For anyone wondering just how far removed DJ Shadow his from his 2006 hyphy project The Outsider, we ask you to listen to his latest single, “Stay the Course.” The track is a funky-ass, breaks and bass-driven tune featuring guest verses from hip-hop mainstays Talib Kweli and Posdnuos, of De La Soul. It’s pretty much exactly what you would have wanted to hear, say, a decade ago, but it still sounds pretty fucking great today.
The track is also another strong entry into his recent single release catalog that includes “I Gotta Rokk” and “I’m Excited,” the latter of which boasts an appearance from Afrikan Boy. All three of these cuts will appear on Shadow’s forthcoming new album, The Less You Know, The Better, which drops Sept. 27.
You can stream “Stay the Course” at Some Kind of Awesome and view the track listing below.
01 Back To Front (Circular Logic)
02 Border Crossing
03 Stay The Course Feat. Posdnuos (of De La Soul) & Talib Kweli
04 I’ve Been Trying
05 Sad And Lonely
06 Warning Call Feat. Tom Vek
08 Enemy Lines
09 Going Nowhere
11 Run For Your Life
12 Give Me Back The Nights
13 I’m Excited Feat. Afrikan Boy
14 I Gotta Rokk
15 Scale It Back Feat. Yukimi Nagano (of Little Dragon)
16 Circular Logic (Front To Back)
17 (Not So) Sad And Lonely