This is a track from The Less You Know, the Better, the fourth studio album by American electronic hip hop artist and producer DJ Shadow. The album title comes from a sense that technology is getting out of hand. He told Q magazine: "I live in Silicon Valley, where at any moment you're being told that your life is incomplete because you don't have this piece of gear."
The song features Little Dragon. DJ Shadow told Billboard magazine how he hooked up with the Swedish electronic outfit: "I had met the [Little Dragon] lead vocalist, Yukimi Nagano, years and years ago when she was singing for another band. Fast forward a couple of years: I went to a record store and bought a bunch of music, and my favorite thing was a 45 that they did... So when they came to San Francisco the next time, I went out to see them and introduced myself and we hung out."
"Abracadabra" was inspired by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Steve Miller first met the girl group when they performed together on NBC's Hullabaloo in 1966, and he wrote the lyrics after spotting Diana Ross skiing in the mountains years later.