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Heart The Weekend

Release date: 05/10/2017 Label: Trakhouse

Heart The Weekend






Shakka is firmly established as an influential name on the British urban scene, but recent months have seen the two-time MOBO Award winner begin to garner the acclaim that his talent deserves and he’s now poised to enjoy a major breakthrough. Wyclef Jean declared Shakka to be a new star when they met at MIDEM earlier this year, while Shakka was also invited to join a recent Rihanna songwriting camp.


Now the multi-faceted vocalist, songwriter and producer has dropped a killer new track in the shape of ‘Heart The Weekend’. It’s accompanied by an equally fun video in which Shakka and his crew enjoy the scenery and nightlife of a weekend trip to Switzerland.


‘Heart The Weekend’ finds the West London musician levelling up his game – from production to vocals to energy – to create the most immediate track of his career. With thunderous, heavy duty bass, an insistent hook and coolly phrased verses, ‘Heart The Weekend’ is Shakka’s biggest anthem to date.


“’Heart The Weekend’ came from not just me enjoying some raving at the weekend, but me touring,” he says.  “I’ve got a grin on my face because every time I play with the band, it’s always the same wherever we go - we’re gonna destroy the show, and then we’ll drink and party with the fans. That kind of energy and vibe went into this song.


Me and my boys have been listening to a lot of new age hip-hop and a lot of 80s music, so there’s a very Californian feel to this. But there’s also a Milly Rock trap element to it as well. Lyrically it’s also got elements of ambition, and debauchery and indulgence, so I was definitely able to capture many aspects of my personality with this.”


Such is the power of ‘Heart The Weekend’ that Shakka’s friends Wretch 32 and Fekky both wanted to use the song as their own. The track follows his recent features on Fekky’s latest smash ‘My Size’, and 'Don't Call Me' from Young Thug & Carnage’s new collab EP ‘Young Martha’.


Shakka first came to prominence with his Shakkapellas YouTube series which saw him deliver stunning a capella performances and mashups of songs by the likes of Frank Ocean, Kanye West and James Blake. It was a stepping stone for bigger things as he guested on Wretch 32’s Top 10 hit ‘Blackout’ and toured as guest vocalist for Basement Jaxx.


Yet the ambition of his conceptual EPs 'The Lost Boys' and 'The Island' demonstrated that Shakka is an artist whose own singular vision is unquestionably worth of attention. As GRM Daily’s first listen review of ‘The Island’ stated: “Shakka is possibly the most innovative artist to be gracing our scene at the moment.”


His biggest tracks to date include his solo breakthrough 'Say Nada' (featuring JME), his feature on Ghetts’ 'Know My Ting' and the sheer energy of 'Rollin'' (featuring Frisco).


While Shakka’s crowd-pleasing charisma is the focal point of live shows, he also acts as musical director for his totally on-point live band. It’s a blend that has seen Shakka sell-out every headline show that he’s played, and he’s also instigated party atmospheres at festivals as far afield as Glastonbury, USA, Germany, France, South Korea and Lithuania. Part two of his ‘The Lost Boys’ tour commences next month and includes his biggest headline show to date at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire:



19th – Manchester, Academy 3

21st – Birmingham, O2 Institute 2

22nd – London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire

24th – Leeds, The Wardrobe

26th – Nottingham, The Southbank Bar


Track listing:

1. Heart The Weekend (Dirty)
2. Heart The Weekend (Clean)

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