Here is a story that should motivate the fledgling producers out there. James Pountney, aka Culture Shock, was attending a show at the famed Fabric nightclub in London and the man behind the decks that night happened to be the RAM boss himself–Andy C. After the show, James slid Andy C a couple of his tunes and few weeks later James was signed to the mighty RAM imprint. However, it must be noted that it was the superb (but now defunct) Moving Shadow imprint that gave Culture Shock his first break when he was only 18 years old. With his massive tune called Vega, the young Brit had already established himself as a commodity in dnb by the time RAM came knocking at his door. After this storied history, we now arrive at James’ latest RAM creation: I Remember/Troglodyte.
Fresh off the heels of his massive remix of Netsky’s Come Alive, Culture Shock delivers another huge EP with I Remember/Troglodyte. For big-room dnb, look no further than I Remember. The tune’s structure is quite simple: an arpeggiation, a lead melody, and a raging array of hats, snares, and kick drums. I Remember is a fine example of the cliché ‘less is more,’ with plenty of sonic space for its lead melody to breathe–and what an exceptional melody it is! Its squelchy timbre adds to its unique flavor, living peacefully in its mid-bass register amongst the other elements in the composition. The next tune, Troglodyte, is about as black-hearted as they come. The name Troglodyte is fitting, as the word is defined as a reclusive individual living in a cave. Well, this tune definitely sounds like it came from a dark cave, with its menacing bass synth belching the dankest of vibes.