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Shapeshifter by name and by nature, this elemental, electronic soul outfit
has morphed time and time again with seismic shifts in genre - from
depth-charge bass music, elastic electronic textures and barrelling breakbeats
to bedrocks of soul, jazz and rave that ground their experimentation. But never
has the well-earned name been more apt than on album number five, Delta, their
most fearless release yet.

Delta is the embodiment of this spirit of exploration. The sublime opening
chords of 'Arcadia' and junglist jabs of 'Shadowboxer' neighbour
elevated trance progressions in 'Diamond Trade' and jagged guitar riffs on
'Giving Up the Ghost'. Delta builds on Shapeshifter's bass heritage while
barreling forward into the future, unhindered by BPM counts or genre boxes.

Perhaps the most revolutionary aspect of Delta is the electronic production
underpinning the album. Live drums have mostly been eschewed for a backbone of
digital rhythms that support all-analogue instrumentation of vintage synths,
horns and guitar.

While the studio inputs have been tweaked, Delta's ethos of
experimentation is one that will be familiar to anyone who has chartered the
group's evolutions in sound. Like the mighty Twelve Mile Delta in the South
Island of New Zealand, the album's namesake, Delta marks a confluence of
Shapeshifter's in­fluences ­- past and present.

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