DJ Shadow, Endtroducing… (1996)
Well I’ve said all I really wanted to say about this album right here. And that blog-post came from finally opening a sealed copy of the album that I had held on to for a couple of years, picking the moment and sitting back with it; thinking back to all the times I’d heard this album in various states and locales over various years. It really is a magic album – one I’d never be without and one I could never grow sick of. I used to love reading the drummer articles in the drumming mags where some famous stickman would list all the albums that were the biggest influences on their playing and listening. I always thought that this album would be a fair example for that; certainly it’s one of my influences in that sense, a drum-heavy/drum-lovely album. Also it’s worth mentioning that this album did wonders for sales of the MPC; for legitimising it as an instrument. But the thing I love best about this album is how wholly/holy it feels; how it washes over me – a complete thing. In that sense I can draw a line from this album all the way back to Handel’s Messiah. They might have made music in ways the other would never understand, for audiences that are several lifetimes away from one another, but the result as a listener, now, feels like Shadow and Handel were on some (celestial) same page. And isn’t that what listening to music (and writing about music) is all about? One of my all-time favourites by anyone ever. Not a beat or piece of it is wasted. A perfect 10/10 album for me. Every time.
Sample Track: Midnight In A Perfect World
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