DJ Shadow has announced details of Our Pathetic Age, a double album featuring appearances from Run The Jewels, Nas, and Dave East plus members of Wu Tang Clan, Interpol, and Future Islands. You can hear new song "Rosie" now.
The 23-track album is DJ Shadow's first release since 2016 album The Mountain Will Fall and will be released on November 15, via Mass Appeal. The first 11 tracks on the record are instrumental, with guest features appearing in the second half. "Rocket Fuel" featuring De La Soul was released in July.
Wu Tang's Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon unite for "Rain on Snow" while Interpol's Paul Banks appears alongside New York rapper Wiki on "Small Colleges (Stay With Me)." Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands, meanwhile, features on the title track.
Speaking in a press release, DJ Shadow said: "More than anything, I try to get a sense of the mood of society as a whole. The subtle signals that humans send each other, the way people behave, their frustrations and ebbs and flows. In my part of the world, people are scared. There’s rampant homelessness, and a real fear of falling into generational poverty. People are addicted to, and addled by distraction; they’re angry and confused, and disaffected by their own governmental institutions. There’s songs that are inspired by this energy and seek to harness it, to make sense of it. In some cases, there’s attempts to salve the wound; in others, the songs merely observe but don’t offer solutions. Despite the title, it’s a hopeful, vibrant album...there is always light in darkness. I want it to reflect the times we live in, a signpost in the ground to mark the era...Our Pathetic Age."
Our Pathetic Age:
"Nature Always Wins"
"Beauty, Power, Motion, Life, Work, Chaos, Law"
"If I Died Today"
"My Lonely Room"
"We Are Always Alone"
"Drone Warfare" [f. Nas, Pharaohe Monch]
"Rain on Snow" [f. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon]
"Rocket Fuel" [f. De La Soul]
"C.O.N.F.O.R.M." [f. Gift of Gab, Lateef the Truth Speaker, Infamous Taz]
"Small Colleges (Stay With Me)" [f. Wiki, Paul Banks]
"JoJo’s Words" [f. Stro]
"Kings & Queens" [f. Run the Jewels]
"Taxin’" [f. Dave East]
"Dark Side of the Heart" [f. Fantastic Negrito, Jumbo is Dr.ama]
"I Am Not a Robot" (Interlude)
"Urgent, Important, Please Read" [f. Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe, Daemon]
"Our Pathetic Age" [f. Samuel T. Herring]