Perkins 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)