‘Guess Who’ is the latest single from Londoners The Shakers. Taken from their second EP, it follows the ridiculously titled 'Banana Tsunami'; a song which sticks in the head for it’s unforgettable moniker as well as the light breezy funk that is part Dodgy and part Spin Doctors, as long as we are doing ‘90s references.
The Shakers play a light funk infused brand of rock 'n' roll with influences of Prince, George Clinton, Red Hot Chili Peppers and, most prominently, The Rolling Stones. Jack Hawkins sings with a Jagger-like swagger and the triple guitar attack has the sharp Fender snap of Keith Richards. For a modern reference point, look no further than Monaghan’s Nix Moon.
On ‘Guess Who’ the influences move further north of the capital. The John Squire wah guitar that, first teases and then crashes into fruition at the 30 second mark is pure ‘Fool’s Gold’ and the post-chorus solo does nothing to dismiss the notion that The Shakers have made a southern tribute to the reunited Stone Roses. Hawkins’ vocals are the only indicator that this isn’t a gem recovered from the cutting room floor of the Mancunians', John Leckie produced, debut album. Add in some B-52’s style party sound effects and you’ve all the ingredients for a summer classic. It’s an unfussy tune in an unvarnished package.