release "Lola's Theme" next week (July 12th), a track many tipping to be the biggest dance anthem of the summer.
When Shapeshifters, aka Simon Marlin and Max Reich, put out a few promo copies of their debut single at the end of 2003, an instrumental track entitled 'Lola's Theme' (inspired by Lola, Simon's wife), little did they realise exactly how well it would be received. It's funky groove, lush strings, and uplifting vibe proved irresistible.
The underground buzz over a handful of copies soon became a tidal wave of fevered discussion and anticipation. DJ's, music fans, and clubbers across the world clamoured for a copy or at least a listen of the track from dance music's hottest new band.
As the initial hype for the single snowballed, Simon and Max had yet to decide on a vocalist, having only put out the instrumental to test the water. Realising events had moved quickly, the pair began auditioning various singers. When a mutual friend introduced them to a renowned young Gospel singer, Cookie, they realised they'd found the perfect voice for 'Lola's Theme'. Cookie, a member of the highly respected London Community Gospel choir, has sung and recorded live with Kylie, Ms Dynamite, and Depeche Mode, and her vocal style fitted the track perfectly. After several sessions in their West London studio, the full vocal was finished and ready to unleash to a highly expectant world.
'Lola's Theme' has since received heavy plays on Radio 1 courtesy of Pete Tong, Seb Fontaine, and Judge Jules; and picked up plays across the country.
Current Shapeshifters remixes include Danny Howells 'Dusk Til Dawn' & George Michael's 'Flawless'.