Photo by Philip Cosores
On June 24th, DJ Shadow will release his first album in five years, The Mountain Will Fall. Among the 13 new tracks on the The Less You Know, The Better follow-up is “Nobody Speak”, a collaboration with Run the Jewels. A rumbling cut elevated by rich brass, it finds El-P and Killer Mike and DJ Shadow bringing out the best in one another.
According to the instrumental hip-hop producer, enlisting the “indomitable” Run the Jewels for the track was a no-brainer:
“Occasionally, I make a beat that demands a specific vocal treatment and attitude. In the case of ‘Nobody Speak,’ I wasn’t going to settle for anyone other than Run The Jewels; in my mind, it was them or no one. Fortunately, they agreed, and they took the track to a place I could never get to on my own. That’s the definition of a rewarding collaboration.”
El-P similarly praised DJ Shadow in a press release, saying, “Shadow is a legend and a friend. When he makes music he often changes music forever. When he asked us to jump on the record we didn’t blink.”
Stream “Nobody Speak” below.
The song will be available for digital download as part of Run the Jewels’ VRTJ viewer, which hits shelves this weekend for Record Store day.
In support of The Mountain Will Fall, DJ Shadow has announced he’ll be hosting a trio of Beats 1 shows this summer; the first will air in June.
The Mountain Will Fall Tracklist:
01. The Mountain Will Fall
02. Nobody Speak (feat. Run the Jewels)
03. Three Ralphs
04. Bergschrund (feat. Nils Frahm)
05. The Sideshow (feat. Ernie Fresh)
06. Depth Charge
08. Ashes to Oceans (feat. Matthew Halsall)
09. Pitter Patter (feat. G Jones & Bleep Bloop)
11. Ghost Town
12. Suicide Pact
13. Swerve (iTunes Bonus Track)