The Shapeshifters

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The Shapeshifters
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Background information
Also known as Shape:UK, UK Shapeshifters
Origin London, England
Genres Dance-pop, techno, house
Years active 2004–present
Labels Positiva Records (2004–2008, UK)
Ultra Records (2006–present, USA)
Defected (2008–present, UK)
Associated acts Faithless, Moby, Frankie Knuckles, Christina Aguilera, George Michael
Website www.theshapeshifters.co.uk
Members Simon Marlin
Max Reich

The Shapeshifters[1] are a house music production duo based in London, England. They have a recording contract with Defected Records, and were previously signed to Positiva. Max Reich is originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, while Simon Marlin is British.[1]

They are known in the United States as Shape:UK, in part due to a conflict with the Los Angeles based hip-hop act Shape Shifters. However, the UK duo still uses "The Shapeshifters" name when they are releasing material in other countries outside the US.

Biography[edit]

The Shapeshifters are best known for their single "Lola's Theme" which went to #1 in the UK Singles Chart in July 2004.[1] The track was originally released as an instrumental promo in 2003 and was inspired by Simon's wife, Lola.

Their second single, "Back to Basics", was released in March 2005 and reached #10 in the UK chart,[1] while the third single "Incredible" reached #12.[2] Their debut album, Sound Advice, was released in March 2006 and peaked at #76 in the UK Albums Chart, before being released in the United States on Ultra Records in September 2006. The fourth single which featured Nile Rodgers of Chic, was called "Sensitivity" and charted at #40 on July 2006.[2]

In 2008, after four years with Positiva Records, the Shapeshifters signed to Defected Records. Their first release for Defected was "Treadstone" in April 2008, and this was subsequently followed by "Chime", a re-work of the Orbital track. In September 2008, the Shapeshifters released The Shapeshifters – In the House—a mix album was part of the In the House series. In September 2008, the Shapeshifters also released "Lola's Theme ('08 Re-Edit)". This was an originally an exclusive remix that the Shapeshifters used in their own DJ sets, but due to major demand and exposure, this title was released as a digital download through their own Nocturnal Groove record label. Upon its release this title spent seven weeks at #1 on the Beatport sales chart.

In July 2009, the Shapeshifters released the Young Dubs EP which included "Sideways" and "Nocturnal". Throughout 2009, the Shapeshifters also remixed Natalie Imbruglia's single ("Want") and collaborated with Frankie Knuckles on "The Ones You Love" which was released on Nocturnal Groove. They also remixed Candi Staton ("Musical Freedom") and compiled the digital compilation, Nocturnal Grooves: Vol. 2 – Mixed by the Shapeshifters as well as working alongside Empire of the Sun and Kleerup remixing "We Are the People" and "Longing for Lullabies". The Shapeshifters first release of 2010 was Summerdayze 2010 – Mixed by the Shapeshifters—a compilation album released to coincide with their Australian tour in January 2010 and further singles such as "Helter Skelter" and "She Freaks" followed. Within the year, both "Helter Skelter" and "She Freaks" gained over 1,000,000 views on YouTube. In 2010, the Shapeshifters remixed "Broken Arrow" by Pixie Lott and "Looking Forward" by Jason Chance. In April 2010, the Shapeshifters began the Nocturnal Groove Radio Show, a weekly radio show broadcast through a range of international radio stations across the world, which is also available as a podcast on iTunes and is available to stream from the Nocturnal Groove website and the Shapeshifters' pages on social networks like Facebook and SoundCloud.

The Shapeshifters have also worked on productions and remixes for George Michael, Faithless, Frankie Knuckles, Christina Aguilera, Moby, Leona Lewis, Todd Terry and Danny Howells. In 2011, the Shapeshifters released "Waiting for You"—their first collaboration with Shermanology—and remixed "I'll Take You There" from Frankie Knuckles's Director's Cut project. As well as remixing Human Life's "In It Together", the Shapeshifters also released another remix album titled Nikki Beach – In the House: Mixed by the Shapeshifters via Defected Records.

As DJs, the Shapeshifters continue to tour the world and are returning to their residency for Defected @ Pacha for the fourth consecutive year.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2004: Shapeshifters Present House Grooves (Virgin)
  • 2005: Shapeshifters Present House Grooves Vol. 2 (Newstate)
  • 2006: Sound Advice — #76 UK (Positiva)
  • 2008: The Shapeshifters – In the House (Defected)
  • 2009: Nocturnal Grooves: Vol. 1 – Mixed by the Shapeshifters (Nocturnal Groove)
  • 2009: Summadayze 2010 – Mixed by the Shapeshifters (EQ Recordings)
  • 2010: Nocturnal Grooves: Vol. 2 – Mixed by the Shapeshifters (Nocturnal Groove)
  • 2011: Nikki Beach – In the House: Mixed by the Shapeshifters (Defected)
  • 2013: Analogue To Digital...And Back Again (Nocturnal Groove)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Album
AUS BEL
(Vl)
FIN GER IRE
[3]
NED NZ SUI UK
[1]
U.S.
Dance
2004 "Lola's Theme" 35 19 2 23 7 13 11 31 1 1 Sound Advice
2005 "Back to Basics" 50 29 5 69 23 17 39 49 10 1
2006 "Incredible" 42 2 73 19 73 12
"Sensitivity" (featuring Chic) 18 21 40
2007 "Pusher" 15 89 56
"New Day" 96 72
2008 "Chime"
"Treadstone"
"Lola's Theme" ('08 re-edit)
2009 "The Ones You Love" (with Frankie Knuckles)
2010 "Helter Skelter"
"She Freaks" 95
2011 "The Ones You Love" (DJ Meme Remix)
"Waiting for You" (with Shermanology)
2012 "Shake, Shake"
"Only You"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Remixes[edit]

  • 2003: Mr Mike – "Do It Again" (Peppermint Jam)
  • 2004: Danny Howells and Dick Trevor featuring Erire – "Dusk Till Dawn" (Cr2 Records)
  • 2004: Patrick L – "Things We Wanna Do" (Onephatdeeva)
  • 2005: We Deliver featuring Erire – "Breathe Again" (Nocturnal Groove)
  • 2005: George Michael – "Flawless" (Sony)
  • 2005: Candi Staton – "You Got the Love" (Positiva)
  • 2006: G-Club featuring Haze – "Faith" (G-Club)
  • 2006: Frankie Knuckles – "I've Had Enough" (Noice Music)
  • 2007: Christina Aguilera – "Ain't No Other Man" (Sony)
  • 2007: Leona Lewis – "Bleeding Love" (Sony/BMG)
  • 2008: We Deliver featuring Erire – "Supernatural'" (Nocturnal Groove)
  • 2008: Todd Terry All Stars – "Get Down" (Strictly Rhythm)
  • 2008: Moby – "I'm in Love" (Mute)
  • 2009: Kleerup featuring Titiyo – "Longing for Lullabies" (Positiva)
  • 2009: Empire of the Sun – "We Are the People" (Virgin/EMI)
  • 2009: Candi Staton – "Musical Freedom" (Nocturnal Groove)
  • 2010: Pixie Lott – "Broken Arrow" (Mercury)
  • 2010: Jason Chance featuring Michelle Weeks – "Looking Forward" (Stealth)
  • 2011: Frankie Knuckles presents Director's Cut featuring Jamie Principle – "I'll Take You There" (Nocturnal Groove)
  • 2011: Human Life – "In It Together" (Defected)
  • 2011: Cee Lo Green - "Bright Lights Bigger City" (Elektra)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 494. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b Everyhit.com - accessed March 2011
  3. ^ Search for Irish peaks

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