Merging a huge spectrum of creative talents, this next EP from Culture Shock dissects not only his music but also his persona as an artist. Encompassing both his self-made, mechanical artwork as well as the diverse soundscape he reigns over, it’s easy to see the depth of his creativity.
The four track EP demonstrates his classical training, one which served as the perfect backdrop for his intricate composition, driving from a range of influences… Something he’d soon become renowned for. From the legendary status of ‘City Lights’, which this year received the ‘Record of The Day’ status at Radio1, to the resounding riddims of heavy-hitters ‘Troglodyte’ and ‘Ohrwurm’, his output has not only been eclectic but steadily gaining momentum too.
Opening track ‘Back to You’ has lined the sets of dancefloor’s heaviest hitters this summer. Whether it’s on sold-out stages of the drum & bass capital at SW4, or sets across the Atlantic with support from Andy C and Sub Focus, the anticipation around its release has been invading cyberspace. Pounding subs underpin a soulfully reimagined vocal sample, which peaks between the ebb and flow of structured note arpeggios. A warped bassline beneath elevated note patterns add an extra stockiness allowing the record to detonate any club, whilst still leading you into the emotive crescendo of dancefloors worldwide.
Rolling out next is ‘Tangents’. Ethereal, humanistic elements weave between snapping hi-hits and loops of synth, gradually building to manifest something more menacing. With a melody that only goes to pedestal an outstanding ingenuity, you pound against steely distortion, one which reverberates between each segment.
‘Rush Connection’ yet again stands as a testament to Culture Shock’s honed craft, whilst being distinctive stylistically. A chiselled groove acts as a starting point, snipped up by slants of sample and served as a dynamic riddim to take you into any late night session. Then lastly, comes ‘Steam Machine’, peddled by kick drums and an incredibly chiselled bassline… Pulling together an EP whose announcement is set to ricochet across the industry. It’s an explosive finish.
Adding the fourth track to an already expansive discography, this extension of Culture Shock’s repertoire will only further push him into the spotlight. And with yet more sonic crafts already in the works, his true potential is only just being uncovered.
A. Culture Shock vs Josh Parkinson - No More
B. Culture Shock - Steam Machine
C. Culture Shock - Tangents
D. Culture Shock - Rush Connection
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgTTQg9oK2sAvailable from 01.04.2016