DJ Shadow steps into the Israeli limelight

Key experimental hip hop figure coming to TA.

July 4, 2010 23:28
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DJ Shadow, a pioneer of instrumental hip hop, is coming to perform his first-ever show in Tel Aviv next week.

Born Joshua Davis in 1972, DJ Shadow is one of the key figures in the development of the style that came to be known as experimental instrumental hip hop.

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Beginning his musical journey in the late 1980s, while attending UC Davis, Shadow experimented with cutting beats and breaks on his own four-track, releasing his music on a label he established, Solesides. Although his work spread quickly through the hip hop underground, it was only his debut album, Endtroducing, which garnered him wider global attention.

The album, released in 1996 on James Lavelle’s Mo’ Wax label, is purely instrumental.

Each track on Endtroducing is a harmonic collage of samples and beats taken from records of various genres, ranging from funk to electronic music. The album is a first of its kind and is regarded a hip hop masterpiece.

His next LP, The Private Press, was released in 2002 and hailed as a worthy followup to Endtroducing. In 2006 Shadow released his most recent creation, The Outsider, which in addition to tracks bearing his signature style, includes tracks leaning more towards mainstream rap, and introduces a few vocal tracks featuring different vocalists and rappers, among hip hop artist Q-Tip.

In between, Shadow worked as a producer on various tracks and albums with other highly acclaimed musicians, such as Dan the Automator and James Lavelle. Most notable was his work for the debut album by U.N.K.L.E., with superstar guests including Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Richard Ashcroft of the Verve, Mike D of the Beastie Boys, Ian Brown and others.

DJ Shadow’s concert will be preceded by the “Kutiman Orchestra Live,” a project by Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel, who gained international fame with his ”ThruYou” YouTube-based musical mash-up creations.

DJ Shadow plays at Tel Aviv’s Exhibition Grounds on Wednesday, July 14, at 8:30 p.m.

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