Listen to Shockone's new tune Follow Me, out through his own Dark Machine Records
The Perth-based heavyweight has also just announced a West Australian regional tour, alongside his sold-out Perth show this October.
As the music landscape has been thrown into chaos over the last six months, Shockone is someone who has kept their eyes focused forward. Off the back of his brilliant musical universe A Dark Machine last year (including its pivotal album of the same name, which featured everyone from The Bloody Beetroots to Reija Lee), he's constantly furthered his craft time and time again, whether that includes launching into the year with the debut of a one-off live show, or the foundation of Dark Machine Records, a new label imprint he founded a few months ago.
The latter half is particularly exciting, giving the Perth heavyweight an opportunity to showcase his well-known tastemaking skillset and further amplify growing names within the dance music space whether that be locally or internationally, such as his inaugural signing via New Zealand duo Lee Mvtthews. "When it comes to bass music, he’s truly one of Australia’s international ambassadors and has inspired so many Australian bass music artists with his achievements," said Central Station Records general manager Matt Nugent on the announcement; his label teaming up with Shockone to deliver Dark Machine Records.
In the few months since, Shockone has continued to push forward, and the most recent example of that comes in the form of Follow Me, an exciting return from Shockone post-A Dark Machine that doesn't just arrive via his own label, but preludes an incredibly exciting second half of the year planned ahead. Follow Me is dark and brooding when placed comparatively to his past work, moving with a distorted, experimental twist as pacing bass line and dimly-lit synth move around these synthesised vocals, which as he explains, somewhat ironically touches on the strangeness of living in such a technologically-heavy world.
"Follow Me is a message from the all-seeing, and all-knowing god of algorithms that dictate all aspects of our lives today," he says on the single's lyrics, which go a touch deeper into their meaning when you think about their computerised, AI-like tone. "Our new religion is here, on every screen, in every app, on every platform. Proclaim your faith today, hit the follow button now."
The single also arrives ahead of a West Australian regional tour planned for the second half of the year, with dates in Broome, Wickham, Geraldton, Albany and Bunbury this October, joining his already sold-out Perth return at CENTENARY. on Halloween, October 31st. You can find more information and tickets on the shows here, but otherwise, take a dive into Follow Me and keep a keen eye on Dark Machine Records as they no doubt continue to showcase some of best heavier bass music and introduce you to some brilliant new acts in the process.
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