The end of 2012 was a weird one for DJ Shadow. Steadily doing his thing, which included the All Basses Covered DJ tour following the release of his career-spanning box set, the turntablist was tossed into the spotlight in December when his set at South Beach club Mansion was cut short for allegedly being “too futuristic.” The venue issued an apology that implied some heads will roll, but the incident reminded folks across the electronic music spectrum that the differences between the mainstream and underground are as stark as ever.
To start off 2013, Shadow is rolling with the notoriety, uploading a 90 minute set showcasing the sounds that got him removed from the decks in Miami. According to team Shadow, the story behind the mix is as follows:
Beginning in the Summer of 2012 with his Low End Theory guest spots, DJ Shadow’s “All Basses Covered” set has morphed and evolved to incorporate as many different contemporary genres of urban and electronic music as possible. From hardcore rap to footwork and juke and beyond, Shadow has combed the web to curate seamless and dexterous blends of the most progressive sounds bubbling up from the underground. ‘Too hard?’ ‘Too future?’ Or just too raw? As always, DJ Shadow has provoked crucial flashpoints of discussion about the discipline of DJ’ing that have defined our turbulent times.
Inspired, aggressive and…turbulent, the mix is already in the running for our best of 2013 list.