Just as remarkable: the whole 63-minute album is pieced together sample-by-sample, from an extensive hand-picked vinyl collection, on a lowly Akai MPC60 drum machine with 1.5MB of RAM. It so uppity-ups the game.
Just as one example of how deep the man digs: Track 7, Stem, begins with a sample from the ‘Love Suite’ (track 9) of inspired UK baroque rock duo Nirvana‘s May 1970 album To Markos III (only 250 copies pressed, a serious let-down by Island Records). ( Nirvana UK site ) (*)
Stem becomes Shadow’s first top-10 hit when it reaches #9 on the Ireland singles chart. In 2002 he manages a US Hot Dance#1 in his EM-disabled home market with Six Days from second album The Private Press (UK#8, US#44).