If you’ve ever read any of our myriad articles about Dutch Disco producer Shook stretching back the past three years you’ll have noticed a constant running through our commentary on his career. We haven’t shut up about what an amazing musician he is. Shook isn’t hunched over a laptop hammering Ableton’s ‘key lock’ and hoping for the best, this guy is a extremely talented multi-instrumentalist and that has always shone though in his music. From his glorious key playing to the complex arrangements, Shook really is a ‘musician’s’ Disco producer, and this week he dropped his long, long, awaited début full length record delivering just under an hour of smooth Moog Funk and vintage robotic Disco sounds.
The self-titled album kicks holds a few tracks we’re already familiar with, kicking off with the excellent Tonight, a vocoder fuelled slice of Boogie that will instantly lift your mood with it’s emotional chorus, setting you up for the rest of the album. Keys Of Light, the first of our brand new treats, mixes rich, twisted, synth Funk bass with a solid Disco groove before giving way to Changing Wind, a hypnotic retro tune that mixes in a slight House vibe amongst the slap bassing and rousing strings to become your new default soundtrack for long journeys. Walking To The Sun brings back vocals into Shook’s world, resulting in a lazy and playful sunset tune that retains it’s funk in the fact of pulled back tempos and a blissful combination of flute and electric piano. Possibly a tribute to the synth of the same name, Wasp is all squelchy, borderline Acidic riffs the collide with a 70s groove that blends seamlessly into Cloud Symphony, the albums mid-point and a multi layered concert of synths that lets Shook’s hands dance across the keys as only he can. The B-Side to Shook’s Ronika featuring Distorted Love, Love For You is up next with it’s Yacht vibe and hazy vocals, followed by the smooth and romantic low tones of Her Eyes and it’s barroom piano refrain. It’s Alright, another bass slapping, Moog funking, head nodder signifies the albums home stretch, as the tempos increases, the grooves become more irresistible and we keep dancing. Garota ’92 sees Shook playing with a little Tropical sound, showing when he turns his hand to Beach Disco, Shook is up there with the best when it comes to laid back summery vibes. Summer Heat, Shook’s most recent tune is saves for almost last, as with most ‘best’ things, as it’s one of the highlights of an album full of highlights before the album play out with Shook doing what Shook does beast, deeply emotional, spacy, electronic Disco with musical ability at the fore. This is a pretty amazing record, and one that should keep you going for the rest of the summer. Reverential of the history of Disco while also knowing what is wanted on Summer dancefloors, this is the album Random Access Memories should have been,
♫ Shook – Tonight
♫ Summer Heat (Album Version)
♫ Shook – Love For You
♫ Shook – Garota ’92
Shook’s self-titled début album is out now.
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