Shackleton, Shortwave/You Bring Me Down (Remixes)


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Of the new generation of dubstep producers, Sam Shackleton has proven himself to be the most receptive to crossing over with other genres in a mutually back-scratching manner. After famously remixing and being remixed by Ricardo Villalobos, Shackleton has more favors returned here. Reprising a combo first seen on last year’s Steingarten remixes project, Shackleton has two tracks from his forthcoming Skull Disco full-length remixed by Pole and Peverelist for a special vinyl release from ~scape, furthering the cross-pollination efforts.

Pole’s take on “Shortwave” takes things the furthest off the beaten path yet, as Stefan Betke wraps Shackleton’s skittering percussion attack in his trademark gauzy noise and radio signals, flickering in and out like a coded transmission from behind enemy lines. The tempo is kept down (for dubstep anyway) and there’s no bass to speak of, but somehow the rhythms manage to float through the sonic detritus regardless, becoming the skeletal frame on which Pole hangs his expertly manicured noise. This is an adventurous, great sounding mix — Betke is nothing if not a fabulous sound sculptor, and his work here sounds intense through headphones and expansive through speakers. Call it Berlin versus Bristol.

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Peverelist’s mix of “You Take Me Down” is a more traditional dubstep excursion, but it’s a damn powerful one. Reprising Pole’s haunted radio theme at the outset, Peverelist soon ups the tempo and the intensity of the beats for a frenetic workout that plugs every visible gap with a rhythmic, ultra-percussive swing, all clang and clutter and echo, with a haunting flute melody whistling through the metallic trees in the breakdown. Dubstep hasn’t established itself as a permanent movement yet; it’s still a bit too young to be sure that it’s here to stay. It could stand a few more releases like this one, highlighting both the traditional ways and means of the genre and the readily adaptable nature of its various parts into new and interesting hybrids.

Kevin  on September 17, 2008 at 11:35 AM

These are awesome remixes that I might not have found out about without your help. I would like to give the Earbuds a torrential stream of thanks.

Ben  on September 19, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Second to that!

But where can I buy the mp3s? The link doesn’t work.


littlewhiteearbuds  on September 19, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Ben, mp3s are not available yet for this release. When they are, we’ll update the link. Stay tuned!

ubebe  on November 12, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Has anybody found the mp3 release for the Shackleton: You Bring Me Down (Peverelist Remix).. I’ve been searching it for ages now and getting quite desperate! I would be very thanksful if anyone could put up a Mp3 or link to a site:-)
Regards, ubebe

littlewhiteearbuds  on November 12, 2008 at 3:43 PM

I think it’s probably unlikely that mp3s will eventually materialize. I get the sense Mr. Shackleton is not a fan of the medium.


Little White Earbuds » Little White Earbuds September Charts  on October 2, 2008 at 9:18 PM

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