Dan Shake (UK) (Fri 08/03)
Dan Shake started his story with a CD keenly thrust into the hand of a surprisingly reciprocal and un-moody Moodymann, who welcomed this bright-eyed kid from across the Atlantis into his Detroit family with a release on the fêted Mahogani Music. 3AM Jazz Club / Thinkin About U carved out some early notoriety as the record reached ubiquity on house dancefloors in 2014, spun by every DJ worth their salt and with an eyebrow-raising story worth repeating. Heads were turned, a scene was set. If you impress the masters straight out the gate, you must be doing something right, right? Right.
Rather than become an albatross around his neck, Shake made it into a springboard for his ambitions to work crowds the world over. As a producer, he has a knack for seizing the joy in the funk, disco and soul rarities of yore and placing those samples in a refreshed context: sending an electric jolt of 303 through it, perhaps, adding extra weight in the low-end or a dusting of filter as it swirls toward a climax. Even as releases piled up year on year – disco-accented, dubwise collaborations with Medlar; the first in a series of twitchy edits on the Shake Tapes white label; the Ibiza-conquering acid banger of “Claudia’s Trip” – Shake’s expertise as a DJ began to match his production chops. This was a necessary second side to what he offers, making a harmonious whole of what Dan Shake represents: an explosion of colour, variety and flavour, driven by a curiosity of how people move, why they move, and what makes them want to keep moving.
Trust in the DJ iteration of Shake quickly forged with promoters and festivals like Dimensions, Secretsundaze, Worldwide and Glastonbury, in particular becoming a fixture at hedonist paradise Block9 / NYC Downlow, as strong a vote of confidence as you can get from the most sweaty, clued-up, keen-for-rapture dancers on earth. In hock with the best DJs of the era, the Antals and Gilles Petersons and Josey Rebelles, Shake can cooly open up a warp tunnel between 1978 and 2018, between Brazilian samba and Dutch acid, between a heaving techno tunnel and a balmy Barca backstreet, with the sound of congas echoing from overhead balconies. Once he hits a peak of energy, he’s going to stay there and he’s going to keep you there for hours. It’s easy to picture him, jostling and jacking on a rotary mixer and delay pedal, eking the juice out of every record in the booth, just as he does in the studio.
Supported by: Nicole Fliev SNB Dancing in Space DJs
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