DJ Shadow

There are tons of great DJ Shadow bootlegs floating around on disc and vinyl, but the stunning clarity and seamlessly mixed content of the official Live! In Tune and On Time puts them to shame. This 20-track, 78-minute CD (packaged together with a 24-track DVD) is culled from a performance at London’s Brixton Academy during the 2002 Private Press tour. Shadow’s set draws from his entire career, and there’s lotsa flips on the original scripts — some subtle, some extreme — to keep longtime fans happy. Deft hamster scratching and hyperkinetic jungle gymnastics juice up Private Press‘s “Walkie Talkie.” There’s an inspired mashup of U.N.K.L.E. tracks “Drums of Death” and “Lonely Soul.” Early singles “What Does Your Soul Look Like? (Part 3)” and “In/Flux” and Endtroducing‘s “Stem/Long Stem” are augmented by harder beats, scratches and alternate samples without destroying their beautifully blunted vibe. Shadow also taps into the ever-tricky “Organ Donor” while dropping Handsome Boy Modeling School’s “Holy Calamity” and Blackalicious’ “Halfway Home.” Songcraft and technical wizardry are not mutually exclusive pursuits in Shadow’s world, which makes this disc — like practically anything else he puts out — essential listening.

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