Merging a huge spectrum of creative talents, this brand new EP from Culture Shock dissects not only his music but also his persona as an artist.
Encompassing both his self-made, mechanical artwork, the promotional videos and also the diverse musical soundscape he reigns over, it’s easy to see the depth of his creativity.
Opening track is the genre breaking ‘Tangents’.
Ethereal elements weave between snapping hi-hits and loops of synth, gradually building to manifest something more menacing and stylistically innovative that is so entrenched in the Culture Shock sound.
‘Rush Connection’ stands testament to his exceptional attention to detail and age honed craft, and lastly, comes ‘Steam Machine.’ Peddled by kick drums and pumping bassline, this dance floor pleaser pulls together an EP whose announcement is set to ricochet across the industry. It’s an explosive delivery.
Rolling out next ’No More’ has lined the sets of dance floor’s heaviest hitters all summer long. Whether it’s on sold-out stages of the drum & bass capital at SW4 Festival, or sets across the Atlantic with support from Andy C, Chase & Status, Sub Focus, Friction, DJ Marky and Wilkinson, the anticipation from fans around its release has been invading cyberspace.
Pounding subs underpin a soulfully reimagined vocal sample, creating a record which has already detonated crowds worldwide.
The four track EP serves as the perfect backdrop for his intricate compositions that drive from a range of influences…something which Culture Shock has started to become renowned for. From the legendary status of ‘City Lights’, which this year received the ‘Record of The Day’ status at BBC Radio 1, to the resounding anthems of ‘Troglodyte’ and ‘Ohrwurm’, his output has not only been eclectic but steadily gaining momentum too.
This extension of Culture Shock’s repertoire will only proceed to further cement him in the d&b spotlight. Autumn 2015 saw him as main support to revered cross-over artist Nero’s forthcoming UK Live tour, as well as Andy C’s sold-out Brixton Academy show. With more sonic cuts to be released this year and an exclusive mix series at the start of 2016, James Pountney’s true potential is only just being uncovered.