i might recommend the new Copywrite LP. Its got a few cuts by RJD2 and the emcee is pretty ill. He also produces for Copywrite's (old?) crew called MHZ. They had a nice couple 12s a while back. Oh, also the remix fo Can Ox's "The F Word" is dope. That's about all I know.
As for the comparisions to DJ Shadow, yeah I think its inevitable. Just by the number of changes and soulful vocal samples and stuff. But I think Shadow has moved past this in his production (not saying whether this is better, I don't happen to think so) and he never sought to make as "mainstream hip-hop" in terms of tempo and emcees and such. So they are not as easy to compare as at first glance.
By the way, I saw RJD2 and Def Jux Inc. this past weekend at Scribble Jam in Cincinatti. They all represented lovely. D2 was spinning a lot of the jams he sampled... that "here's what's left" vocal is hot! But they all seemed real down to earth and accessible, compared to the hoopla the media has rained of late.
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