2019 Nov 03     
2 Bit Thugs

A three-tracker from the label's own A&R man Aaron Static

Only the second release here from Shadowhearts, Slime Recordings' new D&B sub-label, with the man at the controls none other than the label's own A&R man Aaron Static, who hails from sunny Melbourne, Australia.

And 'sunny' this EP certainly is – hence, presumably, the title! The original mix of Winter Sun opens with nearly a minute of beatless, string-led intro, then breaks out into a lively stepper with the strings and other orchestral sounds still much in evidence. With this being festival season Down Under you can see it going down a storm, but if it's all a little bit 'stadium' for you then don't worry, because the Salaryman Remix heads a little deeper and transforms the track into a lovely little liquid roller. Completing the EP is September Heat: the hype sheet calls this one "the perfect combination of retro 90s aeshetics and future-proof production skills… a proper odyssey into chilled D&B perfection", and for once I'd say the hype sheet is bang on the money.

On this evidence, Shadowhearts looks like being every bit as worth keeping an eye on as the always-checkable Slime mothership itself.

Words: Russell Deeks

Release date: 28 October



Review Score: 8




Tags: Aaron Static, Shadowhearts, Salaryman, D&B, D+B, DnB, drum & bass, liquid funk, liquid D&B