- 04 Oct 19
The track arrives with an accompanying remix from acclaimed British DJ Ben Pearce.
Blending Deep South samples from the ‘20s with strikingly modern innovations, producer David Gledhill has carved out a fiery path as SOULS. Following the release of ‘We Will Walk’ with Big Zuu earlier this year, his latest track, ‘Shake It’, finds SOULS threading triumphant new ground.
Bursting with confidence and disco energy, the central sample is surrounded by a buoyant bassline and a fanfare of horns, exuding a sense of pure, unbridled joy.
“‘Shake It’ was inspired by Saturday Night Fever,” he explains in a statement about the release, “and it uses an incredibly rare field recording vocal from the late 1920s by L.M. Abraham.”
To coincide with the release, SOULS has also shared both a remix and an extended club mix of the track by English DJ Ben Pearce.
“We first collaborated on the first SOULS single ‘I Wait For You’,” SOULS reveals. “I’m very wary about letting anyone else get involved with this project but Ben is so sensitive to the original field recording in the way he puts together his version of the song. I love the way he manages to create something sonically so different to my original version but that still feels like a SOULS track.”
While SOULS’ latest track is notably more light-hearted than his previous releases, the care and cultural sensitivity that goes into the work hasn’t changed.
“I have a responsibility towards the voices on the record and to the communities those voices came from,” he says.
As such, he has linked up with The Saturday Morning Project, a group of prominent black creative directors who advise American businesses on ethical practice, avoiding cultural appropriation and how best to donate to causes supporting black communities.”
Listen the original version and the remixes to 'Shake It' below: