Having formed in Sligo at a vinyl-only night in McGarrigles in 2008, This Side Up represent an West Of Ireland faction of hip-hop lovers brought up on the golden age of rap – call and response, posse cuts, samples and fat drum beats. On Myster-E, Shaool & Noone’s debut album there’s a playfulness in their bright hip-hop style that’s matched by their accents.
‘Billy No Mates’ sounds like a Jurassic 5 throwback production, ‘The Beast’ is a Beastie Boys flute loop with more bass, ‘All Nottin’ are these Sligo MCs in full flow, ‘Signs’ sees them team up with UK rappers Verb T and MoreOne.
Other guests include Spekulative Fiktion and MC Muipead (rapping as Gaeilge – “wild Atlantic shit”), while Hamo, one half of dance producers Brame and Hamo, also Sligo-born, contributes the beat to ‘Snappin’.
The album is out Monday via Bandcamp. Listen to it here first:
This week’s chart is headed by French producer Para One’s incendiary slice of gospel house with the South African Youth Choir, a surprising rap debut from Future Islands’ Sam T. Herring with Madlib no less, new artists from LA (Transviolet), Brighton (Oslo Parks), Cork (Lakerama), Wicklow (Joni), Melbourne (Cloves, pictured) along with electronic heat from Jack J and new music from Chvrches, Tame Impala and Mac Demarco. Also available on Spotify.
I’ve been looking back for much of the last month, revisiting and enjoying the first six months in music so far. Normally at this point I’d pick 50 songs to represent the half-year but I couldn’t limit it to 50 and went for 75. My albums of the year so far are also worth your ears.
In the meantime, the new music train keeps on running and while I was busy compiling and revisiting, I didn’t get the chance to share some doozies other than on the radio. So here are 20 of the best new songs released in the last 14 days.