Australia’s Spectrem has been efficiently going about the business of making a name for himself since Technique signed him in 2013. Anyone who’s been following his career will be aware of the breathtaking array of influences that shine through his music. His style is versatile enough to encompass everything from smooth and liquid to dark and grimy and pretty much anything else in between. So, what niche is he going to draw for this time?
“Shaolin”, as the name suggests, takes us a few more steps into the world of kung fu cinema. Just to show how deep his pool of ideas goes, though, Spectrem doesn’t revisit the same territory. This one takes in tropes that real heads will recognise from classic Playaz or Urban Takeover material. There’s the hip-hop sample, the Reese bass, the martial arts strikes, all giving a classic feel and offering respect to the heritage. And all that given a 2016 treatment to deliver the huge sound that the modern dancefloor requires.
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