Dimension, Culture Shock, 1991

Thu Dec 20 2018

11:30 PM

Knitting Factory - Brooklyn

361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

$15.00 - $20.00

All Ages

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Dimension, Culture Shock, 1991

  • Dimension



  • Culture Shock

    Culture Shock


    Since the significant passing of an unmarked demo, the soundtrack to James Pountney’s

    journey is one which is well known. The boundaries pushed by his sonic artwork, under the

    now revered guise Culture Shock, have created a varied and diverse discography t


    symbolic within one of the UK’s most withstanding genres. Creating tracks that attest both

    time and production standards, there’s no denying that his alias has become a household

    name not only across drum & bass, but also the daytime radio airwaves.

    With Beats1 mogul

    Zane Lowe already comparing Culture Shock’s music to Pink Floyd’s album ‘Dark Side of

    the Moon’, his future endeavours are about to lift him to the anticipated next gear of his

    burgeoning career.

    With a classically trained background and

    finding a natural talent in writing music, it was only

    a matter of time before he refined his interests. Percussion and drums became a passion.

    Alongside mentorship from one of the most technically adept producers in the scene, namely

    Dom & Roland, James

    honed in on both his creativity and aptitude to become a figure in his

    own right:

    “I first discovered jungle on pirate radio stations, it sounded totally alien

    and futuristic...Pirate radio was the first thing to get me really interested in the scene.

    I wa

    nted to know who was making this stuff and how.”

    Dissecting his signature sound, it’s easy to see how he’s drawn from the early days of

    picking up Steve Reich’s records from his parent’s collection. Steve Reich’s minimalist

    approach, with a focus on text

    ure and chords rather than a melody lines or hooks had a

    colossal impact on James’ compositions. Combining that with the experience of Notting Hill’s

    notorious carnival party, notably the CMC sound system, his appetite in those early years

    became fully nur

    tured. From his rickety radio, to the booming streets of London, James

    became hooked on electronic music and increasingly obsessed with drum & bass:

    “I got a

    computer capable of doing basic music stuff (Cubase vst, 8 audio channels) when I

    was about 16

    . B

    efore that I was using whatever I could get my hands on...

    And some

    basic stuff at school

    . I had a tacky keyboard at home which I really pushed to the

    absolute limit

    . To be honest, it’s always been about pushing the current technology to

    its limit”


    r being showcased on the 'Vega EP’ released by Moving Shadow (owned by Rob

    Playford) as well as the signing of his first independent EP to RAM Records, his early

    potential was widely recognised. As a result, he was exclusively signed to RAM and neither


    ty have looked back since. His soundscapes stretch widely across the dance spectrum

    clearly demonstrated from underground, driving cut ‘Troglodyte’ to synth laddered, prime


    time club record ‘I Remember’. Smashing solo


    hits ‘Ohrwurm’ and ‘Vice Chase’ added

    to the

    excitement of Culture Shock’s incredibly explosive first few years on the label. Progressively

    electro, ‘Ohrwurm’ particularly stands as the perfect musical synonym for a melody that

    implants itself in your aural synapses and was a pivotal track to

    cement him as the highly

    regarded producer he is respected as today.

    Collaborations with some of the scene’s most successful producers added exciting layers to

    Culture Shock’s repertoire. The Brookes Brothers and Culture Shock’s 2007 release of


    which featured on ‘The Third Stage’ EP, showed everyone how the trio’s similarly

    smooth textures and highly intricate composition would stand as a turning point in each

    other’s discographies.

    James also paired up with the chart


    topping, long


    standing fri

    end Sub Focus on tracks ‘Move

    Higher’ (2005) and ‘You Make it Feel Better’ (2013). ‘You Make it Feel Better’ was taken

    from Sub Focus’ second studio album ‘Torus’, released jointly on Ram Records and Virgin

    EMI. Whilst pushing his name into the more commer

    cial spotlight, it proved he could still

    retain his underground credibility, something key to the success of so many electronic artists

    releasing music today.

    All this groundwork would eventually lead to the release of ‘City Lights’, undeniably one of


    most anticipated drum & bass tracks to hit the scene in the past few years. With a fabled

    instrumental making the club circuit rounds, it remained ambiguous throughout the last few

    years, but it’s a record that has raised its head in some of the most prom

    inent and

    memorable sets to date, from performances at Las Vegas’ notorious EDC, to the legendary

    fabric nightclub in London, to Privilege, Ibiza


    the world’s biggest club. It’s unsurprising then,

    that ‘City Lights’ was featured as Radio 1’s ‘Track of the

    Day’ and also reached Beatport’s

    Top 100 Number 1 spot, since it was premiered by Annie Mac as her ‘Special Delivery’ on

    her prime time Radio 1 slot. The leading UK tastemaker went onto describe Culture Shock

    as “one of the most innovative d&b producers o

    ut there, delivering quality time and time


    On top of delivering monumental remixes for the likes of Nero, Netsky, Rita Ora and Seinabo

    Sey, his momentum continues to grow as an international touring DJ, with visits to Australia,

    USA, South Africa

    and multiple European dates in the last 6 months alone. With ‘City Lights’

    successor soon to follow, it seems like we are just starting to see what Culture Shock is

    really capable of.


  • 1991



    London based DJ and producer 1991, who goes by the name of Fred Webb, has 

    emerged as one of the most exciting newcomer artists in UK Dance music. After 

    releasing on Chase & Status’ MTA Records and Skrillex’s imprint NEST, he has 

    been earmarked as a #NewName by Danny Howard on BBC Radio 1 and won best 

    newcomer at the Drum&Bass Arena Awards 2017.

    1991 is predominantly known for his drum & bass productions which are often 

    characterised by an addictive future bass element. The UK based artist has received

    massive radio support from the likes of Annie Mac and Danny Howard and club 

    support by artists like Skrillex, Anna Lunoe, Chris Lake, Andy C, Pendulum, Netsky 

    and Chase & Status.

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