Antix has made a name for himself by writing honestly and not backing away from the truth, and “Shook (ft. Sleep)” is no exception. With an eye on fighting adversity and the myths of success in the industry, this is one of his most moving tracks yet.
The spitfire style of Antix comes with big energy that is easy to embrace as it flows through the song. His ability to take frustration and wrap so many specific ideas around it is remarkable: in three minutes we have the kill or be killed mentality of success, the idea that sales don’t mean success, and the belief that success doesn’t have anything to do with self-worth. Despite the battle energy, there’s an uplifting movement to the track.
At first, the hook has an otherworldliness to it. A gentle music-box synth that drifts ominously under Antix’s lyrics, but as the song progresses drawn-out horns join to give the track a dash of earth. By the end, the horns and synths have grown to a level that feels brighter and more elated. It is as though working through these hardships has elevated the track into something else: A realization that who we are doesn’t rely on numbers or what others see.