Midnight in a Perfect World

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"Midnight in a Perfect World"
DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World cover art.jpg
Single by DJ Shadow
from the album Endtroducing.....
B-side
  • "Mutual Slump"
  • "The Number Song"
  • "Red Bus Needs to Leave"
  • Remixes
Released September 2, 1996
Format
Recorded
Genre
Length
  • 4:57 (LP version)
  • 5:02 (radio version)
Label
Songwriter(s) Josh Davis
Producer(s) DJ Shadow
DJ Shadow singles chronology
"Hardcore (Instrumental) Hip Hop" / "Fully Charged on Planet X"
(1996)
"Midnight in a Perfect World"
(1996)
"Stem"
(1996)
"Hardcore (Instrumental) Hip Hop" / "Fully Charged on Planet X"
(1996)
"Midnight in a Perfect World"
(1996)
"Stem"
(1996)

"Midnight in a Perfect World" is a song by American DJ and music producer DJ Shadow. It was released as the lead single from his debut studio album, Endtroducing....., on September 2, 1996. The song peaked at number 52 on the Scottish Singles Chart and number 54 on the UK Singles Chart.

In 2000, it was featured as background music in a sketch from the Channel 4 sketch show Jam.

Composition[edit]

Featuring a soulful vocal line and a slow drum beat,[1][2] "Midnight in a Perfect World" is based around mournful piano sampled from the 1969 song "The Human Abstract" by David Axelrod.[3] Aside from the Axelrod sample, the track also samples "Sower of Seeds" by Baraka,[4] "Sekoilu Seestyy" by Pekka Pohjola,[4] "Releasing Hypnotical Gases" by Organized Konfusion,[5] "Dolmen Music" by Meredith Monk,[2] and "California Soul" by Marlena Shaw.[6]

Release[edit]

"Midnight in a Perfect World" was released as both a 12-inch single and CD single on September 2, 1996.[7][8] In January 1997, the song was released to American college and modern rock radio stations.[9] A music video for the song, directed by B Plus, was also released and gained lots of airplay on the MTV program Amp.[10]

Track listing[edit]

UK release[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Midnight in a Perfect World" (Radio Vision) 5:02
2. "Midnight in a Perfect World" (Gab Mix) 5:21
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Midnight in a Perfect World" (Extended Vision) 9:53
2. "Mutual Slump" 4:03

US release[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Midnight in a Perfect World" 4:57
2. "The Number Song" 4:40
3. "Red Bus Needs to Leave" 2:41
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Midnight in a Perfect World" (Gab Mix) 5:20
2. "The Number Song" (Cut Chemist Party Mix) 5:09

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 52
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 54

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue no.
 United Kingdom September 2, 1996 Mo' Wax MW057[11][12]
 United States January 1997
  • 12"
  • CD
162-531 084[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ O'Neil, Tim (June 10, 2005). "DJ Shadow: Endtroducing...". PopMatters. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 20–01". Pitchfork Media. September 3, 2010. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  3. ^ Patrin, Nate (October 9, 2006). "Dungen". Seattle Weekly. Archived from the original on May 1, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Endtroducing..... (liner notes). DJ Shadow (deluxe ed.). Island Records. 1996. 0602498286821. 
  5. ^ Lee, Jordan (May 1, 2013). "Midnight In A Perfect Sample". WYMS. Archived from the original on September 15, 2014. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ Diver, Mike (July 14, 2011). "DJ Shadow: Endtroducing...". BBC Music. BBC. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Midnight in a Perfect World – DJ Shadow". AllMusic. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ "DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World (Master)". Discogs. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Out Of The Shadows". Billboard. New York: 21. November 23, 1996. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Endtroducing…". BAM. San Francisco. April 4, 1997. Archived from the original on March 20, 2013. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b "DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World (Vinyl) (UK)". Discogs. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  12. ^ a b "DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World (CD) (UK)". Discogs. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World (Vinyl) (U.S.)". Discogs. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World (CD) (U.S.)". Discogs. Retrieved June 8, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 1996-09-08". Scottish Singles Top 40. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  16. ^ "DJ Shadow: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 June 2016.