2011 has seen Shifted rise swiftly from the murky shadows of UK Techno. Little is known of who the cryptic producer is, but rest assured of his credentials. ‘Drained’, his first of two EPs on Luke Slater’s esteemed Mote Evolver imprint instantly grabbed the attention of the Techno fraternity. A heavy, muscular and stripped sound was born from what was to become one of 2011’s most exciting Techno artists. Releases under the pseudonyms Pacific Blue and Relay soon followed, continuing along Shifted’s Techno lines, but built on a deeper, more understated sound.
Appearing on a limited blue vinyl, ‘Industry Part 1 & 2’ was the opening release on the Pacific Blue 12” series, with remixes following from Sandwell District artists Rrose and Silent Servant at the tail of 2011. Shifted’s growing demand as a remixer himself led to reworks of UK Techno legends The Black Dog as well as peers Sigha and Cio D’Or amongst others. Several ‘secret’ white labels were also released with which no name was attributed.
2011 also saw the launch of his Avian imprint. Confirming the calibre of Shifted’s productions, the début (vinyl only) release ‘AVN #001’ struck a chord with its thudding drums and deep, pulsating stabs. The EP received weekly plays from Techno’s top players and became a record that didn’t leave the bag. The equally illusive London-based producer, Ventress, laid down the follow-up release cementing the Avian label as ‘one to watch’ in 2012. With these productions and remixes gaining warranted attention on the dancefloor, Shifted’s gig diary matured accordingly, DJing at some of the world’s best clubs including the fabled Berghain (Berlin) and Fabric (London).
Looking forward, Shifted continues on from his second Mote Evolver 12”, ‘Control’, with his début album being released on the label in March 2012. Shifted has found home from home on the illustrious label and fits perfectly into its tough, hypnotic and often experimental style of Techno. On top of the Mote Evolver LP, 2012 will bring another solo production under the Pacific Blue alias, a remix for Planetary Assault Systems and undisclosed activity on his own Avian imprint.
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