We’re pretty excited for the annoyingly long-titled new album from DJ Shadow, Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era (1992-1996). If you are too, you can pre order it now via Shadows' website.
The album highlights Shadow's earliest productions on the Akai MPC, and better yet, contains previously unreleased material, which include instrumental tracks from an aborted 1994 EP planned with The Gift Of Gab. That scrapped project includes the original demo of what would eventually become “Six Days.”
The collection of "MPC Era" tracks follows on from the much-loved "4-Track Era" releases from 2008 and 2009, and establishes a pattern, which 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 doesnt overshadow the new, I think its a healthy exercise for me, and one that re-calibrates me for whatever new musical path lies ahead. I think its important to revisit where youve been occasionally so that you can determine where to go.
Tip of the hat to Fact again for another nice bit of news. “DJ Shadow is set to play guinea pig for file-sharing giants BitTorrent.”
Apparently DJ Shadow has snuggled up with BitTorrent and will release 3 tracks off the record. It’s called a “BitTorrent Bundle” and will include free software plus archival images and footage from the period.