Sunday, February 28, 2010

Skull Disco's Shackleton, The Sight Below & Daega Sound at Nectar Lounge : March 5

Skull Disco label maven and post(?)-Dubstep producer extraordinaire Shakleton plays a rare West Coast live set
here in Seattle after reports of him stunning audiences at Mutek Montreal last year. Of particular interest to my
person; Rafael Anton Irrisari will be opening in his The Sight Below moniker promising a Chain Reaction/Basic
Channel inspired set of Dub Techno and the opening act of Daega Sound spinning select and VIP Dubstep cuts.
Shackleton's characteristic mix of ethnic hand-drums, 90's style ambient gloom, radio noise and vocal snippets,
massive basslines and some of the sparsest production heard in the post-Techno world are a heady mix. The
austerity of his arrangements opens space around the various elements creating an aural vacuum that the
booming percussive detonation resonate within, shocking the head and body as the higher-end percussive
details ride over in a speeding pseudo-psychedelic blur. This is complex, abstract stuff for the dance music
world, but simultaneously engaging to the body in the way the very best 'techno' is. My only hope/concern
for this night is if the soundsystem at Nectar is up to the task! One for the dance music community (and
anyone interested in the further extremes of BASS) not to miss!

Link to official Skull Disco label site

Link to Decibel Festival event site

Link to The Wire's "From Rave to the Grave" Shackleton/Skull Disco article