The debut release on the fledgling Working Classics imprint comes from label boss Shauna. Her second EP proper, 2384, sees the Liverpool-based DJ and producer return to the 4X4 sound in which she first made her name.
The title comes from a dystopian dream (or rather nightmare) Shauna had, set in the year 2384, where women no longer had rights. The date has stuck with her ever since. Shauna began writing the EP at the start of 2023, after finding inspiration at Love Muscle, the Leeds-based queer dance party. “I’m always inspired by the queer community. Going to a queer party and being surrounded by sweaty, dancing bodies is very energising and I always feel at my most creative after” says Shauna.
It’s no surprise, then, that the EP is made for those heaving dance floors that helped Shauna out of a creative slump. Opener Out Getting Gary is a glitchy, chugging ode to nights spent on a mission. The unrelenting groove of Elektra pays homage to the titular Pose icon, sampling her legendary take down of transphobes. Finally, Mangolicious is an acid-drenched pumper reminding us all to dance.
Out Getting Gary
Written & produced by Shauna Stapleton
Mixed and mastered by Will Gurrey
Artwork by Georgia Grant (TBA)Logo by Jazyra Christou
Artist ShaunaFormat EP
Label Working ClassicsGenre house / techno /electro
Release date TBC Format digi only (as yet)
Cat no. WC001
“Shauna has steadily been making some of the most interesting electronic music coming out of the North. Effortlessly mining samples for the pure guttural feeling that only the best dance music can elicit.” Rhythm Lab Records
More about Shauna:
Liverpool based DJ/Producer, Shauna, is an upcoming name on everyone’s radar, thanks to her eclectic, multi-genre style which encompasses everything from techno and electro to breaks, footwork, and everything in between.
In 2020, Shauna began producing, quickly establishing herself as one to watch when her first release, D, was played by Ross From Friends on his Boiler Room from isolation. Releases for Gimme A Break, Come Play With Me, Rhythm Lab, Queer House Party and Interpolate quickly followed, with many of Shauna’s tracks gaining the attention of Jaguar on Radio 1’s Introducing Dance show.
Shauna’s selections have earned her support slots for the likes of Eliza Rose, I. JORDAN, DJ Swisha, and PLANNINGTOROCK to name a few. 2022 saw Shauna guest on Bicep’s Feel My Bicep podcast with a mix made up of tracks by female, non-binary and queer artists, as well as make her international debut in Berlin.
Shauna is also a key part of SISU, a community providing a platform to educate, inspire, and support women and non-binary DJs and producers. 2024 looks set to be Shauna’s biggest year yet as she launches her label Working Classics and makes her Boiler Room debut.
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