The Progressive Underground Show 159 feat. ANTHONYSHAKESHAKIR

Frictional Recordings

On tonight’s The Progressive Underground, we interview techno legend ANTHONYSHAKESHAKIR and sample some of this extensive discography while chopping it up about who will talk about his role in helping to shape the early sound of electronic music through his collaborations with Juan Atkins, Claude Young, Carl Craig and others as well as his tenure as the A & R rep for the legendary electronic music label Metroplex.  We also play classics from Shake’s music discography and his own label Frictional Recordings and play our usual mix of deep house, techno, future soul, nu-jazz, b-sides and rare grooves. 

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Detroit producer Anthony “Shake” Shakir is one of the more underrecognized, underappreciated names in American techno. A producer since 1981, Shake had an important role in helping shape the early Motor City sound associated with artists such as Juan Atkins / Model 500 and Derrick May.  He worked with May and Carl Craig as a producer, writer, or engineer on several early tracks on Metroplex, and worked in management and A&R for the label (as well, he’s often joked, as being the janitor) during its formative years. 

His first solo material appeared on Virgin’s seminal Techno! The New Dance Sound of Detroit compilation with ‘Sequence 10’. Known as something of a techno purist, Shake has distanced himself from the European scene many of his colleagues have turned to for support (this accounts somewhat for his continuing obscurity), and his music is stylistically closer to second wave artists such as “Mad Mike” Banks and Claude Young — hard, stripped-down tracks which owe equally to techno, electro, hip-hop, and funk. 
Shake’s visibility and reputation have risen in more recent years as a result of his Frictional and Puzzlebox labels, the latter of which he formed in 1996 with fellow Detroit electro / techno producer Keith Tucker (formerly of Aux 88). Releasing a series of records both solo and in combination (usually under the name Da Sampla), Shake and Tucker’s Puzzlebox Records has, along with Underground Resistance and Guidance Recordings, become one of the more coveted sources of straight-up, no-bones Detroit techno. 
Song Artist Album
Sleep Mistakes Soul of Hex Sleep Mistakes EP
Jungle Neptune feat. Nu Linh 12" single
Wonky Bassline Disco Banger Red Rack 'em Various ‎– Groove 159 / CD 68
Cheating on Me Kwabs feat. Zab Abel Love + War
Spyglass O'Flynn Oberyn/Spyglass
N4 Lance Neptune Animal Eclipse
Notes on a History Nia Andrews Brownswood Bubblers Ten (Compiled By Gilles Peterson)
Palmeiras Candeias Candeias
The Harbour Wall Rough Fields The Harbour Wall
Kwaidan Three Body Trio Three Body EP
Like the First Time Lay Far feat. Magic Number How I Communicate (Part 1)
Wintering of the Year Jeb Loy Nichols Wintering Of The Year / On My Return
Downtown Osborne Osborne
Workhorse (Lusine) My Brightest Diamond Tear It Down
Son of a Gun Full Grate feat. Gia Koka 12" single
Song Artist Album
Sun BambooMan Hallowed EP
Do You? Reginald Omas Mamode IV 12" single
Detroit State of Mind (Original Mix) Anthony "Shake" Shakir Waiting for Russell
Arise Anthony "Shake" Shakir 12" Single
Shangri La James Tillman Shangri La
Roaming Anthony "Shake" Shakir Tracks For My Father
Simpatico Anthony "Shake" Shakir Songs for my Mother
Here There & Nowhere Anthony "Shake" Shakir Mood Music For The Moody
Epiphany Greenskeepers Pleetch
Matter of Fact Anthony "Shake" Shakir Track For My Father
Detroit State Of Mind (Space Dimension-Remix) Anthony "Shake" Shakir Frictionalism 1994-2009 Remixes (Part 1 Of 2)
Lay Back in the Cut Anthony "Shake" Shakir Convalescence
Song Artist Album
Winter Nights Cloud Winter Nights
Bumpah Ideeyah 12" single
Learning to Love Me (P's Deep Soul Mix) Charles Webster feat. Diviniti ADMT EP
Pinball Brandon Williams XII
Soundgirl Personal Fat Jon The Ample Soul Physician Repaint Tomorrow
Human Beings (Atjazz Remix) Osunlade Human Beings Remixes
Need Me Some U Paul Hill Need Me Some U / Music
Do it For Love (Monodeluxe Soulpassion Mix) Deep'endSoul feat. Tantra Zawadi 12" single
Life on a Distant Star Vanessa Daou Plutonium Glow
Beautiful You Audra Bryant 12" single
Rotation Leaf Erikson Hidden Gems
Just a Little Help (Lilac Jeans Vocal Remix) Einstein feat. LaVeda Davis Just a Little Help EP
Quality Time Lexus 12" single
I Need Your Love Antigua feat. Jamila 12" single
Catch Me if You Can Jessica Care Moore feat. Talib Kweli Black Tea: The Legend Of Jessi James
Stiff Robots, Drunken Horses Shape of Broad Minds Craft Of The Lost Art

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Chris Campbell

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