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Endtroducing.....

DJ Shadow

1996

Endtroducing.....

Album Summary

Endtroducing..... is the debut studio album by American music producer DJ Shadow, released on September 16, 1996, by Mo' Wax. It is an instrumental hip hop work composed almost entirely of samples from vinyl records. DJ Shadow produced Endtroducing over two years, using an Akai MPC60 sampler and little other equipment. He edited and layered samples to create new tracks of varying moods and tempos. In the United Kingdom, where DJ Shadow had already established himself as a rising act, Endtroducing received praise from music journalists at the time of its release, and reached the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart. It was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. Mo' Wax issued four singles from the album, including the chart hits "Midnight in a Perfect World" and "Stem". It took considerably longer for Endtroducing to find success in the United States. After promoting the album and returning to his hometown of Davis, California, DJ Shadow devoted his time to creating new music. During this period, interest in Endtroducing began to build among the American music press, and it peaked at number 37 on the US Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Endtroducing was ranked highly on various lists of the best albums of 1996, and has been acclaimed by critics as one of the greatest albums of the 1990s. It is considered a landmark recording in instrumental hip hop, with DJ Shadow's sampling techniques and arrangements leaving a lasting influence. In 2020, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Endtroducing 329th on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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3.5

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4901

Genres

  • Hip Hop
  • Electronica
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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.....

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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!

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A load of samples expertly put together to bore you to death on a Wednesday morning. 2/5

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This is a beautiful album it needs to be felt, and feel it I do.

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5

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

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4

Absolutely loved some of it. Some of it made me feel completely uneasy.

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Didn't like the beginning but by the middle it was getting interesting

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Still do not see what people see in this album. I can appreciate the samples, but not the resulting sound, I guess.

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Elevator music + noise

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hello

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5

A classic. Great

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5

Elemental

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5

One of my favorite albums ever. For me, this is where electronic music began.

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5

Fantastic album, very awesome discovery

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5

Great! Chill, and good to work to

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5

I know it is only samples and not songs, but it was amazing :D

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5

Wow! Wasn't expecting to love this so much.

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5

Already knew it well. Classic. Bit depressing to be reminded it came out 25 years ago though!

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5

Absolute classic of hip-hop. I have so many nostalgic memories tied to this album. The sampling game here is just unparalleled.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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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!

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3

I love plunderphonics but its just drawn out too much

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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.

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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.

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Boring. Sampling is just such an uninteresting act. I don’t care for it.

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Couldn't listen to it all.

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Not a fan

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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.

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dont really like it

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What a waste of time! Not my music genre at all. Did not like a single track of that album

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Too experimental for my taste

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Not my cup of tea.

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Painful.

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5

One of the greatest. I love this, but am partial to private press

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5

Fantastic production! Heard DJ Shadows on a lot of features, but this is the first album I've listened to.

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Already have

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5

Many good beats

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Excellent

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5

An extra one for nostalgia

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5

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

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Utterly unmissable. Seminal. Timeless.

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i like this very much Cool Beats?? really cool beats

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5

Me recuerda a cuando descubrí a dj shadow, brutal

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5

- 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

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5

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

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5

this is actually pretty good. I like it. Favorite tracks: Building steam with a grain of salt, Stem/Long Stem

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5

Very Nice. Great drums. Love the samples. First listen score : 10/10

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5

4.7 + Love this record almost as much as “Donuts” by JDilla, another legendary DJ (RIP). Sophisticated, evocative.

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5

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

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5

Awesome chill beats

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5

This is still really good! 4 or 5 , that's the question. I think the Zeitgeist for me takes it to 5

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5

Amazing album, one of my favourites. Why don't I own this on vinyl yet

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Una obra maestra, yo pienso. "Organ Donor" me maravilló, pero en sí, muy satisfecho con este disco, con todos sus sonidos 10/10.

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no tenía idea de dj shadow. pero se ganó mi corazón. 100/10 a este disco. Aburrido, dark, maravilloso. Favs: Stem y Organ donor.

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Me mama.

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perfect

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5

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

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5

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.

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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.

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5

Wonderful stuff

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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).

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5

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

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He really nailed the pacing and atmosphere of this. The book review is corrwct in saying it instantly sounds familiar. Love it.

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I'm a sucker for dark, creeping, atonal beats and this has them in abundance. Loved it thoroughly.

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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.

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5

Sick drums, funky beat, hypnotic mix

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5

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.

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5

Have always known of its existence, but never properly sat down and listened. It's truly a marvel.

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5 stars.

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One of the all time greats

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5

Still as groundbreaking and fresh as the day it was released. A modern masterpiece.

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5

Brilliant album, Stem/Long Stem is genius and the rest is varied enough to keep you interested and high quality throughout

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5

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.

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5

Cracking album. Holds up well today.

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5

Rad. An old classic

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5

Greatest damn thing ever

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5

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.

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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)

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5

‘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.

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5

Absolute classic.

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5

This just really really good. Never listened before but yum.

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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.

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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

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Excelente! No lo había escuchado jamás

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5

Game changer! Still holds up well too, doesn't sound dated.

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4.5

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The GOAT. 5

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5

This album was so pivotal for me. It was instrumental in moving away from indie in the mid 90s to trip hop and turntablism in the late 90s. I don’t think any other record will ever have that much of an influence on my musical tastes and cause such a seismic shift in on of the major passions in my life. Listen back now, it is kind of boring at times but I can’t really go anything other than 5 stars.

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5

Really cool jazz-hiphop-electronic mash up

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5

Five stars all day everyday and it's not even my favourite DJ Shadow album. I listened twice just to prove a point to you all. I'm not sure what that point was, may be that I'm a dick, but that's for you to decide.

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5

I can't say enough good things about it. Not a single piece of original music on it yet it's completely unique. Possibly the best hip-hop album ever despite not featuring any rapping

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5

Absolutely brilliant album. For me, the album of the decade. So innovative, so painstaking in its approach. So many imitators (Avalanches etc.)

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5

Phenomenal album

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5

OMG I FREAKING LOVE THIS ALBUM <3

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5

Love this album. Having just listened to Violator by Depeche Mode and thinking about how far synth pop came from 1980-1990, it's very interesting to think about the fact that this album was made only 6 years after Violator. It feels like all the rules changed in the intervening years. The mixture of hip-hop with electronic music creates the real power of this album. The drums bang hard on most of the tracks. The rest of the musical score feels like flavor added to the rhythm section. It's a much different approach to electronic music than was prominent before this time, but it really works and it had a massive impact on the future of electronic music and hip-hop 5/5

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5

Amazing album

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5

I really like this album.

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5

Stone cold classic.

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5

Genre defining album. Such a brilliant record from start to finish!

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DJ Shadow might as well be a drummer so perfectly crafted his drum loops are. What is certain is that he is a virtuoso in turntablism.  This record is fantastic start to finish, plenty of surprising twists and turns, and lots of creativity going on. The only issue I have is, as with most albums from the CD era, its length. Also, for some reason, my mind doesn't seem to be willing to "stay" on it, but that I think it's because I need to spend more time with the album in order to tame the bugger monkey. I surely recommend this one. 

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5

I remember reading an article when this was released that DJ Shadow would go to record stores and move the CD album from the electronic section to the hip-hop section. I was amused. I would argue that this fits in no single section and all sections at once. There are layers and layers of samples that comprise this release, many of them forgotten bits that somehow form a cohesive mood. This is mood music of the highest caliber.

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5

love this. but a slight quibble w/ the book.. > it paved the way for the continued success of experimentally-minded artists as diverse as Massive Attack, Radiohead, and Björk, to name just a few lol this is such a weird way to put it, when these bands — exempting radiohead, who wouldn't put out anything like this until kid a and amnesiac in 2000 & 2001 — paved the way for dj shadow's initial success with albums like: - tricky, maxinquaye, 1995 - massive attack, blue lines, 1991 - bjørk, post, 1995 - portishead, dummy, 1994 (edited)

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5

This album defined so much of my late teenage years, it was epic back then and it's still epic now. I give this 4 blazed years of PlayStation in your mates garage and a long walk home in the rain with your cans on.

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5

Classic, essential album for sampling

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5

Blown away with this. Inventive use of samples and an experimental treatment of them - this must be a very early example of using glitches, preceded only by Aphex twin i'd imagine. He creates an incredible mood and the tunes are really original (for the time at least).

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5

The production on this is still inventive, atmospheric, and entrancing. I love the mysterious and esoteric vibe it has to it. Even the cover art lends it this underground, music-nerd, crate-digging, polyglot panache. Building Steam With A Grain of Salt is an all time song title.

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5

Holds up to repeated listening. Great beats and rhythms. Scratching not annoying or ridiculous. One for the ages.

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5

Changed my life back in 2000. The mushrooms helped, but still.

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5

Slick mixing

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5

Ovaj obožavam

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5

Cool album made with only samples. Smooth.

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5

Utter classic, brilliant from start to finish.

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5

Best album to run to in a long time, unexpectedly brilliant

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5

One of my favourite albums and an incredibly important album in the development of modern music. "Endtroducing....." was the first album comprised entirely of samples and set the template for much of the way we produce today as well as being a huge influence on my music in general. Highlight Track: Stem/Long Stem - this track has some great memorable vocal sample moments "Waiting to be heard on my traffic offenses"! And some gnarly processed distorted breakbeats in the first half.

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5

idk yet

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5

Wall to wall genius

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5

This was a very cool listen! I can definitely hear the mixes that inspired other artists (beastie boys, fatboyslim) from around this time.

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Really really good, loved how I hardly noticed the tracks changing

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Listened to it before and quite liked it.

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7/10 F.t.: organ donor

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Smoooooth

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Very nice listen

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It's simultaneously discomforting and serene. Relaxing, and a hair stressful.

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Cool

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Shadow is a legend and this album is a perfect encapsulation as to why. Chill yet electric-- it showcases his talents as a DJ.

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Like this a lot. This will be on the playlist

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Chillllll

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4.2

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How can something so important be so boring

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Unlike anything I've heard before! Cool vibes, new sounds.

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great samples, good tracks

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Pretty good music to zone out to. A lot of it was instrumental.

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Stem/Long Stem best song on album

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I liked this. More like mood music, but not bad.

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Atmospheric trip hop

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

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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.

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Ok, isso foi bem mais interessante do que achei que seria

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Good grooves

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Great album, but some songs are just too damn long and it's pretty ambient overall

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Tracks 2, 3 and 13 are massive.

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Mick said its brilliant

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Some excellent tracks on here, very varied

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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

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Découverte intéressante !

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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

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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!

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Heavy

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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”

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A great listen. Another album that had passed me by, but was solid. Will definitely come back for more

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Great songs Some are just interludes

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Musically, this album was pretty good. I was expecting rap, but was pleasantly surprised.

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// Favs: Best Foot Forward / Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt / Stem Long Stem / Organ Donor Score: Decent 4

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Smooth and easy listening

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Absolute classic.

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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.

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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.

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05/06/2021 Ricardo was here

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Hmmmm, thats pretty good~

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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!

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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".

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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.

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Still sounds good but less innovative than I recall.

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Like a proto “lofi beats to study and/or chill to” or whatever. I dig it.

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Yes very good

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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?

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Vibey and skillful

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A classic that spawned a decade of instrumental hip-hop albums. Definitely encapsulates the feeling of the burgeoning underground hip-hop scene.

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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.

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Trip hop com clima conceitual

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Полный семплинг, интересно послушать. Ну и основы трип хопа в Зеленоградске приятно постигать.

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Another good hidden gem. Listened while riding the bike through the streets of DC, really enhanced the experience.

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Brilliant. Formative. Have always loved the sample genre. Look forward to more listens.

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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"

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I need to buy this

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Chill beats. Great for background noise.

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3.75

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Can see how this was a huge inspiration for a lot of people.

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Pretty neat. Good beats. Fun atmosphere. Inventive (naturally). Would put on again for studying/etc.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How have I never heard this album? Unique sonic collages within the language of hip-hip. Stands alongside Massive Attack!

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Nice groovy background music

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meaty art hip hop

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Thought I didn’t like DJ Shadow but think I just haven’t listened properly before.

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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.

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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.

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Listening to this makes me feel like I'm in the hands of an expert I can trust. So good!

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Very chill but faded into the background really easily. Could listen to this while working on stuff but probably not on its own. 7/10

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7/10. This one was weird and I am not sure what to think about it.

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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.

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Magnifiient album

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Midnight in a Perfect World followed by Napalm Brain was great

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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.

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So smooth! So good!

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