Coming as the final preview to his forthcoming album, “Let Loose”, The Shapeshifters (aka producer Simon Marlin) covers a post-punk classic from Talking Heads, “Slippery People”.
With the pending release of this brand new collection of Shapeshifters’ studio album drawing ever closer, this striking cut makes a joyous final preview of his first LP since 2006.
Featuring Honey Dijon collaborator Ramona Renea and Bronx-born Fiorious on vocal duties, fresh new layers of rich strings, horns, and percussion add shimmers of classic disco to this funk-fuelled cut. Across the latest and long-awaited studio album, “Let Loose”, his first for sixteen years, The Shapeshifters pledges rhythmic allegiance to the golden era disco records and their spellbinding qualities; embracing the tension often found between tradition and future to craft a euphoric, certifiable body of work presented to the devoted audience he garners.
It seems forever that all you heard at the nightclub’s and late night venues across Europe was the sound of “Lola’s Theme”, The Shapeshifters debut single, which topped the UK chart in 2004 and was a club and commercial smash far and wide. Simon and his original partner Max Reich achieved further success with the follow up, “Back To Basics” (UK No.10) and “Incredible”, all from their album, “Sound Advice”. Since those days, Simon has worked hard as a producer and remixer, working with the likes of Candi Staton, Leona Lewis and the late George Michael, to name but a few high-profile mixes he has put his name to.
The Shapeshifters exemplifies a flourishing scene, one that is now engaging an ever-younger fan base. With Marlin and Glitterbox at the heart of the modern disco sound, it’s easy to see why The Shapeshifters are more in demand in the clubs than ever. Their relationship sees not only unrelenting mutual respect for dance music’s rich history but the inclusivity and enduring liberation that is rooted within it.
The fourteen-track album is illuminated with vocal collaborations including the recently released and debut collaboration with the Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning Billy Porter, “Finally Ready”, and “Life Is A Dancefloor” featuring CHIC’s Kimberly Davis. The album’s “The One That Got Away” also features London-born multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Obi Franky who has recently joined The Shapeshifters on tour with impeccable summer performances.
Taking an impeccably smooth course through the disco-infused house, The Shapeshifters continue the rich relationship with Glitterbox and its record label; one that has yielded instant classics such as “Try My Love” featuring Teni Tinks; undoubtedly hailed as the anthem that epitomizes the label’s ethos for preserving disco’s mission to uplift and empower.
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