Blockhead - The Music Scene
The Music Scene seems to pick up from 2002, the year in which DJ Shadow released his underrated second album The Private Press. We’re in dense, mainly instrumental trip-hop territory and most of you will know the drill; the general template is samples (from dialogue to orchestral) on top of a breakbeat. The tracks are hard to fault technically, but, boy, do they sound dated and pedestrian. No aggressive wobbly bass here, I’m afraid. In fact, it says something when the brief burst of drum ‘n’ bass at the end of 'It’s Raining Clouds' stands out as so exciting and progressive.