Stevie G & Young Wonder’s Ian Ring Abovedat project debuted a couple of months back with ‘Addicted’ featuring Christiana Underwood. For their second single, they’ve roped in Chicago singer Jesse Boykins III (previously vocalist for Daithí, Little Simz and Machinedrum) for an neo disco-soul dance number. aboveDat will be doing select DJ appearances throughout the… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2016

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After waiting so long for new music from The Avalanches, coming back with ‘Frankie Sinatra’ didn’t fill me with much hope. Lacking charm, nuance and substance, the hook-filled sample was enough to lock on to you while Doom and Danny Brown did a fine job with a novelty-sounding beat. In the Zane Lowe interview that… Read more »

Posted on June 16th, 2016

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Anyone interested in new music in Ireland will have been keeping an eye on Hare Squead. It was October 2014 at Hard Working Class Heroes when I first saw Tony Konstone, Jessy Rose and E-Knock play live and their R&B-swerved into electronic pop / rap style was something that has not really existed in Ireland… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2016

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After announcing their arrival with ‘Gentle Kind Of Lies’, an alternative R and B track, that self-described “agrosoul” tag is going to make much more sense after hearing BARQ’s ‘That Thing You Love’. BARQ say the track is an “a very aggressive song about meditation,” that has more prominent and eclectic jazz, rock and soul… Read more »

Posted on May 25th, 2016

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Last year, Future Islands rapped with Madlib on the stonking track ‘Trouble Knows Me’, while Canadian jazzy hip-hop instrumentalists BadBadNotGood did a band reinterpretation of ‘Seasons (Waiting On You’) and made an album with Ghostface Killah that was in my top 10 of 2015. That collaborative streak strikes here on ‘Time Moves Slow’, the first… Read more »

Posted on May 18th, 2016

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Sampha likes to take his time huh? In the five years he’s been making music in the public, first with SBTRKT and later on his own, there’s been a slow release of tunes. His last solo material was ‘Too Much’/’Happens’ in 2013 but in the meantime, he’s featured on songs from Kanye West, Drake and… Read more »

Posted on May 17th, 2016

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Dublin R&B singer AikJ is a name that has increasing in visibility of late. AikJ makes soulful R&B pop productions when he’s not in college training as a computer scientist. New single ‘Suite Life’ has a sunshine pop feel to it, perfect for the start of May. It applies a disco sheen to some laidback… Read more »

Posted on May 4th, 2016

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aboveDat is a new project brought to you by two of Cork’s brightest music talents – OG Stevie G, DJ, vinyl lover and radio presenter with REDFM and his younger Ian Ring, producer with Young Wonder. Last year, Stevie got into the releasing game on his Soul Jamz label with a track worked on by… Read more »

Posted on April 27th, 2016

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Emma Garnett makes music under the name Feather, sometimes with friends Ben Bix and RiZA and sometimes with her sister Loah. On ‘Like No Other’, the Sierra Leonean Garnett introduces her Feather vibe from a forthcoming solo EP due in the summer. That sound is Afro neo-soul, jazz and hip-hop funk, played by an able… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2016

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Kaytranada has linked up with man of the moment Anderson Paak on a new track from his forthcoming debut album 99.9%. Paak is having some year. From his album of 2016 contender to vocal contributions to tracks from Snakehips, TokiMonsta and NxWorries, he’s killing it. His smoked tones are perfectly suited to Kaytranada’s bumping productions… Read more »

Posted on April 8th, 2016

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BARQ are a new Dublin band making Alt R&B music or “Agrosoul” as they describe it and fronted by the familiar face of Jess Kav, who in the last few years has sung with Kodaline, Jape, Hozier and appeared on Lethal Dialect’s 1988. Not to mention fronted bands Tongue In Chic and Gin’n’Juice too. Kav… Read more »

Posted on March 23rd, 2016

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It’s been a term of regrouping for Come On Live Long in the past year or so since the album cycle of Everything Fall felt complete. As a group of people, they’ve moved to different countries, and experienced major life events and as musicians, they’ve explored some once-off projects and tracks like ‘Trough’. Robert Ardiff… Read more »

Posted on March 11th, 2016

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Yes, Seal. ‘Kiss From A Rose’ Seal (and ‘Killer’), joined rising R&B singer Gallant for a rendition of his song ‘Weight In Gold’. So much emotion. It’s a part of Gallant”s In A Room series. The first episode was a collab with Sufjan. This version of the song has been added to the Nialler9 New… Read more »

Posted on March 11th, 2016

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If you were paying attention to featured guests and collaborators on rap albums in 2015, the name Anderson .Paak was one that appeared on a few albums – Dr. Dre’s Compton, The Game’s The Documentary 2.5, Busdriver’s Thumbs and his joint effort with Knxwledge as NxWorries for Stones Throw. 2016 is the year that Paak,… Read more »

Posted on January 29th, 2016

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Katy B has a new album called Honey coming described as “a love letter to Katy’s natural home – the global club underground.” This is who is on it: 1. Katy B x KAYTRANADA — Honey 2. Katy B x Major Lazer x Craig David — Who Am I 3. Katy B x Wilkinson x… Read more »

Posted on January 28th, 2016

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