J-Shadow: SNKRX08 (Sneaker Social Club, 2021)

July 28, 2021 at 6:05 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

J-Shadow: SNKRX08

J-Shadow follows last year’s The Astral Series EP with his first release for the mighty Sneaker Social Club. “Fade” opens with bubbly, weightless grime synths, busting into breakbeats and yearning vocal samples when the mood hits. “Kugelblitz (The Inescapable Rewarp)” is just nuts, waging an imaginary battle with a restless supply of lazer ammo, all while never touching the ground. “Diffraction” is similar, but “Atlantis” flips to jungle, although it’s still pretty twisted and deadly. “Particle Horizon” is another rave flashback with high definition sound design. “Hibernation Lumina Falls” returns to the murky zone, with slowly unfolding synthscapes, glitched vocals, and drilling beats like construction noises, but no solid, heavy beat driving it with force. Outstanding.

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