Esteemed Belgian drum and bass producer Alix Perez and innovative American beat-maker Eprom have been operating under the Shades alias together for a few years now, following the success of their 2015 EP of the same name. They're now fast approaching the release of their debut collaborative album, In Praise of Darkness, and the third offering from the project is a blistering number entitled "Alarma", featuring vocals from Brixton badman Killa P.
Sitting at a comfortable 140 beats per minute, with a dubsteppy half-time rhythm, a trap-inspired synth lead, and a grime-tinged topline, the new song evades any clear-cut labels. This seems to be characteristic of Shades, and something upon which they pride themselves; the album's two previous singles, "The Saga" and "Guillotine", are equally leftfield. It's best we let the music do the talking.
Shades's debut album, In Praise of Darkness, drops this Friday, 13 July. You can pre-order it here.
UPDATE (16 July): Visuals for the track have just landed, courtesy of Melody Maker. The director's choice of location—a dank, claustrophobic underground chamber—perfectly encapsulates the song's gritty nature. Check out the new video for "Alarma" below, and if you like what you hear, you can stream In Praise of Darkness in full here.