Mr ShaoDow (pronounced Sha-Ow-Dough) is an independent artist from Oxford, who certainly has a unique sound, as well as being versatile in his lyrically intelligent, multi-syllable flow. He takes his name from his expertise in Shaolin Kung Fu, which he studied after travelling to China alone at the age of 18. It was there that he discovered music, and it appears he hasn’t looked back since.
On his journey so far, ShaoDow has single-handedly sold 4,000 copies of his CD across the UK. He has headlined the o2 Academy in his hometown, and appeared on Tim Westwood’s show on BBC Radio 1Xtra. On top of that he has supported the likes of Skepta, Devlin and Chase & Status and was recently asked by ‘Wearing My Rolex’ artist Wiley to support the Manchester leg of his UK tour.
Not a bad effort at all from a man who is his own manager and record label.
The self-confessed ‘multi-genre artist’ is set to release his new single ‘Get Stronger’ after enlisting the services of Grime scene veteran Ghetts.
The single will be available on Friday 3rd June, with the official video, an original animation from Stone of Fluid Anims, being premiered by the UK’s leading online broadcaster, SB.TV, on Saturday 4th June.
The energetic ‘Get Stronger’ is produced by Mr SnowMan, who has mixed in a bass filled mix of Dubstep and Grime, which complements the high powered lyricism, as well as giving the track the durability of being popular with more commercially minded listeners as well as setting an underground rave alight.
Despite the prolific feature of Ghetts, who drops an impressive verse on the track, ShaoDow certainly isn’t outshone in any way, as he and Ghetts both successfully take on what is described by ShaoDow as ‘a topic everybody can relate to’, with three intelligent and angrily projected verses, and an even angrier and surprisingly catchy chorus.
There is also a remix of the single, which is ‘a Dubstep/Rock/Drum & Bass invention created by talented artist/producer AK’. The remix is another track that would be well received on the dance floor, but isn’t comparable to the 3 minute adrenaline rush that is the original.
The release will be completed with an additional song called ‘Stay Away’. This is another ‘banger’ produced by Mr SnowMan, which could easily have been a release in its own right, as opposed to a B-side. This track features a quick-fire, skippy verse from ShaoDow followed by Ghetts again, who’s input on this track is arguably even more impressive than on ‘Get Stronger’. The track is completed with a decent feature from Birmingham MC ‘Vader’.
If you are a supporter of UK music, then 3rd June should be an important date in your diary as this single is well worth getting hold of.
For more information and updates on ShaoDow, visit his official website – http://www.MrShaoDow.com
Look out for a review of the official music video on or after 4th June.