A couple of years ago Rome Fortune collaborated with Four Tet on ‘One Time For’. Now, the rapper has worked with Chaz Bundick aka Toro Y Moi on two new cuts ‘Leotard’ and ‘Boo Mobile II’, the latter sampling Ciara’s ‘Body Party’. His Beautiful Pimp 3 mixtape is forthcoming. Meanwhile, Bundick has a new psych… Read more »

Posted on January 11th, 2017

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Anderson .Paak owned 2016 around here with Malibu being my album of the year since it appeared in late January. Not only that but Mr Breezy Lovejoy did much more than impress everyone with performances and his own music last year. Not only did he release an album with Knxledge as Nxworries on Stones Throw… Read more »

Posted on January 10th, 2017

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El-P and Killer Mike’s partnership continues at full clip with the release of their third album. When they first joined together as producer and rapper on Killer Mike’s RAP Music album and the subsequent RTJ mixtape, the thrill and novelty of two very different rappers from two different sides of the U.S. was a big… Read more »

Posted on January 5th, 2017

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There’s an undeniable influence on Reuben James‘ impressive new track ‘What You Want’. The flow of Kendrick Lamar looms large in the voice of James, a young Dublin MC whose main claim to fame is that he came first in The Step Inn’s Step’s Got Talent competition and he has songs with Hare Squead’s Jessy… Read more »

Posted on January 4th, 2017

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The Dublin beatmaker Plant Food dropped a fine EP of Brainfeeder-style beats late last year, that suggests a talent yet to be fully explored. Meanwhile, Ganiyu TLG is an Athy, Kildare-based emcee and member of MASSAI313 hip-hop society whose music has moved between rap, grime, electronic and dance music, trying out different styles (more heard below)… Read more »

Posted on January 4th, 2017

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El-P and Killer Mike’s Run The Jewels will drop their third album RTJ3 on January 13th as a free release digitally and on streaming services. The album features Danny Brown, Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, BOOTS, Trina, and saxophonist Kamasi Washington. A physical release follows on 20th January and a pre-order is here…. Read more »

Posted on December 1st, 2016

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Ama is an Athlone-based rapper, singer and songwriter making R&B and hip-hop-inspired music. The Nigerian-born, Irish raised dude is studying sound engineering at AIT. His inspirations include Jay Z, Drake, Majid Jordan, Partynextdoor and Travis Scott. His latest single ‘Stay Home’ is autotune-featuring song with an almost kwaito African dance beat. The song is produced… Read more »

Posted on November 30th, 2016

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Soft World, a short 20 minute compilation is billed as an ode to sampling. The 11-track Bandcamp tape was arranged by Soft Boy Records founders Kojaque and Kean Kavanagh  and features some hip-hop beat productions from Ireland from the likes of Wastefellow, Brame. Jar Jar Jr, MAtt Finnegan and the boys themselves. Check it out here with some… Read more »

Posted on November 29th, 2016

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An old band comes together for a final statement after years of fighting and estrangement of its two most vocal members. It’s an age-old story that happened to A Tribe Called Quest in the 18 years since they released their fifth album The Love Movement. As bitterly captured in the documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life,… Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2016

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