Arguably one of the coolest underground niches you can find in today's electronic music is the 808 centered, future trap & bass hybrid genre. Its overall style (when executed correctly) oozes effortless, infectious swag and undeniable attitude with its heavy sub bass work, impactfully spacious sonic landscapes, instrumental hip-hop roots and future electronic flare. While G Jones and his whole NorCal crew (Bleep Bloop, Yheti etc.) have had a huge influence in pushing this sound into the musical forefront, fellow genre pioneer Eprom has been killing the game in his own way with his highly inventive, pacemaking take on bass music production. Last summer Eprom's weighty, crunchy musical mind linked up with Belgian liquid funk/drum & bass producerAlix Perez to release their first collab EP as future bass duo Shades, which proved to be a swaggy supergroup made in low-end heaven.
Shades' newest EP, Powers of Two, is an exemplary execution of the potential creative depth of the future trap & bass hybrid genre, as its slanted grooves, gluttonous, punchy bass and glitchy synth work mesh together perfectly to deliver a raw, old school attitude with an innovative, new school vibe. Each of the EP's four tracks are a refreshing, well-crafted and dynamic journey through the exciting, bass heavy personality of the genre that exceeds in showcasing both Perez and Eprom's influences, whilst situated in a new, highly progressive setting.
Stream Shades' Powers of Two EP below and purchase it here.