Bass music star unleashes new album, including No.1 iTunes single ‘Chaos Theory’
ShockOne is back on storming form, with his killer debut album ‘Universus’! Karl Thomas released his first EP as ShockOne in 2009. Since then he has been behind a string of successful singles, that have seen; Beatport and iTunes number ones, Youtubehits by the millions, as well as support from influential industry tastemakers. Having seen early strong support in the UK from Eddy Temple Morris on XFM, Shock One went on to feature regularly on Annie Mac and Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 shows. This is not to mention, DJ support from the likes of Chase & Status, Knife Party and Skrillex.
The album opens up with ‘Chaos Theory’. The latest in Karl’s array of chart storming singles, that he has unleashed on the Bass music community. Having already ranked up over 400,000 Youtubeviews, Chaos Theory’s screaming basslines and hard hitting beats have already proved popular. Ascending synths prevail, whilst infectious vocals push punters towards the dancefloor.
Next up is ‘Harmonize’. An uplifting D&B workout. Grimey undercurrents complement tearing beats, causing severe dancefloor damage. Moving on we get into ‘Big Bounce’, a funky jolting contrast from the first few tracks of the album. At first, swaggering bass works closely with chopped up funk synths and off beat drum patterns. Then mid track, we drop into an epic, arpeggiated keyboard solo, displaying subtlety and refinement, before dropping back into the meat of the 4/4 take, on ShockOne’s sound.
Mid album is ‘Crucify Me’. An epic D&B adventure with Phetsta along for the ride. Succesfully released as a two part single in 2011, this mini D&B saga has already enjoyed club/festival support from the top dogs. Cue plays from; Rusko, Nero, Chase & Status, Pendulum and the general festival illuminati. Euphoric synth stabs dominate along with uplifting vocals, plus bags and bags of energy!
Next up on ShockOne’s bass music menu, is Relapse feat. Sam Nafie. Maximalist synths rev up and blast out energy by the bucket load. Add an epic melody and emotive vocals from Sam Nafie, and you have the 1 million youtube hits sensation that is Relapse! To finish off the LP, we are softly brought back down to ground level, with a beautiful euphoric outro ‘Light Cycles’. This album is bursting with energy. But it also demonstrates melody, musicality and progression. A lethal combo that makes for a big album to watch for 2013!
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