In the middle of the huge dubstep hype that has been happening over recent years, Shackleton was operating more inconspicuously on the fringe. But then, on the contrary, his output was often more innovative than that of the many dubstep masters appearing in the spotlight. Englishman Sam Shackleton, who headed off to Berlin, didn't always make it easy for himself either. He dismantled his own label Skull Disco – that he ran together with kindred spirit Appleblim – right at the time of the big breakthrough. The double CDs ‘Soundboy Punishments’ and ‘Soundboy’s Gravestone Gets Desecrated By Vandals’ are certainly fine relics from that period. In Berlin, Shackleton continued to work on his unique sound, one that is characterised by a persistent rhythm, African percussion and Eastern song. Musically, he drifted further away from dubstep.
In ’10 Shackleton established a new label, Woe To The Septic Heart! Shackleton takes his time, he's only made 2 releases on it so far: the 12” ‘Man On A String 1 & 2’ and more recently the double CD ‘Music For The Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ’. He also released ‘Fabric 55’, a mix-album in this prestigious series. Damon Albarn fell for Shackleton's music too and got him on board his famous Honest Jon’s label. On it, he released a highly prized album, together with dubstep producer Pinch, and a number of solid 12 inches (‘Deadman’ and ‘Undeadman’ containing the likes of remixes by King Midas Sound). In AB Shackleton will be playing a real live set.