London duo Two Shell have made a name for themselves in the leftfield UK club scene for their absurdist take on dance music, which borrows from online genres such as nightcore and digicore to create supersized, club-ready music for big-room crowds. As DJs, they perform in playful disguises; rumour has it that it’s not actually them behind the decks, but friends sent out to pose as the anonymous duo. This sort of IRL trolling extends to the sets themselves, where post-dubstep brushes up against samples of Kings of Leon and Sugababes.
On Icons, the duo’s latest EP, the pair stretch their mischievous antics with a cheeky interpretation of UK bass music. Pitch-shifted vocals rush at breakneck speed, while digital textures and vocaloid intervals feel like robotic control centre commands. This sort of terminally online music has, of course, been around since the early days of PC Music. But Two Shell are putting their own spin on the sound: infusing post-dubstep with the chirpy enthusiasm of digitally native genres – and bringing it to the masses.
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