Perkins Lost Shadow 

IMG_20170416_223649_567Perkins awakes, half asleep he makes his way to the café on the corner near his flat. He speaks to the waitress, takes a seat outside in the sunshine and watches the sun rise over the city of London as the warm rays slowly burn away the morning mists. Perkin’s sits back and tries to order his muddled thoughts.

Gentle music soothes his soul, his order arrives and a first memory of the night before hits – SHADOW – what did I do with the shadow tapes? Tension pulses through Perkins, James had given him the newly mastered tapes – hold them close he had been told – these will change everything.
Perkins thinks back – what had happened? – he was given the tapes to Endtroducing – and then what? Perkins sits back, tries to focus and recall all that had happened once he’d left the recording studio. His promises to James & Josh that the tapes were safe with him still echoing in the lobby as he walked away.

Just a quick one thought our hero; Andy Smith was dj’ing round the corner – I’ll just say hello thought Perkins… Endtroducing was wrapped – Perkins role in the album would never be revealed, P insisted on that – he set off on a solo and unintentional after party. 1996 – London – nothing could go wrong – could it?

Perkins thought back, yes, he saw Andy Smith – honing his cross-genre style, a beer, one more, a couple of shots of Tequila – where next? David Holmes was in town – Perkins needed to check his psychedelic soul & funk and then… the Dust Brothers were kicking off across town – heavy beats and hands in the air – so much going on right now… Gilles P, Mo Wax, Ninja, Bristol – there was no other country to be in and London was at its heart. Back to his mission – did he keep the tapes safe? He vaguely recalls DJ Krush at a late night session at Blue Note and then? Hang on, where the tapes were back where he started?

Perkins recalls running across town, on a bus, in a cab & back to Andy Smith – memories of yesterday… the tape the tape? He crashed – clubbed out. Did Perkins lose his shadow, or was it found?
Perkins finishes his tea and bun, the sparkle returning to his eyes – he leaves a tip for the waitress and strides home. He lays his keys down on the sideboard, picks through a stack of flyers and underneath he spies James Lavelle’s scrawl across a plastic box – ENTRODUCING.

Perkins puts the tape in the deck, sits back and is the first to listen to the newly mastered album that would set standards for decades to come. Perkins lost, then found his shadow.

1. Barry Forgie – Dawn Mists

2. DJ Shadow – Transmission 2

3. Dave Richmond – Heavy Load

4. Lalo Schiffrin – Shifting Gears

5. Barry White – Can’t Seem To Find Him

6. Depth Charge – Number 9

7. Roy Budd – Hallucinations

8. Georgie – Tears

9. Dusty Springfield – Spooky

10. Doris – You Never Come Over

11.Andre Perry – Ode A L’Affaire

12. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper (Reprise)

13. James Taylor Quartet – Mission Impossible

14. Roland Vincet – L.S.D. Party

15. Barry Stoller – Heavy Hitter

16. Beastie Boys – Jimmy James

17. 8UP – Ya Don’t Quit

18. Sabres Of Paradise – Theme

19. Emmanuel Top – Lobotomie

20. The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows

21. Chemical Brothers – Life Is Sweet

22. Jean Jacques Perry – E.V.A.

23. John Klemmer – Yes To Life

24. Beats International – Dub Be Good To Me (Accapella)

25. Mystic Moods – Cosmic Sea

26. DJ Shadow – Lost & Found (S.F.L.) (Intro)

27. Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic

28. Milton Floyd – I Am Shadow

29. Portishead – Sour Times

30. Rob Dougan – Clubbed To Death (Variation)

31. DJ Shadow – Best Foot Forward

32. DJ Shadow – Organ Donor

33. DJ Shadow – Number Song

34. DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World

35. DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Like? (Part 1)

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