Ty Dolla $ign and HWLS were asked to make a song together by a big brand that was shot by Yours Truly. The track the pair made together has an Irish connection via a sample of ‘Dolls’, a song from Solar Bears’ debut album She Was Coloured In. Solar Bears aren’t sure how the sample… Read more »

Posted on February 8th, 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



Non Fiction 18

Cork man Brian Deady has returned to long format album for the first time in six years. Recently, Deady has been showing off his vocal chops with fun doo-wop covers that were followed by a couple of singles, both equally impressive but disparate in style. ‘A Darkness’ opens the album on a melancholic note ruing… Read more »

Posted on December 2nd, 2015



Ratking’s So It Goes was one of the best rap albums of last year and now, Wiki of the group has announced a free solo album out on Monday called lil me out via Letter Racer and featuring production by Madlib, Sporting Life, Kaytranada and Lee Bannon and guest turns from Micachu, Skepta and Antwon…. Read more »

Posted on December 1st, 2015

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Cork producer Chris Power is one dude I’ve been keeping an eye on on Soundcloud over the last two years or so. On ‘Tales Of The Terrace’, the producer showcases some serious beat credentials which is given an extra lift through Cleveland rapper Atari Jones. It reminds me of Stones Throw, Madlib, Shape Of Broad… Read more »

Posted on November 19th, 2015


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The Atlanta musician Raury, who has collaborated with SBTRKT has his debut album All We Need out next week on Columbia. ‘Forbidden Knowledge’ the latest track from it is concerned with “the nature of man” and the place of black people in society with Raury playing the Andre 3000 role to Big K.R.I.T.’s Big Boi…. Read more »

Posted on October 8th, 2015

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I always felt that Glass Animals’ slow vaporous textures were totally suitable for a rap track (and R&B as they’ve proved) and now it’s come to pass. Glass Animals and Joey Bada$$ have collaborated on a track called ‘Lose Control’. The track is released today as part of Glass Animals’ Fresh Fruit series and was… Read more »

Posted on October 6th, 2015

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Dublin alt hip-hop duo Dah Jevu have dropped their dark brooding new single ‘Incubus’ with a video by Hugh Mulhern to match. The band are playing State and Hope’s We Shall Overcome event on Sunday which also features Fierce Mild, The Winter Passing, Young Hearts Run Free and’s Vinyl Love put together by me. Entry… Read more »

Posted on September 29th, 2015



Rappcats have a new album coming ou which features all Madlib instrumentals that was put together by Blu and MED and features rhymes/vocals from MF DOOM, Aloe Blacc, Hodgy Beats, Anderson Paak, Mayer Hawthorne and Dam-Funk. It’s called Bad Neighbor and it’s out on October 30th digitally and on CD with vinyl on December 1st…. Read more »

Posted on September 23rd, 2015

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