Heaviness, riffs, psychedelic, science-fiction... SLIFT’s progressive sound is a colorful and legendary journey to the edge of kraut and stoner rock. From the many shows performed across Europe - sharing the stage with Jon Spencer, DeWolff or Mars Red Sky - to the KEXP session (December 2019 during Les Trans Musicales), the French trio launched an outstanding astral adventure.
SLIFT released their debut EP ‘Space Is The Key’ in June 2017 via Howlin Banana (France) and Exag’ Records (Belgium). Inspired by Alain Damasio’s sci-fi novels and Pierre Ferrero’s illustration work, ‘Space Is The Key’ is a raucous wall of sound and energy. The five nervous tracks are loaded up with fuzz mayhem and maniac beats sharp enough to knock your head off spinning with their hypnotic riffs.
In 2018, Toulouse-based outer space jammers released their first LP ‘La Planète Inexplorée’, helped by garage rock producer Lo’Spider (The Monsters, Aqua Nebula Oscillator, Magnetix) and Jim Diamond (Fleshtones, Sonics, White Stripes) from the mighty Ghetto Recorders, Detroit. The record is the result of many overnight improvised sessions, probably due to their obsession with the krautrock scene and the 70s free jazz albums. Made of sci-fi digressions, the lyrics are about creating space warps and waking up ice giants after a millennia sleeping on a distant planet.
In February 2020, SLIFT released a space odyssey about Titans: ‘Ummon’. Delivered through Vicious Circle Records (France) and Stolen Body Records (UK), the double LP is a powerful blend of acid krautrock and cosmic jazz, that highlights heavy and saturated guitars, huge bass vibrations escaping from the Minas Morgül's dungeons and Nostromo’s drums travelling at the speed of light.
SLIFT's Levitation Session (watch videos 'Ummon' and 'Heavy Road'), recorded early 2021 at 'La Boule' in Toulouse, France is being released on a beautiful and exclusive gatefold double vinyl edition - Half & Half Clear & Gold with Heavy Black Splatter. Pre-order now! Limited edition of 500 copies, only available on the Vicious Circle webstore. Shipping planned on January 2022.
SLIFT recorded and filmed a 70-minute live for the glorious Levitation Sessions in a crazy location in the south of France ("La Boule", CEMES - CNRS, Toulouse). The first single "Heavy Road" is available now on video, pending the full livestream on June 5th at 7pm! Tickets and merchandising for the event (vinyls, cassettes, posters, t-shirts, bundle, etc.) are available here.
Vicious Circle Records is teaming up with famed UK/US record store chain Rough Trade to release an exclusive limited edition of SLIFT's latest album Ummon in the fall. Pre-order now! Edition of 300 copies, splatter gatefold double vinyl.
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Pre-order now the new SLIFT's album, UMMON, and receive it on February 24th, a few days before the official release date. Shipped with sticker and postal card SLIFT.
Available on : CD (Digipak - 2 panels - uncoated paperboard - poster/booklet included) - DOUBLE VINYL (12" - gatefold sleeve - uncoated paperboard - printed inner sleeves - 2 black vinyls - download coupon included) - WHITE DOUBLE VINYL LIMITED EDITION (same than standard but with 2 white vinyls) - TAPE (white color)
SLIFT shares today 'Hyperion' official video, created by Dimitri Thouzery and Guthio, freely inspired by The Bird of Dust (Philippe Caza, Métal Hurlant, 1977). The track is taken from SLIFT's new album UMMON, to be released on February 28th 2020.
Vicious Circle is very excited to welcome the French rock-trio SLIFT, for a new record coming by early 2020!
A deafening mass of sonic magma, epic fuzz guitar flying over the fearsome motorik machine of bass and drum. The fervent swayed hips and crazy energy are resolutely garage, but the psychedelic music of 70's (kraut and space rock at the top of line) is never far.
• New album coming early 2020 via Vicious Circle
• First single soon
• Live at Trans Musicales Festival, December 7th 2019
• On tour in 2020
PRE-ORDER NOW - 8 SONGS - 75 MIN
Delivery planned on January 2022
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LIMITED EDITION: 500 COPIES
AVAILABLE ON: DOUBLE VINYL SPLATTER (12" - two vinyls 'Half & Half Clear & Gold with Heavy Black Splatter' - gatefold sleeve)
TRACKLIST: 1. Ummon (6:33) / 2. It's Coming... (10:58) / 3. Thousand Helmets of Gold (6:12) / 4. Citadel on a Satellite (15:02) / 5. Hyperion (4:38) / 6. Heavy Road (8:11) / 7. Altitude Lake (6:04) / 8. Lions, Tigers and Bears (18:03)
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"This set was recorded and filmed at the CEMES laboratory, in Toulouse, south of France. The place is called "La Boule", and the structures you see behind us are the top of an old particle microscope. The sound turns infinitely in this sphere of aluminum. We wanted to confront our songs with this environment full of endless echoes and noises. Thank you very much to our crew, LEVITATION, and all the good people at CEMES, it was an intense sonic and physical experience for us, we hope you'll enjoy watching it. Can't wait to play for y'all in real life, but until this day arrives... We salute you, from the deep space and the night !” - SLIFT
Jean - guitar, vox, synth / Rémi - bass, vox / Canek - drums
Recorded by Benoit Gibertaud in La Boule at CEMES-CNRS laboratory, Toulouse, France / Mixed and Mastered by Jim Diamond.