DJ Shadow is very excited to announce a major new archival release exposing his early production on the Akai MPC. Containing entirely unreleased material spanning from 1992 to 1996, the project is entitled, “Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era, 1992-1996.” You can stream it here.
Included among the highlights are instrumental tracks from an aborted 1994 EP planned with The Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious), which includes the original demo of what would eventually become “Six Days.” The new collection of “MPC Era” tracks follows on from the much-loved “4-Track Era” releases from 2008 and 2009, and establishes a pattern that should be familiar to Shadow fans.
“I like to follow up new material (such as the recent ‘The Less You Know, The Better’ LP) with a tastefully-done archival project,” Shadow explains. “As long as the old stuff is given a context and doesn’t overshadow the new, I think it’s a healthy exercise for me, and one that re-calibrates me for whatever new musical path lies ahead. I think it’s important to revisit where you’ve been occasionally so that you can determine where to go.”
All tracks are previously unreleased.
DJ Shadow’s first full-length, “Endtroducing…”, was released in late 1996 to immense critical acclaim in Britain and America. “Preemptive Strike,” a compilation of early singles, followed in early 1998. Later that year, Shadow produced tracks for the debut album by U.N.K.L.E., a long-time Mo’ Wax production team that gained superstar guests including Thom Yorke (of Radiohead), Richard Ashcroft (of the Verve), Mike D (of the Beastie Boys), and others. Since then, Shadow has released three full-length albums, countless collaborative projects and has toured the world time and time again. He is a legendary DJ and artist who paved the way for the current electronic music scene.