DJ / Rupture & Matt Shadetek – Solar Life Raft

January 01, 1970

(The Agriculture)


DJ / Rupture and Matt Shadetek, innovative producers and DJs
in their own right, have made this year’s ultimate mixtape, a combination of
dubstep, reggae, and experimental electronic, ambient, and techno. A sampling
of the artists reworked, remixed, and blended into this seamless flowchart of
beats and soundwaves include Gang Gang Dance, Jahdan Blakkamore, Nico Muhly, and
Matty G.


Solar Life Raft begins breathlessly but subdued, with Shadetek’s “Strength in Numbers” softly
pulsating, an ambient dancehall anthem. It’s really not until Stagga’s
stuttering “The Bad Dance” begins that the beats get wicked and heavy. From that
point on, Rupture and Shadetek’s mix sheds its baby teeth for True Blood fangs, swirling through
Caroline Bergvall’s weird, spoken-word “More Pets,” Cardopusher’s acid-infused
“Green Disorder,” and culminating with Telepathe’s neo-R&B “In Your Line.”
Clearly, this isn’t your typical mixtape.


The two DJs used three turntables to create the album, which
was recorded over two days at Rupture’s home studio. It’s clear from the
sequencing and selection that this was a labor of love for its creators, who
have managed to take some truly weird and unconventional songs and make them


Standout Tracks: “Urusulan
Uni,” “Long Road (Lion Dub & Matt Shadetek Mix” JONAH FLICKER


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