As 2015 moves along, Los Angeles based producer, SHADED, keeps gaining momentum. He has recently appeared at major events like WMC and Desert Hearts, and has just put out a strong four-track EP for Turbo Recordings.
SHADED’s Ripped Kick EP is a head first dive into peak time minimal that fits perfectly with the mantra of Turbo Recordings. The title track, Ripped Kick, starts things off with sharp drums and a signature elastic bassline. The track chugs along consistently, but keeps things just weird enough with the inclusion of left field sounds and effects that is sure to have heads rolling on the dance floor.
Next up on the EP is Sandy Candy. To say that the track has bounce would be an understatement. It moves at a very steady pace broken up very lightly with faint snare hits throughout the arrangement. Add in a lustful and sultry vocal sample, and let your mind travel to a dark dance floor not so far from home.
Take Me Down is incredibly reminiscent of his former releases under the alias SHDWPLAY. Squeaky percussive hits fill the spectrum as tube treated leads and bass carry things forward. Where Ripped Kick and Sandy Candy evoke upbeat mainroom vibes, Take Me Down is a darker trip sure to satisfy those in search of heady after hour grooves.
Threewayd rounds off the EP with an overall polished production. Menacing sounds enter the frame as a deep kick and bass punch through keeping the track glued together. Hang in there for the first drop, as SHADED throws in his signature synth percussion to make this a track aimed directly at the heart of the party.