I’m fairly certain that it is either impossible or just foolhardy to try and live up to a near-perfect album like Endtroducing.Â And although DJ Shadow has said before that he is not trying to, his fans and various press outlets can’t help but make the comparison.Â And who could blame them?Â Endtroducing is an absolute gem of electronic music, one which if you haven’t had the pleasure of listening to, I suggest you stop reading and get a copy for yourself.Â You can thank me later.
Sadly, it seems a pattern for an artist’s fan base to want the same sound over and over, recreating that initial feeling in their minds that got them into the artist in the first place.Â Chasing this fix is ultimately fruitless in most cases, however it is most certainly a habit which has propagated through many generations of music listeners.
The press more or less follows in this pattern, although often thinly veiling it with some supporting adjectives and references to make you think otherwise.Â Unfortunately, while natural, this feeling can overshadow the act of actually hearing the new material for what it is, simply branding it as “not familiar” and moving on.
Pitchfork was quick to make that very mistake this morning while covering the release of two new DJ Shadow tracks were posted on his website (Both songs are freely available for download for September 13th only).Â These tracks are from his upcoming, so far unnamed release.Â Luckily, the tracks are posted for free, so the fans can make their own judgements.
While these tracks add nothing groundbreaking to DJ Shadow’s repertoire, it is certainly nice to see him getting back into the swing of releasing material under his own moniker. Â Personally, I cannot wait to hear what the rest of the album has in store.
Go ahead and grab a copy of the tracks for yourself over at DJ Shadow’s website (in much higher quality than here), but for now, you can stream them right here as well: