Thundercat has grown in stature recently, for his work with Kendrick Lamar and his own tunes like ‘Them Changes’. ‘Bus In These Streets’ is a song that sounds like a breezy 70s TV theme but is actually about technological dependence in the 21st century. It’s also a bit yacht-rock in tone. The song is a… Read more »

Posted on August 24th, 2016



​Matt O’Baoill and Max Zanga are Tebi Rex an alt hip-hop duo from Maynooth, Kildare whose styles take in pop, acoustic and dance as part of its sound. is the lead single of the Ducks-To-Position EP which was released on Bandcamp on Sunday. Tebi Rex are part of the Word Up Collective, a new hip-hop… Read more »

Posted on August 9th, 2016



The second song from Banks’ forthcoming album The Altar (September 30th), ‘Gemini Feed’ is a cross between ’90s-era R&B (Brandy and Monica’s ‘The Boy Is Mine’ has the same marimba style) and the heady synth style that producer Sohn brings to the table. First single ‘Fuck With Myself’ was a little close to FKA Twigs… Read more »

Posted on August 3rd, 2016



Banks is back with a new album, the followup to the excellent Goddess on September 30th and ‘Fuck With Myself’ is our first taste, a a deeper, darker R&B style than we’re used to from her, imbued with convincing FKA Twigs-style atmosphere. Last year, Banks released ‘Better’ and featured on Chet Faker’s ‘1988’ remix. “This… Read more »

Posted on July 13th, 2016



Stevie G & Young Wonder’s Ian Ring Abovedat project debuted a couple of months back with ‘Addicted’ featuring Christiana Underwood. For their second single, they’ve roped in Chicago singer Jesse Boykins III (previously vocalist for Daithí, Little Simz and Machinedrum) for an neo disco-soul dance number. aboveDat will be doing select DJ appearances throughout the… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2016

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After waiting so long for new music from The Avalanches, coming back with ‘Frankie Sinatra’ didn’t fill me with much hope. Lacking charm, nuance and substance, the hook-filled sample was enough to lock on to you while Doom and Danny Brown did a fine job with a novelty-sounding beat. In the Zane Lowe interview that… Read more »

Posted on June 16th, 2016

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After announcing their arrival with ‘Gentle Kind Of Lies’, an alternative R and B track, that self-described “agrosoul” tag is going to make much more sense after hearing BARQ’s ‘That Thing You Love’. BARQ say the track is an “a very aggressive song about meditation,” that has more prominent and eclectic jazz, rock and soul… Read more »

Posted on May 25th, 2016


BBNG May 2016

Last year, Future Islands rapped with Madlib on the stonking track ‘Trouble Knows Me’, while Canadian jazzy hip-hop instrumentalists BadBadNotGood did a band reinterpretation of ‘Seasons (Waiting On You’) and made an album with Ghostface Killah that was in my top 10 of 2015. That collaborative streak strikes here on ‘Time Moves Slow’, the first… Read more »

Posted on May 18th, 2016


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