There's no firm release date (summer) or title yet for the next DJ Shadow album, but the reclusive artist has unveiled the first taste of new music in the form of "3 Freaks," which features undergroun
There's no firm release date (summer) or title yet for the next DJ Shadow album, but the reclusive artist has unveiled the first taste of new music in the form of "3 Freaks," which features underground rappers Keak Da Sneak and Turf Talk. A video for the track can be streamed from Shadow's official Web site.
The booming sound of "3 Freaks" may surprise longtime fans, as it veers far away from the moody, sample-laden soundscapes for which Shadow is revered. Instead, it leans more toward commercial hip-hop, an approach emphasized by the video, in which Keak Da Sneak and Turf Talk evade pursuers while mingling with scantily clad dancers.
No additional information has come to light about the album, which is the follow-up to 2002's "The Private Press." In-studio photos on Shadow's site show him hanging out with rapper David Banner, but it is unknown if he contributes to the project.
"Stylistically, it's very different from 'The Private Press,'" Shadow writes on his site. "Some have said 'Press' was an inward-looking album. If that's true, than this album is the opposite, and that suits me just fine. I've also stopped worrying if my changing taste in music costs me fans. You can't please everybody all the time, but you can please yourself."
Shadow will play his first solo shows in more than three years at the U.K.'s Wireless Festival, to be held June 23 in London and June 24 in Leeds. "I think the time is right to scale back and concentrate on putting a show together that highlights what I'm doing now, rather than an exhaustive retrospective," he says of the live show. "Maybe after two more albums it'll be time for another super tour, but for now I think we'll keep it to a size we can all digest."