Review: If record labels are extended musical families, then Shall Not Fade's is bigger than most. Viggo Dyst is perhaps not the most high-profile member of that vast and growing family, but the Swedish producer is certainly an active one. This two-tracker marks his third outing on the Bristol-based imprint in less than two years. It boasts a candidate for the most celebratory and life-affirming club cut of 2023 - the gorgeous, 130 BPM house romp that is 'Did We Break Up', where rushing piano motifs, colourful chords, cut-up vocal samples and an addictive bassline catch the ear - and a deeper, more intergalactic-sounding gem called 'You Got'. Built around a minimalist, custom-made broken house-meets-two-step beat, ultra-spacey pads and hip-hop vocal samples, it's a genuinely glassy-eyed treat.
Review: As always with Shall Not Fade, we are in for an absolute treat with this fabulous five track display from Viggo Dyst, exploring harmonic structure and spacy sound design. We begin with the title track 'Everything Else Is Secondary', which turns out to be a stunning creation, combining pitch-affected vocal lines with glittering harmonies and 2-step style drums with fantastic results. This track then receives two remixes, with Baltra flipping it into a more stripped back UKG roller and 1-800 Girls giving it a slightly breaksy rethink. We then dive into the colour soundscaping of 'Time After Time', which continues that breakbeat vibe, before 'Weekend Special' combines beautiful keys with vibrant drum beats to see us out in style!