Moving Shadow

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Moving Shadow
Stato Regno Unito Regno Unito
Fondazione 1990
Fondata da Rob Playford
Settore Musicale
Prodotti jungle/drum and bass
Sito web

La Moving Shadow è stata una casa discografica inglese di jungle/drum and bass, fondata nel 1990 da Rob Playford. Allo stesso modo di altre etichette come Suburban Base, Formation Records, D-Zone, Reinforced, e Metalheadz, la Moving Shadow ha raggiunto una popolarità tale nel suo genere da poter pubblicare più di 200 brani, mentre altre si sono fermate solo a 50.

L'etichetta è stata fondata nel 1990, operando inizialmente dalla casa di Playford a Stevenage. Playford prima di creare la Moving Shadow, pubblicò una propria traccia, chiamata Orbital Madness, che diventò un punto di riferimento per i produttori "casalinghi" del genere.[1] Il primo EP rilasciato nel 1991; chiamato Psychotronic EP di Earth Leakage Trip.[2] Molti artisti attribuiti ai primi brani rilasciati dalla Moving Shadow non erano altro che alias di Playford stesso, come 2 Bad Mice, un gruppo da lui formato con Sean O'Keeffe e Simon Colebrooke. Quando la scena rave divenne più importante nel 1991 e nel 1992, la Moving Shadow, come l'amichevole rivale Suburban Base & D-Zone, è entrata nella classifica UK Top 75 con Music Takes You, di Blame, e Bombscare, di 2 Bad Mice.

Negli anni successivi alla scena rave, la Moving Shadow gravitava verso il genere emergente darkcore jungle. Brani rilasciati da artisti come Deep Blue, (Sean O'Keeffe), Foul Play, Omni Trio, e Hyper-On Experience aumentarono ulteriormente la fama della casa, e dal 1994, la Moving Shadow era diventata il punto di riferimento jungle/drum an bass del Regno Unito. Encompassing varying styles of jungle/drum and bass such as Ray Keith's proto-techstep track Terrorist (recorded under the pseudonym Renegade), the frenticism of Dead Dred's Dred Bass and soulful, melodic productions such as Omni Trio's Soul Promenade, Moving Shadow's output could be seen at this time to represent the complete spectrum of the genre. The label was an excellent showcase for these artists, releasing albums from both Omni Trio[3] and Foul Play[4] in 1995 and the first of a series of regional compilation albums such as The Revolutionary Generation,[5] Storm From The East[6] and Trans-Central Connection,[7] highlighting artists both local and distantly-located.

In 1994 Playford began working with the drum & bass artist Goldie on tracks written using his Rufige Kru alias. The result was Goldie's Timeless album, produced and engineered by Playford and released in 1995 on the better-funded FFRR Records as opposed to Moving Shadow. Lauded by critics, the album was one of the first drum & bass titles to achieve mainstream success, going on to be one of the best-selling drum & bass albums of its time.[8][9][10]

Moving Shadow maintained its status as one of the highest-profile drum and bass labels with the next crop of producers, signing names like Dom and Roland, Aquasky, Calyx and EZ Rollers in 1996 and 1997. EZ Rollers saw their music featured in the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, though its chartbound jazzy sound was not representative of the label as it shifted predominantly into techstep by the turn of the century. Moving Shadow provided music for several popular video games in this time, including Grand Theft Auto 2, Midnight Club, and Grand Theft Auto III (where the label supplied an entire in-game radio station).

In 2000, the label reached a decade in business, a rare achievement for its music scene, and celebrated with a retrospective of their back catalogue. Following this, the label's visibility dropped noticeably, excepting album releases from label stalwarts Omni Trio and Dom & Roland. Although Moving Shadow experienced somewhat of a resurgence in 2004 and 2005 with acclaimed releases from Noisia and Calyx, the label folded by 2007.[11]

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