Dust off your dancing shoes, Shook brings a burst of disco, synth-heavy electro mixed exclusively for i-D online.
Straight out of Holland, Shook was quick to kick-start is musical siege, storming Hype Machine’s chart with carefully chosen remixes of M.I.A., I Blame Coco and Phoenix. His sound is funky, filtered, mid tempo grooves, sharpened with an electronic edge. His image – part biographical, part graphic novel – is a mish-mash of Gorrilaz meets Daft Punk imagined through a set of comic strips, created by Ross Gunter and Cris Kuhlen (see image right). Already quite the brand, Shook characterises himself by a pair of soon-to-be-trademark shades (which apparently have superpowers) and notes Breakbot, Louis La Roche and Kavinsky as some of his French House friends. His latest EP The Rise & Fall, a melting pot of old school funk and electro recognisable from his earlier EPs, establishes a refined, striking, moreish sound. Next up? He hopes to drop an eagerly anticipated debut album within the year and is set to release a double A side single soon too.
In his exclusive i-D mix which he titles ‘Influences Vol. 1’, Shook selects some of his favourite finger-snapping tracks, reworked and edited into heartfelt keys, vocal snippets and catchy keyboard hooks. This is a sneak peak behind what stimulates his sound and an homage to his peers. A disco dream featuring beatmakers: Dayton, Herbie Hancock and Bernard Wright. Get set to boogie.
Text: Natasha Arnold