The Bray singer and violinist Joni made a mark with the grimey bass electronica of ‘Running’ in 2015, a song which took inspiration from a sound that is more commonly associated with the UK underground.
For her second single with the Feel Good Lost label, a split release with Fly High Society, with coproduction by Richie Kaboogie, a man no stranger to fine-tuned bass, ‘292’ is an ode to a session gaff in Dublin city and Joni’s time spent there after a breakup, with ill-advised booty calls to her ex before she moved away from the area.
“I wrote it following a break up with a long term boyfriend. Across from his place was a massive session gaff I went to all of the time, where everyone would end up after nights out and I would call him after. Was a mad time but song ended up being special in remembering all the amazing times I had in 292 Nth. Circular road”
The crossover between the underground and the mainstream is something which has happened in the UK frequently with the likes of Skepta, Miss Dynamite and Dizzee Rascal being examples of those who have done it. In Ireland, with a smaller scene and less of an interest, that was never really a possibility but the new reality of internet-lead music interests means that it’s easier to make a go of it.
Joni is a Bray vocalist and violinist who has been working with one of the country’s finest purveyors of bass-lead beats Richie Kaboogie. Together, they’ve concocted a song born of the underground but through Joni’s soulful holler, has a captive audience beyond a scene. Check out the first look of the video by Feel Good Lost and get the single on iTunes / Juno with an Eomac remix and ‘Aether’.
Joni on ‘Running’: “I was in a dark place when I wrote this song. Wrecking things on purpose just to keep feeling shit. But that was the start of things getting better, too. I started running on my own, on the N11 in Wicklow, in the rain. Listening to Paul Woolford and Burial, the traffic on one side, the mountains on the other.”
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:
His name will be known to those in Ireland familiar with bass, dubstep and jungle events as one of the main men behind promoters !Kaboogie over the last 6 years. I’ve known Richie !Kaboogie as a DJ and you can catch him in GULPD cafe in the Triskel in Cork every Thursday. He’s just finished an MA in Music & Technology in the CIT School Of Music. He’s only recently began posting his own tunes on Soundcloud however.
Those tracks have been explorations into genre specifics from big-synth reggae-influenced party tunes a la the Hud Mo-esque ‘Sci-Fi Radge Rhythm’ to ambient electronic excursions like ‘Aether’ or in-between beat tracks with moody atmospheres like ‘Strings Make Molecules Dance’ or ‘Notting Shizz’.
He’s inspired by the likes of RZA, Arvo Part, Pansonic, DJ Funk, Rustie, Hessle Audio, Ward 21, Zaytoven, Blawan, TNGHT and Eomac. The jumping from genre to subgenre on his original tracks is a desire to forge a sound of his own – “gotta know the rules/typical formula before you can break them,” says he. Look out for more tracks with a female vocalist soon.