Verve is set to release the veteran turntablist's first album in five years.
The new LP will be Shadow's first in five years, after his tepidly received hyphy experiment, The Outsider. Ever since his groundbreaking debut album, 1996's Entroducing, the LA-based artist has stayed on the move stylistically, always loathe to repeat himself from one record to the next. He keeps this up on The Less You Know The Better with 16 tracks that range from the instrumental hip-hop that made him famous to indie rock, pop and singer-songwriter material. In a recent interview with Pitchfork, he says he worked on the album consistently—"eight-plus hours a day at least five or six days a week"—since late 2009. Guest appearances come from Talib Kweli, Tom Ve and Swedish electronic-rockers Little Dragon.
01. Back to Front (Circular Logic)
02. Border Crossing
03. Stay the Course feat. Posdnuos and Talib Kweli
04. I've Been Trying
05. Sad and Lonely
06. Warning Call feat. Tom Ve
08. Enemy Lines
09. Going Nowhere
11. Run for Your Life
12. Give Me Back the Nights
13. I Gotta Rokk
14. Scale It Back feat. Little Dragon
15. Circular Logic (Front to Back)
16. (Not So) Sad and Lonely
Verve will release The Less You Know the Better on October 4th, 2011.