Monday, May 25, 2009

DJ Shadow - "What Does Your Soul Look Like" (LP review)

Most people are probably familiar with DJ Shadow's "What Does Your Soul Look Like", parts 1-4. Part 4 and a slightly edited version of Part 1 appeared on 1996's "Endtroducing....", and all four parts appeared on the 1998 compilation LP "Preemptive Strike" arguably forming the core of the LP). But in 1994, "What Does Your Soul Look Like" was released as a single on Mo' Wax Records (albeit, a 32+ minute "single").

Even though I could create the same effect by creating a play list from "Preemptive Strike", I purchased the out-of-print CD version off eBay many years ago. As a collector, I just had to have the original release. "Endtroducing...." put DJ Shadow on the map and early singles (such as "Lost and Found", which was inexplicably left off "Preemptive Strike") gave a preview of where his music would go. But these four songs represent his finest work to date. If you are not familiar with these songs, you owe it to yourself to listen. If you are familiar with them, try decontextualizing them from the middle of "Preemptive Strike" and listen to them as release by themselves.

Standout Tracks: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 1.

Skip 'em Tracks: none.

Final Score: 10/10.

1 comment:

  1. DJ Shadow doesn't get the attention he deserves anymore. He's a great artist and a great person. Too bad his work isn't as popular anymore.