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Don Froth, Reflexed EP

Don Froth revamps the title track of his Reflex EP, which failed to see vinyl release on UNO, with remixes by Anthony “Shake” Shakir and West Norwood Cassette Library’s Bob Bhamra.

Da Sampla, Westside Sessions

Anthony “Shake” Shakir’s rarest EP as Da Sampla gets reissued alongside a 7″ of newly released material as Westside Sessions, care of Kyle Halls’ Wild Oats imprint.

Madteo, ReCast

For evidence of Madteo’s pull within the house and techno community, witness the line-up of remixers on ReCast: Anthony “Shake” Shakir, Kassem Mosse, and Marcellus Pittman.

LWE Reflect On Our Favorite Podcasts

In celebration of our fast approaching 100th exclusive podcast, LWE’s staff has taken a look back at the first 99 and showcased some of our favorites so far. What’s more, we’ve made all of the podcasts featured here available for download for one more week.

Oni Ayhun, Anthony “Shake” Shakir, Meets BBC and Shangaan Electro

On the heels of Mark Ernestus’ kwaito-esque Meets BBC comes Meets BBC and Shangaan Electro, which pairs Detroit legend Anthony “Shake” Shakir and Swedish eccentric Oni Ayhun.

Talking Shop with FIT Sound/Distribution

LWE sat down Aaron Siegel of FIT Sound/Distribution and talked about his philosophies about hearing and sharing music; art, sound, and business; and Detroit’s insulated and protective musical culture.

LWE Podcast 42: Anthony “Shake” Shakir retires this week

LWE’s 42nd Podcast was created by one of Detroit techno’s founding fathers, Anthony “Shake” Shakir. Make sure to add this historic entry to your collection before it’s archived this Friday, April 8th.

BBH: Various Artists, NSC 1-4

More than ten years after its 1998 release, NSC 1-4 remains a testament to the relationship between the National Sound Corporation and Detroit techno’s luminaries.

Urban Tribe, Urban Tribe

Urban Tribe’s latest release arrives on Moodymann’s Mohagani Music label and feels more like a quaint document than a magnum opus, the techno equivalent of a living-room jam recorded on someone’s cheap tape deck.

LWE’s Movement 2010 Review

As May rolls around each year, many dance music fans in America and around the world instinctively reach for their wallets and begin making preparations for Detroit’s annual electronic music festival, Movement.

Anthony “Shake” Shakir, Arise

Whether out of self-censorship or plain old yacht rock ignorance, almost none of the press surrounding Anthony “Shake” Shakir’s Frictionalism 1994-2009 has mentioned that “Arise,” one of the retrospective’s standout inclusions, is basically just a beefed-up edit of the closing drum break from Steely Dan’s “Aja.” That’s right, techno brethren: Shake just made you listen to Steely Dan. Featuring the percussion acrobatics of legendary session drummer Steve Gadd (who, rock ‘n roll lore has it, pulled off his contribution to the eight-minute track in a single take), the title cut from the band’s 1977 album has always felt like something more than a guilty pleasure, a soft rock epic with enough funk and stoney strangeness to win over even the Dan’s most humorless anti-fans. And on a 1998’s …Waiting For Russell 12″ for his Frictional imprint, he officially brought Walter Becker’s and Donald Fagen’’s irony machine — perhaps the smoothest conceptual art project of all time — into the fold of his myriad influences.

LWE Does Unsound Festival New York

Since 2003, the Unsound Festival has been about bringing the disparate impulses inherent in electronic music under one roof — a music event urging you to scratch your chin one minute and dance your ass off the next. Presenting itself like a film festival but booked like a forward-thinking summertime weekender, Unsound has consistently showcased brilliant and challenging new sounds without ripping them from their underground trappings. Any music festival as likely to feature Sunn 0))) as Zomby is sure to pique my interest, but by nature of it happening in Krakow, Poland, its ridiculously open bookings stood quite a bit out of my reach. New York City — its population overeducated, overstimulated, and relatively accepting of high-end dance music thanks in no small part to Beyond Booking’s forward-thinking Bunker parties — always seemed like the perfect candidate for something like Unsound, and for a week in February 2010, my fair city got it. And not even a knock-off, either! The Unsound Festival New York brought a truly impressive and deliciously diverse line-up of electronic musicians — asking you to ponder, get down, or do both at once — to underground venues across Manhattan and Brooklyn. And I was lucky enough to trudge through New York’s famous February weather to witness the festival on Little White Earbuds’s behalf. (Very big ups are due to Gamall Awad of Backspin Promotions for making this possible.)

LWE Podcast 42: Anthony “Shake” Shakir

By now, any techno head should know that Anthony “Shake” Shakir was one of the music’s creators. It’s hard to resist mentioning that he had a track on that first Detroit techno compilation, that he put out a record on Metroplex, and so on. But the recent Frictionalism compilation on Rush Hour demonstrates that his significance doesn’t stop there. While Shake’s profile may not have blown up like some of his neighbors, his recorded output has arguably been more consistent than any other techno producer. Remarkably, his approach to production remains as singularly brilliant as ever — edges have not dulled, colors have not faded. Shake is one Detroit techno legend whose entry in the history books cannot yet be written; too much lies ahead. For instance, catch him DJing at the Bunker on February 12, as part of New York’s Unsound Festival, along with DJ Qu, Petre Inspirescu, Eric Cloutier, and schoolmate Mike Huckaby. Those unable to attend need not worry — LWE’s 42d Podcast is an exclusive mix straight from Shake’s decks. The urbane Mr. Shakir also took the time for an expansive discussion with LWE, on subjects ranging from Motown, to MIDI, to Mel Brooks.

Anthony “Shake” Shakir, Frictionalism 1994-2009

When reviewing Anthony “Shake” Shakir’s first release in four years last April, I quoted an interview in which Shakir described himself as “the forgotten man of techno.” I wonder how he feels about that statement now. The record reviewed, “Levitate Venice” ended up in any year-end list worth reading (including LWE’s), and was widely played and supported by artists and DJs from across the electronic music world, from Ben UFO to Ben Klock. Following up this renewal of interest in Shake’s work, and perhaps conscious of the inflated prices his music was beginning to fetch on the second-hard market, comes this full-fat retrospective from the good folk at Rush Hour. In the past, the Dutch label have given the anthology treatment to Rick Wade, Daniel Wang and Kenny Larkin amongst others, but never before in such exhaustive fashion.

LWE’s Top 25 Tracks of 2009 (20-16)

Duplex, Autosample EP

[Frantic Flowers] Dutch producers Chris Callahan and John Matze have been recording together as Duplex since 1997, though Matze’s work dates back to ’92. Drawing from the spacious well of influence that is Detroit techno — Anthony “Shake” Shakir, Juan Atkins and Drexciya, among others — the duo somehow received help on their latest EP […]