After presenting his ‘Best of Live’ series, Redshape returns to his own label with a retrovisionist release that looks back in time as much as it looks forward to the future.
Revving up on the A side is ‘Shift’, a propulsive hurtle to the final frontiers. Starting off ominously with just drums, bass and a Pollock splatter of toms, the track is soon overrun by an army of relentlessly running basslines, let loose to steer in and out like searching headlights on a dark and endless highway. With a heavier kick, the track shifts into top gear with pensive pads soaring overhead, mesmerising squeaks and his signature attention to percussive detail.
On the flip is ‘Drive’, which switches gears down a notch as an astrospace cruise along intergalactic coastlines – from summery California to shiny Coruscant. A rounded pounding beat with heavy sub bass bounces along to a breezy tropical melody and spacious percussive work, before riding off into a cinematic sunset that is as nostalgic as it is hopeful of the coming dawn.
Once again on the edge of spatial sound but grounded in analog warmth, Redshape has presented a revision of classic record productions that truly punches as it is meant to be felt and heard – on wax.
Hunter/Game released their debut full length on Kompakt in February – an immersive collection that followed their two Resident Advisor chart topping singles released on Kompakt Extra (Speicher 83, Speicher 87). With previous releases on Innervisions, Diynamic, Last Night On Earth and their own imprint Just This, this Italian duo have proved to be a leading force of the underground.
“We here at Kompakt love a good remix package and this is definitely one of the best we have put together in some time. Enjoy this well balanced meal served up by the elusive Redshape, Panorama Bar resident Nick Höppner, up and comers Woo York, Holland’s best kept secret Nuno Dos Santos and a special version of “Bermuda” by Hunter/Game.”
A man of many talents Skream makes a welcomed debut on the mighty Crosstown Rebels ahead of his album on the imprint later this year. The epic ‘Still Lemonade’ includes a remix from the mysterious Redshape.
“‘Still Lemonade was the first track I finished in a long time that felt completely happy with and ready to play out. I didn’t tell anyone it was by me when I first started playing it and the reaction was explosive. It gets one of the biggest reaction in my sets and is a perfect example of the direction I’m taking with my productions’” Skream
A masterpiece for the peak time dancefloor ‘Still Lemonade’ sees melodic and emotive synthlines flow over rolling percussions with a powerful breakdown and build destined to make the crowd erupt. Over on the flip Redshape adds a grumble in the bassline, playing with the trackfor an intricate and subtle build but keeping in line with the original it soon progresses into ahigh intensity dance floor bomb.
Out on February 23rd 2015 on Crosstown Rebels.