7th January 2019 Wil Wainwright

Thrown For A Loop 2 – DJ Shadow/Preemptive Strike

Welcome to the second instalment of “Thrown For A Loop”.  In this lesson we will be looking at a couple of DJ Shadow breaks.  In my opinion, one of the best non-drumming drummers if that makes sense.  He has also been a the front of sample based music with his 1996 album, “Endtroducing…..” famously being made up almost entirely of samples.

The first one we are going to look at is “Highnoon” from Preemptive Strike.  This groove comes in at 0:46 on the attached video.  It has elements of an Amen groove with the displaced snare and 16th note bass drum pattern (see previous loop lesson for more information on the iconic “Amen Break”).  There are a lot of cool variations. This song actually also features a drum sample from a Jimi Hendrix song, “Flashing”, at the start of the song.


The second DJ Shadow song we are going to look at is also from Preemptive strike, “Organ Donor (extended overhaul).  This is the opening four bars.  Once again, the variations are what really make this beat cool and organic. 

I also thought you might find it interesting to know that the drums are from “Someone” by The New Breed feat. Tim and Bill.  You can clearly hear them at the start of the song

DJ shadow then starts cutting up and rearranging this groove.  It has such a cool drum sound, its not had to see why it was sampled.  Other samples include “Tears” by Giorgio Moroder and “Judy Goes On Holiday” by Supersister and probably a bunch more. 


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