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Shapeshifter EP

by Lewis James

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    140g Black vinyl pressing, black inners in Astrophonica House bag, premium reverse board 3mm spined sleeve. Sleeves & Labels created from Risograph print processes by UTILE. Vinyl mastered and cut by Lewis at Star Delta.

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    Limited Edition handmade T-Shirts. Shapeshifter design in High quality print on white 100% cotton heavyweight Gildan Premium T-shirts. Designed by UTILE

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    A3 poster. Risograph print on GF Smith Munken 170gsm with hand stamped Astrophonica logo. Designed by UTILE. Printed by 12 — B.

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    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    140g Black vinyl pressing, black inners in Astrophonica House bag, premium reverse board 3mm spined sleeve. Sleeve & Labels created from Risograph print processes by UTILE. Vinyl mastered and cut by Lewis at Star Delta.

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    Limited Edition handmade T-Shirts. Shapeshifter design in High quality print on white 100% cotton heavyweight Gildan Softstyle T-shirts. Designed by UTILE

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shapeshifter EP via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Limited Edition 12" Vinyl
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    140g Black vinyl pressing, black inners in Astrophonica House bag, premium reverse board 3mm spined sleeve. Sleeves & Labels created from Risograph print processes by UTILE. Vinyl mastered and cut by Lewis at Star Delta.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shapeshifter EP via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Sold Out

  • Limited Edition A3 Risograph Print Poster
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    A3 poster. Risograph print on GF Smith Munken 170gsm with hand stamped Astrophonica logo. Designed by UTILE. Printed by 12 — B.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shapeshifter EP via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Sold Out

  • Bundle #3 // 12" Vinyl LP + A3 Risograph Print Poster
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    140g Black vinyl pressing, black inners in Astrophonica House bag, premium reverse board 3mm spined sleeve. Sleeves & Labels created from Risograph print processes by UTILE. Vinyl mastered and cut by Lewis at Star Delta.

    +

    A3 poster. Risograph print on GF Smith Munken 170gsm with hand stamped Astrophonica logo. Designed by UTILE. Printed by 12 — B.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Shapeshifter EP via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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about

Astrophonica welcomes Lewis James to the fold with the Shapeshifter EP. A professional sound designer and life long musician, London-based Lewis James first appeared on the label via the Gradients compilation in early 2017. With this EP he celebrates his love of jungle and drum & bass across four tracks that combine analogue and digital processes to create what he calls, "a spaced out identity, somewhere between science fiction and the dancefloor."

The title track opens with a wide, cinematic and laid back feel -- floating arpeggios, processed guitars and bowed viol, effected vocals -- before living up to its name with a subtle switch towards tougher, rhythm driven movement. "Ferro" picks up the action further with an homage to the classic drum & bass formula of combining starkly different moods between the intro and the core of the track. Here it all begins with a bright, lush opening, a gradual walk into the light before descending into the pits of a smoky, 3am dancefloor with punchy breaks and a call and response between rubbery bass and grinding synth lines. Come back up for breath halfway through and then dive in again.

On the B side, "Your Love Is A Power" aims for the sweet spot between classic jungle rinse out and catchy, ear-worm pop. Built around a beautiful vocal performance from Dan Dans K, the track marries the energy of jungle -- the simplicity of an amen smashed over a reece bass -- with the emotional power of a top 40 pop song. It's simple but highly effective. The EP closes on a high note with "Turbo", a punishing beatdown of 808 drums and acid melodies with enough switches to keep the most adventurous of listeners of their toes.

With the Shapeshifter EP, Astrophonica continues its exploration of cosmic electronic music. All four tracks display the evident love Lewis James has for the possibilities offered by the 160-170 tempo alongside a fascinating attention to detail and an ear for brilliant, cinematic moments.

credits

released October 13, 2017

Written & Produced by Lewis James.
Vocals on Your Love Is a Power by Danielle Kranendonk

Artwork by Utile Creative
Mastered by Robert Macciocchi @ SC Mastering
Vinyl Mastering & Cut by Lewis Hopkin @ Star Delta

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Lewis James London, UK

Lewis James is a musician and sound designer from Dublin, Ireland.
He released his first EP on Tokyo’s Raid System in 2012, Followed by
several releases on Original Cultures / shoot recordings / CosmoNostro / Low Riders Recordings / Astrophonica.
His unique approach to combining the worlds of Music and Sound Design is
the keystone of his colourful, intense and sometimes sometimes surreal
sound.
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