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Monday, September 13, 2010

Today Only: Download Two New DJ Shadow Tracks for Free

Posted By on Mon, Sep 13, 2010 at 12:36 PM

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You guys know DJ Shadow, right? He's that one dude from the Bay Area that put modern turntablism and DJ culture onto the world's radar back in 1996 when he released his game-changing debut album, Endtroducing...... Yeah, you know DJ Shadow. Well, the DJ, producer, and musical icon, born Joshua Davis, would like to give you some brand-new music for absolutely free, but you've got less than 24 hours to download it.

A link was posted this morning on the front page of, offering the songs "Def Surrounds Us" and "I've Been Trying" for free download today only. The two tracks come from a limited run of 12" records -- complete with hand-drawn artwork by Shadow himself -- that were released in quite a unique way. From the producer:

"The idea is 'shop-placing'. It's the opposite of shoplifting. You go into a store, and leave your record in the racks to be discovered later. It's not about being cute, it's about passing the music along in the most unobtrusive way possible. No hype, no shouting, no shot-in-the-void online campaign. Just, 'Here you go. I'm glad you found it, and I hope you enjoy it.' All of the covers are different. Some are intricate, some are simple, but the theme is 'don't think, just draw.' Almost like a stream-of-conscious, ongoing series of cartoon doodles."

These two songs precede a release Shadow has supposedly been working on, which is slated for May 2011. Currently, is having issues due to the large amount of traffic it's receiving, so alternately, you can download both songs here or here. Don't be late!

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