by DJ Shadow


Endtroducing….. is the debut studio album by American music producer DJ Shadow, released on September 16, 1996, by Mo’ Wax. It is an instrumental hip hop work composed almost entirely of samples from vinyl records. DJ Shadow produced Endtroducing over two years, using an Akai MPC60 sampler and little other equipment. He edited and layered samples to create new tracks of varying moods and tempos. In the United Kingdom, where DJ Shadow had already established himself as a rising act, Endtroducing received praise from music journalists at the time of its release, and reached the top 20 of the UK Albums Chart. It was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. Mo’ Wax issued four singles from the album, including the chart hits “Midnight in a Perfect World” and “Stem”. It took considerably longer for Endtroducing to find success in the United States. After promoting the album and returning to his hometown of Davis, California, DJ Shadow devoted his time to creating new music. During this period, interest in Endtroducing began to build among the American music press, and it peaked at number 37 on the US Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart. Endtroducing was ranked highly on various lists of the best albums of 1996, and has been acclaimed by critics as one of the greatest albums of the 1990s. It is considered a landmark recording in instrumental hip hop, with DJ Shadow’s sampling techniques and arrangements leaving a lasting influence. In 2020, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Endtroducing 329th on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.


  1. Best Foot Forward (0:49)
  2. Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt (6:40)
  3. The Number Song (4:40)
  4. Changeling (7:51)
  5. **Transmission 1
  6. Stem/Long Stem (7:49)
  7. **Transmission 2
  8. Mutual Slump (5:33)
  9. Organ Donor (1:57)
  10. Why Hip Hop Sucks In ‘96 (0:43)
  11. Midnight In A Perfect World (4:57)
  12. Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain (9:23)
  13. What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 1 - Blue Sky Revisit) (7:28)
  14. **Transmission 3

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Wikipedia URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endtroducing…..
Format Vinyl 2× LP Album Reissue (180gram)
Label Mo Wax
Catalog Number 0600753351604
Notes Issued with printed inner sleeves and a red sticker on shrinkwrap stating: “Back To Black” / “Classic Hip-Hop” “Includes a voucher to download an MP3 version of the album 180 gram heavyweight vinyl” Endtroducing… is written with 3 dots on sleeve’s spine. While it’s written with 4 dots on inner sleeves & labels as Endtroducing…. Tracks B1.b, C1.a & D2.b (**Transmission 1 to 3) don’t have their timings printed. A2 Contains a sample “I Feel A New Shadow” as performed by [a1021870] courtesy of BMG Records, published by Ensign Music Corp/Daisy Lou Music Inc. c/o BMG Music Publishing. B1.a Contains a sample of “Invisible Limits” as performed by [a10343] courtesy of Virgin Records. Published by EMI Virgin Music Publishing. B2 Contains a sample of “Love Suite” as performed by [a307513] courtesy of Island Records. Published by Blue Mountain c/o PolyGram Music Publishing. C1.b Contains a sample of “Possibly Maybe” as performed by [a1373] courtesy of Elektra Entertainment, published by BMG Music Publishing/Warner Chappell Music/Famous Music, Inc./PolyGram Music Publishing. Under license from One Little Indian Records Mother Records Limited and Elektra Entertainment Group. C4 Contains a a sample of “The Madness Subsides” as performed by [a260764] courtesy of Virgin Records, written by Pekka Pohjola, published by EMI Music Publishing and “Sower Of Seeds” as performed by Braka (sic) courtesy of Baraka Records, Published by Baraka (SCAP) (sic). D2.a Contains a sample of “The Voice Of The Saxophone” from “Afro American Suite Of Evolution” as performed by [a61413] courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment. Published by MJQ Music Inc. Recorded at The Glue Factory, San Francisco. All songs Copyright Control. ℗ © 1996 Mowax Recordings/A&M Records Ltd. London
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