out now: Shifted – Crossed Paths [Mote-Evolver]

 

Artist:
Shifted

 

Title:
Crossed Paths

 

Label:
Mote-Evolver

 

Cat#:
MOTECD01 | MOTELP01

 

Release Date:
2nd April 2012

 

Format:
CD, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist CD:
01)
Yearning

02)
Out Of Tune

03)
Bleeding Through

04)
Coax

05)
Leather

06)
Colour Of The Fall

07)
Suffocate

08)
Relict

09)
Lexis

11)
More Static
(Reduction)

11)
Disconnected

 

Tracklist LP:
A1)
Bleeding Through

A2)
Out of Tune

B1)
Leather

B2)
Colour Of The Fall

C1)
Suffocate

C2)
Relict

D1)
Lexis

D2)
More Static

 

Info:
Shifted’s ‘Crossed Paths’ is a record which pushes the formal possibilities of techno. ‘Crossed Paths’ is the first full length work to be released on Mote-Evolver and the scope of the album format takes Shifted’s vision to the next level. Shifted furthers his exploration into ominous resonances which he began in 2011 on Mote-Evolver by the ‘Control EP’, a vinyl that seamlessly housed the unabashed peak-time ‘Control’ and the spatial ‘Structure’. On ‘Crossed Paths’ the breadth of Shifted’s ideas is both subtle and devastating. As a producer Shifted’s methodology is like that of a sculptor, he works principally with textures knowing precisely when to leave edges raw and fault lines exposed. ‘Crossed Paths’ is constructed of 11 ominous cuts carved with precision and poise.

The identity of the man behind the Shifted moniker is shrouded in question marks and his album opens just as mysteriously with the fearlessly oblique ‘Yearning’. Setting out an ambitious internal architecture, ‘Yearning’ expands and contracts creating a sense of euphoric menace. This atmosphere pervades, crystallising in the strange swelling loops on ‘Coax’ and the stunning pads of ‘Colour Of The Fall’. Shifted creates hypnotic and persistent music that’s perfect for the confusion of the afterhours. He refuses to stick to polarised ideas of tracks falling neatly into the categories ‘dance floor’ or ‘ambient’. Shifted toys with the norm. ‘Bleeding Through’ is a case in point: it imperceptibly veers from one territory to another with far-off ringing and torn wooden fragments invading an almost industrial landscape.

Equally ‘Lexis’ is flooded with urgency as sharp, angular corners are created by bleeps which cut into the track’s icy exterior. However, ‘Crossed Paths’ has no shortage of ideas to devastate big club rigs. ‘Leather’ is fully loaded techno with a disorienting top line spurting and sparking over grinding bass. On ‘Suffocate’ the deviant tones persists constructed out of the friction between a swung undercarriage and rock hard beats. ‘More Static’ pushes deep only to be fractured by clanging metal and inister wisps of conversation. The record closes with the glacial ‘Disconnected’, a track that is perfectly in harmony with the album’s haunting, greyscale artwork. Having travelled the length and breadth of techno’s possibilities the final track brings unity to the release, suspending the listener once again in the abstract dimension where ‘Crossed Paths’ began.Shifted envelops the listener in a subtle world of form and variation.

‘Crossed Paths’ sets out to further techno’s remit and situates itself precisely where electronic music deviates from expectations. Shifted skilfully creates an album in which no sound is over-produced, it’s a record where textures interact with each other on their own terms and the result is deep, atmospheric and ultimately, something new.

 

Listen:
here

 

Video:
“Lexis”

Video “Lexis” was created by the29nov films.

 

Buy:
Hardwax (vinyl)
Beatport (digital)
Amazon GER (CD)
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Amazon UK (CD)
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deejay.de (vinyl)
deejay.de (CD)
Juno (vinyl)
JunoDownload (digital)
Spacehall (vinyl)
decks.de (vinyl)
7Digital (digital)
djshop.de (vinyl)
boomkat.com (vinyl)
boomkat.com (CD)
boomkat.com (digital)
more soon

 

Record release party:
24th March 2012 @ Berghain, Berlin
>>> Luke Slater
>>> Shifted
>>> Fiedel
>>> Dj Pete

 

Websites:
Shifted
Mote-Evolver

 

“Disconnected”

“Disconnected” was made by Patrick Vollmer.

3 thoughts on “out now: Shifted – Crossed Paths [Mote-Evolver]”

  1. I can confirm: knowing who the guy behind Shifted is has not improved my life by any means. So, don’t bother and just enjoy 🙂

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