DJ Shadow at Park West (Chicago) Nov. 19

This Friday, DJ Shadow, a legendary figure in electronic dance music, will perform in Chicago at Park West. I’ve spoken with a lot of people in the last few weeks about this show. To my surprise, a lot of Indianapolis residents are making the drive to Chi just to see Shadow, a DJ that some of my closest and most-trusted friends have said ranks among the best in the world. Needless to say, I am more than a little excited for this concert.

DJ Shadow is widely credited as a key figure in developing the experimental instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo’ Wax label. Inspired by hip-hop’s early years, he then grew to absorb the heyday of crews like Eric B. & Rakim, Ultramagnetic MCs, and Public Enemy; groups which prominently featured DJs in their ranks.

Having only released three albums in his musical career since his official debut in 1996 (see: Endtroducing, the world’s first completely sampled album), DJ Shadow has recently shared two new songs for his next album which will be released in 2011. In this interview, Shadow comments on one of the tracks:

“I would say (Def Surrounds Us) is influenced in equal measures by classic (hip-hop label) Def Jam, mid-’80s-era rap,” he said, “drum machine, no melody, no keys, just a nostalgic desire to return to the elements of that music. At the same time, it was influenced by the post-grime and dubstep coming out of the U.K. in the last five years.”

Stream “Def Surrounds Us” and I’ve Been Trying” here.

RSVP on the IndyMojo event page here.

“Live From The Shadowsphere” 2010 North American Tour- Promotional Video from DJ Shadow on Vimeo.