Much like RJD2, DJ Shadow is known for his beats and his dealings in what I like to call “instrumental hip-hop”. His 2011 album, The Less You Know, The Better, placed in my top 30 albums for 2011, largely (but not entirely) on the strength of “I Gotta Rokk” – one of my favorite tracks of the year. When I re-do this 366TAS list at year’s end, I might switch things up and use that, but for now, the pick is “You Can’t Go Home Again”, the track that more or less finishes off Shadow’s well-regarded 2002 album, The Private Press. Obviously, DJ Shadow’s work comes highly recommended.
You Can’t Go Home Again – DJ Shadow