The Shift

The Shift

BandEDM

The Shift combine electronic and live instrumentation over driving house-inspired beats, and funky downtempo rhythms. Starting out as an experimental live/dj act, the Brooklyn group has since evolved into a tight 6-piece band. Their LP, 'Modified Times', debuted June '07 at #25 on the CMJ RPM Chart.

Biography

Debuting at #25 on the CMJ RPM Chart, "The Shift kind of blew most of the rest of the new-music pile away." (RPM Director, WEFT - June, 2007)

The Shift combine electronic and live instrumentation over driving house-inspired beats, and funky downtempo rhythms. Starting out as an experimental live/dj act, the Brooklyn group has since evolved into a tight six-piece band.

This expanded lineup cements The Shift's stellar live show and has been featured at a series of high-profile events, including two-to-four-thousand attendance events at the D.U.M.B.O. Lunatarium, a prime spot at the Second Sunrise Festival and multiple venues in Manhattan [Lion’s Den, Ace of Clubs], and Brooklyn [Galapagos, Sputnik, Sugar Factory, Brooklyn Lyceum].

In 2004, the first of the full band's vinyl releases began to receive critical acclaim across the boards. 'Soulville' was described as "laid-back, with midtempo beats and a live-sounding feel that fans of Eighteenth Street Lounge Music should dig" (URB Magazine).

In 2005, The Shift released their next single 'Cruisn', on Blunted Funk Recordings; "...that funky soulful house thing they do so well" (DJ Times). Featuring "utterly amazing" (DJ Times) remixes by John Larner, Scottie B and Tempas, the record sold out in a matter of weeks. XLR8R Magazine described the release as "sax and Rhodes keyboard flourishes over their scissor-clipped vocals and deep-dipping bass throbs...utterly amazing...cruise to this."

Both of these cuts appear on their first LP, 'Modified Times', where The Shift display "they have all the elements to make quality music of nearly any sort." (DJ Times)

Lyrics

Never Enough

Written By: Brian Fegan

There's something going on between us now
I can't stop it
A bubble of tension floating around
Why not pop it?
Don't ask why, 'cause it can't be known
There's no use in trying
You're a vacuum of emotion, a faceless drone
You feel like you're flying
But the heat makes me want to get down
My skin starts to melt
Just think about it, it'll all make sense
You'll feel what I've felt

Get inside, get inside
Never enough, its never enough

When its over, I try to catch my breath
Its one step ahead
Racing forward keeping its distance
So I stop instead
Try to scream, as my heart grows so still
My fingers go numb
I black out in spite of myself
Leave you there in the sun
But the heat makes me wanna slow down
So all this can end
Just when I thought I could take no more
I'm ready again

Get inside, get inside
Never enough, no its never enough
Never satisfied

Come Down

Written By: Chris Tempas

Why don't you come down?
You're makin a scene
Just admit to yourself
It was all just a dream
Why don't you come down?
It was all just a lie
She never thought twice of you
So why don't you just try
To just come down
Stop feeding the beast
Its gonna bite you in the ass just to say the least
If you don't come down
I'm tellin you how
Just resist a bit a little bit and get started now

Why don't you come down?
It was all just a game
This obsession is sick
It'll drive you insane
Why don't you come down?
Your head's full of noise
If you open your eyes you'll see
She's out with other boys
So just come down
Empty your mind
Its gonna drive you mad my man
You've got to unwind
So just come down
I'm tellin you how
Just resist a bit a little bit and get started now

Discography

Modified Times LP – Blunted Funk Recordings
Crusin' EP – Blunted Funk Recordings
Soulville EP – Blunted Funk Recordings

Set List

Typically, we play a 60-70 minute set with 75% vocal and 25% instrumental tunes. But we have enough material to play for 2 hours if necessary.

We play a mixture of funky house and downtempo, and focus more on either style depending upon the specific gig/room we're playing. Lately, we've been adding more vocal songs to our catalogue.

4.20.2007, Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY:
phone song >
oscillator
never enough
spies
shapes
quasi >
green means go >
abyss
solit
come down