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Electric Picnic 2011 - DJ Shadow

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ATL | 13:08 UK time, Saturday, 3 September 2011

Electric Arena, Friday 2nd September, 10.45pm

Describe in a Tweet: Big balls, bigger hits. Not just a shadow of his former self.

DJ Shadow at Electric Picnic 2011 by Carrie Davenport - www.carriedavenport.com


What happened: Fans of DJ Shadow may be a little cautious, recalling a slightly dull, forgettable show at EP a few years ago. Casual fans may have stumbled into the arena as nothing else stood out from the line up at that particular time. But, regardless of expectations, DJ Shadow's show was guaranteed to floor us within moments. Such a gloriously simple idea - he’s performing inside what looks like a giant golf ball, which cleverly gives the impression of spinning around, before turning into the Death Star, being chain-sawed in half, hit for a home run and grabbed by a giant hand. Does that sound weird? Well, you had to be there. Just an incredible spectacle, with Shadow himself first appearing as a silhouette inside, then showing up on little screens, then finally revealing himself and his technical set up as the sphere opens. As for the music, that's nailed as well. The finest moments from his three albums to date are taken apart and rebuilt, mashed up and processed, sometimes even improved. The new stuff has glimpses of dubstep, electro-pop, and straight up hip hop. And there’s one gorgeous standout to rival the finer moments of Entroducing. Awesome, awesome stuff.

Good Fortune: The show has been tweaked a little since we saw it at The Ulster Hall and now includes a little live percussion, which goes down very well.

Evil: Of course it’s cheating a little - a lot of the music is synced with the visuals and thus his set is mostly tweaking and scratching over the (re-worked) tracks. But it matters not, the hard work was already done.

EP rating: 8/10


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