Shift Mojo’s most recent offering, the three-track EP ‘Autonomous Defector’ has seen him venture into more glitchy, psychedelic territory.
Atlanta artist Shift Mojo has been changing his style even more than his name might suggest. Initially coming up in the world of progressive house and club music, his most recent offering, the three-track EP “Autonomous Defector” has seen him venture into more glitchy, psychedelic territory. Drawing influences from names like Tipper, Psymbionic, and Kalya Scintilla; this EP hints at an unexplored world of the imagination behind Shift Mojo’s music, and is a first new step into a more organic and complex soundscape than his early work displayed.
The first track “Breathless Disconnect” whistles and churns an ear worm melody that gets the head nodding with ambient pads and foley effects that make the lilting beat more musical and enjoyable. “Autonomous Defector,” the title track, takes things to a darker place with a more strongly stepped beat. The mood is still airy and clean, but there is an undercurrent of wet, sticky bass that grounds and sustains the upper reaches of the track. Full of dynamic textures, this track shows off Shift Mojo’s natural musicality and tells the best story to be found on the EP. The third track, “Digital Braincase,” is a bright, low-fi glitch track that echos back to Shift Mojo’s early roots in house and chiptune. It’s not the sort of track that will crush any dance floors, but the harmonic warblings are a good look into the erratic but cheerful mind of their creator.
This EP is very similar in some ways to many West Coast artists, but is a unique collection of sounds for an Atlanta artist and shows the influence that the psychedelic wave of electronic music has had across the country. This is certainly music for thinkers and dreamers, not club kids, but it is also most certainly dance music. As 2017 winds down, Shift Mojo will surely be preparing for a long Winter in the studio, getting ready for a very busy 2018.