Josh Davis, better known as California's own DJ Shadow, was in London last week enlisting help from members of Radiohead and the Verve for his new album, "U.N.K.L.E.," which is due out by the end of the year.
But aside from the assistance provided by the U.K. rockers, Shadow is most pleased that he was able to collaborate with a certain hip hop veteran that he considers an underground idol.
"Kool G Rap is on my new record," Shadow explained to the MTV Radio Network, "and he's well respected in New York and a legend in my mind. Kool G. Rap is some one that I grew up listening to and I admire him lyrically."
Meanwhile, Shadow's Solesides Records has become defunct, although the DJ has formed another imprint, Quanuum, from the previous label's ashes.
"Solesides was something that was built and something we destroyed," Shadow said. "We collectively sat down there and said, 'Well, this is six years old and it's done more than we could have imagined, but now we
want to try different things.'"
Shadow's new artist-run label includes such acts as Latryx, Blackalicious, the Gift of Gab, Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker, all of whom were on Solesides.