“Phasmatis In Machina” – Shiva Soundsystem (Shiva Soundsystem) [ALBUM] May 28, 2009Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
Conceived by musicians performing alongside Nerm’s DJ sets in 2000, Shiva Soundsystem evolved from a loose band of mates to a collective housed in a huge warehouse HQ in East London. 6 years of underground raves and clubnights with guests as diverse as Aphex Twin, Commix, Foreign Beggars, Andrew Weatherall and Sinden lead to Shiva Soundsystem’s evolution as a record label.
The gestation period for Phasmatis In Machina (pronounced: Faz-ma-tis In Mac-in-ah; Latin for “ghost in the machine”) has been well spent, hosting shows on BBC Radio 1, developing the forthcoming smash game DJ Hero and touring the world; but now it’s time to bear fruit.
D-Code leads the charge, breaking away from his usual drum & bass production to reveal a new live punk sound with especially devastating vocal guests. Fresh from delivering some fine flows for General Midi, Foreign Beggars front-man Orifice Vulgatron throws aside his past styles and hits a shocking hip-hop-come-death-metal peak on “Fray”. Nu-Metal it ain’t. Punkstep is the way on “Outlaw” with a rant penned by Nerm. From Mumbai and New York, rising stars Shaa’ir and Func inject a dose of spy-chic into “Finger Puppets”, a taste of what’s to come from D-Code’s still-in-the-lab band.
Elsewhere on the album, dubstep’s 501 finally sees a release for his massive dubplate dancefloor bangers “Circle Of Fire” and “The Signal”, while V.I.V.E.K goes a little deeper with his own tracks. These are possibly the final drum & bass tracks from the young producer who’s just been picked up by meditative dubstep label Deep Medi.
Deepz turns back the clocks with his hardware produced rufige track “Mythical Realms” while Subterra & Dekko take a break from releasing drum & bass tracks on Frequency Records to go back to formula and get experimental. Infinite Scale brings his brand of orchestrated atmospherics to the pack while Drifta completes the line-up with his emotive debut.
“From different backgrounds comes an amalgamation of sounds with one golden thread. We’re Punks. Not Hippies.”
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