The Shapeshifters

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The Shapeshifters
The Shapeshifters (Simon Marlin).jpg
Simon Marlin
Background information
OriginLondon, England
GenresHouse, nu-disco, dance-pop
Years active2004–present
LabelsPositiva Records (2004–2008, UK)
Ultra Records (2006–present, USA)
Defected (2008–present, UK)
Glitterbox Recordings (2017–present, UK)
Associated actsFaithless, Moby, Frankie Knuckles, Christina Aguilera, George Michael, Cee Lo Green
MembersSimon Marlin
Past membersMax Reich

The Shapeshifters is the current alias of English house producer Simon Marlin and a former duo comprising Marlin and Swedish producer Max Reich, from Gothenburg.[1] The Shapeshifters has been signed to Defected Records since 2008, and the duo were previously signed to Positiva. They were best known for their debut single "Lola's Theme", which went to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in July 2004.[1]

Formerly producing and touring as a duo with Max Reich, Simon Marlin has continued working and performing under the Shapeshifters moniker as a solo act since 2017.

His releases in the United States fall under the name Shape:UK, in part due to a trademark conflict with the Los Angeles-based hip hop group The Shape Shifters.


Former composition of The Shapeshifters, Max Reich and Simon Marlin

The Shapeshifters are best known for their debut single "Lola's Theme", which went to #1 on 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 ex-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. "Chime" was also notably remixed by Martijn ten Velden. 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.

In the summer of 2013, the duo released the album Analogue to Digital...And Back Again, with digital (download) and physical (CD) versions, which contains productions remixed by other producers in part one and remixes in part two. This album contains a huge part of their production work from the years 2008 to 2013.

In the late 2010s, as DJs, the Shapeshifters continue to release records and tour the world and return to Ibiza for a 12th consecutive year at the Pacha and Space nightclubs in 2016. In 2017, the group played for Glitterbox at the new Hi Ibiza.

During the summer of 2017, Max Reich stepped away from the outfit, leaving long term studio partner Simon Marlin to carry on producing and touring. In 2017, the Shapeshifters released a new remix package of their hit "Lola's Theme", notably including a remix of "Purple Disco Machine".

In the late 2010s, Simon Marlin released the singles "When Love Breaks Down" (2017) and "Try My Love (On for Size)" (2018), both successfully acclaimed by fans, other producers and DJs. Moreover, in 2018, according to official sources, Marlin continues to tour under the Shapeshifters name mainly in Europe.[citation needed]



  • 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)


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
2004 "Lola's Theme" 1 35 19 9 23 7 18 18 11 2 31 Sound Advice
2005 "Back to Basics" 10 29 5 74 23 33 14 49
2006 "Incredible" 12 42 2 73 30 13 73
"Sensitivity" (featuring Chic) 40 18 46 38
2007 "Pusher" 56 15 89 33 Non-album single
"New Day" 72 96 46
2008 "Chime"
"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"
2014 "Heartache" (with Calvin Lynch)
2015 "It's You" (with River)"
"The Chase" (with Kisch)
2017 "When Love Breaks Down" (with Teni Tinks)
2018 "Try My Love (On for Size)" (with Teni Tinks)
2019 "Life Is a Dancefloor" (with Kimberly Davis)
"—" denotes items that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


  • 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: Frankie Knuckles & Director's Cut - "Your Love"
  • 2011: Human Life – "In It Together" (Defected)
  • 2011: Cee Lo Green - "Bright Lights Bigger City" (Elektra)
  • 2012: Something Good feat. Sansa - "Before Dawn"
  • 2013: Soulmagic - "Someone Like You"
  • 2013: Little Boots - "Broken Record"
  • 2013: East & Young - "Starting Again" (Ultra Music)
  • 2014: Lovebirds featuring Lisa Shaw - "Holdin On" (Defected)
  • 2015: IDQ - "Where Are You" (Love Inc)
  • 2015: Cee Lo Green - "Music To My Soul"
  • 2016: Full Intention - "Just Go Back"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 494. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ a b Archived 12 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine - accessed March 2011
  3. ^ "UK Singles". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  5. ^ "Belgian (Flanders) Singles". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Finnish Singles". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  7. ^ German Singles:
  8. ^ "Irish Singles". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Italian Singles". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  10. ^ "Netherlands Singles". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  11. ^ "New Zealand Singles". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  12. ^ Scottish Singles:
  13. ^ "Swiss Singles". Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  14. ^ "BPI Certification". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 July 2016.

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