The festival runs June 3 – 7 at Barcelona’s Parc Del Forum. Organizers are also eyeing plans for an international expansion, planting a flag in Los Angeles for a fall edition slated for September 19 – 20. Additional star power on the 2020 lineup comes by way of scheduled performances by Black Coffee, BLOND:ISH, Bad Bunny, 100 Gecs, Lana Del Rey, Ben UFO, Kacey Musgraves, and others. Tickets for Primavera Sound go on sale on January 16 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
DJ Shadow and De La Soul recently performed their first collaboration, “Rocket Fuel,” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! They were joined on stage by Babu from Dilated Peoples and DJ Melo D from Beat Junkies alongside a five-piece horn section.
The track is featured on DJ Shadow’s new 23-track album, Our Pathetic Age, that features the classic A and B side for a two-part long play. The first 11 tracks are instrumentals, while the B side runs with heavy-hitting features such as Nas, Run the Jewels, Pusha T, Ghostface Killah and more. “Rocket Fuel” featuring De La Soul, “Kings & Queens” featuring Run The Jewels, and “Rosie” were released as singles before the album drop.
Last year, the live performer released a live album and documentary of his tour supporting 2016’s The Mountain Has Fallen.
Pioneering Bay Area producer DJ Shadow teamed up with De La Soul on “Rocket Fuel,” the first single from his new album Our Pathetic Age. And last night, they teamed up again, performing live together for the first time ever to do “Rocket Fuel” on Jimmy Kimmel Live joined by turntablists … More »
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.”
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.
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.
It’s been more than two decades since the pioneering Bay Area turntable auteur released his masterpiece Endtroducing….. and essentially put together UNKLE’s heady psychedelic classic Psyence Fiction. And it’s been three years since Shadow released The Mountain Will Fall, his last proper album. But Shadow has never gone away … More »
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
Just in case you had (somehow)begun thinking that things were “going kinda alright” in the world — the illimitable DJ Shadow is back to school your dumb ass with his latest album — a double-vinyl affair bursting with over 20 tracks — appropriately entitled Our Pathetic Age. Hard to argue.
A bifurcated barrage of instrumental wizardry and vocal workouts (featuring the likes of Raekwon, Run The Jewels, and Ghostface Killah), Our Pathetic Age’s double-ness marks new territory for Mr. Joshua Paul Davis, who claims to have worked “for seventeen months” on the 23 track album, trying to deliver his “best and most personal” work to date. “Instrumentally,” he claims, “I think this is my most cohesive and satisfying set since the What Does Your Soul Look Like EP.”
Also, it turns out I was totally lying in that first paragraph, because, despite the doom-and-gloom title, Davis views the album as “a hopeful, vibrant album:”
As an artist, I feel an obligation to interpret the world around me, and there’s no denying that these are times fraught with angst and pain. Yet, always there is light in darkness, and that’s the energy I have sought to harness. As always, thank you for sharing the journey with me, and I hope that the new album meets or surpasses your broadest expectations.
No matter WHAT mood ultimately prevails, Our Pathetic Age will certainly be available on November 15 as a double-vinyl — including a special edition of 1000 “bonus” waxes, containing “instrumental versions of some of the rap tracks” exclusively at DJShadow.com — as well as a compact disc and even-more-compact digital download.
In the mean time, head here for more pre-order info, stream the instrumental track “Rosie” down below, and get ready to…feel…feelings…about…things.
Our Pathetic Age tracklisting:
01. Nature Always Wins
04. Beauty, Power, Motion, Life, Work, Chaos, Law
09. If I Died Today
10. My Lonely Room
11. We Are Always Alone
12. Drone Warfare (feat. Nas and 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 and Paul Banks)
17. JoJo’s Words (feat. Stro)
18. Kings & Queens (feat. Run The Jewels)
19. Taxin’ (ft. 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. Sam Herring)
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.