I wonder if 'shonkettes' is what Shonky likes to call the hordes of adoring female fans that no doubt mob him everywhere he goes? I like to think so, cos the idea holds out the promise that – one day, maybe, just maybe – I'll be followed everywhere by adoring Dansettes.
For anyone under the age of 40, that's a joke about record players that you wouldn't understand. Don't worry about it.
Anyway, enough of my crap quasi-humour and on to this record, which is more of the very now-sounding and very polished house/techno that the Shonky one is so good at. There are four original tracks (ie no remixes): Les Shonkettes is deep but upbeat and a little bit discofied, Obelix is a little more soulfully inclined but still with balls, Crapulerie is pure Chi-town bass squelch… and then the almighty beast of a tune that is Conquistador comes along with its big throbbing organ and techy tinges, and it's game over.
All told, an excellent EP that's further proof, as if any were required, that proper jackin' house music is alive and well as yet another decade gets into gear. Go seek.
Out: This week
About: This is on Contexterrior, which is one of Jay Haze's labels, and a regular home for the Shonkmeister. Find 'em online here.
6 months ago