The Mountain Has Fallen starts with Systematic, DJ Shadow and Nas first-ever collaboration together. The song debuted during the season premiere of HBOs Silicon Valley in April. Horror Show finds Shadow and Danny Brown collaborating for the first time over a jagged, haunting soundscape. Good News is a brand new composition, reminiscent of some of Shadows more free-form, fractured work found on 2016s The Mountain Will Fall full-length.
The EP closes with Corridors, a piece featuring Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price (who scored the Gravity film). Shadow is a massive fan of his work, and Price wrote and programmed the string parts on the song.
"From the start of my last album, I envisioned collaborating with other instrumentalists who operate outside of the bass and hip-hop realms, ultimately working with the amazing Nils Frahm and Matthew Halsall. Like many, I had always been enthralled by the soundtrack for the film 'Gravity,' and went about connecting with Steven purely as a fan. I was overjoyed when the opportunity to combine on a song came to pass. His ability to harness orchestral elements and join them with a sound design aesthetic made my contributions seem almost effortless, which is the mark of a fruitful partnership." DJ Shadow, on Corridors
Turns out sometimes you should meet your heroes. Working with Josh to create Corridors, hearing musical ideas and phrases come back to me twisted and skewed through the filter of his unique sensibilities, was an amazing experience. The mark of a good collaboration is when the track heads off in a direction you could never have imagined when working on your own, and no one puts a track together like DJ Shadow. It was an honour to work with him. Steven Price, on Corridors
The Mountain Has Fallen comes on the heels of a tremendous year for the legendary DJ and producer. He performed at Coachella 2017, marking his fifth appearance overall at the festival. He recently launched his KCRW show called Find, Share, Rewind, which airs at 10PM the first Saturday of each month. His extensive The Mountain Will Fall tour continues through 2017 and has seen him circle the globe more than once since launching in 2016, with recent dates in Australia, Japan and Europe. He will finish his 2017 dates in London in October. Shadow released his latest feature album The Mountain Will Fall via Mass Appeal Records to raves last year, which lead to a performance on The Tonight Show with Run The Jewels. The music video for that track, Nobody Speak, just won the 2017 A2IM Libera Award for Best Music Video.