What’s up folks…..here with another installment of “Tapedeck Tuesdays”.
This particular mix that is being spotlighted today is done by none other than Josh Davis….better known to the world as the legendary Dj Shadow. This mix was done on a Tascam 4 Track Cassette Recorder, thus the title of the mix “Four Track Mix”, and it was made in 1991.
Another legend, Dj Stretch Armstrong of Stretch & Bobbito Show fame, remembers listening to Shadow’s Four Track Mix for the first time:
“What made this incredible tape even more impressive was that 1. DJ Shadow was virtually unknown; 2. He was from the other side of the country doing something that at the time seemed very New York; 3. He made this tape using only turntables and a four track recorder, exclusively. He didn’t even have a sampler. I learned shortly after that not only did Shadow make these early tapes without the use of digital samplers, but that he also didn’t possess direct drive turntables like Technics 1200s. His were the nearly impossible-to-control, super sensitive belt-driven variety, yet his beats were perfectly on-time and his cuts were pristine and funky.
Total mastery in every aspect. Beat digging: Shadow had records, he wasn’t regurgitating Ultimate Breaks and Beats. Taste: it wasn’t something he needed to develop. He had it. Skill: this guy had put in the hours, weeks and years required to be able to manipulate turntables and cross-faders like that. My own experience as a bedroom four-track DJ from years before only intensified my appreciation for what I was hearing.”
To read the rest of Stretch Armstrong’s experience of Dj Shadow’s mix, click here:
While reading the article, listen to this authentic classic Four Track Mix by Dj Shadow….it will definitely bring you that nostalgic feeling from the early 90’s. Enjoy!