Timo Maas is making the S-Man Heartbreaka Instrumental remix of Shifter available for streaming on the internet. The S-Man (aka Roger Sanchez) instrumental is only available on the 12" vinyl double pack for the new single Shifter.
Weve been a little bit evil weve eaten a couple of tablespoons full of funk. Timo Maas
After the Top 15 success of the grindingly dirty To Get Down, and delightfully protean debut album LOUD, Timo Maas returns on April 29th with the cool electro-garage-funk of Shifter, featuring the icily lithe vocal talents of a certain MC Chickaboo.
Over an alarmingly futuristic vortex of Timos wub n hard beats, idiosyncratic squelches and teutonic techno-trickery, Chickaboo a Grace Jones for the UK garage generation comes across both whisperingly suggestive and nonchalantly seductive: Were so slick we slip and slide. And no-one can accuse Shifter of simply carrying on from where To Get Down left off: youd be hard pushed to find a guitar riff or grungy vocal across the four slither-some minutes of this slippery classic. Timo finally crashed into the mainstream earlier this year with the aforementioned To Get Down, which peaked at No. 14 in the charts, and, with its enigmatic and disturbingly elusive promo, prompted some speculation in the mainstream press as to whom this new mystery act actually was. Was it a band? Or a solo act?
The answers both of course, as Timo Maas the act consists of both the superstar DJ/ producer and his (studio) partner in crime, Martin Buttrich, with whom he has co-written and produced the critically acclaimed LOUD, which also features collaborations with Kelis and Finlay Quaye. And Chickaboo? This Birmingham-born, ex-Blue Note MC is one girl with something on her mind: Shifter is about sex. Slippy, sleazey sex. Its about me being different, its about all the different sides to my personality, its about shape-shifting, its about confidence, its about believing you can get any person in the world. Heartbreaka? Timo is currently on the road, touring the UKs student and alternative rock venues, with his customized 10 ft steel and glass DJ booth. He is supported by Starecase and Jean Jacques Smoothie.
Shifter was released on April 29th