Preemptive Strike

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Specifications

Label Uni/eureka/ils
SKU 60186694
UPC 731454086721
UPC 14 00731454086721
Format CD
Release Date 1/13/1998
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Author Dj Shadow
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Technical Info
Producer DJ Shadow
CatalogID AA3145408672
Lable Name Island/Def Jam
Released 10/22/2001
Original Release 1998
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 10s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731454086721
Album Notes and Credits
PREEMPTIVE STRIKE is less a second full-length effort from the Bay Area's finest hip-hop-minded deconstructionist DJ Shadow, than a sextet of older odds patched together with a pair of newer ends. All of these songs have previously appeared as import Mo Wax 12"s, but only two ("High Noon" and "Organ Donor [Complete Overhaul]") have come in the wake of Shadow's debut.
It is easy to distinguish the old from the new. Pieces like the four extremely different parts of 1995's hip-hop symphony "What Does Your Soul Look Like?," which takes up about half the album, are spacious; the myriad of samples breathing in between fluid, husky beats and melodies lift the music out of any pre-conceived sampledelic morass. Whereas "High Noon" is tight, edgy and fiery; all psyche guitar groove, tribal drums and preachy voices. So it seems that what Shadow's music may have lost over the years in zen-like meditation it has gained in intensity-per-measure, an important trait for a dance-floor-commanding DJ.
Artist Overview
Active from the early 1990s into the 21st century, DJ Shadow (Californian Josh Davis) has been called the Jimi Hendrix of sampling. His songs shift tempos in a blink, incorporating multiple time signatures, and it's to Shadow's credit that he's as comfortable hinting at Elvin Jones's or Dave Grohl's rhythmic attack as he is at citing old faithfuls like Clyde Stubblefield. Ethereal horns, ambient keyboards, orchestral strings, vocoder vocals, whole film scenes--each is made a part of his sweeping focus, part of a grand postmodern design.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (1/22/98, p.56) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...a farrago of odds and ends dating back to 1993, most of them released as limited-run singles....Shadow's music is sonically cross-referenced for maximum cognitive dissonance..."
Entertainment Weekly (1/16/97, p.70) - "...A collection of early work, it finds Shadow still figuring out the best ways to stitch together hip-hop drums, mellow saxes, blaxploitation licks, unearthy choirs, and movie-dialogue snatches. But when the combination clicks...he comes close enough to predicting his later brilliance." - Rating: B
Option (5-6/98, p.84) - "...Shadow's penchant for rare groove keeps things moving..."
Rap Pages (4/98, p.119) - 3 (out of 5) - "...there's always at least one layer--a progressing keyboard melody, a time-jumping drum sequence, a thick bassline or some other element--that will have you intrigued..."
Disc 1
1 Strike One
2 In/Flux
3 Hindsight
4 Strike Two
5 What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 2)
6 What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 3)
7 What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)
8 What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1)
9 Strike Three (And I'm Out)
10 High Noon
11 Organ Donor - (Extended Overhaul)

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