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Pumped on this new Embassy Recordings release. Label boss Distal and label mate Wheez-ie are friends of Disco Droppings, we’ve talked at length via interview about a variety of topics. Since then I’ve kept my eyes on Embassy, and included tracks from the label in my sets (Sleepyhead, Thefft).

I’ve grown a little tired of being told to put my hands up, too many rave mc’s and dj’s demanding it. However, I will do it for Wheez-ie’s “Five Fingered Salute”. It’s a sassy exception; booty bumpin’ freak music. His “You Lose” goes in the direction of a bad trip or a ritual of some techno sort. Wheez-ie shows versatility here, and it’s exciting for me to think about what else he’s got in the works. * A few months ago Wheez-ie announced that he’s started a record label, with vinyl/digital releases on the way. Just be patient!

There’s a slowmo, badass feel to Moldy’s “All I Want”, could hear this one all day. This track was on heavy rotation at Dub War, the historic first dubstep night in America (2005), which featured Kode9, Skream, Digital Mystikz and Shackleton. The release ends on a spooky, A-class note with “Through The Rain”.

Vinyl release here digital forthcoming

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– Jimi Jaxon

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Mmmm, the dark vibes of Shackleton. I got a bunch of his remixes and wanted to share the one’s that have connected with me most. Some of these have been appearing in my recent DJ sets. First there’s the Invasion vs. Shackleton 2-part release Wizards In Dub. Part 2 is pretty hypnotic..

 

In 2007, Pole released their Steingarten lp via Scape. That same year a remix release appeared with “Achterbahn (Shackleton Remix)”. It has a rad baseline and a solid little groove throughout. I was delighted to see that Shackleton remixed one of my all time favorite tracks, Simian Mobile Disco’s “Hustler”. Instead of including the full original vocals, Shackleton takes a few lines and weaves them into his 8:28 reinterpretation. You’ll hear, “I’m a hustler baby, that’s what my daddy’s made me”, “Gotta do what you gotta do, to survive”, “Gotta make what you gotta make, to stay alive”.

 

 

In my previous post on Shackleton’s Music For The Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EP’s, I talked about the vocal collaboration with Vengeance Tenfold. The two of them together is equally menacing and inviting. In Shackleton’s remix of Badawi’s Dstry All Prfts, Vengeance Tenfold appears, saying “Life, breath, strength, now” among other things.

 

Shackleton – Discogs 

Now is not the time for fear..

– Jimi Jaxon

 

I don’t think it’s necessary for me to analyze these Shackleton releases too much. The limited edition box set of Music For The Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs consists of three 12″ records and a CD, released on Shackleton’s own label, Woe To The Septic Heart! (digital purchase via Boomkat). The artwork is delightfully bizarre and perfectly matches the strange, intricate quality of the music. I enjoyed the collaborated work of Pinch & Shackleton on Honest Jon’s Records, and after searching for new tunes, came across Music For The Quiet Hour / The Drawbar Organ EPs. My reaction to this music is that it’s something to fall into. It’s got a dark, meditative quality that seems to be in a category of it’s own. In Music For The Quiet Hour, vocals from Vengeance Tenfold take you deep into a dystopian land. The tracks in The Drawbar Organ EPs are more rhythmically defined, while still holding a murky, ghostlike feel. Expect more Disco Droppings features on the mysterious Shackleton, after I’ve delved deeper into his other productions. 

 

 

Shackleton – Discogs 

– Jimi Jaxon