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OpticalTo Shape The Future

Label:Metalheadz – MET H 027
Format:
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Drum n Bass, Downtempo

Tracklist

AOpticalTo Shape The Future
Written-By, ProducerOptical
5:49
B1OpticalRaging Calm
Written-By, ProducerOptical
7:39
B2MatrixUndersea Flight
Written-By, ProducerMatrix
3:09
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Notes

© 1997 Metalheads Music Ltd.
℗ 1997 Metalheadz Music Ltd.

Optical published by Mute.
Matrix published by Stage One.

Made in England.

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)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Recently Edited
To Shape The Future (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Promo)MetalheadzMETH 027UK1997
Recently Edited
To Shape The Future (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, 45 RPM, Reissue, Repress)MetalheadzMETH 027UK2007
New Submission
To Shape The Future / Raging Calm / Undersea Flight (2017 Remasters) (3×File, WAV, Reissue, Remastered)MetalheadzMETH027XUK2017
To Shape The Future (12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Test Pressing)MetalheadzMETH 027UKUnknown

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  • borstalscum's avatar
    borstalscum
    Very much of its time, but a signpost of that time, similar in tone and break treatment to his Moving 808s 12" on Prototype around that time. To a later ear, it's nicely amusing that the vocal sample 'To Shape the Future' is then prefaced by a dial-up modem connection sound, which is very mid-90's. The vocal sample according to DOA is not from a film or a documentary, but a sample CD. The b-side 'Raging Calm' is good too, not a banger, but certainly a cracker.
    • Kerensky236's avatar
      Kerensky236
      techstep pioneer
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      • anonymus's avatar
        anonymus
        Edited 19 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.

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