“The Connie Shake” is the first new single from Matthew Dear’s Jabberjaw alias in years, a teaser for his upcoming EP, The Garden of Eden.
‘The Connie Shake’ works in strange contrasts, juxtaposing elements that are both unsettling and powerfully addictive. The first thing you notice about “The Connie Shake” is its circular motion, its sense of weaving a spiral towards a magnetic center riding upon a bouncy, carousel-esque beat. Flocks of blippy micro-samples flit around like summer gnats; all is well. But throughout the track, a group of shouting onlookers egg on some sinister act, and a synth imitates a police siren. It begs the question: why, exactly, is Connie shaking?