Shadient launches debut studio album rollout on Gud Vibrations with cavernous new single ‘Ego Insaniac’
Coming to the table galvanizing single offering from his incoming debut studio album, Shadient (real name Morgan Hicks) now peels back the layers to make way for earnest introspection on his latest creation, “Ego Insaniac,” out now via Gud Vibrations. The sheer power and demand the track possesses in its brevity of just over two-and-a-half-minutes blends with the subtlety and restraint of it all. As London’s EDM wunderkind, Shadient’s creative modality is one of meticulous detail, crafting of specific aesthetics, and an invitation into his palpable world of dark internal reflection coupled with an eye for intellectual concerns much higher than music.
A haunting and visceral number, “Ego Insaniac” is brimming with unfettered emotion. His trademark fuzzy distortion is reinforced with industrial elements, as a cavernous drumbeat slowly digs its way into the deepest trenches of the subconscious. The primal roar of its subtle downtempo glitches stretches out beneath a languid falsetto that effectively sears itself onto the brain. With his own vocal delivery sitting atop his unrivaled sound design, Shadient’s first foray on the mic somehow manages to feel at once new yet oddly familiar. The strangeness of it all forces the listener to exist beside themselves, so long as they are willing to take the trip through the labyrinth of one of bass music’s most mysterious psyche.
The UK experimental bass producer offers up the moody, self-indulgent lead single from his debut album. Sharing “Ego Insaniac” after a difficult quarantine, Shadient calls this tune the most honest song he’s ever created. The melancholic taste of the full album sits promptly in the middle of dark intensity and unrestraint. With “Ego Insaniac” and the soon-to-be-released debut LP, Hicks is moving to occupy the transcendent space of an artist who meets the needs of satisfying EDM festival bass heads while also appealing to avid contemporary electronic music listeners and critics.
“I’m so sincerely ecstatic to be giving ‘Ego Insaniac to the world. I think a lot of my album spreads its arms wide and boldly both musically and emotionally and this song is a great way to introduce the world to what I feel is truly the most honest music I’ve ever made. It took a lot in me to make music that felt so honest, so it felt perfect to first share a song that I sing on entirely by– Shaident
Since first surfacing on NGHTMRE and SLANDER’s budding imprint back in 2019, Shadient has made himself an almost permanent fixture on the catalog through a string of releasees showcasing his strength at turning the low-end scene onto its side. The experimentation hit its peak on his most recent appearance, the Infinite Structures EP, which served as the perfect precursor for the innovation that awaits on his forthcoming LP. “Ego Insaniac” finds him tearing away at the safety net, stripping down his sense of self, and offering an intimate glimpse into the inner workings of his ingenuity.
Shadient – Ego Insaniac
On the forefront of experimental bass music lies Shadient, the 23-year old London artist pushing boundaries in his own sound and the electronic world. From elegant, moody melodic interludes to heavy bass tracks of twisting buildups and torrential drops, the beauty in his music prevails in his variation and commitment to honesty, emotion and technicality. Shadient has been producing for over 10 years and has garnered the support of luminaries such as Porter Robinson, Rezz, Madeon, RL Grime and much more.
Shadient takes inspiration from a variety of primary influences such as Gesaffelstein, Boys Noize and Aphex Twin. On the origin of his artist identity he says, “It was a name I made in 2015 at college, from the get go it was this world of ideas I had rushing into my head of metallic and industrial imagery, dark visual aspects, noise and bass leaning music.”
His most recent EP, Infinite Structures, was released on Gud Vibrations in 2020, with two previous collaborative singles with Wavedash, “Get Wicked” and “Tung Tiied.” Shadient’s 2017 debut EP, titled winter=reality, and single “Collider,” were both released on Mat Zo’s highly regarded Mad Zoo label and sophomore Divide EP was released in 2019 via Gud Vibrations. Near all his past releases have charted worldwide on the iTunes Electronic charts and Beatport. In addition, his diverse repertoire includes official remixes for RL Grime, Excision, The Mary Nixons (The Knocks and Mat Zo), and The M Machine.
With a selection of new music and touring plans to come, stay tuned as Shadient continues to build his artistry.
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