The Shapeshifters is the current alias of English house producer Simon Marlin and a former duo comprising Marlin and Swedish producer Max Reich, from Gothenburg. The Shapeshifters have been signed to Defected Records since 2008, and the duo were previously signed to Positiva. They are best known for their debut single “Lola’s Theme”, which went to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in July 2004. Formerly producing and touring as a duo with Max Reich, Simon Marlin has continued working and performing under the Shapeshifters moniker as a solo act since 2017.
The Shapeshifters are best known for their debut single “Lola’s Theme”, which went to #1 on the UK Singles Chart in July 2004. The track was originally released as an instrumental promo in 2003 and was inspired by Simon’s ex-wife, Lola. The name “Lola’s Theme” was originally a working title for this record; Lola is Simon Marlin’s wife, and it was while listening to her record collection that the initial idea for the track was conceived. She appears handing out candy floss in the music video.
“Lola’s Theme” features a sample from the introduction of Johnnie Taylor’s R&B hit of 1982, “What About My Love”, and it was originally released at the end of 2003 on their own Nocturnal Groove label as a mostly instrumental track featuring a vocal sample taken from Anthony White’s “Love Me Tonight”. Due to its immense popularity, “Lola’s Theme” was licensed from Nocturnal Groove to Positiva Records.