Anthony “Shake” Shakir – Frictionalism 1994-2009

July 7, 2010

Though not nearly as well-known as, for instance, Carl Craig, Anthony “Shake” Shakir nevertheless stands right up there as one of the giants of Detroit techno. And Shakir also shares with Craig a notable willingness to take chances, to branch out and experiment.

As evidenced on this career-so-far summary, the 3-cd set “Frictionalism 1994-2009.” Thirty-five tracks, some of them, I believe, available on cd for the first time, running 3 1/2 hours. It is fantastic to have them all collected here, both to study and enjoy. One of my favorites, “Here, There & Nowhere,” brings the soulfulness and swing of R&B and hip hop together with the technical precision of techno — like I said, taking chances, branching out, and experimenting.

Long live Anthony “Shake” Shakir!

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