Shall Ocin – Conception EP
Barcelona-based, Argentinian producer Nicolas Abalos aka Shall Ocin returns for his second helping of Culprit, almost exactly a year after his label debut, ‘Crash into My Love’. The first EP set the inventive and musically adventurous template for Shall and was supported by the likes of Damian Lazarus, Ivan Smagghe and Miguel Campbell, among others. The artist continues to explore the psychedelia-tinged, heavy electronic groove territory with the three sparkling originals on the ‘Conception EP’ plus a remix from Valencia talent, Edu Imbernon. Each song is brimming with musically sophisticated ideas: Shall’s own effected vocals, at times immediate and emotionally charged, at others – disembodied and spooky; his love of a catchy electric guitar riff; tight and precise basslines; off-kilter synth melodies, touches of jazz fusion and shimmering ambient textures.
Shall Ocin is a young producer clearly developing a sonic palette all his own. While influenced by the sound design of his friend and mentor Maceo Plex, Shall is a singular talent in the ascendancy, bursting with originality. Shall is focusing his already formidable production talents on output for just two labels – Culprit and Leftroom. Refreshingly loyal, the young Argentinian is certain to continue his rise, defining the sound of these two imprints.
For the remix, Culprit keep it in the family, as they tend to do. A friend of Shall Ocin’s from their days in Valencia, Edu Imbernon is a production juggernaut. He’s been responsible for a string of big releases in the past couple of years, including a massive remix of The XX and one of Culprit’s anthems of this past year, ‘Fayer’ (with Los Suruba). Here, Edu delivers one of his patented dance-floor smashing electronic grooves that meld the choice parts of the original and his own flair for drama.