may seem cryptic initially, a listen to the album’s first single, “Rosie,” gives this idea form. This track represents DJ Shadow’s undeniable talent for sampling and switches between grooves and feels as only a legendary turntablist can.

Our Pathetic Age track list:
01. Nature Always Wins
02. Slingblade
03. Intersectionality
04. Beauty, Power, Motion, Life, Work, Chaos, Law
05. Juggernaut
06. Firestorm
07. Weightless
08. Rosie
09. If I Died Today
10. My Lonely Room
11. We Are Always Alone
12. Drone Warfare feat. Nas, Pharaohe Monch
13. Rain On Snow feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon
14. Rocket Fuel feat. De La Soul
15. C.O.N.F.O.R.M. feat. Gift of Gab, Lateef The Truth Speaker, Infamous Taz
16. Small Colleges (Stay With Me) feat. Wiki, Paul Banks
17. JoJo’s Words feat. Stro
18. Kings & Queens feat. Run the Jewels
19. Taxin’ feat. Dave East
20. Dark Side of the Heart feat. Fantastic Negrito, Jumbo is Dr.ama
21. I Am Not A Robot (Interlude)
22. Urgent, Important, Please Read feat. Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe, Daemon
23. Our Pathetic Age feat. Samuel T. Herring

NMF Roundup: Diplo remixes Kaskade, Spencer Brown takes on deadmau5 + more

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NMF Roundup: Diplo remixes Kaskade, Spencer Brown takes on deadmau5 + moreSpencer Brown Press 3 E1568995205752

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Diplo leads the charge this NMF with a sultry remix of Kaskade, Felix Cartal and Jenn Blosil’s “More,” and Spencer Brown previews deadmau5’s forthcoming here’s the drop! remix LP with his take on “fn pig (ov).” Cashmere Cat’s sophomore album makes its debut on Sept. 20, featuring song like the Christina Aguilera-sampled “WATERGIRL,” and Chris Lorenzo takes on Boombox Cartel and MadeinTYO’s “NEW WIP.” M83’s much-anticipated 15-song DSVII is out now, featuring songs like “Feelings,” and Kill Paris puts an even groovier spin on Haywyre’s already-funky “Storyteller.” Opiuo and Lafa Taylor shine in “Send It,” and Muzzy tackles Knife Party’s “Ghost Train” with a sinister rendition of his own. Billy Kenny and Huxley take to the dance floor on “SWEAT,” and Feenixpawl and Marcus Santoro bring the feels with “Forever Young.” Cristoph puts his own spin on The Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition,” and Dom Dolla plays with words on “San Frandisco.” David Guetta remixes himself as Jack Back in a new remix of “Thing For You,” and Luttrell paints a serene soundscape with his remix of Jai Wolf and Mr Gabriel’s “Lose My Mind.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

DJ Shadow re-ignites with De La Soul-assisted ‘Rocket Fuel,’ the first single from his upcoming LP

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DJ Shadow re-ignites with De La Soul-assisted ‘Rocket Fuel,’ the first single from his upcoming LPDjshadow Credit Derickdaily 1

DJ Shadow teams up with De La Soul to harness the positive grooves of old school hip-hop from a new-school perspective with “Rocket Fuel,” his first release since 2017’s The Mountain Has Fallen.

While the Califorina-based DJ-turned-producer earned a reputation for his found-sound audio collages in the ‘90s, “Rocket Fuel” represents 20 years of a musician honing his craft. Shadow still leans on the genre-centric concept of the sample, but conducts them alongside a myriad of original elements to paint a picture that’s entirely his own. The beat comes alive with a sizzling horn section, Shadow’s signature scratch-work and a commanding performance from the Grammy-nominated rap trio.

“It’s been a while since my last album The Mountain Will Fall, and the corresponding tour…and since the tour ended, I’ve been mostly silent,” DJ Shadow said in a press release. “This is because I’ve been focused and working on a ton of music. I usually try to avoid hyperbole, and I’m not super-comfortable hyping up my own stuff, but things are about to get pretty exciting.”

“Rocket Fuel” is the first track from DJ Shadow’s upcoming LP, which is expected to release later this year.

DJ Shadow re-ignites with De La Soul-assisted ‘Rocket Fuel,’ the first single from his upcoming LP

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DJ Shadow re-ignites with De La Soul-assisted ‘Rocket Fuel,’ the first single from his upcoming LPDjshadow Credit Derickdaily 1

DJ Shadow teams up with De La Soul to harness the positive grooves of old school hip-hop from a new-school perspective with “Rocket Fuel,” his first release since 2017’s The Mountain Has Fallen.

While the Califorina-based DJ-turned-producer earned a reputation for his found-sound audio collages in the ‘90s, “Rocket Fuel” represents 20 years of a musician honing his craft. Shadow still leans on the genre-centric concept of the sample, but conducts them alongside a myriad of original elements to paint a picture that’s entirely his own. The beat comes alive with a sizzling horn section, Shadow’s signature scratch-work and a commanding performance from the Grammy-nominated rap trio.

“It’s been a while since my last album The Mountain Will Fall, and the corresponding tour…and since the tour ended, I’ve been mostly silent,” DJ Shadow said in a press release. “This is because I’ve been focused and working on a ton of music. I usually try to avoid hyperbole, and I’m not super-comfortable hyping up my own stuff, but things are about to get pretty exciting.”

“Rocket Fuel” is the first track from DJ Shadow’s upcoming LP, which is expected to release later this year.

NMF Roundup: Medasin returns with ‘Mr. Skitters,’ i_o teams up with Tommy Trash, Feed Me releases first single from new album + more

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NMF Roundup: Medasin returns with ‘Mr. Skitters,’ i_o teams up with Tommy Trash, Feed Me releases first single from new album + moreStatement Festival Annika Berglund

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday. With the overwhelming amount of tunes hitting the airwaves today, Dancing Astronaut has you covered with the latest edition of The Hot 25.

Above & Beyond kick off New Music Friday in fine fashion with their new single, “Distorted Truth.” Tommy Trash and i_o unleash their much-anticipated collaboration, “Let Me Go,” and Medasin returns with his first original of 2019, “Mr. Skitters.” Diplo and Octavian make an impeccable team on “New Shapes,” as do Feed Me and Rosie Doonan on “Feel Love.” Hardwell and Dannic unveil “Chase The Sun,” and Au5 rounds out his two-track Energize EP with “Activate.” The Chainsmokers bring another pop-inspired number via “Who Do You Love” with 5 Seconds of Summer, and David Guetta, Brooks, and Loote gear up for festival season with “Better When You’re Gone.” Quintino can’t be brought down in his new single, and Pixel Terror return to Monstercat with “Ultima.” Tisoki delivers a fresh remix of Party Favor‘s “Blame,” and Jay Hardway takes off into the atmosphere with “Aliens.” R3HAB joins forces with Icona Pop for “This Is How We Party,” and Darude and Sebastian Rejman craft a euphoric dance number in “Release Me.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Photo credit: Annika Berglund

DJ Shadow shares new live LP accompanying documentary release

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DJ Shadow shares new live LP accompanying documentary releaseDJS LIM Grande

American record producer and instrumental hip-hop figurehead DJ Shadow has shared a new live LP, Live in Manchester: The Mountain Has Fallen Tour, the companion piece to a new documentary on the producer. The new nine-track live album was recorded at a sold-out show at England’s Albert Hall in October of 2017, where Shadow was touring The Mountain Will Fall, his 2016 studio album, and its EP follow-up, The Mountain Has Fallen.

The documentary premiered in Los Angeles late last month, and is now available on CD/DVD through Mass Appeal Records. Check out the trailer here. Last October’s performance captured a wide snapshot of DJ Shadow’s career-spanning highlights, now available on a new LP worth heavy repeated listening.