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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

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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

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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

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The Scottish alt-rap band and one of the best live bands around, Young Fathers just announced their new album on Big Dada is called White Men Are Black Men Too and that it’s out on April 3rd in Ireland. The album title is somewhat explained below via an internal email exchange between the band and… Read more »

Posted on February 3rd, 2015

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The Canadian producer’s debut XL single ‘Leave Me Alone’ last year was one of the best tracks around, a tune that endlessly kicked itself around my skull since it appeared last August. Now, Kaytranada with a rising guest in tow, Vic Mensa (him of the Disclosure production ‘Down On My Luck’) has joined him once… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2015

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