Boomkat Product Review:
35 tracks of classic, untouchable tracks from Anthony 'Shake' Shakir's Frictional vaults - all of them long long long unavailable on any format and including a previously unreleased track.
Shake's influence is irrevocably written through the last 20 years of dance music history. From his earliest roles cutting tape and assisting the earliest productions of Derrick May and Juan Atkins, to managing the office of Metroplex and appearing on the seminal 'Techno! The New Dance Sound Of Detroit' compilation, his integral participation in a major musical movement is hugely respected by those in the know, but largely underappreciated by nearly everyone else.
These 35 tracks go a long way to redress the balance, giving credence to an artist hailed as a massive influence by everyone from Autechre to Smith 'n Hack, T++ to Cooly G. The guy is simply a rhythm master in the truest sense of the word. His beats are crafted with a funky sleight-of-hand and inimitable flex that blatantly comes from his past, splicing inches of tape and manipulating hardware, while also informed by a knowledge of the rhythm mechanics that make up the classic soul, disco, industrial and synth music which coalesced into techno and house around early 80's Detroit and Chicago.
Whether it's the filtered jack beats of 'The Floor Filler', the electric gremlins weaved into the disco magic of '...Like A Dream' or the percolatin' trademark 'Frictionalized', Shake sets his own agenda built on masterful sampling and edit techniques. It's this innate understanding, alloyed with the ebullient personality that imbues his tracks with so much melodic character, which makes them fearsomely effective dancefloor tools, and charmingly unique artifacts of a modern black art.