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Not only is Ghostface doing an LP with BadbadnotGood and possibly finishing up Supreme Clientele 2 with DOOM (though who knows on that front frankly it may be a rumour), Tony Starks has a superhero themed album coming called 36 Seasons on the way. Here’s the opening track, a swaggering band track featuring Kool G…. Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2014

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God Knows & mynameisjOhn are one of the best things to happen to Irish music this year, through their Rusangano Family album and through their high-energy live shows. Before the year is out, they will be supporting Run The Jewels and they’ve just announced their own headline show in The Workman’s Club  on Sunday, December… Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2014

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Speedy Wunderground is a London label and collective which has released once-off , sometimes collaborative singles from Steve Mason & Emiliana Torrini, The Archie Bronson Outfit,  JUCE, and Toy & Natasha Khan in the last year and a half with an emphasis on putting out music in a quick process. For the label’s ninth release, they’ve teamed up… Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2014

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Cabra native Paulie Allwright has been one of the shining examples of Irish rap for a few years now. Through his first two albums under the LD series and his mentorship of those around him, Allwright has lead the way for others to follow. On his third album 1988, he raises the stakes for albums… Read more »

Posted on October 24th, 2014

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El-P and Killer Mike are joined by former Rage Against The Machine singer Zack de la Rocha on the brilliantly-titled ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)’. De La Rocha provides the voice of attitude on the typically bumping track from the pair. The track is available right now on the Run The Jewels 2  iTunes pre-order page for… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2014

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If you missed the Nialler9 Minimum Maximum gig with Le Galaxie, GodKnows + MynameisJohn and Planet Parade a couple of weeks ago, here’s further salt in the wound by way of a Paradoxical Recordings video of the Limerick rappers with Murli  doing their standout track ‘Standard’. Things got seriously heated up after this. Photo by http://www.photographicmemory.ie

Posted on October 9th, 2014

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Over the weekend, I got acquainted with some new Irish music at Hard Working Class Heroes, one of which, Hare Squead, I’d only heard in name but went on to interview and then see live. I was impressed by what I heard, the Blanchardstown / Tallaght trio had a full band, backing singers and a… Read more »

Posted on October 6th, 2014

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Lagos-born but Dublin-reared, rapper Simi Crowns‘ debut song ‘Pressure’ walks an admirable line between pop-orientated hooks and aspirational rap. It’s a track that could equally be at home on daytime radio and late-night parties. Radio has indeed been playing the track with the likes of Dan Hegarty, BBC Across The Line, Today FM’s The Mix… Read more »

Posted on September 25th, 2014

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Kendrick Lamar is back with a new single ‘i’ with production from Rahki. The song is built on a sample of the Isley Brothers’ ‘Who’s That Lady’, which is familiar to me and thousands of others as a sample in Beastie Boys’ ‘B-Boy Bouillabaisse’ from Paul’s Boutique, a classic. The soul-flip means that the song… Read more »

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

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