Shifted Under a Single Banner

Shifted Under a Single Banner
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Shifted's latest outing is the sound of hard and fidgety industrial techno mediated and altered by an atmosphere of submersion. Though the pulsing sonic rubble occasionally surfaces to resounding club-ready crescendos, very little of the clear-cut dance floor orientation remains of the shadowy producer's well-known EPs and singles. That's not to say the album is soft; all the tracks have the same relentless urgency and anxious hypnotism that has typified his previous cuts. A precise balance characterizes Under A Single Banner. On one hand the album seeks to explore the darker experimental sound that has so recently inundated techno, yet Shifted deftly avoids falling into self-indulgent obscurity or well-worn industrial tropes. Under A Single Banner has all the characteristics of a great techno album: it's a unified statement, explored to its limit and engaging to the end. (Bed of Nails)