Premiere: Shifting Gears – Evil


Eyes heavily lidded and dark, his stare bore an intensity that made her feel as though he were looking directly into her soul. She’d been warned about him, many had told her stories that would make your toes curl, but she’d decided to ignore them. The desire to know more about him seemed to trump these “tall tales” of evil and devilish acts. In fact, it only peaked her intrigue…

After making his debut on Amsterdam’s MUSAR Recordings last year with his Zangai EP, Tokyo-based producer Hoshina Anniversary returns under a new alias, Shifting Gears. Taking his name from Johnny Hammond’s 1975 Gears LP, the moniker sees him draw on the principles of jazz and raw musicianship, which are blended with the club sounds he’s become synonymous with on his releases for ESP Institute and Safe Trip. Across his new EP, Evil, he continues his use of traditional Japanese instruments, this time matching them with jazz keys and bass lines, all underpinned by nods to Chicago house.