Into The Woods with Shadow City Soundsystem


As the dust settles from our recent party in Birmingham with Shadow City, featuring Farr favourites Avalon Emerson and Job Jobse, we invited Shadow City Soundsystem to contribute the next edition of our Into The Woods podcast series curated by Inverted Audio.

Shadow City are a major player in the Birmingham underground scene. Their raw, intricate parties have had a steady committed following since 2011. Throughout that time, Shadow City have aimed to put on acts that they passionately admire, showcasing the likes of Jackmaster, Bicep, Motor City Drum Ensemble and Bonobo, as well as up and coming talents including Avalon Emerson, Denis Sulta, and O'Flynn. The boys aim to create lineups that incorporate both of these types of artists, making for some truly unique shows in Birmingham.

Shadow City Soundsystem was established in 2015, when the Shadow City residents of Jake Bridge, Alex Wynne Hughes, Max Williams and Tom Storey decided to bring their sounds together, rather than perform individually. This has seen them grow as DJs, leading them to incorporate their musical tastes, and making for eclectic, energised sets. The boys have played gigs all over the country together, recently supporting Henry Wu in York, and are expecting a big year ahead in 2017. 

They also recently started a vinyl only imprint, with their debut record set for release early April 2017. The record features tracks from close friend Harry Parsons and the boys themselves and has been played by the likes of Denis Sulta, Palms Trax, Moxie and Midland. 

This year at Farr Festival 2017, Shadow City will host their own stage featuring Chaos In The CBD, Harry Parsons, Shadow City Soundsystem and a secret guest, head over to Facebook to RSVP to their event.

To offer further insight into the mix, track selection and overall atmosphere, the boys have written a few words below.


Last year at Farr Festival, we had the pleasure of closing The Terrace stage on the Thursday. As this was the first night of the festival, the crowd were really up for it from the get-go: the atmosphere was pretty darn amazing. 

We wanted to deliver an exciting, euphoric set to kick-start what would prove to be a very special weekend. This mix is very much us reminiscing about last year's edition of the festival; in particular, pulling records that we feel capture the vibe of that special evening.

We had a great weekend last year, and we are really pleased to have been asked to host a stage this year. So, as a nod to Farr Festival; as a celebration of fun times gone by - and fun times to be had - here's an hour of some of our favourites. Enjoy!



1.  J. Albert - All In [1080p]
2.  Peggy Gou - Gou Talk [Technicolour]
3.  Mood II Swing - Call Me (Moody Dub) [Earth, Moon & Sun]
4.  Genius Of Time - Houston We Have A Problem [Royal Oak]
5.  Two Tail - Willie Has A Hunch [Forthcoming Shadow City Records]
6.  Groove Committee - I Want You To Know [Nu Groove Records]
7.  The Jasper Street Company - A Feeling (After Midnight Mix) [Outland Records]
8.  Harry Parsons - We Could Only Be [Forthcoming Shadow City Records]
9.  HNNY - Trummor [Local Talk]
10.  Dwayne Jensen - My People [Third Ear Recordings]
11.  Thomas Baltanger - What To Do [Roule Music]
12.  Stephan Bodzin - Singularity [Life and Death]
13.  Cheaper Shepherd - Fiat 500 [Forecast]
14.  Vin Sol - WTS [Club Lonely]
15.  BodyJack - Hydra Effect [Dext Recordings]
16.  Dax J - Trippin [ARTS] 
17.  DJ Bone - Cultural Variance [Leftroom]
18.  LK - It’s Been A Long Time [Shall Not Fade]

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