Label: Mo' Wax / London
Released: September 29, 1998
Shadow's sophomore album finds him in top form, in this ambitious effort with Mo' Wax label guru James Lavelle taking on the role of director, orchestrating the grand design, and translating it musically with the talents of studio muse Shadow. Most accustomed to working solo, DJ Shadow demonstrates here his adaptable talents in collaborating with others, whether it's on the powerful "Rabbit in Your Headlights" a track recorded in 1996 in which Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke eerily foreshadows his later success, or in "Guns Blazing (Drums of Death Part 1)," the album's only traditional hip-hop track, which pairs annihilating beats to Kool G Rap's equally lethal vocal delivery.
Psyence Fiction, which also features contributions from Beastie Boy Mike D and the Verve's Richard Ashcroft, is certainly one of the most epic records to emerge from the electronic world.