It's 2135 and London is under the leadership of a new oppressive regime that controls its citizens through the administration of a mysterious serum. There are no women. There is no music. There are no dreams. That's the concept of The Lost Boys, a new EP from singer-songwriter-producer Shakka, premiering on The FADER today. Fresh off a MOBO Award win for Best RNB/Soul Act, the Notting Hill artist plays the freedom-seeking hero of his own story. Like the irresistible first single "Say Nada," the project is dense with Shakka's slightly off-center, slang-riddled storytelling, all threaded together by a handful of eerie skits. The production is rich with deep bass, bright synths, and carefully deployed silences, but Shakka's razor-edged voice and layered melodies cut through it all.
"I saw an advert for BT Infinity, where the guy and his flatmates were about to spend their weekend on a TV binge with the final series of Breaking Bad. Watching it immediately made question whether or not on-demand life was more addictive than real-life. That's where The Lost Boys came from," Shakka explained to The FADER over email. "A group of friends, trapped by the addiction of a government-distributed serum, fighting their way out into a world of freedom and liberation."
Take a ride below. The Lost Boys drops Friday, November 6th. Pre-order it here.