a world of superlatives it's often hard to sound sincere, but Aquasky,
the Bournemouth based trio, must surely be one of the countries most
talented production and re-mixing teams.
After an ultimately unsatisfactory relationship with Polydor (but an
amicable departure), Aquasky are once again firmly back in the Moving
Shadow camp and poised to release their first album, 'Bodyshock' (Ashadow
17), in March 1999.
The story begins in early 1995, when old friends Dave Wallace, Kieron
Bailey and Brent Newitt initially got together to produce their own
music. Shortly afterwards a demo tape arrived through the post-box at
Moving Shadow and the seeds of a musical alliance were sown. The first
single 'Dezires / Images' (Shadow 64) was released just three months
later and remixed by Krust (Shadow 64R). Championed by the likes of
Fabio and LTJ Bukem, it became a huge favourite down at Speed.
Aquasky's second single 'Kauna / Tranquillity' (Shadow 76) was released
early in 1996 and remixed by Big Bud (Shadow 76R), followed swiftly
by the strangely titled 'Cosmic Glue / Nylon Roadster' (Shadow 87) remixed
by Total Science (Shadow 87R) . Both received excellent reactions from
DJs & press alike, and demand for the trio's production and remixing
skills continued to build - attracting keen interest from record labels
big and small along the way.
The sheer level of demand for the boys' production skills eventually
enabled the band members to pursue individual musical projects outside
of Aquasky. Brent and Kieron hooked up with producer Ben McColl to explore
a mutual love of dirty lo-fi sonics, known as the 'Skin Divers' project
(released through R&S's UK off-shoot, All Good Vinyl).
Dave Wallace meantime was working on the truly sublime 'Expressions'
Parts 1& 2 (Shadow 71) remixed by Tango (Shadow 71R) for Moving Shadow
(now a rarity, £30 a go in the record shops) and all three teamed up
for the second release on All Good Vinyl 'Future Realities'. Simultaneously,
Aquasky were busy remixing for many different artists like Galliano,
EBTG, Sneaker Pimps and A Guy Called Gerald, managing to navigate there
way through as many different musical styles as possible.
All this hard work and exposure put Aquasky firmly in the spotlight,
and in the summer of 1997 the inevitable happened when they were offered
a major deal and signed to Polydor. The first (and only) release on
Polydor was the six track EP 'Orange Dust' in late 1997. A mixture of
drum & bass as well as hiphop, this EP featured guest appearances from
the likes of UK rapper Big Kwam and Big Shug from Gangstarr,
pre-empting many of the current crop of hiphop influenced d&b tracks.
The first release after resigning to Moving Shadow was 'Sonix / Gemini'
(Shadow 127) which was shrouded in secrecy at promo stage. The next
single 'The Stalker / Bulletproof' (Shadow 132) will act as the prelude
the debut album 'Bodyshock'
(AShadow 17). More recently Aquasky have set up their own record label
'Passenger' with the intention of releasing all styles of underground
British dance music, and can be found Djing at their own clubnight 'Fused'
As for their forthcoming album, Aquasky talk of a tougher, more dynamic
sound than in previous releases - something fresh for 1999. We're just
glad they're back.