Rising UK artists Eyeconic and Shakk have teamed up for brand-new collaboration “it’s a vibe”. Following the many challenges that have been prevalent globally over the last two years, “it’s a vibe” brings pure elation in the form of two and a half minutes of UK garage nostalgia. The track arrives with accompanying visuals directed by Kraken Cinematic. With the two Middlesbrough-based artists having already experienced much individual success in their solo careers so far, they look set to reach even greater heights with this latest release.
Highlighting what a formidable team Eyeconic and Shakk are, the track perfectly spotlights their rap abilities and songwriting talent – their knack for insanely addictive melodies and catchy toplines can be heard throughout, no more so than on the anthemic chorus which will surely be fixed into everyone’s head after just one listen. Setting the tone for the song with its title, “it’s a vibe” is a huge feel-good vibe that commands attention from the opening seconds and transports listeners to the popular late ‘90s/early ‘00s sound of UKG that has been making a comeback in recent years.
Speaking further on the release, Shakk says, “During a period of feeling low and uninspired during lockdown, I spoke to Eyeconic on the phone, and we discussed how we missed the thrill of performing live, which sparked the idea for this song. Inspired by the UK garage comeback, we felt it would be the perfect foundation to make something that encapsulated everything that makes the British music scene fun, energetic and diverse”.
The two fast-rising artists have already garnered plenty of support up until this point. Eyeconic has performed alongside the likes of The Game, Jaykae, Kamakaze and The Mouse Outfit and has had support from BBC Music Introducing. Meanwhile Shakk has performed at the likes of the O2 Academy and BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend UK Fringe, been shortlisted for Performing Artist of the Year at the 2021 North East Culture Awards and has had support from BBC Music Introducing and BBC Asian Network. Having had such strong support already, it’s clear the talented pair are artists to watch out for over the next year, with “it’s a vibe” set to see them end 2021 with their biggest release yet and keep their momentum running into 2022. “it’s a vibe” is available to buy/stream now on all platforms: https://tlr.ffm.to/itsavibe.
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Middlesbrough artist Eyeconic, who hails from Poland, heads into 2022 full of ambition. And having already performed alongside the likes of The Game, Jaykae, Kamakaze and The Mouse Outfit, he’s right to be ambitious. Eyeconic first started making waves with the release of his mixtape Sink or Swim, with Lee Hawthorn of TheRootMusic dubbing the single “Spit One Lyric” a grime anthem.
Follow-up single “Die Alone” achieved support from the likes of Dan Alani at Reprezent Radio and Nick Roberts at BBC Music Introducing in the North East, while becoming RIDE Music’s Song of the Year. Next single “Mpath” was Rianne Thompson’s BBC Music Introducing Track of the Week and “Sober Up” also received support from BBC Tees Introducing and went on to become the most streamed Eyeconic solo song. And the release of his album, DNR, solidified his position as one of the most exciting performers to come out of the North East in recent years.
Bursting onto the scene in September 2018, Middlesbrough artist Shakk went on to sell out his EP launch night in his hometown. He’s also performed at the O2 Academy, BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend UK Fringe, Twisterella and Lindisfarne Festival. Further support came from the likes of Bobby Friction from BBC Asian Network and BBC Music Introducing. Shakk’s second EP saw the release of stand-out singles such as “Friends”, “Butterfly Trees” and “Sunrays”. “Sunrays” was awarded BBC Music Introducing Track of the Week by Rianne Thompson and was also added to the BBC Introducing 2020 Hotlist.
Having already been noticed as one of the most hardworking and talented artists to come out of the North East in recent years, Shakk has continued to go from strength to strength in 2021. He was shortlisted for Performing Artist of the Year at the 2021 North East Culture Awards, was the first rapper to ever perform at Durham Cathedral in its 888-year history and was awarded Track of the Week for the second time for his single “Living Proof” by BBC Music Introducing. Shakk is quickly making a name for himself through eclectic, powerful and emotive songwriting, in addition to his captivating live performances and diverse music range, ensuring he has an exciting future ahead as he continues to release more music.