Soft Boy Records came on my radar via a mixtape of beats featuring label founders Kojaque and Kean Kavanagh along with Wastefellow, Brame. Brién and Matt Finnegan. Their latest release introduces a new Dublin-based artist Henry Earnest, who has operated under the name Dr. Duloc and with the banf Ro Gang. ‘Good Day’ is a… Read more »

Posted on August 22nd, 2017

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MF Doom has announced a new weekly single series on Adult Swim featuring music from upcoming releases that will run for 15 weeks and feature DOOM along with others. The Missing Notebook Rhymes series is described as a “notebook” of upcoming releases and singles by other artists featuring DOOM including Jay Electronica. Here’s the first… Read more »

Posted on August 8th, 2017

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There haven’t been many Beastie soundalikes over the years because it’s hard to recreate the magical chemistry that Mike D, Adrock and MCA had in their rhymes and production. But there’s no doubt that Brookyln group CRW$HD (CREWSHADE) are channelling the Beasties’ early to mid ’90s styles as heard on Check Your Head and Ill… Read more »

Posted on August 8th, 2017

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Upcoming Irish rapper JyellowL just dropped ‘Cold In The Summer’, a seven minute track detailing the issues that effect him as a young man of Nigerian / Jamaican heritage growing up in Ireland. “The title is a euphemism for racism, black oppression, police brutality and death”, he says. “It is an artistic reminder that racism… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Rusangano Family have debuted the Bob Gallagher-directed video shot in Clare for new single ‘I Know You Know’ which addresses mental health and features Rusangano Family, Naoise Roo, Linda O’Connor, Sarah Joy McDermott, Eamonn Elliot, Elaine Mai, Sam Burton, Lisa O’Flynn, Kate O’Shea, David MacNamara, Aoife O’Donoghue and Eavan Brennan. “The track is about how… Read more »

Posted on June 16th, 2017

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The Truth About Irish Hip Hop is an upcoming documentary, Directed and produced by Gavin FitzGerald & Mark Hayes, examining the state of Irish hip=hop in 2017 and features interviews with Rusangano Family, This Side Up, Mango & MathMan, Fifth Element & Doublescreen, Jafaris, Ophelia MC, myself and more. The Truth About Irish Hip Hop… Read more »

Posted on June 9th, 2017

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Rusangano Family will follow up their Choice Music Prize winning second album Let The Dead Bury The Dead with their first new song ‘I Know You Know’. The Limerick and Clare trio release the new track on June 16th but are serving the song to the public ahead of their Forbidden Fruit appearance (stage times… Read more »

Posted on May 29th, 2017

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Danger Mouse’s song from Edgar Wright’s forthcoming film, Baby Driver features Run The Jewels and Big Boi on the track. ‘Chase Me’ is a triumvirate rap caper from the film’s soundtrack which has 30 tunes on it. Both Killer Mike of Run the Jewels and Big Boi appear in the film too. Danger Mouse: “Edgar… Read more »

Posted on May 18th, 2017

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Rejjie Snow this morning released The Moon & You, a debut mixtape and free download. It trails his full-length album to come later this year. The Dublin rapper’s mixtape features ‘Purple Tuesday’ which dropped last week and features Joey Bada$$ & Jesse Boykins III. Much of the mixtape is produced by Benjamin Miller with Cam… Read more »

Posted on May 17th, 2017

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Kojaque is a Dublin rapper who has been making music for several years via Youtube videos and Soundcloud posts. His style is downbeat, jazzy and suited to late-night lounging. Last week, he followed up his involvement in the Soft Boy mixtape and his Sunday Roast mixtape with ‘Wifi Code’ a song that feels like a… Read more »

Posted on May 2nd, 2017

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This Side Up are a Sligo trio that dropped an excellent album of West Coast (of Ireland) hip-hop in November. ‘Billy No Mates’ is an easy highlight from the LP, I said it “sounds like a Jurassic 5 throwback production” originally. Watch the fun video by Gavin Fitzgerald of the track above. This Side Up’s… Read more »

Posted on April 18th, 2017

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Danger Doom’s The Mouse and The Mask, the 2005 collaborative album between MF Doom and producer Danger Mouse is getting a reissue in a 3-LP deluxe format. I wrote about it 11 years ago. I’m old. The original album was a successful collaboration which weaved interludes and inspiration from Adult Swim TV show characters like… Read more »

Posted on April 11th, 2017

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The Cork hip-hop artist formerly known as Young Phantom, now Outsider YP has released his new track ‘Saddest Day’ accompanied by a video shot in Hong Kong featuring fashion designer and aspiring model Sai Wing. The video was directed by 3JBK, a team of videographers and video producers based in Hong Kong. That city’s otherworldliness… Read more »

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

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I’ve been listening to EL-P since the days of Rawkus Records (and subsequently famously denounced the label), since the days of SoundBombing compilations, since Cannibal Ox, since he ran Def Jux, through his solo material and of course, his crowning relationship with his cohort Killer Mike, as Run The Jewels. They have an alchemy that… Read more »

Posted on March 30th, 2017

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