Don’t Bother Me is the latest track from one of a few prolific British artists whose output is of such quality and yet their profile remains inexplicably below the mainstream radar. We first saw Shakka – full name Shakka Philip – in a support slot for Rudimental back in 2013… he stuck in the memory not just because he lifted the roof off the place but for repeatedly making sure the crowd knew exactly who he was in between songs: “Shakka with 2 k’s, Shakka with 2 k’s…”. Many will also be familiar with his vocal appearance on Wretch 32‘s superb Blackout, and possibly some saw him touring with Basement Jaxx on their world tour in 2013/14.
Not only is Don’t Bother Me a slick tune guaranteed to get stuck in your head, but it further underlines the 27-year-old Londoner’s versatility – we still adore his wonderful radio-friendly (not remotely meant as an insult even though it might sound like one!) track When Will I See You Again? from a couple of years back which is totally different in so many respects. But we really don’t care what future directions he takes if he keeps coming up with material as good as this.
Shakka – Don’t Bother Me