There has always been excitement surrounding every one of Sam Shackleton’s release due to his unique and iconic sound, and his Freezing Opening Thawing EP is no different, a melodic hypnotism crafted on his label Woe To The Specific Heart. Released back in January 2014, the EP was his first release in close to two years proving to be well worth the wait. The 11 minute title track is constantly twisting and turning – a dynamic blend of tribal-esque drums, snake charmer baselines flirting with beautiful floating choral choral voices, creating a significantly more psychedelic piece, but nevertheless carrying that same ruthless momentum we know and love. One cannot deny the admirable precision to Shakelton’s craft, building an deconstructing different ideas like he would in a live set. The release is said to highlight Sam Shackleton’s newfound emphasis on synthesis rather than sampling, demonstrated by each track on the EP’s alien, other worldly loops and sounds, but still sounding as focused as always.