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MynameisjOhn, MuRli and God Knows first appeared in 2014 with an album called Rusangano / Family , an LP title that laid out where the collective exist and where they’ve come from: Ireland, Zimbabwe and Togo; Clare and Limerick. The title is the same word in two languages. It suggests two heritages, different cultures united… Read more »

Posted on April 8th, 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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Popical Island stalwarts Land Lovers are back with new music to follow up their split LP with Windings a few years back. The indie-pop band will release a new album, The Rooks Have Returned, on 16th May on Popical Island. ‘Angeline’ is vintage Land Lovers guitar pop; taking inspiration from ’50s/’60s rock’n’roll. “It’s lyrically faithful… Read more »

Posted on April 7th, 2016

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The Swedish producer sir Was will release his debut EP Says Hi on June 3rd through City Slang (who are also releasing yesterday’s Algerian tip). ‘Falcon’ is the track that piqued my interest in this Gothenberg guy, partly because it sounds like Caribou yes, but it also reminds me of James Pants, the eclectic beat… Read more »

Posted on April 7th, 2016

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The Belfast house duo Bicep have been on some roll of late. Everything they touch has a sense of magic to it. Last year’s output included two tunes that due to heavy rotation were basically instant classics. The bleeping minimalism of ‘Just’ dominated but their collaboration with Hammer ‘Dahlia’ was equally moving. For a 2016… Read more »

Posted on April 7th, 2016

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Here’s a promising listen to the first single from Dublin singer-songwriter Tim Chadwick. ‘Blindfolded’ is a fine singer-songwriter-style pop song which serves as the Dubliner’s opening gambit. Ben Howard and James Vincent McMorrow have been cited as comparisons. To me, ‘Blindfolded’ sounds like the work of an artist heading for a large radio-friendly audience regardless… Read more »

Posted on April 6th, 2016

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Algeria’s Imarhan are following in the footsteps of Tinariwen and Songhoy Blues in African guitar bands breaking into into a Western market with an album release on City Slang at the end on April 29th. The six-piece band from Tamanrasset in Southern Algeria make music similar to their Saharan Tuareg peers. Eyadou Ag Leche of… Read more »

Posted on April 6th, 2016

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This Friday, Rusangano Family, who are God Knows, MuRli and MynameisjOhn, the Limerick-based rap trio will cement their status as Ireland’s finest rap group with the release of their second album Let The Dead Bury The Dead, the follow-up to their blistering debut. Here we have the band’s new video for the track ‘Lights On’… Read more »

Posted on April 6th, 2016

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rocstrong

Rocstrong arrived on the Irish scene with a swaggering funk rock sound that soon bagged his songs placements in ads for Lidl and trailers for the Coen Brothers movie Hail, Caesar!. Now, Congolese-born Dubliner Andre J.P Bangala is back with some new music. ‘Block Party (Kaiser)’ is a song that on the surface sounds like… Read more »

Posted on April 5th, 2016

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