Posts tagged ‘Shakka’

January 27, 2017

Pixies Tracks Of the Week @stefflondon @officialstogey @theDanDorito @THEREALGHETTS @abznoproblem17 @YoungestJigga67

Stefflon Don – Real Ting Remix ft. Giggs

Stefflon Don reincarnates her ‘Real Ting’ track released last November by releasing a remix and getting UK Rap don Giggs to jump on the track to add extra flavour to the track. Steff adds an extra verse herself too, giving the track a burst of freshness. Plus there is a wicked video self-directed by Steff herself to go with it.

Danny Dorito x Stogey – Lyrical Skengs

E.B Records, a new independent record label has made a great start to the year with their second release dropping this week, only 3 weeks into the year. ‘Lyrical Skengs’ comes from Nottingham artist Danny Dorito and Eastbourne’s Stogey produced by label mates Audio Slugs for a wicked Grime track full of energy and organic flows and bars.

Ghetts ft Shakka – You Know My Ting

Grime legend Ghetts has created another hit track ‘You Know My Ting’ which will be going off in the clubs. Shakka lends his hand to the chorus adding a different element to the track singing about women. Whilst Ghetts spits bout peng tings, swag and more! What a banger..

New Gen – Money Haffi Mek (ft Stefflon Don & Abra Cadabra)

It’s a New Gen thing next. ‘Money Haffi Mek’ has two of the UK’s hottest and newest rappers on the track Stefflon Don and Abra Cadabra who spit hard bars throughout the track over a trap-led beat. It’s catchy, it’s about making money and it’s going to be an underground banger straight away. The New Gen album is out today as well!

Y.SJ (67) – Loose Screw 

67’s Y.SJ drops a more laid-back, slower track to what we’re normally used to from the 67 crew, and it works well. The beat produced by Carns Hill allows the rapper to show off his lyrical skills on his solo debut track. This will be the 3rd song off the forthcoming mixtape #KylieKendall.

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January 20, 2017

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @iAmShakka @Davinche @OfficialKoder @Loadstar @Bonkaz

Shakka – Don’t Call Me

Shakka is one of the greatest R&B talents to come out of the U.K, and this track is another banger from the West London artist who continues to smash it. ‘Don’t Call Me’ flashes between past and present with emotional trauma and tells a story of relationship trouble, but not his own, his friends confiding in him of theirs.

Davinche, Capo Lee, Mic Ty, Jammz – Nah Blud

The second video dropped from Davinche’s forthcoming ‘Powers’ album, and this time he drafted in some of Grime’s hardest lyricists Capo Lee, Mic Ty and Jammz to shell it down over a dark and grimey production.

Koder – Vibrations

Koder brings us a powerful track and visuals for his new track ‘Vibrations,’ which is inspired by Jesse Williams speech at the BET Awards last year. Koder spits about the wrongs going on in our society, but saying how he’s still got hope and faith. It’s an inspirational, winning track from the South London artist who brings some sick gritty, animated visuals in red and black to match the track.

Loadstar – I Need The Night
This is a brilliant new cut from Loadstar’s forthcoming album on Ram Records. Liquid D&B at it’s best with some nice vocals on it from the Bristol boys who are now veterans of the Drum & Bass scene. If this is anything to go by their album will be pretty good! Let the bassline vibrate through your body and listen to the drums roll out and enjoy!

Bonkaz ft. Jevon – Lonely

Bonkaz drops a new video ‘Lonely’ taken from his ‘Fuck Fame’ mixtape released last year. It’s a relationship based track and talks about emotions people go through and their thoughts and feelings. It’s a deep one from Bonkaz who is assisted by Jevon who provides the smooth hook and production.

 

May 3, 2016

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @Skepta @Fusion_IAS @IamShakka @BeckyHill @Stormzy1

Skepta – Man

Skepta gave his fans the best bank holiday hangover gift with his brand new video for track ‘Man’ taken from his highly anticipated album release ‘Konnichiwa,’ out May 6th. Filmed by Risky Roadz, it feels like it was shot on a handheld camera, giving it an authentic, nostalgic feel. Skepta and his crew go on a pretty wild night out for this, and end up smashing up a car at the end. Watch the video below…

Fusion – No/Rudeboy

Fusion follows up his last year’s debut ‘Newham’ track which made it’s way onto the Lord Of The Mics 7 compilation CD with new visuals for ‘No/RudeBoy.’ He is a new Grime MC to watch, straight out of East London. Not only an emcee he is creating waves on the producing front too. ‘No’ sees Fusion take it back to Grime’s sonic backbone for a 140 bpm, dirt-laden track produced by Five-Nine. It’s lifted off of his forthcoming 4-track ‘Genesis’ EP.

Shakka – You Don’t Know What You Do To Me ft. Chip

Shakka drops another visual off of his 2015 conceptual EP ‘The Lost Boys.’ The West London artist takes it back to his cultural roots in this cinematic production where we see an elevating African dance. Grime emcee Chip lends a verse to the track, giving it a different edge, and shows Shakka’s ability to blend genres in his music.Of this video, he says, “You Don’t Know What You Do To Me’ talks about infatuation with a girl from the perspective of an average guy.”

Becky Hill ft. Little Simz – Back To My Love

Becky Hill is a name you will know especially if you listen to dance music, as she’s collaborated with Oliver Heldens on ‘Gecko (Overdrive), Wilkinson on ‘Afterglow, Rudimental on ‘Powerless,’ MK on ‘Piece Of Me’ and more! It’s great to see her release her own material and really get to shine. ‘Back To My Love’ shows off her unique, strong sensational vocals, whilst Little Simz adds a wicked verse to add a little something extra.

Stormzy – Scary

 This is the first track expected to be on Stormzy’s forthcoming debut album, and will give his fans the chance to really understand a lot about him. ‘Scary’ is produced by legendary Grime producer Sir Spyro, who provides an eerie beat to match Stormzy’s barrage of attack bars. It’s confident and cocky and the delivery matches the power of his lyrical, intricate bars.

December 7, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @BigFris @iamShakka @merkyACE @CADELLOFFICIAL @StickyBloodUK @TheCocoUK @JusRival @Jammz

Frisco ft Shakka – Different Kind

This isn’t the first time Frisco and Shakka have collaborated, at the beginning of this year Frisco dropped a verse on Shakka’s “Rollin With Elephants”, and he has in turn come on board for Frisco’s “Different Kind”. This track sees Frisco take an unexpected turn as he spits over a rock beat, whilst Shakka brings the fluid gold to the hook. Take a listen to “Different Kind” below, we’re sure you will be impressed.

Merky Ace x Cadell – Alive

Tizzy Gangs Merky Ace and Cadell drop the brand new black & white visuals to track “Alive”. It’s a good track to end the year on, as they both are reflective and talk about how to be valued and appreciated whilst they are here. The lyrics and visuals come across quite chilling, and the track is a definite for our tracks of the week.

Sticky Blood ft. Coco & Snowy – One Bar In

Production duo Sticky Blood show a gritty, futuristic side to their producing skills on “One Bar In”. They are joined by two of the hottest MCs from the North of England, Sheffield’s Coco who Annie Mac has named on her ‘Hot For 2016′ list and is playlisted on Kiss 100, 1Xtra, AKA and Flava TV with his single, and Nottingham MC Snowy who has gained a lot of attention this year too. Both were named on Complex’s ’15 Grime MC’s Outside Of London That You Need To Know Today’ list.

Rival ft. Blay – Alright

East London MC Rival released his latest EP ‘Eat Biscuits’ in October, named after his love for biscuits. This week saw the video for one of the tracks come out ft. Blay who also produced the track. The video and track is dark and sinister, reflecting on people that act like something they’re not and give it the big talk.

AJ Tracey ft Jammz – Bare Girls

Both AJ Tracey and Jammz are names you need to pay attention too as they are set for big things. “Bare Girls” is taken from AJ Tracey’s highly anticipated Alex Moran EP which dropped on Friday. The track shows love to the girls which is quite rare in Grime, especially when it’s in a positive way. The track is produced by Jammz too, and shows why the two are the hottest prospects for Grime.

 

 

 

October 27, 2015

Shakka Wows At Electric Ballroom [Review] @IAmShakka

Shakka’s headline gig took place at the Electric Ballroom in Camden packed full of excited fans. Arriving just after 8pm the newly signed singer to label Pitched Up, a Sony imprint was not heading on stage till 9.15, so we got to hear the warm-up DJ play tunes such as Giggs “Look What The Cat Dragged In” and “Monsta Man”, Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” and some more new skool hip hop and R&B jams.

Etta Bond was the supporting act before the main man himself performed, and she set the tone well. With a blue lit background and just her and the musicians on the stage. Etta filled the stage with her presence and sultry voice. The mix of calming tracks and more energetic ones kept the audience on their toes. Etta worked it like a pro on the stage singing her tracks such as “Boring Bitches”, “Seen and Never Heard” and a performance of a classic R&B track from Teedra Moses “Be Your Girl” which everyone seemed to know even the younger faces.

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Shakka’s entrance onto the stage exploded with a roar from the crowd, alerting any unsuspecting people that he was there, announcing “It’s Shakka with two K’s if you don’t know who I am”. I’m pretty sure everyone knew exactly who the talented West London singer/songwriter was. He kicked off with “When Will I See You Again” leading into a new song off the “Lost Boys” EP “ You Don’t Know What You Do To Me”. He then performed an incredible acapella showing off how strong his vocals are without his band.

He took a break to talk to the crowd expressing his gratitude but also expressing his passion “It’s amazing to have you know it no joke I do this full time, my mums very happy”, also showing a humorous side to him. He slowed it down and took it back to 2012 for one of his older songs “Take Our Time” going into the audience to sing to one lucky lady. A track I would say that really caught people’s attention was up next “Blackout” which he announced unfortunately the rapper on it would not be there, so Shakka performed the rap himself fluently.

He then made the crowd “Turn Up” with a rendition of “Am I Wrong” and freestyling over beats such as D Double E’s “Hard”, before going into “Walk With The Elephants” which got the crowd going wild, especially when BBK’s Frisco joined him. Shakka’s stage presence and hunger was evidently present and he commanded the audience and kept them enthralled, whether he was standing still or dancing to one of his more upbeat tracks. He ended on his latest release “Say Nada” with the words “One Day I’ll Make A Million” as he sung with such truth. Shakka is destined to be a star and nothing is going to hold him back.

Buy Shakka – Lost Boys EP here

September 7, 2015

Pixies Tracks Of The Week @officialAvelino @Bonkaz @lilnastyuk @iAmShakka @JMEBBK @SectionBoyz_ @DevlinOfficial

Bonkaz & Avelino – Shine

Bonkaz and Avelino have generated a lot of heat in the music world this year with their releases individually. The two new generation artists are serious ones to watch and if you haven’t taken note already, do now! The track shows off both of their hard, lyrical ability as they go back to back effortlessly over an Acekeyz produced hip hop beat.

Lil Nasty – Regardless

East London Grime MC Lil Nasty has dropped quite a lot of new music this year keeping the heat on his name. He continues to bring the fire after the release of mixtape ‘100 Rounds’ this summer with new single ‘Regardless’, which is produced by another big name in Grime Sir Spryo. Nasty goes in on this track where he talks about making it ‘Regardless’ in music, it’s a kind of self motivational track.

 

Shakka & JME – Say Nada

A song about a break-up joins singer/songwriter Shakka with Boy Better Know’s JME. Shakka shows conflicting emotion in this song where he talks about finding a freak who likes ‘tasty meat’, whilst on the flip side dealing with the heartbreak alone on his house. This is his first single to be released via label Pitched Up who he has just signed with, and will be on his third forthcoming EP ‘Lost Boys’.

Section Boyz – Lock Arff

London based rap crew Section Boyz who this year have created a big name for themselves, and will continue to rise drop a brand new video for single ‘Lock Arff’. The menacing lyrics and delivery from the crew are carried over a threatening bass led production. They have established themselves through their unique flows and rhymes, and are gearing up for the release of their debut album ‘Don’t Panic’ out September 18th.

Term & Rachet ft. Devlin – Corned Beef City

Old skool Grime MC Devlin is back with brand new track ‘Corned Beef City’ with producers Term & Rachet. He delivers intense bars over the heavy production. We haven’t heard that much from Devlin recently, and it seems the reason why is because the producers are working with Devlin on his third studio album. That is definitely something to look forward too!

 

March 28, 2013

Wretch 32 ft Shakka – Blackout [Music Video]

This is the first official single off Wretch 32‘s new album and it’s a fantastic one to start off with. Blackout sees Shakka handling the vocals. Watch the video below.

March 6, 2013

Wretch 32 ft Shakka – Blackout [Official Audio]

Wretch 32 drops the first single from his forthcoming album due for release at the end of 2013. Blackout features the popular singer Shakka who is also doing incredibly well and this is just a little of taster of what to expect from Wretch’s album. Looks like were in for a treat…

February 19, 2013

WRAP UP AND WATCH OUT: SHAKKA [Interview]

Starting off his career with celebrity fans such as Wretch 32Maverick Sabre and Rita Ora is no surprise once you hear 23-year-old Shakka’s voice. His ability to fuse rock, reggae, hip-hop and r&b is so unique, he calls himself ‘Bob Marley’s and Coldplay’s birthchild’ – which is probably the best way to describe it. Following his online ‘Shakapella’ series and the release of his introductory single ‘Sooner Or Later’, 2013 is set to be a promising year for the London-bred singer and songwriter…

The Wrap Up: Your sound is quite different to anything I’ve heard – a blend of hip-hop, jazz, electronic and rock. How would you describe it and can you explain the reason behind the fusion of sounds?

Shakka: I’ve always been into hip-hop, r&b and reggae because my dad’s a reggae musician. I’d like to say I am Bob Marley and Coldplay’s birthchild – that’s where my current sound is. I definitely have the roots in r&b, hip hop and reggae, but reggae and alternative rock is the fun stuff I’m doing at the moment.

TWU: Your online presence is fantastic. Do you think you will continue the ‘Shakkapella’ series, as it has done really well, or start another conceptual series?

Shakka: I have ideas all the time, but I have one in particular that I want to do… it’s more production orientated, but it’s still in the works. I’m definitely going to continue doing Shakkapella’s because they’re fun and a lot of people like them. It’s something I don’t really have to think about that much; I just literally record and get down – and it’s a good way to speak to the fans.

TWU: You have many celebrity fans. What is the best advice you have got from anyone of them?

Shakka: I was in the studio with Etta Bond one time and she said there was a time where Labrinth felt like it was just a madness with regards to press and all that stuff. He came to the conclusion that it was just about making music, so he said to Etta, ‘just make music, just make good music. Don’t think about how much it will sell, don’t think about numbers, or the business, don’t think about the gossip or the details. Just make good music.’ It’s easy to forget that sometimes.

TWU: ‘Sooner Or Later’ is your introductory single. Can you tell us the message and inspiration behind it?

Shakka: We wanted to explore reggae and alternative rock. Coldplay was quite influential to me with their albums, especially their first album ‘Parachutes’. I was birthed in reggae, so we wanted to see what we could do and make a Rastafarian festival smash. The ideology behind it is pretty much trying to find out where you’re from and thinking about the contrary opinion to where you may be from…

TWU: How have you developed since your first EP ‘Foolishness Vol.1’?

Shakka: With ‘Foolishness’, I went into the studio and wrote, produced and recorded it without really thinking about whether it would sell or not or if people would connect with it. I was just full of ideas at the time and I thought just making them was the main concept. That’s why I called it ‘Foolishness’, because like a child, I pretty much just experimented with the innocence of the music. Since then I’ve gone back to finding out exactly where my parents are from and the culture that I belong to – those things have definitely affected it [his new music].

TWU: Your EP is out this year – can you tell us more about the concepts and tracks on there?

Shakka: ‘Sooner or Later’ will be on there and that’s co-produced by DeanyBoy. The rest is entirely written, produced and performed by myself. There’s a song with a dubstep/indie/reggae tone to it called ‘Strength Of An Ox’ – I’ve performed that a couple of times. There are a few songs dedicated to love, attraction to the opposite sex, and the problems that may occur. It’s a thick bodied piece of a bunch of ideas that have been floating around in my mind. It’s a good transition from the ‘Shakka Crown Affair’, but I do still experiment with hip-hop, r&b and grime.