DJ Shadow enlisted a crew of heavyweight producers to help commemorate the 20th anniversary of Endtroducing…, his landmark 1996 debut album. The deluxe edition of the LP includes alternate takes and demos of album tracks along with fresh remixes from from Prince Paul, Teklife, Clams Casino and more. On Thursday, Shadow unleashed the Hudson Mohawke reworking of “Midnight in a Perfect World.”
Shadow’s original track is an atmospheric boom bap cut – samples of languid keys and gentle vocals drift on top of a loping beat that sounds like it could have been drummed out on a garbage can. Mohawke makes everything more energetic, updating the percussion and transforming it into something hollow and blown-out. The Scottish DJ-producer also includes a chirping chorus in the back of verses.
In an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Shadow said he was “incredibly grateful for the impact that [Endtroducing…] had.” “My life didn’t go from pauper to prince or anything like that,” he continued. “It wasn’t a money thing, but it was the type of record, and I’m not comparing it in terms of its artistic integrity, but one like The Velvet Underground [& Nico], where that record sold 100,000 copies, and it was bought by 100,000 artists. If that’s even remotely true with Endtroducing…, it would be an incredible thing to have achieved.”
The anniversary edition of the LP hits shelves on Friday.