DJ Shadow - The Mountain Will Fall
Five years after the smoked out, kaleidoscopic collage "The Less You Know The Better", experimental hip hop king and turntablist extraordinaire DJ Shadow returns with "The Mountain Will Fall", a bold new chapter in his unconventional story. This first album for Mass Appeal Records finds Josh Davis exploring new realms in addition to the deep samples and kinetic soundscapes that helped to launch his career 20 years ago. On "The Mountain Will Fall" he’s shifted further toward original composition, assembling a vast experimentation of beats and textures, synthesizers and live instruments including horns and woodwinds into twelve tracks of proper head music. Littered with guest appearances from the likes of Run The Jewels, Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall, and Ernie Fresh, "The Mountain Will Fall" is a diverse and deep set as suited to early mornings or late nights. The spectral electronics of the title track soon give way to the rolling funk of Run The Jewels topped "Nobody Speaks" before the introspective "Three Ralphs" and "Bergschrund" offer a moment of contemplation. "Depth Charge" and "Mambo" recall the abstract insanity of the producer's earlier career. From there the album weaves through alluring jazz (check out the Matthew Halsall collaboration "Ashes To Oceans") before "Ghost Town" and "Suicide Pact" leave us questioning pretty much everything about life. Deep, textured and way ahead of the curve, this is Shadow at his inimitable best.