ShockOne Releases Stylish Drum & Bass Album Under The Monstercat Label…
Today on Sensei’s Music Blog, we get to help showcase ShockOne’s latest album, A Dark Machine - packed full of gritty drum & bass bangers that really highlight the strong production that ShockOne has to offer. This new thirteen-track album is breathtakingly complex, hauntingly poignant and sonically masterful. The album explores a concept few people dare to truly dive into - confronting the darkest parts of ourselves and realizing that our power as humans makes us capable of both great and terrible things.
As the album progresses through both psychological stages, from awakening to self-destruction, hopelessness to self-acceptance, ShockOne creates more than just a sonic joyride. A Dark Machine is an immersive experience that delves into the complex human psyche while running the gamut of bass music genres with an experimental flair. The album features guest collaborations with ShockOne's real-life sister, vocalist Reija Lee, as well as Cecil, Cruz Patterson, The Bloody Beetroots and producers Ekkoand Sidetrack, who each contribute their unique sound to the whole. No matter what stage of the journey you're on, you are bound to discover something new and mindblowing on this album.
On the inspiration behind the album, ShockOne said, "A Dark Machine begins with 'Run' and the intro connected to it 'Awake.' The whole thing started from the idea I had of the protagonist waking from a dream while finding themselves running, from what exactly, they don't know, but they are filled with a sense of dread, they do know, however, that if they stop running something terrible will happen. I just had this image of someone waking up running from something, and at the beginning, I wasn't quite sure what that was myself. As I kept writing and scribbling random phrases and notes down, it started to become clear that what the protagonist is running from is a reflection of their own psyche, their subconscious, perhaps even the darker side of it, and that is essentially what A Dark Machine represents. As I continued the writing process, I started to realize this album is basically the story of someone coming to terms with their own mind/subconscious, the good and the bad parts of it. The closing song 'Silver & Gold,' is the final conversation between the protagonist and their own subconscious. The eternal conversion we are all having with ourselves that can sometimes get pretty dark. This story is like a dramatization of that, and this album is like a soundtrack to the dystopian art film I have in my head that will never get made! Although the fantastic videos Matsu made for 'A Dark Machine,' 'Bleed Black' & 'Run' are pretty damn close!"
Lastly, if you’re diggin’ what ShockOne is up to - make sure you throw him a follow on his social media links and stay up to date with his adventures in real time. We are probably probably going to be hearing more from him in the upcoming months and possibly some tour dates near you, so don’t be daft and miss out your chance to see him live. You’ll find everything you need and the full A Dark Machine stream down below! Enjoy!