SR Track of the Day: Dona Nobis Pacem (Remix) – DJ Shadow
World-renowned producer DJ Shadow is known for spearheading the instrumental hip-hop movement with his landmark debut album Entroducing….. in 1996. That album was composed entirely of samples, and the style has been incredibly influential for modern electronic music artists such as Pretty Lights and RJD2.
DJ Shadow is one of those figureheads that continues to innovate, never staying in one place. His recent footwork adaptation of 70’s Dutch prog band Supersister’s “Dona Nobis Pacem” is masterfully composed and increasingly novel and surprising. Listen and download for free below.
“Releasing a handful of albums on Polydor between 1970 and 1974, the band counted among its ranks one Robert Jan Stips, whose keyboard playing caught the ear of Shadow way back in the mid ’90s. (That’s Robert Jan’s playing you hear sampled on both the “Organ Donor Remix” AND “Rabbit In Your Headlights” by Unkle!) Stips and Shadow met in 2010 at one of Shadow’s Netherlands “Shadowsphere” shows, and a discussion was introduced about the possibility of a remix or other collaboration. “It just seemed appropriate,” says Shadow, “Given how influenced I’ve been by RJ Stips’ playing. Plus, it’s a great way to draw attention not only to the songs I’ve sampled, but their broader work as well.” On his remix, Shadow interpolates portions of “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Supersister, and twists them into a complex framework inspired by elements of footwork and the contemporary California beat scene.” [SOURCE: DJ Shadow’s SoundCloud).