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Shakarchi & Stranéus

Biog

 

Faik Shakarchi and Daniel Stranéus famously started making beats together inside the Gothenburg tapas-joint coat check where they both worked as clerks. Their now 10-year old friendship is the story of legends, their sparse vinyl output the secret love of deep house 12'' enthusiasts round the globe – the warm, vibrant sounds found on those records a stark contrast to the stripped-down efficiency of their marathon DJ sets, frequently heard within the more nefarious parts of Sweden's nightlife.

 

The duo has been a part of Stockholm's Studio Barnhus family since the very beginning, having contributed the label's second ever release with the 2010 EP Dödskallar och korallrev. This was followed by acclaimed releases on Malmö's Geography Records and HNNY's label Yummy.

 

The distinctive sound of that early material (described by one Discogs commenter as “enlightened, naive future dub for children”) has been expanded upon and further defined on Steal Chickens from Men and the Future from God, Shakarchi & Stranéus debut album. Its 12 cuts were lovingly selected from a plethora of works slowly amassed in makeshift studios all over Gothenburg during the last 7 years. The album then took its final form at the same Nacksving studio where recent albums from Talaboman and Kornél Kovács were sonically perfected in cahoots with mix engineer Matt Karmil.