XLR8R Offers Free Shackleton Download

Stop the presses; XLR8R has just posted up a freely downlodable 320k MP3 of Shackleton’s ‘International Fires’ ahead of it’s impending release on the forthcoming Fabric 55 mix next week

I have made no qualms that I am a huge fan of Shackleton and encourage all to explore this man’s music at each opportunity. Thanks to Shackleton, and XLR8R for making this one available, especially in 320; there is no way to appreciate Shackleton’s techniques at lower bitrates.

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Super Shackleton Monday

Things often seem very ‘Hurry Up and Wait’ when looking at the releases of Shackleton. It seems like until very recently we only saw a handful of sporadic releases from the Skull Disco founder however he has had a busy late 2010 featuring an appearance on BBC Radio 1 marking the end of Mary Anne Hobbs’ tenure, the launch of a new imprint, compiling a Fabric Live mix, and now most recently a feature on Rob Booth’s Electronic Explorations podcast series.

Fortunately there is a fair amount of Shackleton free for the listening this morning as Electronic Explorations #133 is now available for download with a hefty hour long journey into Shackleton’s sound. Additionally, a portion of the FabricLive mix by Shackleton has become streamable, to whet your appetite for its release on 6-Dec.

Enjoy!

Excerpt from Shackleton: FabricLive 55

Shackleton – SEPTIC001 Preview

We are only a mere month away from the release of Shackleton’s Fabric55 mix cd and his original / Scientist version appearing on the forthcoming Tectonic compilation. Looking at upcoming release schedules today  I noticed this 12″ on his own ‘Woe To The Septic Heart‘ imprint. With two new tracks ‘Man On A String Part 1 and 2’ and ‘Bastard Spirit.’ I am quite looking forward to see what Shackleton has in store for us, and his label as a whole.

For a short preview of the release look below. I have not been able to lock down a release date or additional information, my apologies.

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V/A – Scientist Launches Dubstep Into Outer Space (Reviewed)

I know I am not the only one who was drawn to dubstep by spending formative years of my youth listening to reggae albums, especially dub. Honestly, Scientist has always been a personal favorite; no disrespect to King Tubby for being the originator and no disrespect to Mad Professor for embracing new technologies in an old sound however Scientist seemed to always sit perfectly in the middle of the proto, and the present.

“This project has taken over a year to put together from its conception late last summer. The final results are worth every minute of effort that’s gone into this – this is definitely my proudest moment for Tectonic to date. The influence of dub swings round full circle!” –Pinch

Purchase The Original Mixes
Purchase The Scientist Versions

I know I am not the only one who was drawn to dubstep by spending formative years of my youth listening to reggae albums, especially dub. Honestly, Scientist has always been a personal favorite; no disrespect to King Tubby for being the originator and no disrespect to Mad Professor for embracing new technologies in an old sound however Scientist seemed to always sit perfectly in the middle of the proto, and the present. His “Vampires” and “World Cup” releases having left the biggest impression on me, even still today. Obviously, I’m absolutely enthralled that this release exists and even more having an opportunity to listen to these tracks and relay some early impressions on them back to readers.

Attempting my hardest to stay away from clichéd idioms when writing this review, it is difficult to approach speaking about specific tracks on this release without emphasizing “the sum is greater than the parts.” Honestly, this is something that I hope listeners appreciate start-to-finish as much as selectors and dancers will appreciate hearing singles played in DJ sets, or even more excitingly the upcoming UK tour with Scientist to support the album’s release.

Read below for my complete review:

Also, you can download the Scientist version of King Midas Sound track ‘U’ (U Dub) and Guido’s ‘Korg Back Dub‘ by entering your email information below:

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Tracklist revealed for Shackleton Fabric55

“I don’t expect everyone to like it,” he says. “I know it is not to everyone’s taste.”

Shackleton’s music, while easy to identify, is typically hard to explain however the above quote seems to hit on it perfectly. Tapped by Fabric to provide the mix for #55 of their mix CD series, Shackleton has provided an intriguing selection of all original tracks. Resident Advisor today made the tracklisting available for public consumption and I share it with you here. Keep an eye out for this release dropping 6-December.

Tracklist
01. Come Up
02. Moon Over Joseph’s Burial
03. Hypno Angel
04. Visontele
05. Interlude: Blood Rhythm With Wishy Drones
06. Operatic Waves
07. Closeness to Nature
08. Negative Thoughts
09. Death Is Not Final feat. Vengeance Tenfold
10. International Fires
11. Paper
12. Deadman
13. Interlude: Point One, Sense It
14. Man On A String (Part 1)
15. Man On A String (Part 2)
16. Ice
17. Busted Spirit
18. Bottles
19. New Dawn
20. Something Has Got To Give
21. Massacre
22. Stripped

Shackleton feature on BBC Radio1

I don’t keep it much of a secret how much I enjoy the sheer sonic onslaught that is Shackleton’s music. For better or worse, here is a man nearly as nebulous as the music he is known for; becoming one of the more elusive faces in modern bass music releasing a handful of remixes, over the past year on top of a handful of dates in Europe and North America alike. It feels safe to say that Shackleton has not been idle however.

Fortunately for all of us feeling neglected from hearing out what the Bristol native has been up to recently, Mary Anne Hobbs is featuring an extended “farewell mix” to honor the last of her shows at the helm of the BBC Radio1’s Experimental Show (Née Breezeblock.) Be sure to tune in this afternoon/evening depending on your location as Radio1 will have the show in it’s entirety streaming live from their site 26-Aug 0200-0400 GMT (that’s 9PM-11PM ET for the US crew.) Additionally Sirius/XM subscribers can tune in to the time-shifted rebroadcast available in the US.

Update: This show is available for download in full online, highly recommended.