DJ Shadow has released his first new music since 2017 with single “Rocket Fuel” featuring De La Soul. The song will be featured on a new album coming later this year. “Rocket Fuel” is a hard-charging reemergence for DJ Shadow, long celebrated as a pivotal artist in experimental, instrumental hip-hop. The song explodes with stacks of vocal samples, horns, Shadow’s dazzling DJ scratch work and a muscular performance from the legendary rap crew.
“It’s been awhile since my last album The Mountain Will Fall, and the corresponding tour…and since the tour ended, I’ve been mostly silent. This is because I’ve been focused and working on a ton of music. I usually try to avoid hyperbole, and I’m not super-comfortable hyping up my own stuff, but things are about to get VERY exciting around here. For “Rocket Fuel,” my heroes De La Soul join me in a collaborative blast of pure hip-hop adrenalin.”
DJ Shadow has previously collaborated with De La Soul: Posdnous was featured on Shadow’s 2011 album The Less You Know, the Better, and he sampled De La Soul for his landmark debutEndtroducing…..
DJ Shadow’s last album, 2016’s The Mountain Will Fall, was widely celebrated and led to a performance of “Nobody Speak” with Run The Jewels on the Tonight Show, his first #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic chart, and nearly 100 dates of international touring that includedCoachella and Pitchfork Paris. “Nobody Speak,” deemed “brassy and bruising” by Rolling Stone, was featured in multiple films and commercials, and was the most played hip-hop song on alternative radio in 2018. A surprise The Mountain Has Fallen EP released in 2017 featuredDanny Brown and Nas.