Ror-Shak is an electronic act, fronted by artist's DB ( www.djdb.com ) & Shaun
Morris AKA Stakka ( www.cargoindustries.co.uk ). The forthcoming album "Deep"
Ror-Shak started out as a bit of an experiment. Stakka asked DB if he would like
to collaborate on a track for a single? after a little resistance because of an
extreme aversion to studio's due to frustrating experiences in the past, he
agreed to give it a go.
Their first effort was a dancefloor tune called 'Groupies', signed & released by
Breakbeat Science, its now long out of print & quite sought after. The real
success for DB was not the fact that the single sold out, but that the studio
process was relatively painless & the results were wicked. He was so impressed
with Stakka's studio ability, they quickly started making a follow up, but
something was happening this time, the sound they kept being drawn to was not
dancefloor drum & bass. It was a much more musical form of the genre. Going with
their gut feeling, they decided to make something more for listening & not just
Both had been really inspired by Zero 7 & felt that should be the basic pallet
to work from, but they also took inspiration & sounds from a whole host of
diverse artists that had rocked the duo's mind's, body's & soul's over the
Things took on even more of a 'real' record feel, when they nervously approached
signer Julee Cruise, who they had sampled, asking her to listen & hopefully give
her permission for the use. Not only did she give her enthusiastic blessing, but
offered to write some original material and to sing them on the album.
Ror-Shak's album 'Deep' is an exercise in taking an extreme musical form and
turing it into something that regular music lovers find enjoyable and exciting,
without even knowing its rooted in d&b, while not making it boring for the true
With live musicians and singers guesting, such as Chantal Claret and Pedro
Yanowitz from Moriningwood, Lisa Shaw and Mark Holmes, the album did end up
taking over 12 months to make. Mostly due to Stakka's obsessive attention to
detail, his efforts are really evident when listened to on headphones.
The name Ror-Shak is a play on the swiss psychiatrist Dr Rorschach, who devolved
the ink blot test in which everybody sees something different. In Ror-Shak's
case, everyone hears something unique, it's also a tip of the hat to Alan Moore
for His Watchman character by the same name.