Turn Back Tuesday
Every Tuesday, I’ll highlight a track that was released before the advent of Tumblr. Each track is chosen both for its influence and worthiness for additional exposure.
DJ Shadow - Midnight In A Perfect World
If The Avalanches’ Since I Left You is the first album I’d recommend to someone getting into sampling, then DJ Shadow’s …Endtroducing would be right behind it. Releasing your best work first is typically seen as some sort of negative, that you haven’t “progressed” at the rate and the immaterial standards of its listeners. However, this is a tough way to look at media in general; each project has its own mission statements, and it’s tough to judge two projects against each other if they were aiming in opposite directions.
There is a general consensus that DJ Shadow has not topped …Endtroducing, but with such a stunner of an album, does that really matter? A standout, “Midnight In A Perfect World” is ever-conscious of time; from the title to the time ticking away at the end, “Midnight” is aware that it is meant to be heard at a certain time, in a certain place, in a certain mindset. “Midnight” rolls along so smoothly that it’s easy to miss all the subtleties of DJ Shadow’s work; give it a few spins before making an assessment. We may never get another …Endtroducing, and that’s just fine.