The debut album from Las Vegas’ Shamir was well regarded as one of the surprise gems of last year. In what appears to almost be an education in dance music, Shamir uses quirky lyrics to draw you in into a repetitive loop of synth-laden groove. He frequently uses his voice to change the whole attitude of a track.
The rapped On the Regular seems to reek of confidence, where Shamir doesn’t care of the response of others, whereas the awkwardly spoken Make a Scene leaves room for the synth driven chorus. Ratchet is a superb debut from someone who no doubt is carving a place for himmself in the alternative music canon.