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DJ Shadow relaunches website with new downloads and content

DJ Shadow

Story by Jack Foley

DJ SHADOW has relaunched his website – DJShadow.com – with exclusive new releases and digital downloads.

The pioneering DJ believes it is the FIRST TIME an artist signed to a major label is selling his own music downloads, on his own site, without connecting the buyer to another storefront (like iTunes, etc.).

So, in other words, if you love DJ Shadow’s music, this is the best place to buy it, because your money is going directly to the artist, with no middleman or corporate interference.

Shadow’s extensive back catalogue, including his classic Mo’ Wax and Solesides material, is available now as high-quality, DRM-free MP3 downloads.

There’s also plenty of exclusives, available nowehere else, from radio mixes, to live shows, to alternate versions; all ready to download for the first time.

All visitors have to do is select the tracks or albums they wish to purchase, follow the links on the page following checkout, and the download will occur automatically, just like any of the big online stores.

Conveniently, you’ll also be able to combine physical and digital products in the same shopping cart.

DJ Shadow Handmade

DJ Shadow is also proud to announce DJ Shadow Handmade.

Simply put, this is the ultimate collecting experience for Shadow fans that have it all.

Every title is created and customized for the buyer, literally “handmade” and assembled on demand, as the order is placed.

Quality and attention to detail is obvious, with all records pressed on extra-pure, 180-gram vinyl.

The heavy paste-on, or “tipped sleeve” jackets are die-cut and hand stamped, and inscribed personally to every buyer.

And if you’re wondering about the quality of the music, Shadow has raided his cupboard and turned loose DAT tapes, CD-R’s, and cassettes from his own personal archive, unveiling mixes, live performances, and alternate versions of songs, many of which have never been heard before.

In some cases, the mere existence of this material is an accident. Several of the live shows, for example, were confiscated from venue employees who were making their own recordings.

Still others were made at Shadow’s request, to archive a set that would never again be performed.

Shadow reports that it has been a hair-raising process: “So many DAT tapes and CDs have become corrupted or broken,” he laments. “I’m just glad to have salvaged whatever bits I could before they disappear, too.”