Abetted by their mentor Paul Thomas, Shadow of Two launched in September of 2014 with ‘Lucir’ - a thoroughbred genre-meshing track-trailblazer!
What followed was an abundance of deck-love, from an appreciably broad range of DJs and press praise aplenty (“Trance x House, minus the Trouse!” analysed one dance publication). A more than healthy debut inside Beatport’s top 10 sealed its deal and a floor follow-up was quickly on order!
With ‘Mirage’, London-based producers Shadow of Two deliver that with aplomb, and with it give VANDIT Record’s their very first club-strike in their landmark 15th anniversary year.
Having known each other for a good few years, Stuart Browne and Richard Smith decided to hit the studio together, back in the early spring of 2014, teaming up as Shadow Of Two.
Stuart had previously been part of the duo Lay & Browne, who had releases on labels like Funkagenda’s Funk Farm imprint, Marco V’s In Charge, High Contrast and others. Richard meanwhile had been part of Dirty Stop Outs, likewise another prog house pairing and the source of a string of club rockers on labels including Btwisted, Riseup, Freegrant Music and Virtual Love. Both experienced artists in their own rights, they’d collectively played some of the UK’s biggest venues, Pacha, Egg, Lightbox, Warehouse Project, Sankeys and the Ministry of Sound to name but a few.
Their debut ‘Lucir’ affected a prompt tear up the download charts, bagging no small amount of press attention along the way… In their review, MIXMAG trumpeted the track as being “chock-full of luminous melody, nagging, attention-grabbing sub-riffs” and had a “mainline that builds slowly, but ever so surely into a right old skyscraper!” Hey, we could’ve put it no better ourselves! Every bit ‘Lucir’s kindred studio spirit, ‘Mirage’ is another prime piece of electronic music real estate.
Again Stuart & Richard deftly and stylistically flirt with percentage degrees of at least three of electronic music’s sub-genres. Like us though, you’ll find it impossible to neatly pigeonhole it into one.
Call it trance, progressive or house, or all points in between, ‘Mirage’ delivers 3D, 4G and 5K sonics to dazzlingly launch a new electronic music year!!
2015 starts here!