The Radar: Shak Omar – No Chemistry

By Shaun Ponsonby
Wed 27 June, 2018

Despite clear influences such as J Cole and Usher, Shak Omar’s latest single still sounds like it came from these streets.

Shak Omar has dropped the video for his latest track No Chemistry via SBTV Music.

To begin with, the song appears to be a party jam, but as the narrative progresses, it becomes clear that the song is more than it seems.

Lyrically, Omar reflects on the fact that he and his lover only seem to have chemistry when intoxicated. In fact we’d go as far as to say it doesn’t even sound like they even like each other that much when they are sober. “We don’t get along unless liquor’s involved,” he cries.

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The video reflects the lyrics fairly literally, depicting both the good times and the more frequent bad times with his partner, along with scenes of Omar playing cards with the boys and hanging around the streets.

The implication in the card scenes seems to be that he is discussing the situation with his friends. Whilst the final show shows her on her own, possibly pointing to the inevitable demise of the doomed relationship.

Musically, the song is straight up Shak Omar; influences such as J Cole and Usher are obvious in the track, but there’s no way it could have come out of any other place on Earth. There may be a certain polish to it, but it definitely feels like a British track, and it does much to support the notion that there are exciting things happening in Liverpool’s R&B scenes.