Review: Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era 1992-1996
DJ Shadow is very excited to announce a major
new archival release exposing his early production on the Akai MPC.
entirely unreleased material spanning from 1992 to 1996, the project is
"Total Breakdown: Hidden Transmissions From The MPC Era,
Included among the highlights are
instrumental tracks from an aborted 1994 EP planned with The Gift Of Gab
(Blackalicious), which includes the original demo of what would eventually
become "Six Days" .
The new collection of "MPC Era" tracks
follows on from the much-loved "4-Track Era" releases from 2008 and
2009, and establishes a pattern that should be familiar to Shadow fans.
"I like to follow up new material (such
as the recent 'The Less You Know, The Better' LP) with a tastefully-done
archival project," Shadow explains.
"As long as the old stuff is
given a context and doesn't overshadow the new, I think it's a healthy exercise
for me, and one that re-calibrates me for whatever new musical path lies ahead.
I think it's important to revisit where you've been occasionally so that you
can determine where to go."