Moving Shadow


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Moving Shadow is a UK-based jungle/drum and bass record label that was started in 1990 by Rob Playford. Alongside such labels as Suburban Base, Formation Records, D-Zone, Reinforced and Metalheadz, Moving Shadow has grown to become one of the best-known and well-respected labels within the genre, achieving its 100th single release in 1997.

The label began in 1990, initially operating from Playford’s Stevenage home. Playford had self-released a track prior to setting up Moving Shadow, entitled Orbital Madness, and had become a focal point for local, young artists/bedroom producers seeking advice on releasing their own music. The label’s first release arrived in 1991; the Psychotronic EP by Earth Leakage Trip and the early roster of artists were mainly guises for Playford, such as 2 Bad Mice of which he formed a third along with Sean O’Keeffe and Simon Colebrooke. As the rave scene scratched the surface of the mainstream music industry in 1991 and 1992, Moving Shadow, like its friendly rival Suburban Base & D-Zone, enjoyed UK Top 75 singles chart success though Blame’s Music Takes You and 2 Bad Mice’s Bombscare.

As the rave scene split towards the end of 1992, Moving Shadow gravitated towards the emerging darkcore scene. Releases by artists such as Deep Blue (an alias for Sean O’Keeffe), Foul Play, Omni Trio and Hyper-On Experience enhanced the label’s reputation, and by 1994, Moving Shadow was at the forefront of the UK / scene. Encompassing varying styles of jungle/drum and bass such as Ray Keith’s proto-techstep track Terrorist (recorded under the pseudonym Renegade), the frenticism of Dead Dred’s Dred Bass and soulful

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  • rene-mag-musik

    Big up.

    December 2012
  • Anti5tar

    Updated the description with a decent one, thanks to the Moving Shadow website and Wikipedia. :-)

    January 2009
  • DJ__Infinite

    Hey all, check the DnB promo mix i've done - tunes from High Contrast, Photek, DJ Die, Seb & Paradox and Goldie amongst others. Tracklist and download/podcast links at:

    March 2008
  • headandneck

    Come and visit the Head And Neck Sessions' profile. Recently signed to Dancing Turtle Records, the band have been compared to artists like the Cinematic Orchestra and Fourtet. We'd love to know what you think of the single,Flowes.

    September 2007
  • Offbeatdnb

    Big ups to the Moving Shadow Massive!

    April 2007
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