Format: 12″ / Digital
Release date: 12″ 7 Nov 2011 / iTunes & Beatport 21 Nov 2011
Mysterious and mercurial Dutch producer Shook returns with his hotly anticipated ‘Rise & Fall EP’.
‘The Glow EP’ established Shook as a prodigious talent, creating a veritable storm on the blogs. Taking in a range of influences from the musicality of early 80s soul and boogie through to the dance-floor sensibility of French house and electro, the EP drew acclaim from the likes of Ed Banger glitterati Kavinsky and Breakbot, Louis La Roche and many more. Mixmag were quick to feature Shook in their Keep An Eye On section and remix requests flooded in from Ellie Goulding to Phoenix to Penguin Prison to MIA. ‘The Rise & Fall EP’ finds Shook in a transitional mode, as the sound of ‘The Glow’ has been refined and honed into something more mature, dramatic and powerful.
Opening track ‘Through The Fire’ sets the scene with a stadium rock-esque intro giving way to an assured mid tempo groover with a keen sense of drama and tension. ‘Hold Tight’ is the EP’s love letter to the 80s boogie sound reflected in Shook’s music. It’s a funky, filtered work out building to a crescendo of Rhodes chords and clavi solos. ‘Rise & Fall’ continues with a tough 80s funk sound, while Shook runs wild on the keys. ‘She’s Waiting’ is a carefree jam based around a catchy keyboard hook and vocal snippet, showcasing a softer side of Shook. ‘Picture Moment’ rounds off the EP, all finger snaps and heartfelt keys, a sensitive, expansive ballad.
In the contemporary musical landscape between the nu-boogie scene headed up by artists such as Dam Funk, and the French house disciples such as Breakbot, Shook is a single-minded artist carving out a niche all of his own.
Mixmag “Shook is a Dutch producer who has received props from the Ed Banger crew and it’s not hard to hear why. He specialises in peak-time boogie that is pretty irresistible and the full effect of his sound can be felt in his forthcoming ‘Rise And Fall’ EP. It’s out on November 7 on Epicenter and comprises five tracks of disco-electro gold.”
Download: Shook – Hold Tight
1. Through The Fire
2. Hold Tight
3. Rise And Fall
4. She’s Waiting
5. Picture Moment