American DJ and producer DJ Shadow turns label owner with the launch of his own label imprint, Liquid Amber, via Island Records. It made an immediate debut with the ‘Liquid Amber’ EP last Friday (August 15). “This single/EP serves as the opening salvo in what I hope is a long string of music, by myself and others, on my new imprint, Liquid Amber,” said Shadow in announcing the news. “There are two new songs, ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Mob,’ and a nifty remix of ‘Six Days’ by Machinedrum.
“‘Ghost Town’ is an ambitious ride through many of the micro-genres within the Future Bass umbrella that have inspired me recently,” he continued, “while ‘Mob’ is an intentionally stripped-down, Cali-certified head-nodder. “Both songs were written, programmed, and mixed by myself, and they represent the forward steps I feel I’ve taken as an engineer. The ‘Six Days’ remix was something I asked Machinedrum to knock out as a tour weapon, and he crushed it (naturally), so I felt it deserved a proper release.” DJ Shadow has also been preparing for the vinyl-only Renegades of Rhythm Tour of North America with Cut Chemist, which will honour the ‘Master of Records,’ hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. The tour begins on September 1 in Toronto and runs throughout the month, concluding on October 9. “I’m excited about this music and the new imprint,” concluded Shadow, “and I really appreciate everyone’s time and consideration.”