Opiuo and Shapeshifter team up for impressive ‘Slug A Bug’ EP.


In their never-ending search for new textures and tones to work with, both Opiuo and Shapeshifter has never been shy about drawing in new friends and frequencies to expand their sound palette. Now, for their latest bass odyssey, one of the world’s best drum n bass acts have joined forces with the multihued beatmaking talents of funkadelic bass music proponent, Opiuo, to cook up the Slug A Bug EP.

On Slug A Bug’s title track, Opiuo and Shapeshifter mash up a dirty bassline, mozzie-like synth stabs, soul claps, squelching keys and a wailing guitar riff – all set ablaze by the unmistakable voice of PDigsss. And B-siding the EP is ‘Warehouse Be Like’, a choppy roof-raising party starter that captures the signature sounds of both Opiuo and Shapehifter (and was also recently premiered on thump).

This isn’t the first time Shapeshifter has crossed paths with ex-pat Kiwi bass fiend, Opiuo; he previously turned in a deliciously fruity remix of their track ‘Monarch’, plus a supremely bass-heavy take on ‘Longest Day’. They’re also touring bros, having previously linked for a 2013/2014 New Zealand summer run.

The Slug A Bug EP though is their first true musical meeting of minds, a collaboration that carves out space between Shapeshifter’s speaker-rattling bass adventures and Opiuo’s funk-fuelled glitch.

Listen to the Slug A Bug EP below!

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