profile : SHIFT K3Y

Lewis Shay Jankel (born 27 May 1993), known by his stage name Shift K3Y, is an English DJ, producer, singer and songwriter from London.

He is best known for his 2014 single “Touch“, which peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

Jankel released his debut EP Step in the City on 12 December 2011, through Marco Del Horno’s record label Bullet Train.

“Manage Ya”, one of the EP tracks, was supported by BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJs including MistaJam and Toddla T. 

On 23 July 2012, he released his second EP Left and Right with the label. Throughout the year, he released many remixes and bootlegs.

Towards the end of 2012, he gained the attention of Borgore‘s record label Buygore and his song “Wiggle With It” featured exclusively on the label’s Buygore Allstars Vol. 1 compilation.

He released his third EP Let You Down through Buygore, and the track “Geeky Playtime” gained exposure through being uploaded to UKF.

In 2013, Jankel changed his stage name from Shift Key to Shift K3Y. In March 2013, he released his fourth EP Frozen, through Buygore.

He remixed Tinie Tempah‘s song “Trampoline“, which was premiered by SB.TV (as the first of their SB.TV Beats features) and topped the Beatport hip hop charts.

He also remixed AlunaGeorge‘s “Attracting Flies“, and the remix was heavily supported by 1Xtra.

Throughout 2013, he released three free singles: “Keep Ya Mouth Shut (Things People Say)” featuring Griminal; “Make It Good”; and “Laughing At You” which features vocals by his girlfriend Ruby Francis.

On 13 April 2014, he released his breakthrough single “Touch“. On 16 April 2014, the song was at number 3 on The Official Chart Update in the UK.

On 20 April 2014, the song managed to maintain its position and entered the UK Singles Chart at number 3, making it his first UK top 5 single.

The follow-up single, “I Know”, was released on 21 September 2014. It reached number 25 on the UK Singles Chart.

A non-single, titled “Not Into It (LA Mix)”, samples vocals from “Long Way 2 Go” by Cassie and premiered on Annie Mac‘s Radio 1 show on 10 October 2014.

Jankel’s third mainstream single, “Name & Number“, will be released on 3 May 2015.

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D i s c o g r a p h y 

Extended plays

Title Details
Step in the City
Left and Right
  • Released: 23 July 2012
  • Label: Bullet Train
  • Format: Digital download

The Musicool (with Marcus Clarke)
  • Released: 2012
  • Format: Free digital download
Let You Down
  • Released: 19 November 2012
  • Label: Buygore
  • Format: Digital download
  • Released: 25 March 2013
  • Label: Buygore
  • Format: Digital download


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK UK Dance
2014 Touch 3 3 6 Non-album singles
“I Know” 25 6 23
2015 Name & Number
“—” denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

Promotional singles

Year Title Album
2013 “Keep Ya Mouth Shut (Things People Say)”
(featuring Griminal)
Non-album singles
“Make It Good”
“Laughing at You”
(featuring Ruby Francis)
2014 “Not Into It”


Year Song Artist
2012 Party(Bootleg) Beyoncé
(featuring André 3000)
Straight to the Bank(Bootleg) 50 Cent
Soldier(Bootleg) Destiny’s Child
(featuring T.I. and Lil Wayne)
Thong Song(Bootleg) Sisqó
“Airwave Hustler” Mercedes
(with Linden Jay)
Marcus James

013 Get Right(Bootleg) Jennifer Lopez
Attracting Flies AlunaGeorge
Trampoline Tinie Tempah
(featuring 2 Chainz)
Change Your Life Iggy Azalea

2014 Touch Shift K3Y
Wrote a Song About You MNEK
Get Low Dillon Francis & DJ Snake
“Change” Mapei
“I Know” Shift K3Y
“You & I (Forever)” Jessie Ware

2015 Talking Body Tove Lo


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