Dom* & OpticalQuadrant Six / Concrete Shoes

Label:Moving Shadow – SHADOW 111, Moving Shadow – UK SHADOW 111
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM
Style:Drum n Bass


This Side
XQuadrant 6
Other Side
YConcrete Shoes

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Title appears as "Quadrant Six" on front and back cover and as "Quadrant 6" on label.

℗&© 1997 Moving Shadow Record Company Ltd.

Both tracks written & produced @ Optical / Dom & Roland Studios London. Made in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 022208 001110 >
  • Barcode: 5022208001110
  • Label Code: LC 5681
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side X, etched): SIMON-THE EXCHANGE SHADOW-111 X1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side Y, etched): SIMON-THE EXCHANGE SHADOW-111 Y1

Other Versions (4)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Quadrant 6 / Concrete Shoes (12", Promo, 45 RPM)Moving ShadowSHADOW 111UK1997
New Submission
Quadrant Six / Concrete Shoes (Acetate, 10", 33 ⅓ RPM)Not On LabelnoneUK1997
Recently Edited
Quadrant 6 / Concrete Shoes (12", Reissue, 45 RPM)Moving ShadowSHADOWXV 111UK2006
New Submission
Quadrant 6 / Concrete Shoes (2×File, WAV)Moving ShadowSHADOW111UKUnknown



  • sam_blam's avatar
    For me, this record has always been about "Concrete Shoes". Such an inventive tune and weirdly joyful. There's a skipping lightness to the track that is fighting some kind of existential battle with forces of doom, and I love how the drums start to give up around the 4:05 min mark before fighting back to life. When "Quadrant 6" starts infiltrating from the other side of the vinyl you know anything can happen.
    • ColonelTirpitz's avatar
      Wondering why these tracks are on this label ? They belong more on the Prototype Recordings label since it's the more darker side as Drum&Bass style . Whereas Moving Shadow is slightly the smoother D&B imo .

      Anyway both sides on this record are excellent but track Quadrant 6 is "The Winner"
      • hayleycee's avatar
        Concrete Shoes
        • breakbeatscientist's avatar
          'Quadrant 6' is an awesome collaboration between two masters of the dark, sci-fi techstep sound. Drawing from the same monolithic bass template as Nasty Habit's 'Shadow Boxing', the track opens to an ominous and desolate sounding synth before introducing a twisting, growling wall of bass. The two-step breaks sound raw and heavy as hell as opposed to the more dull and clinical tracks of the late nineties. A true monster of a tune and one that was surprisingly overlooked at the time.

          The flipside, 'Concrete Shoes' is a more atmospheric stepper opening with soaring sci-fi synths and restrained breaks giving you a real futuristic feel. It then goes a little darker once it reaches the 2 minute mark by introducing a growling hoover sound and bass throbs. A perfect double A-Side release from Dom & Optical at their peak.
          • Enkoder's avatar
            Real shame the dub version wasnt released, had a better b-line
            • CiaranM's avatar
              The intro to this is definitely good; but if you want the more intense/heavy version then listen to the E-Sassin Remix. The remix loses the air of suspicion, however the bassline is much more powerful in it. (It's on MSXEP021 Reborn In The USA EP.)

              Concrete Shoes is a decent tune, with a nice intro, although it uses bits from the a-side.
              • EKM's avatar
                Edited 18 years ago
                Quadrant 6 is one of those absolutely brilliant tunes that somehow, through a nasty twist of fate, fails to gain widespread recognition. The intro is arguably the best part of the song, as it quite successfully manages to invoke a deep sense of sheer space; completely infinite space. With that depth also comes a certain amount of fear and suscpicion. The rest of the tune is a very heavy Techstep effort, with some of the most hard-hiting drums to be heard, and an incredibly wicked bassline. It's true that this works very well on the dancefloor, but it's also very well suited to home listen, as it's complexity in structure and design insist multiple listen. This is one that you'll want to hold onto for quite a long time.


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