Irish Neo-Soul quintet Shookrah has recently shared a new single entitled, “Flex” via Broken Records. Today we are able to bring you the accompanying music video. Made up of Senita Appiakorang (lead vocals), Emmet O'Riabhaigh (drums), Daniel Coughlan (guitar), Diarmait MacCarthaigh (keyboard)and Brian Dunlea (bass guitar), the band takes inspiration by cutting-edge modern R&B-infused musicians such as Anderson.Paak, Janelle Monae, Solange, Princess Nokia, Hiatus Kaiyote, D'Angelo and deliver a sound reminiscent of Erykah Badu and Thundercat. Shookrah has been a strong force within the live music scene, playing headlining shows at Quarter Block Party, Wigwam and K-Fest as well as supporting music legends Billy Ocean and Theo Katzman (Vulfpeck) on their Irish tours.
A triumphant track that oozes 90s-style R&B elements and confidence,“Flex” calls on its listeners to summon their most extroverted and flamboyant selves, abandon the night’s emotional and social responsibilities and show off on the dancefloor and the music video for the track reflects this mood with flair and pizzaz; we are confronted with a host of bedazzled dancers, all dancing with pure abandon under neon lights. Senita grooves along with her funky companions, decked out in her best party get-up, letting us know that she’s going to “flex” on the dance-floor.
On Shookrah’s brand new single, Senita comments, “The song’s braggadocious theme is inspired by the emerging vogue-balls and drag culture in Ireland, specifically in Cork, where I recently stole the Drag-Queen title of ‘Miss Opulence’ at Miss Candy Warhol’s annual event. The song for me reimagines these safely created spaces amongst friends, ripe for invoking your most confident self, and falling prey to the music. ‘Flex’ very much embodies that, you’ve got Nile Rodgers-esque guitar picking contrasted with the devilish call of the synths and bass in the chorus alongside spooky vocals.”
The new single was recorded with Brendan Fennessy (O Emperor), mixed by Michael Heffernan, produced by Emmet O’Riabhaigh and Diarmait Mac Cárthaigh of Shookrah and mastered by April Golden.
You can buy "Flex" here and watch the video below.
Sounds Like: Erykah Badu, Thundercat.
Single name: “Flex”
Release date: 30th November
Link to Website: http://www.shookrah.com/
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Link to Twitter profile page: https://twitter.com/Shookrah
Link to YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLvUHw3EcEdYfP2H8LBCvqA
Link to Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/shookrah