Canal Mills Recommends #4

Shadow Child is a household name in the electronic music world. Known for his dynamic DJ sets and weekly Rinse FM shows, this underground champion has been making serious movements over the past few years. 


In 2012 the DJ (real name Simon Neale) burst back onto the scene under the guise of Shadow Child with ‘String Thing’ – a track released via Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird label which also received the Annie Mac stamp of approval on her BBC Radio 1 show. Prior to this, Shadow Child went under the name Dave Spoon, and made tracks verging on the early EDM styles, but soon lost his drive for this overproduced sound and wanted a change. It was after hearing Eats Eveyrthing’s ‘Entrance Song’ on the radio that he then decided to take a new approach to making electronic music.



Since then, he’s been touring internationally, bringing out absolute bangers (including remixes of The xx and Hot Natured) and has become a favourite booking for us at Canal Mills, and we’re so excited to have him back on New Year’s Eve.


Back in October, Shadow Child dropped his debut album on his label Food Music. It’s called ‘Connected’, and is a collaborative project with some incredible names including Ben Pearce, T Williams, Bodhi, Laurel, Huxley, S.P.Y, Ashworth and Supertanker.



‘Connected’ takes inspiration from Shadow Child’s playing in “small warehouses, basements of buildings, abandoned places” and also celebrates his prowess and might as a producer, while showing off his musical influences through working alongside his peers.

Canal Mills’ pick: ‘Nothing Ever Hurts’ Feat. Ben Pearce & Laurel

‘Nothing Ever Hurts’ features  Shadow Child’s long-time collaborator Ben Pearce and Southampton-based singer Laurel. The thumping bass compliments the breathy vocals making a dark electronic love-ballad, and we love it!


Shadow Child is playing on New Year’s Eve alongside MK and GotSome on December 31st. You can grab tickets here and check out the event page here.


Words by Jaguar Bingham. Follow her here