DJ Shadow - Monosylabik
NME.COM feature on DJ Shadow - Monosylabik album including album review, artwork, tracks, listen now, tour dates, discography and more.
Release date: 30 November 2001
It sounds like a man struggling to recall his motivations for making music in the first place.
- Sep 30, 2011
...deserves to be selling out Wembley on a nightly basis...
- Oct 31, 2002
- Jul 25, 2002
Hear to the mix that saw DJ kicked off decks in Miami nightclub
DJ promises to put now infamous set online so that 'everyone can enjoy!'
The incident happened before he was kicked off the decks at a Miami nightclub
DJ Shadow - Monosylabik: Wikipedia Album Entry
"Monosylabik" was the very first music heard in advance of the long-awaited "Private Press" LP. As usual, there was much confusion and hand-wringing as it did not convey the by-then formulaic Mo' Wax sound. It remains unique in Shadow's body of work, as every sonic element on the song emanates from one sample.
This single was initiated by Shadow in the US. The jackets are heavy, "paste-on" stock, and all of the stickers were hand-applied. There are 10 different variations of the cover, with 100 copies existing of each version.
The covers and label stamps were assembled by Shadow, Keith Tamashiro, Jay Boberg (general manager of MCA at the time and co-founder of I.R.S. Records) and several other MCA staff in Boberg's office within Universal. Some copies were distributed to key DJs within the UK, and the rest went to various college and retail outlets. It's unlikely that very many of those who received it had any idea what it was or what to do with it, which Shadow says was precisely the point.
The B-side contains a unique "Letter From Home" not found anywhere else.
10 acetates pressed at Metropolis Mastering, London (UK) were launched prior to those. Content is similar.
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