Originally from Ireland, now living in Toronto, producer and DJ, Neil Mooney, aka Throwin Shapes, developed his wide-ranging sound by immersing himself in Toronto’s diverse underground music scene for the last 10 years. Having deejayed at some of the city’s most forward-thinking music events, Mooney has now focused his attention on production. Over the eight songs on his debut album, with newly-started, vinyl-only label Religio, Throwin Shapes shows the full and eclectic range of his musical influences, from dub to deep house and acid to techno. Expansive yet intimate, banging while still soulful, percussive and melodic, Pembroke Session LP is music for the late night.
All night long: With its stripped-down kicks, crisp hi-hats, warm keys and plump bassline, this is classic deep house. You’ll be mesmerized by the sultry voice intoning you to stay ‘all night long.’
Diving Bell: True to its name, this tune is like a transmission from the depths. The chunky bassline, staccato hi-hats and ethereal pads mix to create an atmospheric and abstract late-night vibe. Don’t sleep on this one if you’re a fan of Keith Worthy, Patrice Scott or quality Detroit house.
Dub flight: Get on board for a slow and absorbing trip to echolandia. This is dreamy dub techno. Generous use of heavy delay on the timbale gives the track a post-carnival after-party feel.
Exercises in Alchemy: Building steadily from a minimal 4/4 beat to a mass of swirling pads and swishy chords, guaranteed to keep any 5 am dancefloor busy. We’re talking a good kind of black magic here.
Give it socks: With a future-retro vibe, Give it Socks features a rolling 303 bassline, sharp percussion and a spacey overall texture that will indubitably inspire creative body movement.
Jigtime: This track combines a driving infectious bassline, offbeat percussion, woozy pads and a high-pitched layer of strings to create a sure-fire dancefloor killer!
Morning Comes: A rhythmic and hypnotic take on dub techno, this is the song that you want emanating from the speakers as the sun rises.
Rag order: Starting with a banging drumline and acid-tinged percussion, Rag order evolves to a place of warm atmospheric pads and pristine key stabs.