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Boomkat Product Review:
Reissue of the killer debut solo EP by Anthony Shakir a.k.a. Shake, a foremost architect of OG Detroit house and techno
Produced in 1993 and out of print since 1996 (although we do remember a warehouse find turning up c. 2005), ‘5% Solution’ is one of the greatest examples of Detroit house at it’s futuristic, avant, and singular best.
The A-side throws down the title cut’s devilish breakbeat edits and speaker-worrying subbass growl in a freaky style that would become Shake’s calling card, while ‘Mindless Entertainment’ takes that subbass to shockingly heavy levels in the mix while the drums are chopped with a sleight of hand that’s got so much to answer for over the years. On the flip, the stop-start warehouse classic ‘Day Of Reckoning’ and the bleeping badboy ‘My Name Is Binky’ recalls to us many classic DJ Miles sets, and a time when Detroit house was hugely inventive.