Photo by Lars Borges
No one else sounds like Shackleton. Sure, there were artists who may have presaged his sound or producers who cling to his coattails, but the man and his music are entirely singular. That’s why listening to Fabric 55, composed entirely of his own work, was like stepping into an alien planet where every living thing breathes his music. One of several new pieces to appear in the mix was “International Fires,” a track whose punishing sub-bass, swirling congas, vocal stabs and seemingly languid pacing could have easily been a part of his Perlon 3XLP, Three EPs. Both a compelling appetizer for the full mix and a solid track on its own, “International Fires” is one of the few haunting pieces of media you’ll want to keep playing. Thanks to Shackleton and Fabric for making this available for free.
Download: Shackleton, “International Fires”