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October 27, 2003

... Stayfresh with Aquasky vs Masterblaster ...

Multi talented production trio Aquasky reaffirm their long-standing relationship with Moving Shadow by recording their latest Aquasky vs Masterblaster breaks LP ‘Stayfresh’ for our burgeoning breaks imprint Shadow Cryptic. When Moving Shadow set up an imprint with a natural affinity for breaks, Aquasky vs Masterblaster were always in our minds, especially after the storm caused last year with their massive remix of the Shadow classic ‘Lords of the Null lines’ (Shadow165R) whilst their storming take on Omni Trio’s breakbeat classic ‘Renegade Snares’ (Shadow166R) is currently creating global havoc on Moving Shadow.

Their first release on Shadow Cryptic, with its nod to the old skool vibe and awesome bass lines, was ‘Shadow Breaks’ / ‘Planet Earth’ (Cryptic002). Receiving much acclaim from the press and reaching No.2 in DJ magazine’s ‘Beats & Breaks’ chart, the crew heralded ‘Shadow Breaks’ as the “best breaks tune we’ve done”; a proclamation backed by the likes of Tayo, The Freestylers, Plump DJs, and Way Out West’s Jody Wisternoff.

‘Stayfresh’ is the second long player project the lads have recorded under the Aquasky vs MasterBlaster moniker. Their production skills and unfounded ability to twist out heavy basslines and infectious melodies saw them swiftly signed up by Botchit & Scarper - a relationship which has spawned some of breakbeats heaviest floor-fillers. These high-energy beats were captured perfectly on their seminal debut breaks LP ‘Beat the System’ (BosLP014) released on Botchit Breaks in 2002.

This new LP shows ASvMB revamping their output producing 10 tracks encompassing nearly the entire spectrum of breakbeat. From the techy styles of Rennie Pilgrim to the party jams of Krafty Kuts, the dubby vibes of ‘Freq Nasty’ alongside the grimey sounds that the boys captured on ‘Beat the System’. With the appearances of Daddy Freddy, the Guinness record holder as the fastest lyricist in the world alongside the unforgettable Ragga Twins you will not be disappointed. Straight out of Trenchtown, Jamaica, Freddy rocks a serious reggae vibe on the album track ‘War’ whilst the Ragga Twins add their distinctive vigorous urban chants on the single ‘Coffee’ and LP track ‘Dem No No We’; taking you back to the start of the nineties and their renowned Shut up & Dance days!