Shifted is a producer with many faces. In just a few years since his first release on Luke Slater’s Mote-Evolver imprint, the UK artist successfully managed to develop his own distinctive voice within the constantly evolving techno genre. Soon after his 2011 debut he set up the Avian imprint together with fellow UK producer Ventress – an outlet bringing focus to a more stripped back and textured side of British techno. Releases on Sigha’s Our Circula Sound imprint and the Frozen Border sub-label Naked Index soon followed, as well as a one-off self-released EP for his more dance floor focussed project Pacific Blue.
2012 saw Shifted not only making his move from the UK to Berlin, but also releasing his extremely well received debut LP on Mote-Evolver: “A stunning debut album in Crossed Paths, which shows Shifted making the final move from newcomer soundalike towards a respected name with a fierce sensibility for unique sound design.” (Resident Advisor)
In addition he set up the Avian sub-label Mira to explore the more esoteric and experimental side of techno, drone, noise and industrial. Taking this turn in his own productions as well, he started the Covered in Sand project, which debuted on Mira in 2013 and was included in FACT magazine’s greatest 10’’ records of all time.
The same year saw him unveil two further projects: a low-key LP for Kiran Sande’s Blackest Ever Black label under the alias Alexander Lewis, stated by Juno Download as “...one of the most striking debuts in the field of industrial electronics we've heard in some time“, and a collaboration with Sigha as A Model Authority. As the year drew to a close, there followed the announcement of the acclaimed new Shifted LP ‘Under A Single Banner’ on Vatican Shadow’s Bed Of Nails imprint – a sub-label for the highly influential Hospital Productions. The album was described by The Quietus as “a highly literate and highly listenable full-length, where the sources of inspiration - whether obvious or not - have been synthesised into a whole greater than the sum of its parts.“
2014 sees Shifted continuing to develop these many strands of his musical output, while the multiple labels under his stewardship continue to give an outlet to talent from across the duskier side of the electronic music spectrum.