Shakka, full name Shakka Philip, has never “officially” played a role in Britain’s dub revival, but he’s always managed to keep close ties to the genre. Although he’s picked up a list of followers that include Rudimental, Basement Jaxx and Wretch 32, he’s flip-flopped between reggae, hip-hop and dub in the three years that he’s been active. Last month, however, we finally saw him settle on something more concrete.
With “When Will I See You Again,” Shakka proved himself to be a surprisingly savvy producer, helping him adopt a new image; at least, one with a definitive sound. For that reason, it was a little shocking to hear Amtrac had stripped away Shakka’s near-perfect production for something more subdued. To our delight, however, his mellow production manages to feel quite complementary to Shakka’s distinct vocal aesthetic—which seems odd when you consider the original is a straight up banger! No matter, this remix will still please the likes of you, and if nothing else, shine a little more light onto this seriously underrated vocalist and producer.