The song premiered Monday on Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 radio program. Lowe introduced it with an enthusiastic “Wooooo! This new DJ Shadow record though,” setting the bar high before those listening in were offered a taste of their own.
The track features Ernie Fresh, and has been deemed a “scratch track,” though as DJ Shadow said himself the scratches he uses will not be recognizable by 99 percent of DJs (meanwhile DJs everywhere mentally declare “challenge accepted”). It’s later revealed in the interview the scratching is at 108-110 beats per minute.
The song’s undercurrent does in fact feature intensely innovative scratching, the kind that would dominate any DJ dual. “Put the needle to wax” the lyrics state, which is exactly what DJ Shadow does. And though the song may be titled “The Sideshow” it’s clear the techniques on display here would be nothing less than the main draw. Listen to the track below.
“The Sideshow” is preceded by the album’s title track, along with “Bergschrund“, bonus track “Swerve” and the Run The Jewels collaborative track “Nobody Speak“. The Mountain Will Fall arrives June 24th.