Dan Shake’s best known as one of the first non-Detroit artists which Moodyman signed up to his recognisable Mahogany label. Moodyman is an excellent tastemaker, who takes on a mysterious character whilst DJing, as he often covers his face to take the focus away from himself and shift that to the music. Hailing from the famous birth place of house music; Detroit, Moodyman’s fantastic soul groove driven albums and commitment have earnt him tremendous respect within the industry. Tracks such as ‘Shades of Jae’ and “I’m doing fine” from his ‘Black Mahogani’ album rarely seem to miss a dancefloor. So, it was a pretty big deal for Dan Shake to receive such high praise for his demo CD, from an industry favourite. Dan shake went on to bring 3AM Jazz Club in 2014 which left house heads with their tails up, and from then on, he’s been a steady rise.
We now begin 2018 with Dan Shake’s boastful 3-track EP named ‘Shakes on the plane’. Magic Marcel and Wake Bake & Shake seems to take a lot of influence from old school 70s disco tracks with, with slow groovin percussion bells and claps being an important feature in both. Magic Marcel especially is rather a slow warming burner, with the bass guitar and claps giving the track an easy funky groove throughout. Dan cleverly uses a low-pitched filter to switch the focus from the vocals, as well as for momentum. ‘The Bee won’ is a high energy, floor shaking banger! Reminiscent of some techno tunes at 127bpm, the tracks start with a strong 1 beat kick drums, whilst it gradually builds momentum with some layered fast Congo drums, as well as looped vocals giving the track an infectious feel-good rhythm, making it difficult not to two-step to.
Have a listen for yourself: