This 20-track, 78-minute CD (packaged with a 24-track DVD) is culled from a performance at London's Brixton Academy during the 2002 Private Press tour. Shadow's set draws from his entire career, and there're lotsa flips on the original scripts -- some subtle, some extreme -- to keep longtime fans happy: There's Deft hamster scratching and hyperkinetic jungle gymnastics that juice up Private Press's "Walkie Talkie"; an inspired mash-up of U.N.K.L.E. tracks "Drums of Death" and "Lonely Soul"; early singles "What Does Your Soul Look Like? (Part 3)" and "In/Flux" augmented by harder beats, scratches, and alternate samples without destroying their beautifully blunted vibe; and Shadow taps the MPC for a fully live, expertly rendered version of the ever-tricky "Organ Donor."
For most DJs, technical wizardry and the art of songcraft are mutually exclusive pursuits, but not in Shadow's world, which makes this disc -- like practically anything else he puts out -- essential listening.
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