Graeme S of Hsüan Records and Lakerama has been playing this remix of “darkwave duchess” Abra out lately in his DJ sets and he decided he wanted to share it with the world.
“I’m a huge fan of R’n’B and for the last few years I’ve tried to incorporate this into my productions, whether it’s my own productions on the label (Hsüan Records) or with Lakerama.
I’m trying to push a different aesthetic forward, a new perspective, like blurring r’n’b with drum and bass or in this case, old rave and Baltimore club music. I don’t want to reinterpret the past and cling to nostalgia.
I have a new EP coming out in early 2017 it’s been a huge effort, particularly in trying to merge these components into a coherent set of tracks, but I’m really happy with the outcome and lucky to be working with some amazingly talented singers and rappers in Ireland.”
Dublin bass promoters !Kaboogie kicked off a more electro-orientated club night called People Are Saps this year. Declan aka Sixfoot Apprentice is one of main crew and here he gives us his top 10 tracks of the year. Something good for everyone.
1. Chance The Rapper – ‘Everybody’s Something’ feat. Saba & BJ The Chicago Kid
A stand-out track from the excellent Acid Rap mixtape, which despite being a free release, and not on any label, still managed to do real well in the US charts cos of online plays.
2. Lethal Dialect – ’13 Til Infinity’
An absolute feckin’ Irish hip-hop anthem for that unreal Summer we had. Perfect for yer backyard barbecues ‘n’ bifties buzz.
3. Young Fathers – ‘I Heard’
These Scottish lads have had a great year, and are definitely ones to keep an eye on. Mad variety of tunes outta them, from bass-heavy bangers to the more mellow ones like ‘I Heard’.
4. Richie !Kaboogie & Joni – ‘I Do’
Lush vocal from Joni on this Richie !Kaboogie production. Insanely catchy one, this.
5. Graeme S & MyNameIsJohn – ‘Struggle’ feat. GodKnows
80/160bpm jukey-footwork beats from these two Limerick producers, with GodKnows bringin’ the sick grimey vocals. Powerful stuff.
6. Run The Jewels – ‘Run The Jewels’
I was well hyped when I heard that Killer Mike and El-P were teaming up for a release. Turned out to be one of the albums of the year. Plus the sound feckers gave it away for free. Serious heft in this track, the album opener.
7. Blue Daisy & Unknown Shapes – ‘Used To Give A Fuck’
Definitely one for the dancefloor. There’s no messin’ around with this one. A straight banger from the get-go.
8. K.Flay – ‘Hail Mary’ feat. Danny Brown
Two heads who had a great year. K.Flay with the West Ghost mixtape, and Danny Brown with the Old LP. An odd combo here on this track, but it works real well.
9. Lethal Dialect – ‘Keep It Real’ (Deviant Remix)
Deviant calls this one his “manky” remix. Fairly apt title. This is filthy boom-bap to get the head noddin’.
10. Sophie – ‘Bipp’.
Infectious summer single on the Numbers label. One of the most FUN electronic tunes of the year.
Meanwhile uptown, Richie !Kaboogie has has own Christmas selection mix: