New from Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park): Stream ‘Dropped Frames Vol. 1,’ a Mostly Instrumental Album Created on Twitch (With the Help of Fans)

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Mike ShinodaMC/rapper/multi-instrumentalist known for his years as a co-front man of Linkin Park, has kept busy during the COVID-19 pandemic — and today, Shinoda released Dropped Frames, Vol. 1, a mostly-instrumental collection of songs that are the end result of his dedication and focus on creating music over the past few weeks.

He’s kept busy on a near-daily basis on Twitch, live-streaming jam sessions and bursts of creativity from his home studio, and as the weeks went on his audience grew. Linkin Park fans gravitated to his Twitch streams, and as the material built up he decided to release a batch of his new material as a proper album.


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Dropped Frames, Vol. 1 features 12 new recordings, including “Open Door,” a virtual collaboration with seven fans from around the world:

Said Mike Shinoda in a statement about this new project:

In March, when quarantine began, I started creating music live online. In addition to bringing the fans together for a daily conversation, the live streams inspired dozens of unexpected genre mashups and theme ideas. I’m excited to announce the release of my first batch of these instrumental songs.

“Open Door” is the only vocal-led song in the album. In times like these, when so much is being said, I felt an album of wordless tracks might hopefully give fans a place of respite—a break from the chatter. Listen to them while you chill, while you work, while you paint, while you eat, while you play…wherever they fit into your life.

Dropped Frames, Vol. 1 is the second proper solo album from Mike Shinoda, following Post Traumatic — which was released in 2018 and was a raw, emotional collection of music that marked his first musical output since the July 2017 death of his Linkin Park band mate, Chester Bennington.

Its release also comes shortly after the band’s “In the End” music video surpassed a billion YouTube views. 

Stream Dropped Frames, Vol. 1 below, via Spotify:

In a new chat with the NME this week, Shinoda went into more detail about how this record came about:

“It’s spontaneous. A lot of the time with music I feel like I channel what’s happening in the moment. This stuff sonically comes from when it’s being created. We archived all of the Twitch episodes on Youtube so you can go back and see where it came from. I know that when the Black Lives Matter protests were starting, the track we made that day was sombre and soulful. It was sonically appropriate for the kind of day that it was. That track didn’t make it onto this album, but it will be on a future volume.”

When asked if he has listened to Amends, the new album from Bennington’s pre-Linkin Park band Grey Daze (utilizing some of the late vocalist’s unheard recordings), Shinoda said this:

“I haven’t heard it. They did it on their own. I can’t listen to it. I don’t want to hear his voice. It’s hard enough for me to listen to Linkin Park albums. It has to be on the right day. I did watch some of his son Jaime’s video, though. I got through two minutes of it before it became a little too much for me.”

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