Twenty years into his career, DJ Shadow—aka Josh Davis—gets reflective as he welcomes the release of his fifth album in two decades.

If you just look at his official discography, you could get the feeling that DJ Shadow is a part-time musician. In the two decades since his hugely influential debut, Endtroducing . . ., he’s released only three subsequent albums. That changed last week, when his latest, The Mountain Will Fall, was released on Mass Appeal Records. But for the producer (whose real name is Josh Davis), the fact that he’s not prolific when it comes to releasing albums doesn’t reflect anything more than how seriously he takes the form.

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