Moving Shadow's reputation as one of the cornerstone labels of the original rave scene is legendary; it's legacy living on through the solid roster of artists it nurtured and the seminal tunes it released. That legacy is now set to continue and evolve with the launch of new label 'Over/Shadow'.
Si Colebrooke and Sean O’Keefe - both founding members of the Moving Shadow team - had long toyed with ideas to ensure the Moving Shadow legacy endured, until finally, a few years ago, they gathered nearly the entire Moving Shadow community together in a pub. It was at this gathering that it became obvious there was a serious appetite for more, and so, little by little, Over/Shadow was born.
As soon as they began talking with the original musicians, cover artists and studio engineers, it became abundantly clear that this was still very much a family. In the years that have passed since the label ceased in 2008 almost everyone present had remained as involved and passionate about music and the music scene as they ever were.
The fact that Over/Shadow's first release will be from Conrad Shafie, AKA Blame, has a certain poetry as Blame's "Music Takes You" was one of Moving Shadow's foundational releases back in 1992. Of all producers, Blame represents a continuity that runs through the subsequent generations of rave music and through Moving Shadow’s output.
His two tracks for the first Over/Shadow release are quite different from one another – “Lift Off” is powered by fearsome jungle breaks, while “Star Traveller” is an altogether more elegant roller. Both are crisp and modernist but also unmistakeably full of the warmth, euphoria and the sense of possibility that has fired him and the wider musical family up consistently since the glory days of 1990/91. As a statement of intent, it takes some beating.
And it really is just the beginning. Since that fateful meeting, Si, Sean and the team have been manoeuvring in the (no pun intended) shadows ensuring that Over/Shadow is a fully-developed label collective. With the same core creatives, right down to the mastering and cutting engineers, this is a true continuation of the Moving Shadow community and a worthy preservation of its legacy.
More significantly however, Over/Shadow is looking to the future. The energy of rave and jungle have never stopped fuelling innovation and right here, right now, Over/Shadow is ready to take its rightful place at the heart of underground music.