Colm K is an stalwart of the Cork music scene as a DJ and producer. Having participated in RBMA in 2003, Colm’s reputation seems to have grown with each passing year. He is a Sunday Times resident, a festival regular, has remixed Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, released music on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, guested on Rinse… Read more »

Posted on November 17th, 2016

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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. Graeme says: “I’m a huge fan of R’n’B and for the last few years I’ve tried to incorporate this into my productions,… Read more »

Posted on November 14th, 2016

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It’s been a clusterfuck of a week by any standards, even a year which has given us so much terrible news in music alone. 2016 continued dumping on our spirits this week with a Trump presidency in the US and the death of Leonard Cohen this morning. A respite is needed. With all the turmoil… Read more »

Posted on November 11th, 2016

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Rising Dublin four-piece Barq’s two singles thus far have revealed an alternative live band jazz/R&B vibe. ‘That Thing You Love’ is self-described “agrosoul” while ‘Gentle Kind Of Lies’ was more of a psychedelic soul vibe. New single ‘Bear’ was written by singer Jess Kav, after her mother passed and deals with loss and growing up. Musically,… Read more »

Posted on November 8th, 2016

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Congolese/Dublin guitarist/singer Niwel Tsumbu’s band RiZA is made up of Eamonn Cagney (of Treelan) on percussion, Emma Garnett (Feather) and Sallay Garnett (Loah) on vocals and Paddy Groenland (Ensemble Ériu, Manden Express) on guitar. Last year, RiZA gave us ‘Kamembe’ and the promise of an album. That album arrives in January and from it, ‘Thank… Read more »

Posted on October 25th, 2016

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D.R.A.M.’s new album Big Baby D.R.A.M. dropped last Friday and in the middle of the Virginian rapper’s album and among features from Young Thug and Lil Yachty, Erykah Badu appears for a beaut of a duet on ‘WiFi’. The song is dripping with slap bass funk, synth love declarations, a stage intro for the guest…. Read more »

Posted on October 24th, 2016

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Hare Squead dropped their major label debut single in June and since then the Dublin trio have been making their moves into the UK and Europe music consciousness via a support tour with Dua Lipa. ‘Long Way To Go’, their second single on Columbia Records, is typical of the alchemic soul pop that rappers Tony… Read more »

Posted on October 14th, 2016

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Cork’s Stevie G and Ian Ring have released a couple of singles as AboveDat which move between R&B and electronic music. On their latest, they’ve turned their attention to British R&B singer Shaun Escoffery and his smooth soulful single ‘Ain’t No Time’. AboveDat add some dancefloor swing to the track as you can hear below:

Posted on October 10th, 2016

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2016’s best dudeAnderson .Paak continues his winning streak with more new music from his collaboration with Knxwledge as NxWorries. The album called Yes Lawd!, (a popular Paak phrase) is out in October on Stones Throw. ‘Lyk Dis’ is built on a warm beat production by Knzwledge (this is characteristically Stones Throw if you ask me), while Paak… Read more »

Posted on September 20th, 2016

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Hey, it looks like we’re finally going to get that Sampha debut album soon. ‘Blood On Me’ is a new track, co-produced with Rodaidh McDonald from Sampha’s forthcoming album Process to be released on Young Turks. The follow up to ‘Timmy’s Prayer’ is more upbeat than his usual style and lyrically, has a sense of… Read more »

Posted on September 1st, 2016

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Soulé is one of the artists who first came to my attention through playing Word Up Collective gigs. Now signed with new artist agency / production company Diffusion Labs, for her debut solo single, the UK-born Irish-based Soulé knocks it out of the park with ‘Love No More’. It’s a drum and bass-influenced dance song… Read more »

Posted on August 31st, 2016

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​Matt O’Baoill and Max Zanga are Tebi Rex an alt hip-hop duo from Maynooth, Kildare whose styles take in pop, acoustic and dance as part of its sound. is the lead single of the Ducks-To-Position EP which was released on Bandcamp on Sunday. Tebi Rex are part of the Word Up Collective, a new hip-hop… Read more »

Posted on August 9th, 2016

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The second song from Banks’ forthcoming album The Altar (September 30th), ‘Gemini Feed’ is a cross between ’90s-era R&B (Brandy and Monica’s ‘The Boy Is Mine’ has the same marimba style) and the heady synth style that producer Sohn brings to the table. First single ‘Fuck With Myself’ was a little close to FKA Twigs… Read more »

Posted on August 3rd, 2016

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Banks is back with a new album, the followup to the excellent Goddess on September 30th and ‘Fuck With Myself’ is our first taste, a a deeper, darker R&B style than we’re used to from her, imbued with convincing FKA Twigs-style atmosphere. Last year, Banks released ‘Better’ and featured on Chet Faker’s ‘1988’ remix. “This… Read more »

Posted on July 13th, 2016

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