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Matador hands the RUKUS reins to SHADED, who joins the eminent Rukus roster with his new EP ‘Below Low’.

With previous releases on SCI+TEC and Turbo Recordings, the past few years have played a pivotal role in securing success and longevity for SHADED aka Skyler Taugher, and this venture with RUKUS marks a new undertaking for the California-born producer. The four-tracker stomper features two originals, with remixes from Vatos Locos boss Hector, and rising talent Russell.

“For this RUKUS EP I wanted to deliver a couple of different looks into my musical style, and channel both the darker and lighter shades of my personality. The EP as a whole, including the ace remixes from Hector and Russell, has something for everybody’s dance floor tastes.” says SHADED.

‘Below Low’ delivers a master-class in stripped back, minimal groove, punctuated by pitched down vocal hooks. Wild synth passes and intertwining lead lines mingle with the signature electro funk bass lines SHADED is renowned for.

A progressive acid style, balanced with precise elemental placement, is at the core of This Function. Perfectly pitched vocals, crisp percussion and tight mixing highlight his commitment to his craft as a musician.

Hector’s impeccable rework of ‘Below Low’ offers a change of pace into deep, subby grooves, rolling percussion and flashes of retro ‘space-echo’ hits, bending the original in his true distinguished flair.

Russell makes his musical debut on RUKUS with his remix of This Function. With granularized vocals as the backdrop, this is a journey of strings, distant arpeggiators and rhythmic chords, all held together by a driving bass line.

‘Below Low’ brings a new sound to the label, and SHADED is an exciting, and welcome addition to the RUKUS family.

Release Date: November 17th, 2017


1.Shaded – Below Low – Original Mix
2.Shaded – This Function – Original Mix
3.Shaded – Below Low (Hector Remix)
4.Shaded – This Function (Russell Remix)

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