Irish production duo Obskür return with a new single, The Dark, on 18 February, alongside vocalist Blavka.
Still just 22 years of age, Obskür’s rise to prominence to date has been achieved against the backdrop of the pandemic, meaning 2022 is likely to be something of a breakthrough year for members Lorcan McCarthy and Faustas Astrauskas.
Last weekend, the pair rocked Glasgow, Dublin and Belfast – with an appearance at Life Festival coming up this summer – while in the UK they have played at The Warehouse Project, Tokyo World and Detonate, among other venues.
Following the success of Bayside, which boasts more than 30 million plays on Spotify, the pair have continued to hone in on their signature sound, combining hard hitting 909s, hip-hop samples and raw, old-school elements.
Vocalist Bklava meanwhile, boasts a popular Rinse FM show, and has performed at the likes of Shine, Stealth, Motion, Warehouse Project and Printworks.
“This is our favourite production that we’ve ever worked on,” Obskür commented. “We’d always noticed Bklava through Spotify playlists and listening to BBC R1 and thought her vocals would suit one of our tracks. We found out that she was game on the project, and after a bit of re-writing, we fired the lyrics over to her.
“It was the easiest collab we’ve ever done. The vocals we got back were phenomenal, you honestly can’t fault her work she is just so sick. It’s been a year in the making, and to say we’re excited would be a massive understatement!”
Obskür – The Dark is out 18th February via FFRR Records.