There's often concern when a successful independent artist makes his way to the majors. Questions of credibility and artistic integrity often arise, but that won't be a problem for DJ Shadow. The Nort

There's often concern when a successful independent artist makes his way to the majors. Questions of credibility and artistic integrity often arise, but that won't be a problem for DJ Shadow. The Northern California DJ/producer makes an impressive major-label debut for MCA with The Private Press. Indie fans who were first introduced to Shadow's mix-and-match sample compositions on 1996's Endtroducing won't be disappointed. Blending different styles and genres, Shadow has crafted an aurally hypnotizing collection that is comparable to, if not better than, Endtroducing. Particularly effective is the sequencing. The one-two punch of "Mashin' on the Motorway" and "Blood on the Motorway" is, simply put, brilliant. Although the two tracks are very different, they share an emotional tie. The Private Press is proof positive that an indie act can go mainstream without losing its soul.—RH

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