Though he was more visible than others, DJ Shadow has never been a lone wolf. Even before his fame and the monumental Endtroducing… album, he was a part of Solesides, a label from the Bay Area, the very place which, after pioneers like Del or Digital Underground - and in parallel to the more scandalous rap of Too $hort or E-40 - had birthed one of the most creative hip-hop scenes from California.
The records from the Solesides – now Quannum – stable can be split into two categories: some of them are solid and consistent albums, now true classics (Nia, Endtroducing...); and some others are more heterogeneous, consolidating very diverse tracks, sometimes from different periods (The Album, Spectrum). Without any doubt, Solesides Greatest Bumps belongs to the second category. In order to celebrate their joining Ninja Tune, all five hip-hop artists proposed this compilation, full of unheard tracks, rarities or singles released at the heroic time of their own label, some of them even before electronica fans decided abusively that DJ Shadow would belong to their musical genre of choice.