After a meeting at a club night in Bath, Mordant artist Sam Shackleton was so impressed by Laurie 'Appleblim' Osborne's Mystikal Warrior tune, they both decided to set up a label to release such tunes. Skull Disco was born.
Ten amazing releases later, the label is no more - but what a ride it was. Rather than identikit dubstep, Skull Disco releases often tended to use unusual sounds such as African percussion and sampled ethnic vocals.
Although these elements were normally found intertwined with massive sub bass, the more out there Skull Disco releases were closer to Basic Channel's dub techno or even the ethnic electronica of Muslimgauze than traditional dubstep. Listen to Ricardo Villalobos's twenty-minute remix of Shackleton's Blood On My Hands and you'll see what we mean. Skull Disco could go anywhere.
Appleblim is still releasing tunes and running Apple Pips. Shackleton is… Watch this space.
S is also for:
Shackleton: See above!