Culture Shock - Get Physical/Kung - Lifelike / NTSC /Salaryman - Glow EP
Following the recent success of ‘There For You', the Mau5trap and RAM Records collaboration which secured 'Hottest Record' and ‘Tune of the Week’ on BBC Radio 1, Culture Shock returns with his latest offering ‘Get Physical’ - the fourth monumental release from the Sequence Series. Having already performed at multiple Summer festivals across Europe, including the main stage at Let It Roll, and with planned tours across North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Culture Shock’s upcoming release schedule is set to further establish him as one of the premiere producers in electronic music.
Since his first major release in 2009, Granada-born drum & bass producer KUNG - otherwise known as JuanJo Diaz - has risen rapidly amongst the ranks. The artist’s brand new single further showcases his undeniable talents, which have attracted the attention of some of the scene’s greats, including Noisia and DJ Hype. This single offers up a fresher take on KUNG’s characteristic sound, and is being peddled by RAM Records’ revolutionary sister label, Program. And exploring the furthest corners of the drum & bass world, Program aims to showcase the work of some of the genre’s most talented newcomers, which is why Kung falls so perfectly within their roster. The new tracks – ‘Lifelike’ and ‘NTSC’ - are both punctuated by dreamlike, distorted vocals: each track boasts emotive groundwork which quickly descends into a clean and distinctive deep-bass flows. ‘Lifelike’s’ intricate layering of sharp, penetrating sounds grows ever more complex, eventually giving way to a full-bodied, high-energy bassline; meanwhile ‘NTSC’s’ more moody, resonant tones are lifted by the gentler instrumentals that dominate the top of the record. Once again, it’s time to get with the Program - immersing yourself in the superb sounds of KUNG.
Following the success of his ‘Piece of Cake’ EP on Program earlier this year, Salaryman returns to the pioneering underground imprint for yet another 2018 release. The producer’s work rate is enviable and he manages to capitalise on this platform to present another collection of music for his ever-growing audience. The ‘Glow EP’ resonates with the same technical appeal as its predecessor, whilst it also exercises the same heartfelt harmonies and expertly created melodies which are becoming a signature for Salaryman. The five brand new tracks from Salaryman are yet another look into how Program and the producer have grown together during his journey as a producer. ‘Don’t Want To Be In Love’ has an intro peppered with orchestral instrumentals, the type which stream through the mix and lead into an emotive breakdown. ‘The World On A String’ builds gradually and you’re made aware of its shaking, vocal samples through each peaking segment. ‘Nocturnal Stories VIP’ takes an already well-loved original and gives it a new face, whilst ‘Heart Games’ has a jazzier undertone with its patches of percussion. Then finally, title-track ‘Glow’ is more grating, although the track’s ghost-like vocals sift through the mix and give it a softer hue. So once again, it’s time to get with the Program – one which has helped build many artists like Salaryman, right from their first release.