Shackleton (UK)

An enigmatic figure in European bass music circles, cutting-edge British producer Sam Shackleton has long sustained an under-the-radar industry profile. The Berlin-based experimental producer heeded his initial dubstep calling after many return trips to London’s aptly named, club FWD, which also served as Kode9’s late nineties sanctuary. This intuitive sub-bass maestro has always taken an oblique path to creative fulfillment, with his trademark meandering percussions, brooding atmospheres, and heady, mystical melodies. His genre-defining label Skull Disco, which he co-founded with Appleblim in 2005, had spawned many breakthroughs in the realm of dark, tribal, and hypnotic dubstep by the time it folded in 2008. While primarily known to administer dubwise damage, this esteemed iconoclast also dabbles in tension-laden techno, jungle, and sample-heavy collages of all shapes and sizes. Since 2010, he has released material with an increasingly polyrhythmic, psychedelic bent on his new imprint Woe To The Septic Heart, as well as one of the most significant works of 2011 in collaboration with British artist Pinch, for Honest Jon’s Records. Two years after his last tripped-out MUTEK performance, a 2012 festival highlight, Shackleton returns to Montréal for one of his rare North American stopovers.

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MUTEK 2014, montreal

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal 29/05/2014

An enigmatic figure in European bass music circles, cutting-edge British producer Sam Shackleton has long sustained an under-the-radar industry profile. The Berlin-based experimental producer heeded his initial dubstep calling after many return trips to London’s aptly named, club FWD, which also served as Kode9’s late nineties sanctuary. This intuitive sub-bass maestro has always taken an oblique path to creative fulfillment, with his trademark meandering percussions, brooding atmospheres, and heady, mystical melodies. His genre-defining label Skull Disco, which he co-founded with Appleblim in 2005, had spawned many breakthroughs in the realm of dark, tribal, and hypnotic dubstep by the time it folded in 2008. While primarily known to administer dubwise damage, this esteemed iconoclast also dabbles in tension-laden techno, jungle, and sample-heavy collages of all shapes and sizes. Since 2010, he has released material with an increasingly polyrhythmic, psychedelic bent on his new imprint Woe To The Septic Heart, as well as one of the most significant works of 2011 in collaboration with British artist Pinch, for Honest Jon’s Records. Two years after his last tripped-out MUTEK performance, a 2012 festival highlight, Shackleton returns to Montréal for one of his rare North American stopovers.

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MUTEK 2012, montreal

Métropolis 01/06/2012

Five years after his first visit to MUTEK, leading British producer Sam Shackleton returns to Montreal for one of his rare stopovers in North America. Shackleton grew out of the dubstep generation mobilized around London’s forward-moving club FWD, which also served as Kode9’s hideout in the late nineties. He carved out his eclecticism by co-founding Skull Disco with Appleblim in 2005. More than a label, it was a veritable trademark for dark, tribal, and hypnotic dubstep. While Shackleton’s many releases all clearly fall in line with this signature artistic bent, he’s an esteemed artist beyond his own musical movement. The first signs of this appeared in 2007 when Ricardo Villalobos, global pillar of all things minimal, remixed Shackleton’s “Blood On My Hands” into an 18-minute brooding, minimal epic. In 2010, Fabric devoted its 55th compilation to him, which he then followed up with one of the most significant works of 2011 in collaboration with British artist Pinch. 

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Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 01/06/2007

[CANADIAN DEBUT]Shackleton belongs to the community of dubsteppers that emerged out of London's FWD>> Club, where many say the scene first began. But Shackleton is a unique dubstepper in that he draws on his intimate knowledge of African culture to shape his music. His tracks are remarkable for their minimal, often industrial-leaning approach to dub aesthetics, qualities which have opened his work to minimal techno masterminds like Ricardo Villalobos, who began dropping Shackleton tracks into his DJ sets last year and recently remixed Blood On Your Hands into an 18-minute minimal epic. Shackleton began releasing singles in 2004 and quickly moved on to start his own label, Skull Disco, which draws its name from the rituals of a tribe in Cameroon. After a half-dozen singles on Skull Disco, Shackleton has gained a reputation for reactionary politics and a morbid sense of humour (track titles include Soundboy's Nuts Get Ground Up Proper, I Want to Eat You, Hamas Rules, Soundboy's Ashes Get Chopped Up and Snorted, etc), as well as their compulsive beatscapes.

Discogs

  • I Am Animal / Mystikal Warrior
  • I Want To Eat You / Hummdrumm
  • Majestic Visions
  • Massacre / New Dawn
  • Soundboy's Bones Get Buried In The Dirt Volume 1
  • Soundboy's Bones Get Buried In The Dirt Volume 2
  • Soundboy's Nuts Get Ground Up Proper E.P.
  • Blood On My Hands (Ricardo Villalobos' Apocalypso Now Mix)
  • In The Next World / Hollow
  • Next To Nothing
  • Soundboy's Ashes Get Chopped Out And Snorted
  • Death Is Not Final
  • El Din (Part One) / Olde Wobbly
  • Shortwave / You Bring Me Down (Remixes)
  • Soundboy's Suicide Note
  • Three EPs
  • Wizards In Dub
  • Electronic Explorations Mix
  • Fabric 55
  • Man On A String Part 1 And 2 / Bastard Spirit
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