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’
  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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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. Metronomy – ‘Old Skool’
  2. Skepta – ‘Lyrics’
  3. Radiohead – ‘Daydreaming’
  4. Chance The Rapper – ‘No Problem’
  5. Marcus Marr – ‘Rocketship’
  6. Lyra – ‘Emerald’
  7. James Blake & Bon Iver – ‘I Need A Forest Fire’
  8. Kaytranada – ‘Lite Spots’
  9. FLUME – Say It feat Tove Lo
  10. BADBADNOTGOOD – Time Moves Slow (feat. Sam Herring)
  11. Jens Kuross – ‘Steadier’
  12. Planet Parade – ‘Face To Face’
  13. Factory Floor – ‘Dial Me In’
  14. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘First World Problem’
  15. NAO – ‘Girlfriend’
  16. Wild Beasts – ‘Get My Bang’
  17. Glass Animals – ‘Life Itself’
  18. Sampha – ‘Timmy’s Prayer’
  19. Alicia Keys – ‘In Common’
  20. Todd Terje & The Olsens – ‘Firecracker’
  21. Kauf – Through The Yard (Fort Romeau Remix)
  22. Ensemble Ériu – ‘The Tempest’
  23. Grace Lightman – ‘Faultless’
  24. Shura – ‘What’s It Gonna Be?’
  25. Paul McCartney, Wings, Timo Maas & James Teej – Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five

Posted on June 2nd, 2016

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