When I moved to New Zealand two years ago, it didn’t take long for me to suss out that drum and bass outfit Shapeshifter were a firmly ensconced Kiwi favourite, with six albums under their belt and a well-earned reputation for turning out blistering live performances.
New single Stars, unveiled earlier this week, marks the imminent arrival of the Christchurch-hailing band’s first album since 2013’s platinum-selling Delta and this opening taster is a genre-traversing addition to their bulging back catalogue. With its thundering percussion beats and throbbing bassline propelling the song to its dynamic crescendo, Stars has all the markings of a signature Shapeshifter tune but, with its interwoven synthplay, reggae-tinged pop bounce and soul-enriching vocals c/o P Digsss, the track also harnesses the much-needed crossover appeal for radio, that will continue to enlist new fans.
Bassist and man at synths Nick Robinson calls Stars “a bubbling, rolling, summery track on the D&B vibe” and adds that it was an instant hit with the band. “The instrumental track always seemed to be full of life and had some special kind of energy over quite a simple progression but when Digsss came into the studio and laid down his vocal lines, there was magic in the air,” he says.
Listen to Stars below and keep your eye out for news of an upcoming major UK and European tour.