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Irish future-soul band Shookrah have shared a video for their new song ‘Notions.’ The track, premiered by Variance, is a sneak peak into the sound of the sound from the upcoming self-titled album Shookrah, expected via Broken Records on 25 October. Shookrah were named Best Act of 2017 and one of the 50 People to Watch in 2018 by The Irish Times

The group shared the stage with Billy Ocean on his Irish tour and played Body & Soul Festival, Electric Picnic, Wigwam, Quarter Block Party, Other Voices Music Trail, and Knockanstockan Festival. Various publications have been singing Shookrah’s praises. Surviving The Golden Age said “80s synths and funky bass reminiscent of artists like Prince or more modernly, Daft Punk.” Just one example of the praises continually being sung about this five-piece. 

Based in Cork, Munster, the band has gone from strength to strength Shookrah consist of Senita Appiakorang (lead vocals), Emmet O’Riabhaigh (drums), Daniel Coughlan (guitar), Diarmait Mac Carthaigh (keyboard) and Brian Dunlea (bass guitar). Each from a musical background,  the band is a merging of each member’s distinct brilliance. Their unique style is a clash of neo-soul and new branches of R&B/Soul that they have defined as ‘Future Soul’. They mention influences like Hiatus, Kaiyote, Anderson .Paak and The Internet. A style reminiscent of Solange fused with Flying Lotus then merged with Thundercat.

The video perfectly compliments the track and was directed by the band’s own Emmet O’Riabhaigh (drums) who shared, “We wanted to shoot something really simple and still with nice moody lighting so we decided to go with two Senitas in what looks like a lovers’ tiff. We shot it over the course of a day in the Bodega bar in Cork, and had Senita’s sister Yesunia to stand in for some of the shots, with the whole band helping out on the set.” Watch their new video below.



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