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With a cover image that looks at first glance like it was taken from some engrossing castle-set samurai game (only to realise that’s Charleville Castle and the music festival Castlepalooza), WhytFaux: The Conman & Slim, is the new mixtape from Cork producer Chris Power. It’s an impressive collection of beat productions with soul samples, packed… Read more »

Posted on July 26th, 2016

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One of the best things I saw at Iceland Airwaves, and last year in general, was the 16 strong female rap group Reykjavíkurdætur (Daughters of Reykjavik) from Iceland. The girls crowdfunded a debut album with t-shirt extras and all and now, it’s out for all to hear via Spotify. It’s mostly in Icelandic but one… Read more »

Posted on July 14th, 2016

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Rapper Danny Brown has been quiet on the release front with the exception of that “this isn’t really that great is it?” return of the Avalanches’ ‘Frankie Sinatra’. But yesterday, the rapper returned with new song ‘When It Rain’ on his new label Warp Records. With the blessing of Fools Gold Records who released Old… Read more »

Posted on June 15th, 2016

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The gear change that happens when an artist shifts to the next level of their craft is cause for a celebration. When it arrives in conjunction with a spotlight on their genre, it’s one of fascination. After 13 years, the North London MC Skepta has hit his stride and is bringing a focus and an… Read more »

Posted on May 20th, 2016

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I love Steel band covers. Esso Trinidad Steel Band covering MJ’s ‘I Want You Back’? Check. Trinidad Steel Band covering The Meters’ ‘Cissy Strut’? Check Steel Harmony covering Joy Division’s ‘Transmission’? FUCK YEAH. We have Germany’s Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band to thank for this excellent Calypso steel drum version of 50 Cent’s ‘P.I.M.P’, a… Read more »

Posted on May 11th, 2016

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Simi Crowns is a part of the new breed of Irish/African musicians that includes much of the Word Up Collective and Rusangano Family, the cross polination of Irish experiences and African roots. Simi Crowns, a Lagos-born rapper featured here for his pop-centred rap track ‘Pressure’ in 2014 and ever since he’s been pushing his craft… Read more »

Posted on April 28th, 2016

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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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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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MC Bradshaw and producer Taaffeman make up the Dublin hip-hop duo Dusty Residents. The duo  released a debut album Seabury Heights in 2012 and this year they’ll release a new album entitled Orbits in April. The album’s first single ‘Wanted’ is a low-slung slice of trip-hop-style pristine rap about a girl’s desire for validation and acceptance. It comes… Read more »

Posted on March 22nd, 2016

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