With a realm of successful releases already on the slate for both Dirtybird and Moda Black, Dave Spoon’s Shadow Child moniker has added considerable notches to the long serving British producer’s industrious artillery. Off the back of remix duties alongside T. Williams for his own Toolroom classic “At Night,” Yousef and Defected Records are the next in line to see the darker side of Simon Neale’s musical artillery in full effect. Driving solid grooves and murky melodic elements alongside Charli’s distinctive top line, “I See” sees this much adored alter ego excel the ranks of minimalistic house music. Compared to Yousef’s smoother original, the Shadow Child rendition breaths murky underground aptitude into an otherwise seamless crossbreed of British club wizardry away from the safer turns of deep house.
Release date: TBA
Shadow Child and Tom Flynn are names synonymous with booming dance tracks. They’ve worked together in the past — the Phil Collins EP on Mark Fanciulli’s Deleted imprint being their most notable release. This 2012 release showcased their ability to shape crisp percussion work with groovy basslines to construct dance floor missiles of sorts. Their remix for Kill Frenzy’s “Errrybody” follows in similar order. The track’s faint and eerie vocal flows in perfect harmony with the punchy and relentless drum work. The pairing of these underground forces proves to be a success once again.
As his dark and ominous alter ego, Shadow Child, Dave Spoon approaches Hot Natured’s latest “Reverse Skydiving” with perilous intent. Shadow Child subtracts the bounce and deepens the mix besetting the track in a heavy fog of plunky percussion and chilling atmosphere. As it begins, Anabel’s vocals tesselate and phase in the background echoing off into infinity as Shadow Child contorts the bass line into swirling gasps of white noise. Stuttering into a percussion-laden drop, atmospheric grime turns into a deep groove as synths shriek through the fog, leaving only Anabel’s vocals recognizable in this hazy interpretation.
“Reverse Skydiving” will be released on May 6th, pre-order on iTunes.
Pete Tong is back this week with another Essential Selection featuring a flurry of the best in house music across the dance music spectrum. English producer Michael Woods, known best for work with Deadmau5 and Chris Lake, showcases his favorite tunes at the moment, including his newest release, “Platinum Chains,” and Vince Moogin’s “Love Me Right.”
Last week’s Essential New Tune, Hot Natured & Anabel Englund’s “Reverse Skydiving,” was succeeded by Footprintz “Fear of Numbers,” a Montreal-based synth-pop duo signed to Visionquest Records. Progressive lovers were treated to Tiesto’s new remix of “Clarity” as well as Lazy Rich’s “Insomnia,” Jeremy Olander’s “Let Me Feel,” among others.
San Francisco’s Dirtybird
is one of the most diverse dance music labels on the planet, and nowhere does it show more than on its latest compilation. Justin Martin
, Claude VonStroke and company have once again served up a heaping 17-track helping of nuanced and forward-thinking dance music. The compilation kicks off with the frenetic throwback rhythms of Kill Frenzy & Nick Monaco’s “Black Girls White Girls,” before Shadow Child’s “The Only One” adds a hip-hop swagger to a pensive synth-scape. J Phlip’s contribution “Coefficient” is a sonic roller coaster standout that features all manner of analog awesomeness in its multifaceted arrangement. Highly recommended for old school techno heads.
As if 17 new tracks weren’t enough good news, Dirtybird also announced its upcoming world tour in support of the release, featuring label heads Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin, as well as regular collaborators Catz ‘N Dogz and Eats Everything. Catch song previews, tour dates, and the full track-list below.
Dirtybird Records prepares to unveil its latest compilation Dirtybird Players on March 13. As a follow-up to last year’s Hatched compilation, Dirtybird Players will deliver new material from both newcomers and familiar label regulars alike. The San Francisco-based imprint known for its gritty house and bass music will bring listeners tracks from resident label mates Justin Martin, Claude VonStroke, and J. Philip, while Eats Everything and Shadow Child also return with contributions.
The deeper side of Dave Spoon — aka Shadow Child – is starting off 2013 with an exceptionally good remix to Manchester band Delphic’s “Baiya.” The track is a forthcoming single off their Collections album, set to be released January 28th on Polydor Records. Last year was a busy year on the remix front for Shadow Child, as he reconstructed tracks like Hot Since 82′s “Knee Deep In Louise,” and Justin Martin & Leroy Peppers’ “Riding Spaceships” – adding to the list of producers who split their styles of productions between alternate aliases. This remix is full of feel-good grooves that ooze with dance friendly vibes. If this track is a telling sign of what 2013 will be like, we expect big things from the Shadow Child moniker in the months to come.
Dave Spoon has made it pretty clear in 2012 that Shadow Child is not just a side project anymore. Spoon made his debut under the Shadow Child veil in March of this year with the release of “String Thing” on Dirtybird Records (you may also recognize it from Eats Everything‘s Essential Mix). Shadow Child’s sound is a spot on representation of the UK garage and bass sound that has dominated much of our beloved industry in 2012.
Earlier this week, he released a four part EP, 23, on Food Music, a label he shares with Kry Wolf, Tom Flynn, Hannah Wants, and James Talk. We first noticed the title track back in November when it jumped out as a highlight in Skream and Disclosure’s b2b Boiler Room set. You’re going to have a hard time forgetting this bass line. “Sensible Haircut” weaves in and out of its 2 step and bass vibes, bringing a rad vocal refrain along for the ride. Shadow Child’s original of “The Verdict pt2″ hammers out muted synth riffs within a soulful framework while labelmate Kry Wolf’s remix adds in a bit more of that spooky bass this group of producers are all relying on heavily in productions as of late.
As proclaimed on their Facebook pages, Shadow Child and Hot Since 82 have agreed to remix each others’ tracks and release the final product as a package. On Monday we presented Hot Since 82′s remix to Shadow Child’s “So High,” and today we add the last piece of the puzzle. This project presents tracks and remixes that will satisfy a wide variety of moods. Shadow Child’s rendition of Hot Since 82′s “Knee Deep In Louise” has the bass clap that has been championed by the likes of Dirtybird’s Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin. Those slabs of bassy chords have a stabbing effect on a proper system, and will beg a seductive mood for your dance party. Head to Beatport for the full release.
One volume of remixes for Justin Martin‘s Ghettos & Gardens obviously was not enough. The original album, the first full length effort from dirtybird frontman, was released back in May while the first (and incredibly solid) set of remixes came to light in early October. This time around, Martin rounded up friends and family alike to deliver a collection of remixes both diverse and rapturous. In debating which of these tracks to highlight, I found it literally impossible to play favorites.
Are you a drum and bass fan? Leroy Peppers (Christian Martin) and Shadow Child have fantastic reworks of “Don’t Go” and “Riding Spaceships” for you, respectively. Thought you couldn’t like “Ruff Stuff” any more than you already did? Eats Everything chops Martin’s vocals, turns up the subs, and adds in massive drums. Martin’s brother-from-another-mother Claude VonStroke dirties up the title track to fit it somewhere between a deep house anthem and true melodic bass. Tanner Ross totally flips the switch on Danny Daze‘s remix of “The Gurner” from Vol. 1 and transforms it from sexy deep electro house to a funky pop with a vintage twinge. Of course we can’t forget “Booty clap” extraordinaire Kill Frenzy and his brilliant bassy take on one of Justin Martin’s most beautiful songs, “Butterflies.”