The influences for any half decent electronic record these days is pretty much always going to be a bit of a cut and paste job. Four Tet and Burial have been around for long enough to have cast a shadow over anyone who tries to make anything even vaguely atmospheric with a synthesiser and samples. London artist Shankles is no different, even admitting as such in the short bio that accompanies new E.P. Gully Foil.
A dark, brooding piece of work, it’s 7 tracks all sound like they should be listened to in monochrome – sinister bass mixed with the occasional glimpse of light, it’s an enigmatic body of work that feels like it could’ve come from any point after 2001. Still, there are very few people who manage to pull it off with this kind of confident and belief, and it demands repeat listens – especially standout track Arcaden, a track that stands above its peers through it’s own creeping majesty.