Brooklyn beatmasters DJ/rupture and Matt Shadetek collaborate for their first extended project Solar Life Raft and have produced a streetwise mix encapsulating all that is good from dubtep, reggae and big beat. With an eclectic selection of tracks and the words of poets Caroline Bergvall and Elizabeth Alexander, who spoke at Obama’s inauguration, this is a fresh selection of American dance music on the cutting edge of bass-led sounds.
Music producers are affected by the recession just as much as office workers, which is why DJ /rupture and Matt Shadetek stayed local by working with nearby friends and collaborators. As well as the poets, fellow Brooklynites Gang Gang Dance, Telepathe and Jahdan Blakkamoore offer their skills as remixers on an album which has the feel of close friends crafting their music in an intimate space.
A sure-fire winner for fans of dubbed-up tunes.
The attention to detail is clear as there are seamless transitions between the 22 tracks, even when the stabbing synths of Cardopusher’s “Green Disorder” are placed before the slick “Underwater High Rise” by DJ /rupture and Matt Shadetek. Elsewhere the spoken word of Caroline Bergvall on “More Pets” talking about various animals has a soothing quality taken into a more upbeat groove on “Street Sound” by Noah D and Roomate. Nico Muhly’s “Mothertongue: Pt. 1” is like a lullaby to quell all fears and signals an increasingly calming final half of Solar Life Raft as if to safe “everything will be fine” despite the hard times we’ve fallen upon.
Setting sail on this raft is a spiritual journey, a special mix in which the various influences have come from similar spaces to enable DJ /rupture and Matt Shadetek to filter them into a cohesive and irresistible selection. A sure-fire winner for fans of dubbed-up tunes.