Today we’re premiering “Piece of Me,” the title track to Simon Shackleton’s upcoming album, and fans of electronic music are in for a real treat here. With pulsating, electronic bass and subtle bass guitar it manages to evoke both The Chemical Brothers and The Crystal Method. Meanwhile, some of the richly layered beats could be sampled from an early ’90s techno record. Simon has expertly extracted the best elements of electronic music from the past thirty years and meshed them into a single, hypnotic song that worms its way into your head and sets your dopamine receptors on fire, spreading happy chemicals all over your brain, resulting in nothing short of euphoria. We’re hoping for all sorts of remixes, but mostly we’d just like a ten minute, extended version of the original that we can zone out to.
Once upon a time Simon played in a band called The Headless Chickens with a guy you might of heard of, Thom Yorke from Radiohead. (That ring any bells? I hope so!) Other people Simon has worked with might not be so well known, but they’re no less talented. Among them is Felix Buxton of Basement Jaxx, who taught Simon how to DJ, which he wound up doing throughout the early ’90s acid house years. Another collaborator is Klaus Badelt, who won an Oscar for his Pirates of the Caribbean music. Together, Simon and Klaus created music for the soundtrack of the video game Shockwave. Simon has done plenty of things on his own, too. Like releasing successful albums under various monikers like Elite Force, Lunatic Calm and Zodiac Cartel. Furthermore, his music has also been featured in over 40 movies, including The Matrix. He’s also scored more video games than I can count. But now it’s time for him to impress listeners under his own name.
Simon is also working on his photographic career, which you can check out here: http://simonshackleton.smugmug.com. Currently, he’s also developing a 6 – 7 hour multi-media DJ show that will blend his photography with music; www.simonshackleton.org/
The single “Piece of Me” will be released on May 30th, 2016 and the full-length album will be out on August 8th on the Scene & Herd label.
Video by Chele Gutek