341 – Shapeshifter
The say many hands make light work which is why this week we’ve turned to five piece D&B outfit Shapeshifter to deliver this exclusive podcast mix. Already a household name in their native New Zealand with 3 platinum albums under their belt and their latest album ‘Delta’ riding high at number 1 in the Kiwi chart it seemed the right time to welcome them into the DT fold as they continue their quest to conquer the globe. As famed for their innovative live sets which have rocked some of the worlds biggest festivals with genre-defining performances at Glastonbury and The Big Chill as an evolutionary sound that has organically developed with the band, Shapeshifter is soon to be a name you’re hearing a lot of.
Aptly named; this elemental, electronic soul outfit has morphed time and time again with seismic shifts in genre. From depth charged bass music, elastic electronic textures and barreling breakbeats to bedrocks of soul, jazz and rave that ground their experimentation it appears clear to us that the latest incarnation of their sound looks set to take Europe by storm. Their crossover success in the southern hemisphere aside Shapeshifter have also seen their work picked up by iconic South London drum and bass label Hospital Records who after hearing the track ‘Monarch’ quickly signed the effort for release on the imprint affirming the bands stake in not just the mainstream but also cutting edge underground culture. So with their fifth studio effort out now check out this ace mix showcasing Shapeshifter’s ability to traverse a plethora of different genres whilst retaining a quintessentially signature sound. Time to up the BPM!
Sum up this podcast in 10 words… Head trip, foot switch mixup. 99.9 % selection 0.01% mixing.
What’s your personal favourite track on it? The opening track ‘Untroubled’ by 123Mrk.
What’s the special ingredient in this mix? The flow and cross genre aspect.
What’s the best gig you’ve played recently? Perth Australia – they go hard!
What have you got coming up? A soundsystem tour of Japan, then shows in Rarotonga, Fiji and lots of studio time.
And finally, do you have a special message for our readers? Turn it up! Check out our new album Delta and spread love!
123mrk – Untroubled Taal Mala – Blackout Salva – Rest in 3-piece Brenmar and DJ Sliink – Bait Salva and Brenmar – Let me Bang Esgar – Danzhall Addison Groove – I go Boom Snorlax – Conga Ticklish – Miscommunication (Slick Shoota rmx) Addison Groove, Sam Binga – Rzor KidkanEVIL – 808BoOoOoOmFiyaNight Machinedrum – Eyes Don’t Lie Cali Swag District – Teach me how to Dougie Riton – Girls in the Hood Zebra Katz – Ima Read feat. Njena Red Foxxx (Slick Shoota RMX) Spooky – Code9 BassBrothers – Jamaican Thug The Upbeats – Again I (TC RMX) Rockwell – The Wicked Caspa, High Mighty Coup – On It (TC RMX) Mefjus, InsideInfo – Mythos The Upbeats – Raiders (BassNectar RMX) Mampi Swift – Gangster DJ Hazard – Digital Bumblebees Usual Suspects – Killa Bees (insideinfo RMX) The Upbeats – Beyond Reality Break – Music is Better DJ Marky, Invaders – Break the Spell Machinedum – The Palace