DJ Shadow
The Private Press


5.0
classic

Review

by Defeater USER (5 Reviews)
March 4th, 2011 | 37 replies | 11,627 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The soundtrack to sleepless nights.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

There are a lot of people who have been around the block with Endtroducing. It can be argued the album did as much for the genre of hip-hop as it did for experimentation within the realm of electronic music. However, many of these people didn’t stick around long enough to look into the future work presented by the artist. The release of The Private Press sees Josh Davis taking a step back from the usage of entirely “organic” source material and bringing forth the inclusion of some digital samples. Undoubtedly this is the same person who created Endtroducing, but the inclusion of multiple types of source material eliminates any of the staleness a direct clone could have brought along with it. However, The Private Press still showcases the power of creating a mood and building a world around it.

The approach to this album is almost exactly the same as the previous release. There’s no concept or underlying theme, the songs flow together extremely well (clearly showcased in the transition from “Mashin’ On The Motorway” to “Blood On The Motorway”, which explores the connection between a rager’s accident and his unpredictable meeting with death), and can be played at random on their own without the listener missing a piece of the puzzle. The sense of pride Davis finds in his work can still be seen in segments here, most notably in “Walkie Talkie” where he tells the young and impressionable just how good he really is at his day (read: night) job. The one-of-a-kind samples continue to set this apart from other albums which may be seen as similar; the feeling of completion and finalization they bring to the initial layer of drum patterns adds detail and a personal touch to somewhat cold drum beats.

It becomes impossible to forget the album when the listener gets to the one-two punch of “Mongrel…” and “…Meets His Maker”, an eerie and dark representation of someone’s current state of mind. Although the specific event playing out is uncertain, the music twists the listener’s mind along for the ride, building up and then down again in a final exhale. This example showcases the true strength of the album: the build-ups. The majority of the songs will continue to add layer upon layer onto the final product in order to create an ending where it is almost impossible to pick apart everything that seems to be going on. This effect is pushed forward even further by the fact that every sample picked for the songs fits perfectly within their specific context; there’s never a moment of head scratching or a wonder of why something was placed within a track. Besides, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Davis knows exactly what he’s doing.


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Defeater
March 4th 2011



5782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I couldn't resist the pun in the summary.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2011



30873 Comments


Awesome

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bloc
March 4th 2011



34679 Comments


Not a big fan of the album, but I looove Walkie Talkie.

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
March 4th 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. Album owns.

Rev
March 4th 2011



9382 Comments


I haven't checked this out, but I love Endtroducing, so I really should

ConsiderPhlebas
March 4th 2011



6157 Comments


Cool review

scissorlocked
March 4th 2011



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ace review man.

Will you review all your 5's ?

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Defeater
March 4th 2011



5782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No, I'm just doing five in five days to try and spark something to combat this lethargy that's taken over.

scissorlocked
March 4th 2011



3508 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've noticed that too

what's happening?

Defeater
March 4th 2011



5782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lack of meaningful real life relations and/or depression

pretty much everyone is a piece of shit to me

kitsch
March 4th 2011



5107 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

feel depressed and isolated

post on the internet

i know that all too well

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2011



23798 Comments


woah Defeater is 3/3

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 4th 2011



23798 Comments


just like the band

Defeater
March 4th 2011



5782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

clever

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
March 5th 2011



23798 Comments


true

Piglet
March 5th 2011



4652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oink.

Defeater
March 5th 2011



5782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

where'd all the dumbasses from my last one run off to?

timbo8
March 5th 2011



618 Comments


I love "Six Days" but I haven't checked out the rest of this, probly should

Defeater
March 7th 2011



5782 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yes, you should.

BigPoppaDiesel
March 7th 2011



150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice review I love this album



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