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Anthony Shake Shakir – Frictionalism Remixes Part 2 review

We’ve said numerous times how great it is that Rush Hour have devoted such time and resources to celebrating the long and distinguished career of Anthony ‘Shake’ Shakir. Through the essential Frictionalism 1994-2009 box set and their ongoing remix project, the Dutch label is providing a fitting tribute to one of Detroit’s most talented, but often least celebrated, producers. About time, too.

Here, the legendary Amsterdam house music empire continues to hand over some of Shakir’s best works to a new breed of producers. Where the first part veered off in thrilling new directions via rubs from Space Dimension Controller and the oh-so-talented Falty DL, this second Frictionalism Remixes release brings Shakir back to more familiar thumping territory with two techno reworks from MRSK and Skudge.

The latter kick off proceedings with their “Floor Killer Version” of “The Floorfiller”. It’s no-nonsense European techno of the sort that would surely impress Shakir, all endless bump, ricocheting riffs, snappy snare builds and hissing cymbals. It has the feel of a mildly foreboding late night encounter with a mirror – that uncomfortable moment when you realize just what six hours locked into Skudge’s grooves has done to your previously angelic, unblemished appearance.

There’s a similar paranoia-inducing feel to MRSK’s rework of “Travellers”. It’s nowhere near as intense as the A – for starters, there’s oodles of funk in the bowel-bothering bassline and great use of Shakir’s carefully crafted Detroitian hooks and melodies – but it will still cause a few nervous looks on darkened dancefloors before the year is out.

Matt Anniss