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Dom & Optical - Quadrant Six / Concrete Shoes album mp3

Dom & Optical - Quadrant Six / Concrete Shoes album mp3

Performer: Dom
Title: Quadrant Six / Concrete Shoes
Country: UK
Released: 1997
Style: Drum n Bass
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 201
Other formats: DTS FLAC WAV MMF MP2 XM APE


This Side
Quadrant 6
Other Side
Concrete Shoes


Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
SHADOW 111, UK SHADOW 111 Dom* & Optical Dom* & Optical - Quadrant Six / Concrete Shoes ‎(12") Moving Shadow, Moving Shadow SHADOW 111, UK SHADOW 111 UK 1997
SHADOW 111 Dom* & Optical Dom* & Optical - Quadrant 6 / Concrete Shoes ‎(12", Promo) Moving Shadow SHADOW 111 UK 1997
SHADOWXV 111 Dom* & Optical Dom* & Optical - Quadrant 6 / Concrete Shoes ‎(12", RE) Moving Shadow SHADOWXV 111 UK 2006
SHADOW111 Dom* & Optical Dom* & Optical - Quadrant 6 / Concrete Shoes ‎(2xFile, WAV) Moving Shadow SHADOW111 UK Unknown

Reviews (8)
If I am not mistaken the drum break / pattern from 'Concrete Shoes' sounds like the one used in 'Sky Lab' by Ed Rush on Metalheadz.

You are right It's the same break and it is all so used in 'Time Frame' a track on Dom's Industry album.

Concrete Shoes

'Quadrant 6' is an awesome collaboration between two masters of the dark, sci-fi techstep sound. Drawing from the same monolithic bass template as Nasty Habit's 'Shadow Boxing', the track opens to an ominous and desolate sounding synth before introducing a twisting, growling wall of bass. The two-step breaks sound raw and heavy as hell as opposed to the more dull and clinical tracks of the late nineties. A true monster of a tune and one that was surprisingly overlooked at the time.The flipside, 'Concrete Shoes' is a more atmospheric stepper opening with soaring sci-fi synths and restrained breaks giving you a real futuristic feel. It then goes a little darker once it reaches the 2 minute mark by introducing a growling hoover sound and bass throbs. A perfect double A-Side release from Dom & Optical at their peak.

I love this review, it captures exactly how I feel about the genres. I was always instinctively drawn to the dark techstep of the mid-late 90s, but could never get into the later, watered down "clinical" stuff. It's probably not accidental that the latter had more commercial success. Thanks but no thanks.

Real shame the dub version wasnt released, had a better b-line

Rollers from Abdun
The intro to this is definitely good; but if you want the more intense/heavy version then listen to the E-Sassin Remix. The remix loses the air of suspicion, however the bassline is much more powerful in it. (It's on MSXEP021 Reborn In The USA EP.) Concrete Shoes is a decent tune, with a nice intro, although it uses bits from the a-side.

Quadrant 6 is one of those absolutely brilliant tunes that somehow, through a nasty twist of fate, fails to gain widespread recognition. The intro is arguably the best part of the song, as it quite successfully manages to invoke a deep sense of sheer space; completely infinite space. With that depth also comes a certain amount of fear and suscpicion. The rest of the tune is a very heavy Techstep effort, with some of the most hard-hiting drums to be heard, and an incredibly wicked bassline. It's true that this works very well on the dancefloor, but it's also very well suited to home listen, as it's complexity in structure and design insist multiple listen. This is one that you'll want to hold onto for quite a long time.

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