As part of the Dublin2020  European Capital of Culture in 2020 bid, Lethal Dialect has put together a new track inspired by the Dublin 1940s folk song The Dublin Saunter  (Dublin Can Be Heaven). The song, produced by GerryBoy is a new take on that sentiment of the city, warts and all – “Got off the flight… Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2015

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Towkio has dropped his free-download WAV. Theory mixtape which is a solid collection of electronic-infused rap with great guests like Chance The Rapper, Kaytranada, Vic Mensa and FKJ, some of which are childhood friends of his. Standouts include the club disco-inflected ‘Involved’, the Chance The Rapper uplifting closing track ‘Heaven Only Knows’ and the bumping… Read more »

Posted on April 30th, 2015

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Between this weird and wonderful patois wonk of ‘Facety 2:11′ featuring a beat from Four Tet and the B-side, ‘Like A Drum’, featuring production by Machinedrum, our Rodney Smith could be at the start of a rejuvenation period. Rodney Smith is arguably the greatest rapper ever to emerge from British shores. Over five albums of… Read more »

Posted on April 21st, 2015

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There aren’t many bands out there who sound like they care what people think less than Edinburgh’s Young Fathers. That trick must have been increasingly difficult to pull off after their debut album Dead won the Mercury Prize and the band’s inner bemusement, joy or apathy with the the accolade manifested in a stonewall of… Read more »

Posted on April 17th, 2015




The weather has turned, the blue skies are aplenty, summer is on the way and you just need music to soundtrack that positivity to come. That’s how I feel when things feel like this. Enter, Washington DC rapper/producer Oddisee and his new track ‘That’s Love’, an uplifting funk and soul-indebted hip-hop track about one of… Read more »

Posted on April 8th, 2015



There’s always a worry that a talented rapper such as Roots Manuva will only be remembered for his greatest hit, in Rodney Smith’s case ‘Witness The Fitness’. In my opinion, his last great album was 2005’s Awfully Deep though 2008’s Slime & Reason has its moments and 2013’s ‘Stolen Youth’ was a return to form…. Read more »

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

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This woozy track from Dublin rapper Emzee A is suitably matched to the title of the song – being caught between a world imagined and the real. It was inspired by Emzee’s friend who experienced sleep paralysis and insomnia. That interest lead Emzee to the book Dreams by Carl Gustav Jung and the production by… Read more »

Posted on April 1st, 2015

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Limerick’s MynameisjOhn, God Knows and MuRli return under one name – Rusangano  Family, after a year that has given us an album I named my favourite Irish album of 2014 and Murli’s recent EP, support slots with Run The Jewels, and Snoop Dogg. Their new name gives them a new focus but the tunes remain… Read more »

Posted on March 18th, 2015

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Young Fathers released another preview from their forthcoming album White Men Are Black Men Too, out on April 3rd. Hear also ‘Rain Or Shine’. The song is accompanied with this piece of writing. Yes, you are on your way to work. Yes, you are late but you don’t give a fuck. That’s not why you’re… Read more »

Posted on March 12th, 2015