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DJ Shadow - 'XFM Mix - April 2nd, 2002' [CD]
DJ Shadow - 'XFM Mix - April 2nd, 2002' [CD]
DJ Shadow - 'XFM Mix - April 2nd, 2002' [CD]
DJ Shadow - 'XFM Mix - April 2nd, 2002' [CD]

DJ Shadow

XFM Mix - April 2nd, 2002

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Doing radio mixes is an honor, but it can also be problematic.

"People think DJs can just roll out of bed and do a 30 or 60 minute mix," Shadow says. "But if you've been in album mode, and haven't been working clubs in a while, it can be a real struggle to figure out what to play."

"I never really worry about the relevance of time, i.e. playing current music," Shadow continues. "Although I always like to throw enough of it in to show that I can keep up with what's going on. In this case I felt somewhat of an obligation to cater slightly to English radio sensibilities; a sense I totally abandoned the following year with the Essential Mix (also known as Diminishing Returns.)"

After doing a flurry of exclusive radio mixes around the time of The Private Press, Shadow would eventually have to draw the line. "Everybody who had a radio show was asking for mixes, and I would try really hard to give them something quality and unique. But this was also during the era of free-for-all Shadow bootlegging, so I'd do these mixes and then see them on the High Street a month later. The label kept asking why my records weren't selling like they should, and I'd take them down to the record shops and show them and say, 'Probably because we're competing with 20 other Shadow releases!'"

Time: 30:30

DJ Shadow Handmade:
It's a well-known fact that Shadow is a vinyl enthusiast. For people who love music, there's no replacing the warmth of a physical mold with grooves. Some people also prefer the ease and portability of CDs, and still others may find that traditional MP3 downloads are insufficient for their needs. For all of those reasons (and all of those people,) we are proud to announce DJ Shadow Handmade. Simply put, this is the ultimate collecting experience for Shadow fans that have it all. Quality and attention to detail is obvious, with all records pressed on extra-pure, 180-gram vinyl. The heavy paste-on, or "tipped sleeve" jackets are die-cut and hand stamped.

What about the music, you say? Shadow has raided his cupboard and turned loose DAT tapes, CD-R's, and cassettes from his own personal archive, unveiling mixes, live performances, and alternate versions of songs, many of which have never been heard before. In some cases, the mere existence of this material is an accident. Several of the live shows, for example, were confiscated from venue employees who were making their own recordings. Still others were made at Shadow's request, to archive a set that would never again be performed. Shadow reports that it has been a hair-raising process: "So many DAT tapes and CDs have become corrupted or broken," he laments. "I'm just glad to have salvaged whatever bits I could before they disappear, too."

As Shadow looks forward to his next wave of new music, fans can revel in some of the gems unearthed during his exhaustive archiving project. How long will they be available? "Until I feel like the demand has been filled," says Shadow. "I definitely don't want to be in 'glory days' mode forever... Once the new album is together, it'll be all about the future again. For now, though...enjoy!"
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