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Shox – I Know EP

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s.jpgLabel: Fat! RecordsScore: 7/10

Rinse FM DJ, Shox (James Morreale) unleashes his new EP “Know” in a flurry of grime influenced, Funky, bassline referencing badness for !Fat Records having previously released music for Roska’s Kicks & Snares, Trouble and Bass and his own Hundered2One imprint.

Best known for his Monday sessions on Rinse, and as a lover of all things 2-step and UKG, Shox began his journey into music via the discovery of now seminal artists such as Zed Bias and Zinc. Its not hard to see, when listening to his music that the influence of London’s urban centric scenes are truly embedded within his psyche.

Opening number “I Know” kicks off with a well chopped repeating vocal sample and a DJ spin-back sound effect before launching into peak time banger territory with acidic bass womps peppering his swinging garage infused drum tracks. The tune is simple effective and heavy on the low end – in short, a perfect, dancefloor destroying weapon. The bass tones flux and shift as the tune progresses ensuring that interest in kept throughout.

“Straight in” unites a dark, organic, filmic pad with the producer’s technical, swinging, 4×4 UKG beat and his ubiquitously deep sub bass lines. Whereas the majority of music residing within the genres Shox inhabits relies on clipped, dry production techniques, Morreale shows his versatility by carefully applying select reverb and delay treatments to his tunes’ elements, taking the listener deeper down the rabbit hole than most urban centric producers are accustomed to and resultantly the music comes across as deeper and less disposable.

“Want Back” completes the competent, club-ready package, lightening up the mood exhibited on the opening pair by employing bright, insistent arpeggios that work delightfully alongside the hip-shaking drums and almost 80s sounding synth bass stabs. Of course vocal snippets are never far from the surface of Shox’s tunes with the diva refrains supplementing the resolute groove to great effect.

All in all, Morreale’s “I Know EP” – like Ronseal – does what it says on the tin. That being a 3 track bundle of dancefloor weaponry that hits and smacks in all the right places whilst at the same time offering up more depth and longevity that other comparable releases with the genre. This is obviously not that surprising given the young producers prestige, credibility and experience of what works and what doesn’t in a club environ given the amount of touring and DJing he indertakes. Cop that shit!

 

 

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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