DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
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Based on 8 reviews
1996 Ratings: #1 / 56
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Based on 422 ratings
1996 Ratings: #2
November 19, 1996 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mo' Wax / Label
DJ Shadow / Producer
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Using hip-hop, not only its rhythms but its cut-and-paste techniques, as a foundation, Shadow created a deep, endlessly intriguing world on Endtroducing, one where there are no musical genres, only shifting sonic textures and styles.

It stands as an unparalleled achievement, the likes of which we may never see again.
Building the album from samples of lost funk classics and bad horror soundtracks, Shadow crossed the real with the ethereal, laying heavy, sure-handed beats under drifting, staticky textures, friendly ghost voices, and chords whose sustain evokes the vast hereafter.
Not only a hugely innovative album, but also one that reaches heights of musical perfection that few others can approach, this fully deserves 5 stars.
Slant Magazine
DJ Shadow is indeed an accomplished changeling, shifting from jazz aficionado to film composer to magnum turntablist in a matter of moments.

Entroducing practically folds you into its symphonic fantasia, the coming-of-age story of a 24-year-old bunk-bed dreamer.

DJ Shadow calls it hip-hop. We'll settle for groovy.
before this record, there was very little like this out there. based off of samples and how they can be mixed together, Endtroducing is a revolutionary album musically. but in my opinion, it doesnt have enough risks taken. some 5 minute songs repeat the same beat thirty times without changing much, and that just bores me. many tracks could have been cut right in half and kept the flow of the record perfectly. Shadow made some very fresh and innovative rhythms, like on Mutual Slump, but ... read more
This album is an elegant masterpiece. You will not find many beat tapes, playlists, or compilations that provide as clean and thorough of a listen as this collection of songs.

After the intro, the first real track, "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt" (which would later be sampled by Lou the Human) warms us up, ironically, with an icy cold beat. Chilling and eerie, the straight-forward groove eventually turns into an electronic drum solo over a funky guitar lick that returns ... read more
The Illmatic of instrumental albums. It is insane the amount of times I have listened to a song and have recognized it because it was sampled on this album. The man is a wizard.

Best Songs: Every song except...

Worst Songs: Mutual Slump
The brilliance of this record is in the melding of genres to the point of singularity, without polarizing any one genre. This was the LP that piqued my interest in the Hip Hop genre. Pouls [Sidebar: If you aren’t following this cat, do so now. His taste in music & clarity in review demonstrate how remarkably clued in he is on the subject of music.] 100 point score inspired me to revisit the album and I'm so glad I did. My suggestion: Music is an art form taking on many dimensions and ... read more
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Track List

  1. Best Foot Forward 
  2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt 
  3. The Number Song 
  4. Changeling 
  5. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4) 
  6. Untitled 
  7. Stem/Long Stem 
  8. Mutual Slump 
  9. Organ Donor 
  10. Why Hip-Hop Sucks In '96 
  11. Midnight In A Perfect World 
  12. Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain 
  13. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit)
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