Longtime producer and trip-hop innovator DJ Shadow revealed that, after more than a decade on major labels, he’s branching out with his own imprint called Liquid Amber. To celebrate the birth of Liquid Amber, the producer dropped a new EP of the same name containing two new tracks (“Ghost Town,” “Mob”) and a Machinedrum remix of Shadow’s “Six Days” from 2002’s The Private Press.
“This single/EP serves as the opening salvo in what I hope is a long string of music,” Shadow wrote on his official site. “‘Ghost Town’ is an ambitious ride through many of the micro-genres within the Future Bass umbrella that have inspired me recently, while ‘Mob’ is an intentionally stripped-down, Cali-certified head-nodder. Both songs were written, programmed, and mixed by myself, and they represent the forward steps I feel I’ve taken as an engineer. The ‘Six Days’ remix was something I asked Machinedrum to knock out as a tour weapon, and he crushed it (naturally), so I felt it deserved a proper release.”
Liquid Amber EP marks Shadow’s first new tunes since his 2011 LP The Less You Know, the Better. As for his new imprint, Shadow revealed that it would be a vessel to release his own works as well as new music from other artists. “It’ll be primarily digital, with some physical releases from time to time…whatever feels right. I’m going to try to keep it low-key and fun,” he added. While DJ Shadow launches his new label – including a dedicated Liquid Amber website “at some point” – he’ll embark on a trek with Cut Chemist starting in September in which the duo will only be using Afrika Bambaataa’s records.