SHADES – ‘Powers of Two’
Alix Perez & Eprom are “SHADES”
Alix Perez is the alias of Alex Depauw, the established drum & bass producer originating from Charleroi, Belgium. EPROM is the long-term adopted moniker of Alexander Dennis, a West Coast artist with early roots in mid-tempo bass and hip-hop. Together, they form SHADES, a collaborative project conceived in the summer of 2015 after they teamed up to work on Foreign Beggars’ “Modus” EP. Following the release of their debut self-titled EP via Alpha Pup, the duo have now returned with Powers of Two, a four-tracker that forms a perfect progression from the first and finds a luscious middle ground between the artists’ diverse musical backgrounds.
This second EP from Shades is a perfect progression from the first. There is a fine balance of glitch and swagger, and it oozes innovation. Pounding bass, warm, crunchy drums, and finely tuned synths are the order of the day here. Each track is a well-crafted journey with great dynamic, and showcases both their influences in a new progressive light.