The Grammys took place last night and the winners list is here, though it must be said, the Grammys have repeatedly shown themselves to be culturally irrelevant in the winners of the awards. Adele’s OK album winning over Beyoncé’s for album of the year continues the problem that a black artist has in winning one of the night’s major awards. Frank Ocean just refused to enter his work and explained why yesterday.

So the awards are establishment-lead trash but the live performances are what keeps people coming back. There were 16 performances last night and here are the most notable ones:


Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin & Tamela Mann

Chance The Rapper’s performance was a highly-charged medley from Coloring Book complete with choir, Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann. Chance won Best New Artist and this is how he accepted.


A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson .Paak, Consequence & Busta Rhymes

A Tribe Called Quest performed ‘We The People’ (with some bits from ‘Award Tour’ and ‘Can I Kick It?) with Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes and Consequence. Busta called Trump President Agent Orange, they brought American Muslims on-stage and Q-Tip called the crowd to ‘Resist!’.


Beyoncé

A heavily-pregnant-with twins Beyoncé delivered the most visually-arresting performance of the night with some slow Lemonade cuts.


Bruno Mars’ Prince Tribute with The Time

Bruno Mars’ did a tribute to Prince with Morris Day and The Time (a band that Prince played with and formed in school) – ‘Jungle Love’ was played too but isn’t in the video. Mars did ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ is a Purple Rain-era velvet suit and it turns out he can slay on guitar:


Adele’s underwhelming George Michael Tribute

The big winner of the night – Adele performed a tribute to George Michael that was she restarted as she was off-key. Performing ‘Fast Love’ she slowed the song down to a craic-less coma level cover that could have been so much more. She also performed ‘Hello’ at the start and acknowledged that Beyoncé should have won the album of the year trophy (the Grammys do not have a strong history of giving big awards to black artists).


The Weeknd performed with Daft Punk

DP dressed as Glam Darth Vaders. They are very good at standing around behind equipment (it’s unclear if they did anything).


Metallica and Lady Gaga – Why?

Gaga couldn’t have fallen from the top further with this shit show pairing. Hetfield’s mic doesn’t work for most of it, Gaga trips. Why?

Posted on February 13th, 2017

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Chance The Rapper’s music video for ‘Same Drugs’ debuted on Facebook live last night and it features Chance in a duet with a giant puppet in the video by Jake Schreier.

It’s warmth for the soul. ‘Same Drugs’ is from Coloring Book, which is up for seven Grammys this weekend, first streaming-only album to receive one nomination, never mind seven.

‘Same Drugs’ also features vocals from Eryn Allen Kane, Yebba, John Legend, Francis Starlite and Macie Stewart.

Posted on February 7th, 2017

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Well shit.

After rescheduling and postponing dates, the worst thing has happened to Chance The Rapper’s two Irish dates in the Helix this week. They were cancelled with less than 24 hours to go.

Chance was due to make his debut headline in Ireland tonight (Wednesday) with another on Friday. He had spent the start of the week in the UK praying for Kanye and performing for Trevor Nelson’s show.

Close to midnight last night, promoters MCD announced the bad news “due to personal reasons.”

Those personal reasons may involve Kanye who was hospitalised for his own safety this week after acting erratically, as Chance said on the radio:

“I want to just extend this prayer and this love from all the way in Britain. We might come home early to see this man. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Chance features on the opening track of The Life Of Pablo – ‘Ultralight Beam’ and has been vocal about his love for Kanye.

His show at the Apollo in Manchester on the 26th has also been cancelled.


KANYE WEST x CHANCE THE RAPPER – Ultra Light… by OKLM_Insolite

Posted on November 23rd, 2016

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Chance the Rapper performed ‘No Problems’ with Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz on Ellen, using the backdrop of a “Generic Records” company board meeting, which they promptly tear up the way Chance keeps his career independent and in his own control, as he discusses below with Ellen.

Lil Wayne also referenced the recent US Olympic debacle with the new line “And if that label try to stop me/ I’m goin let ’em rob me / Yeah, right, like Ryan Lochte.”

Coloring Book, Chance’s latest free album has grown to be one of my favourites of 2016.

Posted on September 15th, 2016

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My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify and Soundcloud.

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The top songs of the month

  1. Frank Ocean – ‘Solo’
  2. Emmanuelle – ‘Italove’
  3. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Get Low’
  4. Banks – ‘Gemini Feed’
  5. All Tvvins – ‘End Of The Day’
  6. KDA feat. Tinashe – ‘Just Say’
  7. Bon Iver – ’22 (OVER S∞∞N) ‘
  8. Pional – ‘Casualty’
  9. Frank Ocean – ‘Pink + White’
  10. Waffles -‘Ca Va’
  11. Sampha – ‘Blood On Me’
  12. Flowdan – ‘Horror Show Style’

  13. Nao feat. A.K. Paul – ‘Trophy’
  14. Badbadnotgood feat. Kaytranada – ‘Lavender’
  15. Philipi & Rodrigo – ‘Mantra’
  16. John Talabot -‘Voices’
  17. Tensnake – ‘Freundchen’
  18. Carriages – ‘Moving Parts’
  19. Wolfgang Tillmans – ‘Device Control’
  20. Vince Staples & James Blake – ‘War Ready’
  21. Hazel English – ‘I’m Fine’

  22. The Invisible – ‘Life’s Dancers’ (Floating Points remix)
  23. Thundercat – ‘Bus In These Streets’
  24. Schoolboy Q – ‘That Part’ (Black Hippy remix)
  25. Sylvan Esso – ‘Radio’

Posted on September 7th, 2016

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Update:

Chance The Rapper’s original show in the Olympia Theatre is to be rescheduled due to conflicts but the good news is that Chance  will now play two shows in the Helix, on Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th November instead. 

Current ticket holders will have first choice on exchanging their tickets for either of the new dates. A limited number of extra tickets will subsequently go on general release. Please contact Ticketmaster for any questions (I presume they’ll be in touch with ticketholders direct).

Chance The Rapper is finally coming to Ireland for a headline show. The Chicago rapper comes to Dublin for one night on Friday November 11th for a show at the Olympia Theatre. Tickets are €39.50 + fees on sale Monday from Ticketmaster.ie at 10am.

Chance is one of the best new artists to emerge in recent years. Endorsed by Kanye (and upstaging him on his recent album The Life Of Pablo), Chancelor Bennett has been repping the independent route since appearing with his Acid Rap mixtape. He diverged to bring in his music mates on the Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment Surf album last year and earlier this year, he dropped his free release Coloring Book.

The Dublin date is part of his Magnificent Coloring World Tour. You should get tickets.

Posted on August 23rd, 2016

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My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify and Soundcloud.

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The top songs of the month

  1. Blood Orange – ‘Best To You’
  2. Lapsley – ‘Operator’ (DJ Koze’s Extended Disco remix)
  3. Talos – ‘Your Love Is An Island’
  4. Kelsey Lu – ‘Dreams’
  5. Angel Olsen – ‘Shut Up Kiss Me’
  6. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Rising Water’
  7. I Am The Cosmos – ‘Letting It Go’
  8. Factory Floor – ‘Ya’
  9. The Avalanches – ‘Like A Folkstar’
  10. Doctr – ‘Tropique’
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  11. Abra – Crybaby’
  12. Shura – ‘Make It Up’
  13. Hvmmingbyrd – ‘If Love Was Enough’
  14.  Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – Stranger Things theme song
  15. Glass Animals – ‘Youth’
  16. Mac Miller feat. Anderson Paak – ‘Dang!’
  17. Massive Attack feat. Ghostpoet – ‘Come Near Me’
  18. Roisin Murphy – ‘Ten Miles High’
  19. Badbadnotgood & Colin Stetson – ‘Confessions Part II’
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  20. GL – ‘Hallucinate’
  21. Trim – ‘Man Like Me’
  22. Michael Sembello – ‘Gravity’ (Psychemagik remix)
  23. Banks – ‘Fuck With Myself’
  24. Mall Grab –  ‘I’ve Always Liked Grime’
  25. Clams Casino & Kelela – ‘A Breath Away’


Posted on August 3rd, 2016

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Here are a list of my most listened and loved records of 2016 so far with Spotify playlists for overall and Irish albums of the year. Anderson Paak’s soulful album has been on constant, while Bowie left us a legendary parting gift, Bibio turned in a career best work, Kendrick dropped an outtakes album that is better than most regular albums, Radiohead returned with a personal album, Chance the Rapper continues to take over, Christine & The Queens stole our hearts, Rusangano Family made the best Irish rap album in quite a while, Blood Orange made a sprawling album of guest-filled tunes made for repeat, Beyoncé, James Blake aand Radiohead dropped albums at short notice, Kaytranada kept up on his promise and Skepta made a great grime album.

I would love to hear what records moved you so far this year, leave a comment below.

See also: Top 75 songs of 2016 so far.

Top 25 albums of 2016 so far…

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  1. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
  2. Bibio – A Mineral Love
  3. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered.
  4. David Bowie – Blackstar
  5. Skepta – Konnichiwa
  6. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  7. Christine & The Queens – Chaleur Humaine
  8. Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
  9. Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead
  10. Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
  11. Mmoths – Luneworks
  12. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
  13. Leon Vynehall – Rojus (Designed to Dance)
  14. The Gloaming – 2
  15. Kaytranada – 99.9%
  16. King – We Are King
  17. Cian Nugent – Night Fiction
  18. James Blake – The Colour In Anything
  19. Lisa O’Neill – Pothole In The Sky
  20. Anohni – Hopelessness
  21. Beyoncé – Lemonade
  22. Junior Boys — Big Black Coat
  23. Underworld – Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future
  24. Solar Bears – Advancement
  25. Doomsquad – Total Time

Top Irish albums of 2016 so far

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  1. Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead
  2. Mmoths – Luneworks
  3. The Gloaming – 2
  4. Cian Nugent – Night Fiction
  5. Lisa O’Neill – Pothole In The Sky
  6. Solar Bears – Advancement
  7. J Cowhie – Veil
  8. Ryan Vail – For Every Silence
  9. The Altered Hours – In Heat Not Sorry
  10. Ciaran Lavery – Let Bad In
  11. February & Mars – February & Mars
  12. I Have A Tribe – Beneath A Yellow Moon
  13. Ensemble Éiru – Imbas
  14. Cinema – A Night Train To Budapest
  15. Little Green Cars – Ephemera
  16. Bleeding Heart Pigeons – Is
  17. Rollers / Sparkers – Interior Ministry
  18. Overhead, The Albatross – Learning To Growl
  19. Plutonic Dust – Grand Delusions
  20. The Natural History Museum – Attenborough

Posted on July 6th, 2016

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