Put simply, Shackleton commands a percussive intensity and level of detail that not even Ricardo Villalobos can match. While the steady kick drum goes and the sub pulses, the percussion runs, dances, drops, fades out, fades back in, echoes and generally amazes. Atop this mastery sits samples and synths that make for Shackleton's most desolate piece since ‘Blood on My Hands.’
Torsten Pröfrock, the ex-Chain Reaction producer who has recently been creating quite a stir as T++, contributes the remix here. He drops most of the percussion out of the mix for a version that's far more dubbed and washed out. Yet this is no ambient take—the drums skitter all across the surface, and the booming sub is still very much present.
Shackleton here proves that is he very much comfortable working outside of the dubstep template in which he made his name. A truly essential 12-inch for anyone interested in electronic music and its cutting edge.