Photo courtesy of SHADES.
Since first crossing paths at New Zealand’s Northern Bass Festival back in 2013, SHADES have been pushing the boundaries of experimentation for nearly a decade. Now that they’ve put the finishing touches on a run of sold-out US tour dates, the acclaimed left-field bass pairing between EPROM and Alix Perez now proudly share their newest single, entitled “Dark Wing.”
The three-and-a-half-minute cut is the first single off of their upcoming album, From a Vein, which is slated for a late-summer release on Perez’s acclaimed 1985 Music imprint. The forthcoming 14-track LP marks the pair’s first full-length album since 2018’s In Praise Of Darkness, released on Deadbeats.
“This album found us experimenting with new production techniques and exploring collaborations with other artists. It’s a continuation but more refined body of work and an exploration of wider sonic fields more diverse in terms of influences, including ambient, field recording, soundtracks, as well as pushing our own vision of modern electronic music. The album was primarily conceived in Portland during the onset of the pandemic, which gave us plenty of time to focus in on the music and dial it in.”– EPROM & Alix Perez
A weighty piece of far-left-field halftime, “Dark Wing” is an uncompromising trip through the very lowest ends of the sonic spectrum. It’s a track that’s menacing by design, with celestial chords and alluringly eerie drum breaks leading listeners into an urgent descent through filthy low-end fervor. Primed to take their experimental approach to new heights, the single showcases SHADES’ sonic innovation, production prowess, and raw energy.
Stay tuned for more incoming releases from SHADES are they prepare for their next major full-length project. Not much is known yet regarding the LP’s exact release, but one thing is for certain: The duo’s forthcoming studio album is sure to further cement the duo as two of the most exciting and inventive in contemporary bass music.
SHADES (Alix Perez, Eprom) – Dark Wing
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