Thom's umbra is up
RADIOHEAD's THOM YORKE is to record with DJ SHADOW. The pair will team up when Radiohead appear in San Francisco at the end of July.
The collaboration is part of a project Shadow is putting together with Mo'Wax head, James Lavelle. An album, called 'Unkle', is due next year. As recently reported in NME, The Verve's Richard Ashcroft is also involved in the LP.
Yorke told Vox magazine: "I don't know exactly what's going to happen. There's absolutely no planning involved. We're donna turn up on the day and sit in a very large room in this cinematic studio we've booked and he's going to set up his decks and his mixer and sampler and I'm just going to set up a microphone in the middle of this huge empty room. It's donna be great. James (Lavelle) is going to do it as well. We're going to sit around and confuse each other."
Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood recently revealed that Shadow was one of the main inspirations for their 'Paranoid Android' single.
"One of the ideas behind 'Paranoid Android' was trying to do a combination of DJ Shadow and The Beatles," he said. "Shadow does a lot of Beatles stuff in terms of welding different pieces of music together sticking bits of mastertape together and keeping the flunky bits in."
Meanwhile, Radiohead have also asked Shadow to remix 'Subterranean Homesick Alien'. The band have put a number of the tracks on 'OK Computer' out to dance remixers, including Fila Brazilia and Massive Attack, who were offered the whole LP.
But Yorke said: "We don't want (Massive Attack) to remix the album until they've finished their album."
Yorke was supposed to provide lyrics for a new Massive Attack song called 'Wire' although time constraints have scuppered the idea.