Last year, I gave it a scant mention while posting about one of the many killer tracks on this compilation. I regret that decision heartily, because Excision’s Shambhala 2010 turned out to be one of the deadliest, darkest mixes of EDM I’ve ever had the sweet pleasure of ingesting. Here’s to redemption with a review of this year’s edition–Shambhala 2011. Packed with two full hours of beastly bass cannons, this is one release all of you bassheads out there need in your lives.
Kicking things off with the first track from his new album, Excision swings the mix straight into his trademark sound; heavy, filthy, yes unmistakably musical. From last year, it’s clear that Excision has grown as an artist through countless hours of production and performance. Rottun regulars like Datsik and Downlink as well as new favorites like Zomboy contribute bombs all over the tracklist. We’ve selected three of Excision’s deadly weapons to get a taste of the whole thing.
Japanese wubber Ajapai’s Blast is the perfect example of the swaggy Rottun arsenal you’ll find in Shambhala. It drops straight into the standard sounds of the label without mercy, with a just a twist of Eastern flair. Excision and Downlink’s collaboration The Underground is also from his new album, and opts on the sharper edge of Excision’s growing soundbank. With snappy rhythms and a moombahton beat, the classic duo is up to something quite different. Finally, I’ve included the audacious Get Up by Freakhouze, remixed by Calvertron, whose destructive steps fit like puzzle pieces into the dark halls of Shambhala.