Optical ‎– To Shape The Future

Metalheadz ‎– MET H 027
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM

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A Optical To Shape The Future
Written-By, Producer – Optical
B1 Optical Raging Calm
Written-By, Producer – Optical
B2 Matrix Undersea Flight
Written-By, Producer – Matrix

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(C) 1997 Metalheads Music Ltd.
(P) 1997 Metalheadz Music Ltd.

Optical published by Mute.
Matrix published by Stage One.

Made in England.
Distributed by Vinyl Distribution Ltd.

Tracklisting on sleeve: A, AA1, AA2
Tracklisting on label: A, B1, B2

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped): METH 027 A-1-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side AA runout, stamped): METH 027 AA-1-1-1

Other Versions (4 of 4) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
METH027X Optical / Matrix Optical / Matrix - To Shape The Future / Raging Calm / Undersea Flight (2017 Remasters)(3xFile, WAV, RE, RM) Metalheadz METH027X UK 2017
METH 027 Optical To Shape The Future(12", TP) Metalheadz METH 027 UK Unknown Sell This Version
METH 027 Optical To Shape The Future(12", RP) Metalheadz METH 027 UK 2007 Sell This Version
METH 027 Optical To Shape The Future(12", Promo) Metalheadz METH 027 UK 1997 Sell This Version


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March 6, 2017
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December 6, 2015
Undersea Flight is absolute perfection


March 21, 2005
edited over 13 years ago
I remember very well when I got my hands on this record for the very first time. This was really the future to me, it had nothing to do with any other drum'n'bass record I had heard so far. Most likely this is due to the way Optical arranged elements at that time. It's not just breaks and bassline and some effects... every sample and sound used in here is contributing to the movement of the whole thing.

The Matrix track is absolutely outstanding, too. These 2 guys really shifted aesthetics at that time.