Questions of ownership. Whose property is that drum beat, this organ, that voice? Of authorship. If I use your art for my art, do I become its creator? If not, does that tune belong to the guitar maker or the composer? Of permanence. If placing that snippet next to this one, or looping it, or giving it a beat, changes its original meaning, does art ever have a final form? A man in a room filled with vinyl, exploring every groove in minute detail, sinking deeper into his musical fever dream, the answers always a fingertip away, if he'd just.....
No idea about anything about this. Let's dive in. Best Foot Forward - Classic 90s rap intro. Not really music. Building Steam with a Grain of Salt - Lovely little piano line leads into a great hook. Quotes from a guy who MIGHT be JK Simmons? This track evolves into something that sounds a lot like Blockhead The Number Song - This reminds me of a Guitar Hero spinoff game called DJ Hero. Shadow has a great knack for mixing other people's melodies, drum beats, and samples. You could draw a direct line from DJ Shadow in the mid-90s to Girl Talk in the mid-2000s. Peppy with a lot of hard kicking drums. Changeling - A rainy, dreary, ethereal piece. Eventually a melody comes in that can only be described as Cyperpunk Weather Channel. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4) - Jazzy AF with a nasty little bass riff. Untitled - I have to imagine that this is the stinger at the end of Side 1 on the LP (and the cassette). Just a goofy little 20 second thing. Stem/Long Stem - A long medley of melodies Mutual Slump - This one didn't make a huge impression on me Organ Donor - I think this hook was LITERALLY used by Blockhead! Why Hip Hop Sucks in '96 - Frankly, I don't think it does! Midnight in a Perfect World - This one also failed to make much of an impression on me. Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain - Chill vibes What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 – Blue Sky Revisit) - Maybe the best track on the album? Overall this is excellent. You can hear the artists that influenced Shadow, as well as the artists he influenced. Excellent. Excellent. Excellent!
Conhecia já. Amo. Perfeito. Sampling at its best. Um dos meus álbuns preferidos, queria morar dentro dele. Músicas preferidas: Changeling, Stem/Long Stem, e principalmente Midnight in a Perfect World
Absolutely loved some of it. Some of it made me feel completely uneasy.
Didn't like the beginning but by the middle it was getting interesting
A load of samples expertly put together to bore you to death on a Wednesday morning. 2/5
Still do not see what people see in this album. I can appreciate the samples, but not the resulting sound, I guess.
Elevator music + noise
This is a beautiful album it needs to be felt, and feel it I do.
A classic. Great
One of my favorite albums ever. For me, this is where electronic music began.
Fantastic album, very awesome discovery
Great! Chill, and good to work to
I know it is only samples and not songs, but it was amazing :D
Wow! Wasn't expecting to love this so much.
Already knew it well. Classic. Bit depressing to be reminded it came out 25 years ago though!
Absolute classic of hip-hop. I have so many nostalgic memories tied to this album. The sampling game here is just unparalleled.
I'm very happy this album popped up, as it is already one of my favorite albums of all-time. It may be popular/over-rated in music circles on the internet, but I don't care about that. It's such an interesting, beautiful album with immense atmosphere. It captivates me like no other record has before, and that's just with samples and drums. Definitely has high replay value and is very memorable.
A hypnotizing cinematic sound and a masterpiece of reinvention by way of ingenious layering. Amazing dynamics along the way on this head-bobbing ride. I could stay inside this postmodern collage all night.
Still love this album. The beats, the bass, the samples, the soul. Especially noticed the sample from Bjork's Possibly Maybe on Mutual Slump, which made me very happy.
Really enjoying this album. Definitely one to come back to while riding my bike, chilling in the tub, or to have echoing through the house. Cool find!
I love plunderphonics but its just drawn out too much
Listened to this on a road trip, album pretty much finished, and I barely realised it was on. Not adding nor deducting points for working with Zack De La Rocha later down the track.
Boring. Sampling is just such an uninteresting act. I don’t care for it.
Couldn't listen to it all.
Not a fan
I don't get this album, pretty sure that I listened to it before a couple of times but it doesn't inspire anything in me at all. Maybe it's an album of it's time but not for me.
dont really like it
What a waste of time! Not my music genre at all. Did not like a single track of that album
Too experimental for my taste
Not my cup of tea.
One of the greatest. I love this, but am partial to private press
Fantastic production! Heard DJ Shadows on a lot of features, but this is the first album I've listened to.
Many good beats
An extra one for nostalgia
Just an immense album. Instrumental hip-hop but more than that. Just listen to it. BT: Building Steam With a Grain of Salt, The Number Song, What Does Your Soul Look Like - Pt.4
Utterly unmissable. Seminal. Timeless.
i like this very much Cool Beats?? really cool beats
Me recuerda a cuando descubrí a dj shadow, brutal
- mix of old school hip hop electronic instrumental vibes - each track blends right in with the next - lots of sampling - enjoy the journey it takes you on; feels a bit like a movie soundtrack in that regard rather than lofi/trip-hop style music
track 1 - sets up the album great, nearly all samples track 2 - starting track 2 sampling one word of a sample from track one very meta, great example of how a sampler is an instrument. This album and this song got me through college, great song to throw on while studying/programming. "The music's coming through me" track 3 - starts off with a song that has breakdown but doesn't even sample that part but choses a second sample to use for it. oldschool rap sound. track 4 - super mellow transmision 1 - always loved that film sample track 5 - never was one of my favourites from the album, sneaky kraftwerk sample hidden in there. track 6 - don't remember this song, what is this sample haha track 7 - banger. love the film sample at the end continuation of previous one. The drums are perfect over the strings/organ. Organs are later fleshed out in organ donor song, Giorgio Moroder - Tears. Great transition into the 2 songs this essentially is. Great version of this with heat sample that came out later. The sample at the end is a comedy sketch but the way it is played makes it sound like a madman from a film or a one man show or something. transmission 2 - love that musical sample, super chill then into another film sample about transmission from aliens. track 8 - alien sample previously into a chewie sample. Dj shadows wife talking, scratches, semi nonsensical lyrics around wookie sounds and screams and crossfader sounds. track 9 - simple sample but perfect mix/additions to not be too boring another great study/programming track. track 10 - cool little continuation with different keys after. "Why Hip Hop Sucks In ’96" = "It's the money" track 11 - jarring and chill at the same time somehow. That is gift of gab sampled at the end and the Gab Remix of this is excellent also. That version expands further on this song as being about the Doomsday Clock at the likely / upcoming end of humanity. track 12 - another odd alien film sample over banger drums and sparing bass, bird chirping and guitar. very long. track 13 - radio/transmissions at the start set the mood for the eerie/melancholic outro. The drum samples on this album really help make it. transmission 3 - final / "repeat" alien sample, always loved those samples and this one as it lowers / fades out with more information being given and the twin peaks sample is an odd ending to an album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpbWz7QvJAo - most samples
this is actually pretty good. I like it. Favorite tracks: Building steam with a grain of salt, Stem/Long Stem
Very Nice. Great drums. Love the samples. First listen score : 10/10
4.7 + Love this record almost as much as “Donuts” by JDilla, another legendary DJ (RIP). Sophisticated, evocative.
Oh yeah this one's a favourite. Had this on vinyl for a few years. Stands as a giant in this style of music. Loved revisiting it! 5/5
Awesome chill beats
This is still really good! 4 or 5 , that's the question. I think the Zeitgeist for me takes it to 5
Amazing album, one of my favourites. Why don't I own this on vinyl yet
Una obra maestra, yo pienso. "Organ Donor" me maravilló, pero en sí, muy satisfecho con este disco, con todos sus sonidos 10/10.
no tenía idea de dj shadow. pero se ganó mi corazón. 100/10 a este disco. Aburrido, dark, maravilloso. Favs: Stem y Organ donor.
This is a lot of nice beats and I think it’s full of material that’s been sampled a lot. “Before we get started” right in the first song. I really liked listening to this. Favorites: building steam with a grain of salt, changeling, stem/long stem. I read the Wikipedia and it’s an album full of vinyl samples layered into new material
A classic hip-hop / trip-hop album from the nineties: great samples, great atmosphere and very coherent. I listened to it again and still like it very much.
Kuuntelin tätä joskus yläasteella/lukiossa. Building Steam on musta ainakin ollu aina ihan tajuttoman kova biisi. Nyt kolahti kovaa myös esim. Stem. Todella hyvä levy, jotenkin yöllinen tunnelma (teksteissäkin toki mainittu keskiyöt ja kuut mut se myös _kuulostaa_ yöltä.) Oli parempi ku mitä muistin.
I got this album when I was 15 or so. I've loved it ever since. Moody, atmospheric, with beats that sounded like nothing else ever at the time. It introduced me to the concept of crate digging for which I am so grateful. Dig out the extended mix of Organ Donor if you can. The 90 seconds you get on here almost feels cruel - like here is the best song ever but you can only play for a moment. I forgive it, because Building Steam, The Number Song, Midnight and What Does Your Soul Look Like also deliver at that level, and I suppose he had to make it all fit on wax somehow (hint, drop Why Hip Hop Sucks in 96 - while it remains true in any year, the joke wastes 40 seconds!) Before Timbaland and Dilla, there was this, and damn it was good - a real shame his tracks are almost too distinct to be rhymed over (though RTJ do a great job).
Gets boring at times, but I like it. It sounds like something that could inspire some of the genres that I really like today. Mostly electronic x-core-esque, but also the hip-hop of some of the samples. It has a vibe, not a strong one, but one. "Number Song" slaps hard! "Changeling" reminds me of the loading music for Mario Kart Wii Online for some reason. The darker songs almost have a sewerslvt kinda vibe. Love it. "Midnight In A Perfect World" is pretty bad actually. If it'd lose the vocals it'd be great. A 4 or a 5, this is awesome. About 8.5/10
He really nailed the pacing and atmosphere of this. The book review is corrwct in saying it instantly sounds familiar. Love it.
I'm a sucker for dark, creeping, atonal beats and this has them in abundance. Loved it thoroughly.
Baš sam ga ponovno u cijelosti preslušao prošli tjedan. Znam da puno o tome vodim brigu i dosadan sam možda, ali ovaj album dođe do savršenstva kad ga se sluša u kasne noćne sate. Sve su pogodili. Instrumentali, nokturalni osjećaj, mješavina trip/experimental/instrumental hip hopa + plunderphonicsa. Odlični prijelazi u dijelove albuma preko transmisija - imaš filing kao da je nekakva radio stanica. Ako baš moram najdraže izabrat to bi bile: Building Steam With a Grain of Salt, Stem/Long Stem i Midnight in a Perfect World. Preporuka svima jer ovo je obavezno štivo ovakvog žanra. Čak i za one kojima ne paše toliko hip hop (Anita), vjerujem da je bar instrumental prihvatljiviji.
Sick drums, funky beat, hypnotic mix
Trance-like, hypnotic, relaxing, laid back. An album that I had heard before but upon recent, multiple listens, it definitely grew on me and I realize its significance. It's like listening to the Chill station on Sirius XM, which actually may not exist without this. Classified as instrumental hip-hop. Stoner hip-hop could also fit. Built over a two-year period almost entirely out of samples from funk classics and bad horror soundtracks.
Have always known of its existence, but never properly sat down and listened. It's truly a marvel.
One of the all time greats
Still as groundbreaking and fresh as the day it was released. A modern masterpiece.
Elevates the skill of sampling to the highest art form, Shadow brings a chill out hip hop vibe from classic vinyl and has the heads bopping in the room. It’s such a well crafted album - the entirety sounds like movements from a symphony, so brilliantly is it assembled. Above all else it pushes the boundaries of what sampling is and can do and shows the world this ain’t just stealing from the work of other artists (all artists steal all the time - that’s how you make something new) but is homage, tribute - that Shadow’s instruments are turntables and samplers and hooks and riffs makes him no less a musician. A five star classic.
Cracking album. Holds up well today.
Rad. An old classic
Greatest damn thing ever
Szok. Nie znam dobrze trip hopu, ale wszystkie klasyczne albumy, jakie z tego gatunku słuchałem bardzo mi się podobały. A tutaj mamy właściwie gościa, który wymyślił nazwę i w dużej mierze wymyślił brzmienie! I to brzmi dobrze, a nie sztampowo. Atmosfera jest niesamowita. Tempo jest tak zróżnicowane, że właściwie się w żadnym momencie nie znudziłem. Nie ma tragicznych utworów ani zapychaczy. Parę jest po prostu fenomenalnych - Building Steam With A Grain of Salt czy Stem / Long Stem (Medley). Ale gość osiągnął tu idealny balans między posiadaniem charakterystycznego brzmienia i posiadaniem unikalnych piosenek, niezlewających się tak jedna w drugą. Z tego co widzę album był przyjęty bardzo dobrze i zupełnie ma swoje miejsce tutaj, biorąc pod uwagę opinie publiczności i krytyków. No i stworzył podwaliny dla instrumentalnego hip hopu. Ja sam uczciwie daję 5. I to mocne 5.
Took me by complete surprise. There's something really pleasurable about this music. Ambient-ish in nature, combined with very interesting sampling it created a specific vibe which I really enjoyed. Overall a worthwhile experience. I feel this album definitely inspired many later artists. I may have found a new album friend :) Highlight: What Does Your Soul Look Like (Pt. 1 / Blue Sky Revisit)
‘All my life,’ remarks one among the hundreds, maybe thousands of samples on 'Endtroducing…..'- samples as numberless as the stars in the sky- ‘I felt content to stargaze… Now I only want to melt.’ I feel like I’ve experienced both on this amazing LP. If I’m not mistaken, this is a bit of conceptual downtempo, trance electronica composed around the general theme of extraterrestrials broadcasting from the future, ‘using you brain’s electrical system as a receiver… in order to alter the events you are seeing.’ The aliens continue, ‘Our technology has not developed a transmitter strong enough to reach your conscious state of awareness, but this is not a dream. You are seeing what is actually occurring for the purpose of causality violation.’ This is a direct quote from the final track, that completes the story line parceled out over the length of the LP. I’m purposefully avoiding the use of the term ‘lyric’ because these are not really songs in any conventional sense. Rather, they (several at a time) are deconstructed from their original recordings and then reassembled, repurposed really, into something new, something quite beautiful actually- ‘Midnight in a Perfect World’ being one perfect example. 'Endtroducing…..' delivers deep, rich and steady funky bass lines around which synthesized sounds swirl, samples rise and fall, and seriously syncopated drums dazzle. Undergirding the whole thing is that nostalgic crackle and pop of old school vinyl being caressed by a diamond needle as it spins away on the turntable. Never was techno more seductive, not to mention creative. DJ Shadow offers an unexpected 7/4 prog rock time signature on ‘Changeling/Transmission 1,’ and ‘Stem/Long Stem/Transmission 2’ features enough tempo and melodic changes to keep the listener entranced. Perhaps enchanted might be more appropriate, finding myself, often, on the borderline of falling into a meditative state. To be honest, I embarked on this listening mission with a negative bias, informed that DJ Shadow had composed this mostly instrumental work almost entirely of samples, and exclusively on one machine. I’ve listened to other similar works and quickly grew weary of the redundancy and lack of creativity. Not so on 'Endtroducing…..' Not so at all. I was hoping at the End it was only just Beginning.
This just really really good. Never listened before but yum.
DJ Shadow never raps a single line but is one of the most consequential hip hop producers ever. He builds long contemplative beats featuring unusual instrumentation with virtually everything being sampled. This album, typically regarded as his best might best be described as trip hop though I hear some industrial sounds that would later be incorporated into hip hop. DJ Shadow is a master of layering and composition. He strips other music for parts and when he’s finished, the whole is certainly greater than the sum.
FIVE STARS An all-time classic and a personal favorite of mine. This is the seminal album of the "Jimmy Page of the sampler". Put your earbuds on and play this wonder as you're walking or driving through a big city at night. Urban heaven. Sublime and enticing. A feeling of eternity. It's *this* good. As is usually the case with those five-stars albums, I won't write a full-blown review about this particular record, because others have already written wonderful stuff about it and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. It's just a gem. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter
Excelente! No lo había escuchado jamás
Game changer! Still holds up well too, doesn't sound dated.
Really really good, loved how I hardly noticed the tracks changing
Listened to it before and quite liked it.
7/10 F.t.: organ donor
Very nice listen
It's simultaneously discomforting and serene. Relaxing, and a hair stressful.
Shadow is a legend and this album is a perfect encapsulation as to why. Chill yet electric-- it showcases his talents as a DJ.
Like this a lot. This will be on the playlist
How can something so important be so boring
Unlike anything I've heard before! Cool vibes, new sounds.
great samples, good tracks
Pretty good music to zone out to. A lot of it was instrumental.
Stem/Long Stem best song on album
I liked this. More like mood music, but not bad.
Atmospheric trip hop
Some OG dj chops. This album takes hip-hop style, rhythm, and structure and use the beat too expands opon it. Shadow took the equipment thats was used too warp sound and instruments to make a song and used the instruments them selves as instuments.
Was not excited to see a 90’s hip hop album today, but the full instrumental beat making and sampling was rad! Real good stuff and glad to have come across it!
Madre mía. ¿Cómo no conocía este disco ni a este músico? Puro sampler y hip-hop de los 90. También tiene un aire a IDM como los Boards of Canada. IMPRESIONANTE!!!
I was very impressed with this album and realize how influential it was to the DJ scene in the late 90's and aughts. I used to love a lot of this type of music and it heavily influenced my pandora playlist back in 2009 or so. Midnight in a perfect world is a great track.
Ok, isso foi bem mais interessante do que achei que seria
Great album, but some songs are just too damn long and it's pretty ambient overall
Tracks 2, 3 and 13 are massive.
Mick said its brilliant
Some excellent tracks on here, very varied
Big fan of this, great background/chill music with a ton of different musical elements thrown in. Some of the songs, like Midnight, are pretty creepy and have a cool ambience Saved: Stem / Long Stem, Organ Donor, Midnight In A Perfect World
Découverte intéressante !
This is quite a unique album. All the songs here are quite mellow hip-hop tracks but they all have a different flair to them due to the stylistic differences found on each song. This is all supported by a solid rock back heat
Je peux clairement imaginer pourquoi cet album est culte et je comprends l'influence qu'il a pu avoir sur les genres comme le hip hop, mais aussi la house ou la techno. Même si ce type de sons un peu cheper sans paroles n'est pas mon genre de prédilection, il y a quand même quelques pépites que je peux beaucoup apprécier. En tout cas, je pense que cet album a clairement sa place dans les 1001 meilleurs albums de tout les temps car il est indéniablement de très bonne qualité!
Putting together the pre-recorded music for church has given me a good appreciation for just how difficult and involved the craft of the producer is. You can have a bunch of samples, you can have an idea for how they’ll fit together, but making that actually sound good when those clips have such wildly different audio quality takes is difficult and awe-inspiring when done well. I love this, love the vibes, love the sound. Favourite track: “Building Steam with a Grain of Salt”
A great listen. Another album that had passed me by, but was solid. Will definitely come back for more
Great songs Some are just interludes
Musically, this album was pretty good. I was expecting rap, but was pleasantly surprised.
// Favs: Best Foot Forward / Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt / Stem Long Stem / Organ Donor Score: Decent 4
Smooth and easy listening
Judging by the cover and date of release, I was expecting East coast hip hop. I was pleasantly surprised, with the instrumental chill hop vibes.
This album caught me off guard. I'm listening to these albums while working but this one kept drawing me in. Just as I'd start getting into the grove of a long melodic song it would mix it up, keep me on my toes. Initially I thought the song changes were a bit jarring but towards the end I realised the album was breaking up the pace with shorter tracks, funny bits etc in the same way that the individual songs were. I felt like I wanted more of some tracks and less off others. It's like a Nolan film, I'll get more from it the second time cos I know what to expect.
05/06/2021 Ricardo was here
Hmmmm, thats pretty good~
Gostei, não é algo que eu procuraria ouvir, mas é uma vibe bem urban 90s, definitivamente vou voltar a escutar em outro momento ao longo dos dias!
July 29, 2021 (actually July 30, 2021) I really didn't hate this as much as I thought I would. Great background for working. Actually kind of... good? Not what I usually like at all but I'm into it. Especially enjoyed "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt".
Aaah yeah this was my jam back in the day, had organ donor on repeat for months. Probably enjoy the Private Press a little more overall but this is one of the foundations of instrumental hip hop. Not everyone will like the aesthetic and the quirky samples, but you have to at least acknowledge the amazing drum programming, looping and sampling. Nearly every sound on the album came from something that was already recorded, yet it's all completely original.
Still sounds good but less innovative than I recall.
Like a proto “lofi beats to study and/or chill to” or whatever. I dig it.
Yes very good
Let’s talk about flow, shall we? An astonishing river of sound, and DJ Shadow the river guide with a firm hand on the paddle so you see just the sights he wants you to see whilst you sit slack-jawed at the dramatic scenery and the vastness of the sky. You can’t predict what’s just around the riverbend and nor do you want to. You’re happy floating, guided, gawping. There are few rapids to be found here (he said, leaning far too heavily into his river-guide metaphor). The pace is never rushed, and could perhaps do with a little more variety - but then why crave variety with a sound as crisp and clear as a sun-scorched blue sky?
Vibey and skillful
A classic that spawned a decade of instrumental hip-hop albums. Definitely encapsulates the feeling of the burgeoning underground hip-hop scene.
Reminds me of the Maxwell Implosion, Dimitri from Paris, Chill Sirius XM station. Downtempo electronica. Not feeling like it's hip hop. Maybe I don't know what hip hop is.
Trip hop com clima conceitual
Полный семплинг, интересно послушать. Ну и основы трип хопа в Зеленоградске приятно постигать.
Another good hidden gem. Listened while riding the bike through the streets of DC, really enhanced the experience.
Brilliant. Formative. Have always loved the sample genre. Look forward to more listens.
Big beats. Good background music that frequently demands your attention. Very relaxing, could smoke to this. Favorite tracks: "Midnight in a Perfect World", "Changeling / Transmission", "Building Steam With a Grain of Salt"
I need to buy this
Chill beats. Great for background noise.
Can see how this was a huge inspiration for a lot of people.
Pretty neat. Good beats. Fun atmosphere. Inventive (naturally). Would put on again for studying/etc.
Entire album of flawless beats. An inspiration for DJ's everywhere. Today there a thousands of YouTube video created by at home DJ's that sound similar to Entroducing, but when it came out, it was unique.
This is like all those youtube trip hop videos I would study too... except the crowned jewel that everyone should model after. Samples are incredible. They're mostly lesser known pieces that work so well together to make a collective effort that flows and contributes to an overall mood yet has a lot to offer with each track. It might be kinda strange to think that an album founded on samples could be deemed consistent when it takes from so many genres and so many artists, but it's the way he reuses those samples, and overall the themes is incredibly impressive, some of the best I've seen. The most popular tracks "Building Steam" and "Midnight in a Perfect World" are the most chill and best exemplative of the genre, but by far the tracks most likely to by your consciousness if you're not actively paying attention. "The Number Song" is my favorite for sure. I love the drums and the funk that gets me grooving in an excited sort of way. "Changeling" has a futuristic feel to it. "What Does Your Soul Look Like" is smooth and jazzy. I like how Pt 4 is still very much involved and deep in the mood, but then the album closes out with Pt 1 which feels like the fog has been cleared up and you could hear the jazz so clearly. "Stem" feels very atmospheric yet anxious, like I'm in a dark, creepy cave full of danger. The organ interjection reminds me of Luray Caverns' Great Stalacpipe Organ. I like the organ piece in "Organ Donor," they definitely could have stuck that in "Stem." I wouldn't have minded the extra length. "Mutual Slump" is another favorite of mine, although I'm not quite sure how to describe it. Maybe it's the high energy, weird sounds, and avant-garde jazz that gets me to vibe with it. Not only did I feel no track overstayed its welcome, but I actually wanted each track is keep going. Even the long ones that went on for over 7 minutes, I would love extended versions of them. Despite being a little over an hour, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience.
Wow, just really, really good! I'm reserving my 5 star ratings for the best of the best of the best, but this is close. First time hearing this and I'm so glad I did.
How have I never heard this album? Unique sonic collages within the language of hip-hip. Stands alongside Massive Attack!
Nice groovy background music
meaty art hip hop
Thought I didn’t like DJ Shadow but think I just haven’t listened properly before.
This is of so much in electronic music ethos in here. Crazy to think of how much impact this style would basically take over the world and put music on its head. Changeling is a cool track and doesn't overstay its welcome even at over 7 minutes. Stem/Long Stem goes into some weird cool places. The Organ Donor theme comes up a couple times previously but the track itself is the power of a compelling hook. What Does Your Soul Look Like is a relaxed groove.
Always liked this album, it pretty chill and the motif is always interesting. It's not the most interesting sample-based album for me but it feels like it was pretty ahead of its time and definitely set the stage for hip-hop sampling. I'm also a fan of his sampling ethos to avoid using popular material, and if you do to use it in a way to not be able to pinpoint it back to its source. it An impressive debut for sure.
Listening to this makes me feel like I'm in the hands of an expert I can trust. So good!
7/10. This one was weird and I am not sure what to think about it.
When listening to an album by a DJ, there is an expectation of repetitive yet layered composition. "Endtroducing" is not short of this, but where DJ Shadow separates from the pack is that we maintain anticipation for how each song unfolds. Better even, is that every track can stand on its own and for that this listener is grateful.
Midnight in a Perfect World followed by Napalm Brain was great
Ah, sama kuin Boatman's Callissa, että toimii selvästi paremmin nyt kuin nuorempana. Alkupuolisko erittäin hyvä ja jopa tanssittava, kun tajusin luukuttaa kovaa. Lopussakin tietty legendaarinen Midnight ja Pekka Pohjola.
So smooth! So good!
Pozytywne zaskoczenie, bo mocno zareprezentowana instrumentalna czesc murzynskiej muzyki, tym wprowadzeniem pana DJa Shadowa, ktory choc czarny za bardzo nie jest, to jednak wie jak w samplowanie, bo ponad godzinny krazek jest kopalnia klasycznych murzynskich sampli jazzowo funkowych, jak i zarowno wprowadza sporo rokowych elementow, chocby nirwane czy metalike, ale gdybym mial wybrac swoj ulubiony sampel plyty, zdecydowanie kierowalbym sie w strone traka organ donor, ktory sampluje tears od Giorgio Morodera z 72, chociaz w instrumentalnym rapie sample to spora czesc muzyki, to jednak umiejtnosc ich wykorzystania i zabawa nimi jest najwazniejsza, a jako ze jest to debiutancki krazek, to ma w sobie on sporo tej swiezosci, naginane tutaj sa reguly tworzenia instrumentali lat 90, bledujac instrumentalne soundtracki do zycia z luznymi kawalkami pelnymi skreczy i funkowych sampli, wzbogacone o noirowy klimat i przyprawione skitami, ktore skladnie lacza kolejne kawalki, pierwszy raz slucham dzisiaj endtroducing i raczej bym nie dal jej ponad 25 lat, bo brzmi tak wspolczesnie, moze to rowniez przez to, ze tak sie juz osluchalem z ostatnimi materialami od pana Shadowa, wiec z our pathetic age czy the mountain will fall z ktorego traczek z RTJ chyba najwiekszej popularnosci mu narobil w mainstreamie, wiec pozytywne zaskoczenie, ze instrumentalny hip hop rowniez ma swoja reprezentacje na liscie i to jeszcze z hameryki, bo jeden moby juz wystarczy na 1000 albumow, na plejke instrumentalna traczek organowy, building steam with grain of salt i magnum opus plyty czyli midnight in a perfect world
Cuando se tienen un gusto exquisito por la música y se hace un disco entero a base de samples, el resultado es este. Elegante y refinado en todos los cortes, este álbum debe ser escuchado de principio a fin y saboreado con calma para disfrutar de una maestría inusual en un disco de debut. Aunque parece fuera de lugar destacar una canción por encima de otra en este trabajo, mis favoritas son “The Number Song” y “Midnight In A Perfect World”. Estoy seguro de que “Endtroducing…..” ha servido de inspiración a gente como The Avalanches. Una auténtica obra de artesanía.
Strong! Catchy beats, nothing too intrusive but it was good to listen to at work.
really cool 4.5
Definitely not what I expected, although I honestly didn't really know what I was expecting. I'm generally not a fan of hiphop, but then again, without the Wikipedia article I wouldn't have thought of this as instrumental hiphop. In any case this was highly enjoyable background music, even though it's difficult to pinpoint, what exactly I enjoyed about it so much.
Well I'm an idiot. Every time I've heard this previously I've been a bit "don't know what the fuss is about". This time, I got it. It's brilliant & I was plain wrong.
In 1996 I was not hip enough, or whatever, to be on the same page as this. What a cracking assemblage of sonic wisdom. Mucho enjoyo.
i liked this very much so that I liked it a lot
Instrumental dance hip hop is not my genre, but this is pretty impressive.
Building steam; cool groove, interesting sounds, percussion gets a bit too disjointed. The Number Song; upbeat I hear snippets of familiar sounds can't place ... Public Enemy? Changeling; not as interesting as the previous 2 songs but I do like the burbling bass. What Does Your Soul Look Like; I like this one, slow soulful bass line, nice sax, weird baritone vocal burblings, little piano touches, subtle percussion. Love it. Stem/Long Stem; very dramatic sounding, love the intro with the guitar line punctuated with huge tom strikes and subtle bells. Has a creepy feel. Then gets chaotic when full "band" kicks in. Love that oboe-like sound. This song is full of twists snd turns. Compelling stuff. Mutual Slump; more jarring with the basic tom beat, punctuated with loud cymbal work. Midnight in a Perfect World; Not a favourite is that Beth Gibbons? Certainly has a Portishead vibe. Napalm Brain / Scatter Brain; Nice funky bass line but ultimately did not engage me. What Does Your Soul Look Like?; Love the cool sax and the relaxed pace. I was previously I was unable to get into this album. Forced myself to concentrate this time and subtle details were revealed to me. Sorry for the track by track analysis but it helped me to stay in the moment. A really good album that defies categorization. Is it hiphop? I guess so. Whatever it is it has layers and layers of simple things that add up to a complex and ultimately satisfying whole. 4.5 🌟
Cool album! Lots of heavy HEAVY beats, while still simple. I liked the classical/piano bits mixed in as well. 8/10
Loved it, not my usual cup of tea, amazing how this as been made.
4.3 - great listen that brings me back to undergrad. A hip hop classic.
My son saw DJ Shadow at the Music Hall and gave me an intro. DJS's ability to weave together all these samples is remarkable. I guess a personal collection of 60,000 records is the enabler that makes this possible. I like how eclectic this album is and the continual shifting of gears makes each song a new adventure and keeps the excitement level up.
Love sample based music. Great vibes.
Chillhop before it was cool
It ended with a twin peaks reference
This sounds like electronic-punk-rock-jazz-rap made for cop show theme songs... 4 stars
that was pretty decent 4/5
Best Song: Mutual Slump. One of the more bombastic tracks, it provides a nice contrast to the more chilled-out tracks that surround it. Worst Song: What Does Your Soul Look Like - Pt. 4. Just wasn't a fan of the croaky vocal sample. Overall: Pretty perfect background music for working or writing. Nice mix of hip-hoppy beats and more ethereal soundtracks. Will definitely return to this.
Quite enjoyed the first listen but it got better and better with every time I heard it again ! I really enjoyed it so 4*
Instrumental hip hop. Härliga grejer.
Instrumental hip-hop, indflydelsesrigt, skelsættende, sampling teknik
It was fine
Crunchy drum kit. Enjoyed and working on determining my scale so landing on a 3. Some nujabees, elevator, and ballpark organ at times. “Nobody speak” played after the album and was recognizable
Great late 90s mixes.
lite goa beats ändå. för långt album för att det ska kicka ordentligt för mig.
This was a nice listen, very relaxing. It gets a bit much after a while, but overall it' a decent album, smooth tunes, chilled vibe.
Not a bad album though not really my thing these days. Some good bass parts and beats. Got annoyed by some of the samples and the artifical record crackle
I thought it was some funky-good stuff at times, but very 90s and not something I'd especially listen to again? But also not exactly bad? It certainly had its place- reminded me of listening to Chemical Brothers
Some good beats on this one, well done
I don't think I've listened to this in full before: my hip hop credentials are weak. I did see him in concert in the late 90s, a show my brother invited me to join him at. It was a bad vibe night in Minneapolis I guess: Jeru the Damaga continuously berated the audience for not being hype enough and going like half an hour over his set, and DJ Shadow kind of listlessly spun record for about 20 minutes and then just left the stage...
einzigartiger sound, handvoll extrem guter tracks, als ganzes album aber durchaus anstrengend, teilweise geht es richtung noise, teilweise erinnert es auch an den bonobo sound (wobei der andere beats benutzt)
eh... didn't do much for me
Good chill vibes
What is it with these loop-style albums? At least this one feels better than Moby’s
I liked this more than I guessed I would. It is more old-school than a lot of urban/hip-hop titles that this site suggests. But, I'll still probably never listen to it again.
Hip hop instrumental. No está mal del todo.
never heard of DJ Shadow - building steam with a grain of salt was great and the rest was just ok
Some good tracks
Interesting... need to listen more
Ok but not a massive fan
Interesting g story about this on Wikipedia, so I’ll give 5 stars for effort, but only a three stars for execution. It’s interesting, but I didn’t really love any of the songs. As someone recently told me “I love effort, but pay for results”. 3stars.
I wanted to like this more. Nothing really jumped out. It was ok
The music is little bit too experimental for my taste and I am not a great fan of this kind of electronic music. But great accomplishment due to all the vinyl he used to make this.
Creo que es buenísimo, pero no es mi estilo y no logro apreciarlo bien.
Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt, What Does Your Soul Look Like - Pt. 4, Stem / Long Stem, Mutual Slump Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Lots of cool musical ideas on this album, and a deceptively large amount of the songs were saved seeing as a third of the songs were interludes. 3.5 that I'm going to round down because that felt right in my soul, though the quality of the beats was definitely 4 worthy.
Was getting into it near the start, but paused about 10 tracks in and had no desire to go back later on.
Cool album to have in the background but gets old
I thought this album was going to be hiphop from the first song. But then again, it is? Pretty interesting listen. Mood: weird but cool low lit bar and/or strobe lighting
Hmm, veldig forvirra av dette albumet. Så mye rart og interesant og merkelig og jeg vet ikke. Virker som noe man kan høre på når man blir høy for å ha en skikkelig god tid. Ikke noe jeg kommer til å høre på for meg selv, men ikke noe imot å høre det sammen med andre.
Not for me per se but I respect it. 3,5
Building Steam With a Grain Of Salt: Figo come inizio, me aspettavo una cosa totalmente diversa. C'è il rischio che me piaccia sto disco! What Does Your Soul Look Like - Pt.4: Mi piace molto l'atmosfera lounge ma raffinata, fa molto musica pre/post concerto. Organ Donor: Doveva avere per forza l'organo ma, anche se me lo aspettavo, quando è entrato ho apprezzato. Figo che poi fa tipo un pattern mezzo irlandese. Midnight In A Perfect World: M'ha ricordato Moby non so perché. In conclusione: Confermo che mi aspettavo una cosa molto diversa. Non è un genere che conosco bene se non appunto come sottofondo nei locali in attesa dei concerti, però mi è piaciuto, l'ho trovato raffinato al punto giusto e molto d'atmosfera. Ho visto che è il primo disco fatto unicamente di sample con l'Akai MPC60, non saprei manco da dove iniziare per scrivere musica solo coi sample quindi sicuramente lo ammiro.
Pretty cool background music. Not something I would usually listen to but enjoyable. Some of the songs are too long but as instrumentals I guess that’s okay. “Building Steam…” was probably my favorite track. Just felt really epic and I love that piano part.
twas good i like instrumental when i’m studying so i would listen to it then
Appreciate the effort in developing the album and finding a vast array of samples to pull it together. It’s too disconnect for me to find a natural progression and flow to the album to enjoy. I feel a 4 is a fair vote given the skill in around the production but that would also suggest I’d listen to it again.
Interesting and cool.
Just some hip hop ambience music....
Some cool musical moments, but with no vocals, either singing or rapping, it’s easily forgetable and frankly, pointless.
Samples are fun!
This was a very different album. I was prepared for something very electronic and 2000's feelings, but I found one of the precursors of the sample used in hip-hop music (maybe). Is this instrumental? Is this some kind of risk vinyl disk? What it is? In short, this is far away from the best album on this list and it's not exactly my kind of music, but it makes me realize the purpose of this project (and probably my reason to keep into it).
Never listened to a whole album. Liked it. Need to listen again
Good chill out
This album is a good example of why I wanted to try listening to the 1001 albums. Something I missed back in the day, something I probably wouldn’t listen to a lot, but that I am glad to have listened to now. As someone who used to troll used record stores to make mix tapes filled with unusual things I love knowing that this was the genesis of these songs. Also reminiscent of the music a friend of mine from Montreal creates.
The album is all electronic music. It is not quite wub wub but it is close. It is probably best described as the beginning of EDM. I wouldn't willfully listen to it again but it wasn't horrible.
To be honest, I was hoping for more. I really like the samples and the interweaving of musical styles, but the overall result just didn’t quite hit the mark for me. The journey was interesting but at times I found it quite lacking. 3/5 - Wanted to like it more. Will definitely check out more DJ shadow, hopefully it gets better than this album.
This is a convincing example of a genre tradition, but lacks the sound design I've mentioned about certain other albums. It's just too long but not quite ambitions, beat-centered but without fascinating drums.
The debut album from DJ Shadow was made entirely from samples of records. It's one of the first - and definitely most popular - "trip hop" or instrumental hip hop albums. This album is certified gold and it spawned a wave of other albums and songs created solely by samples. Listeners will get lost in the flow of this album as it transitions from one innovative song to the next, all with a hip hop backing beat, along with sampled sounds made from different types of instruments. This ground-breaking album delivers many moody atmospheres and brings hip hop into a new dimension. Great album to let play in the background of any event.
Chill. Funky. 3.333.
It's cool that this album was made up entirely of samples, but it still seems like background music to me.
6/10 well produced but pretty boring
A great mix but not above average.
Cool vibes, funky and chill at times too.
Interesting history here, first album of all samples. Good background stuff.
A very interesting album. Never cared for sampling, but this album uses it well. Some very artistic songs, but my main complaint is that it sort of dragged on. Favorite songs: Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt, Midnight In A Perfect World
Ég man að @arnlaugsson hlustaði svolítið á þessa í gamla daga. Margt skemmtilegt en stundum of mikil dramarólegheit fyrir minn smekk.
For what it is
Pleasantly surprised, and I could definitely listen to this again.
I kinda dig it. The fact that it's the first completely sampled album gives it a little bump
Dobro pa sam ga neki dan slušao jer sam tražio radio albume hahahahah
Druga pjesma na albumu mi je TOPCINA. Ovo ostalo mi nije tolika topcina al kuzim.
Giggled at Organ Donor. Clever title. Liked the video game sounds too.
3, pretty good
-THE INTRO was kinda creepy -I have never EVER heard something so vibey yet unnerving in my life. I am very intruiged. -The number song made me feel like i was tripping and made me kinda anxious??? It feels like i'm being executed -It's giving Wandavision: everything seems alright but there are weird 'flaws' here and there and stuff that is not supposed to be there. Creepy is the right word. -As I'm listening the album and theme is growing on me -The short songs are easily the worst songs on the album. The album works better when the songs are 6+ minutes. Midnight in a Perfect World is the one exception on this. -The album sounds timeless and inventive for it's time. -When there is silence, the silence is LOUD. I feel like talking would get me killed -The ending of the album is quite iconic
Very chilled but maybe too much to excite my feelings
Already listened to it
Album was a bit disjointed in my opinion. Did it want to ve a dance album or a hip hop slbum .I wasnt sure.
Not as great as I remembered.
A very experimental hip-hop album and not as weird and lame as welcome to the afterfuture. Still not the most amazing music ever though
Dobre chillowe sample, ale brakowało mi jakiejś inwencji twórczej, bo znowu wyszła składanka tracków do użycia później.
Nie słuchałem na początku, przez serię słąbych albumów w oczekiwaniu na porządny rockowy album challenge przestał mieć dla mnie sens, gdy zobaczyłem DJ - hip-hopu po prostu nie lubię. Ale dałem jeszcze jedną szansę i okazuje się, że gość jest muzycznie bardzo osłuchany i do swoich tracków wrzucił wiele instrumentów symfonicznych, całości słucha się bardzo przyjemnie i brak wokali nie przeszkadza aż tak. Nic nadzwyczajnego, na pewno stabilny album dobry na początek dla osób, którym hip-hop jest obcy i chciałyby od czegoś zacząć.
A very pleasant mix of sounds creates nothing revolutionary by today's standards. The album starts out very strong, with what I belive to be it's two strongest tracks in the first 4, but fails to follow up on them in any way. Overall a decent, but forgetable experience, a fun experiment with sounds with no explosions or steam. Highlights: Changeling, Building Steam With a Grain of Salt
It's sort of the epitome of what this list is all about. I would argue that it's absolutely one of the albums everyone should listen to at least once before shuffling off to the great beyond. That isn't to say you'll like it. I'm not even sure if I liked it or would bother listening again. I do know there's no album like this, and was happy to hear it. Something like a hip hop DJ trying to update jazz.
Not too much here. Good study music but not something you really want to pay too much attention to.
Seminal sampling album, its hard to tell what influenced DJ Shadow and what he influenced because this is such a mish mash. I enjoyed Building Steam the most. This album would probably be even more impactful if I listened to it cranked up with headphones, there's some thunderous bass here.
So, I guess this album was picked for being a technical breakthrough, the first album made entirely from samples (and a drum machine), according to Guinness, though I’m sure there were many albums that were 90%+ created from samples. His reliance on samples leaves the drum machine as the only instrument available to do solos, which is a bit annoying at times. On first listen, I thought there wasn’t much that differentiated DJ Shadow from a lot of the other trip-hop DJs at that time, but I liked it better the second time around. I like the moods and textures, especially on pieces that start with melancholic keyboard intros like “Producing Steam…” and “Midnight…” 7/10
Not really my genre, but I didn't mind it. Very pleasant background music, but never engaged me beyond that. Enjoyable!
DJing is a legitimate form of songwriting. Unpopular opinion, I know. Music like this just doesn't grab me. I like it. I appreciate the art. There's just nothing here to keep me coming back. Maybe I need to be able to sing along.
The first album made entirely of samples. I like it when an artist uses samples effectively and then elevates the material. There's no elevation here. Everything is mixed nicely enough, but after listening to this for over an hour, I'm not sure why I'm supposed to give it any more attention. Best track: Midnight In A Perfect World
Scratch scratch… scratch music
Too experimental and old school for me
Midnight In a Perfect World is probably the best song on the album. Like a rock/rap remix kind of instrumental album. Was alright, nothing crazy. 5/10.
Ganske digg og chill stemning her. Litt for lite som skjer til instrumental å være for min smak. Setter likevel pris på de syke samplene og komposisjonene som ligger bak.
Con questo disco c'ho sempre avuto un pò di problemi anche se non con il musicista. Alcune cose ad oggi suonano troppo vecchie e come prime sperimentazioni di una strada percorsa successivamente.
Would have been great with lyrics. Found the drum and bass only kind of boring, but good for what it was.
First listen. Better than expected. Definitely good background music. 2/5
La neta es que tengo al diyei chadou en lo más alto de mis afectos, pero este disco, fuera de organ donor y si acaso otra, me dio para abajo bien cabrón. Terminé pinches odiándolo.
Solid but mostly samey/not my vibe
Culte mais bon.. Chiant The number song Organ Donnor
Never heard of DJ Shadow and didn't recognize one song on the album. Not terrible. Repetitive overall. That said, I have added it to to my "study and writing" playlist. 2.5
At the time friends were all over this. Me, not really. Quite good breakbeats. I can see it's technically clever cut and paste sampling, but not my thing.
Ymmärrän tän levyn merkityksen sämplätylle musiikille, mutta en vaan pääse yli siitä että se on mun mielestä tylsä. Saundit ei vaan oo esteettisesti miellyttäviä, paikoin jopa ärsyttäviä.
just not my genre
Sample sample sample Det bliver noget træls at høre på i længden og længde er der på
2/5 not quite...
It's an interesting idea that this album is made entirely from samples and I appreciate the production expertise is requires to do that, but in the end I just don't care.
Somewhat catchy during certain parts, but not super memorable as a whole. It is hard for me to judge a DJ's work as it is typically relies on the work of others through samples. In this instance, I noticed a bit of Metallica's 'Orion' on one of these tracks so I am sure that there is a ton here that was not originally created by DJ Shadow. While he did use this piece in a unique way, it is hard for me to tell how good this really is outside of my personal enjoyment of it (which was average). I understand that it takes real talent and patience to create mixes on the level he is doing here; however, I am overall not as impressed as I probably should be by this work. If it had more that stood out or more of a cohesive album structure, I would probably like this more, but it just ended up coming across as what I would consider mediocre DJ work (even though this is probably considered one of the best given its placement on this list). There is nothing here that would make me want to come back to it. 2/5.
Interesting background album, but nothing really stood out to me. It seemed really long.
Not enough variation in the tracks to draw your attention
I get why this album is highly regarded. I just find the pace too slow and end up bored every time I listen to it.
Better than I was expecting, but I was expecting little. I just don't like sound of a needle scratch. Interesting to hear the ways songs are constructed but didn't float my boat.
I've enjoyed some collabs the artist has done, but I wasn't a big fan of this one. It's just a bit repetitive and lacking in ideas
Listened to this for the first time yesterday, and didn't get it. Saw all the love it was getting on here, so listened to it again this morning, and... still don't get it. It's clearly cleverly put together, but the resulting sound isn't one that particularly appeals to me. 2/5.
Es solo una batería haciendo PUM PURRRUPUM PUM PUM
Ok, not gonna lie....I didn't listen to all of this. By the second song I wanted to shove an ice pick in my ear. Fucking terrible.
This was really boring. I was definitely not a fan.
Could not listen to it all. Never heard of this album before and will never remember it after.
Wasn't a fan.
Hade jag vetat att mina taffliga försöka att bygga en musikkarriär på sent 90-tal bara hade krävt en flytt till England hade jag hoppat av gymnasiet direkt. För detta låter tametusan EXAKT som det jag fick ihop på mammas hemma PC som hon fick hyrköpa från kommunen.
Drum fills with some diffferent record samples playing.
Probably a little harsh but I wasn't in to it today.
It was refreshing, but it's dark! Not a listen for the night.
Hip-Hop-Instrumentals with little to no vocals (sadly)