2019 was a highly promising year for soulful Dublin songstress Shiv. Despite having a relatively small profile, she impressed across three singles with lush vocals, warm productions and a type of polished feel that is often missing from newcomers.
Today we’re premiering her first single of 2020, a re-working of last year’s ‘Golden’ featuring rising Dublin rapper Nealo.
‘Golden’ is a butter-smooth cut that is powered by its exceptional warmth. Shiv’s vocals have a comforting quality that draws you in and you don’t want them to let go. The delivery feels easy and open and indicative of a significant talent. Nealo’s distinct flow contrasts fittingly and offers a brief change of pace that keeps the track dynamic against its nostalgic, sunset beats.
‘Golden’ is another addition to the Irish female-led R&B canon which rarely receives the credit it deserves and Shiv is quickly coming to its forefront. For an artist to have such a clear sound and direction at an early stage of her career is no mean feat and she carries it out with reliable confidence. 2020 is set to be an exciting year for whatever step Shiv takes next.
Nealo and Shiv perform at the Irish Hip-Hop Against Homelessness fundraiser in Sugar Club on March 16 alongside a stacked line-up including Jyellowl, Jafaris, Why-Axis, Erica Cody, Dubzeno, Rebel Phoenix, Celaviedmai and more. Tickets are now on sale for €15.