Shapeshifter - Soulstice (2LP)
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Soulstice takes in influences from the world’s of soul, reggae, funk, rock and of course drum and bass, all rounded off with a superb sonic quality, unique to this band. Soulstice obtained Gold sales status in New Zealand in three weeks and has since achieved Platinum sales. Shapeshifter were awarded a phenomenal 3 awards at the New Zealand bnet (independent) music awards for Best Live Act, Song of the Year for “Bring Change” and Album of the Year for Soulstice and the New Zealand Music Award for Best Electronic Album.
At once 'Soulstice' strikes the listener with its mature grasp on songwriting & the breadth of their sonic palette, which encompasses their signature d&b sound, blended with a range of complimentary genres. The sound is wider, more inclusive & with a far greater instrumentation than previously, as the band move their sound to another level altogether.
'Soulstice' also features a much greater & more varied vocal contribution from P Digsss, who has developed into a genuine superstar. Further vocal contributions come from some of NZ's top soul vocalists, including Ladi6, KP [Sunshine Soundsystem] & Kye [Budspells]. Other featured artists include Isaac Aesili [Solaa, Opensouls] on trumpet, Warren Maxwell [Fat Freddy's Drop, Little Bushmen] on flute & Dave Wright [Solaa] on keys, while production duties were more than capably handled by Evan Short [Concord Dawn].