DJ Shadow should be able to claim a good deal of credit for the broad contemporary fan base for jagged, intricate electronic music. While his last several album projects have met with mixed reactions, the Bay Area producer and DJ’s influence remains very much visible in the work of younger electronic producers across many sub-genres.

With his complex drum programming, heavy use of audio samples, and the pensive, reflective quality of much of his best material, Machinedrum numbers among the contemporary vanguard of electronic producers in whose work Shadow’s aesthetic is reflected. It makes for a thrilling listen to hear the influence inverted, as DJ Shadow takes on Machinedrum’s “Eyesdontlie,” retaining the frenetic pace and vocal manipulation that are a hallmark of Machinedrum’s work.

The choice of vocal samples implies that it is through tears that the eyes speak their truth, though the mood of the remix is far from somber. It fact, it’s something that Shadow has delivered with unfortunate infrequency lately: a straight up banger. The original version of “Eyesdontlie” is available digitally now. The full single with both the original and remix will be available on limited colored vinyl on July 29th via Ninjatune.


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