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Shookrah announce new single 'Our Own Way', out April 28th 2017.
EP 'Clichés', out May 2017 with single 'Our Own Way'. One of the current crop of R&B/Hip-Hop acts to flourish in Ireland in recent years (alongside Rusangano Family, Hare Squead & BARQ), Shookrah released the single WOMAN in 2014, attracting airplay and press acclaim before going on to perform at Electric Picnic, the Other Voices festival, Body & Soul and venues throughout the country.
Their forthcoming EP 'Clichés', named for a two-part song it contains, is a five-track mix of psychedelia-soaked R&B melodies, with lo-fi synths sprawling over the hip-hop beats underneath. Recorded and mixed at Riverside Home Studios on the Lee Road in Cork (with drums recorded at Wood Street Studios, Cork), it saw its lead single 'Gerascophobia' feature on tastemakers' favourites CLASH, AFROPUNK and WONDERLAND in March 2017.
The follow-up 'Our Own Way', due to be released April 28th 2017, is a most unusual of singles - the platonic love song. Over an infectious half-swung groove, it chronicles the dramatic changes that can occur in a family unit over time; reconciling the differences between what was then, and what is now. Bouncing bass and drums propel the sparse, contemplative verse along before exploding into a happy, hazy wall of sound with a joyous refrain. As frontwoman Senita Appiakorang's vocals float on a warm, rising tide of guitar and synth, they herald hope for the future born from the past, with the fond reminiscence tempered by an occasional note of melancholy. 'Our Own Way' single and video out April 28th 2017.
'Our Own Way is a song in acknowledgement of the growths that take place in most families. This is the part where we all grow up and at least one or many of the family move away or go on to pursue life conquests that far exceed the fond, contained experiences of the unit as was. So this song encapsulates this shift of situation but maintenance of the love within a family or group of people that take on that role for you."
- Senita Appiakorang, lead singer.
"Impossible to confine to a genre, ‘Gerascophobia’ sounds like wicked, dirty pop music tousled with a bit of soul and funk that melds into a velvety psychedelic haze. However you want to describe it, the Cork City-based band knows how to hypnotize with their bombastic sound."
“Cork newcomers have a refreshing, unusual sound...they have found soul delirium. The six-piece have a sound that is all their own, fusing soul influences into a psychedelic template”
“Gerascophobia… As young and fresh as a soul song in 2017 can be”
Nialler9, Irish Times Song of the Week
"Shookrah have stormed the scene with a fresh sound that isn't what you'd expect from an Irish group" - Hot Press (Issue 39.14)
"An up-tempo infectiously produced introduction to Shookrah’s attention grabbing sound,
‘W O M A N’ bustles with all the confidence of great R&B music." - The Last Mixtape Blog
SHOOKRAH are based in Cork City and do their best to make banging R&B music. R&B that's dark like Kendrick Lamar, sensual like Beyonce and badass like James Brown. Powered by a rhythm-section of synthesizer, drums & bass, two female voices share melodies with a generously-effected guitar on top.
One of Ireland's nascent generation of R&B/Hip-Hop acts led by African-Irish musicians (singer Senita), Shookrah's musical contemporaries include the likes of Rusangano Family, Hare Squead and Barq. Proud products of their hyperactive local music scene, the soul sextet first took the stage at the Cork Jazz Festival, before bringing their live show to Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Knockanstockan, Other Voices and the Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival.
The October 2014 release of the Implicit Content EP followed the release of the debut single WOMAN, which garnered airplay on RTE 2FM and BBC Radio Ulster and saw its music video feature on Hot Press and Nialler9. Headline, support and festival appearances along with live videos have occupied the band in the meantime, while members have shamelessly sought further fame featuring with Le Galaxie and Daithí, touring with Husker Du's Grant Hart, and as the leading couple in Hozier's Take Me To Church video.
Five fresh numbers are set for release in May 2017 on the Clichés EP, a mix of songs for chilling to, and songs to stand up and dance to, with an Irish tour to accompany the release.
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