Congolese/Dublin guitarist/singer Niwel Tsumbu’s band RiZA is made up of Eamonn Cagney (of Treelan) on percussion, Emma Garnett (Feather) and Sallay Garnett (Loah) on vocals and Paddy Groenland (Ensemble Ériu, Manden Express) on guitar. Last year, RiZA gave us ‘Kamembe’ and the promise of an album. That album arrives in January and from it, ‘Thank… Read more »

Posted on October 25th, 2016

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D.R.A.M. feat Erykah Badu – ‘WiFi’

D.R.A.M.’s new album Big Baby D.R.A.M. dropped last Friday and in the middle of the Virginian rapper’s album and among features from Young Thug and Lil Yachty, Erykah Badu appears for a beaut of a duet on ‘WiFi’. The song is dripping with slap bass funk, synth love declarations, a stage intro for the guest…. Read more »

Posted on October 24th, 2016

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Hare Squead dropped their major label debut single in June and since then the Dublin trio have been making their moves into the UK and Europe music consciousness via a support tour with Dua Lipa. ‘Long Way To Go’, their second single on Columbia Records, is typical of the alchemic soul pop that rappers Tony… Read more »

Posted on October 14th, 2016



Cork’s Stevie G and Ian Ring have released a couple of singles as AboveDat which move between R&B and electronic music. On their latest, they’ve turned their attention to British R&B singer Shaun Escoffery and his smooth soulful single ‘Ain’t No Time’. AboveDat add some dancefloor swing to the track as you can hear below:

Posted on October 10th, 2016

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2016’s best dudeAnderson .Paak continues his winning streak with more new music from his collaboration with Knxwledge as NxWorries. The album called Yes Lawd!, (a popular Paak phrase) is out in October on Stones Throw. ‘Lyk Dis’ is built on a warm beat production by Knzwledge (this is characteristically Stones Throw if you ask me), while Paak… Read more »

Posted on September 20th, 2016


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Hey, it looks like we’re finally going to get that Sampha debut album soon. ‘Blood On Me’ is a new track, co-produced with Rodaidh McDonald from Sampha’s forthcoming album Process to be released on Young Turks. The follow up to ‘Timmy’s Prayer’ is more upbeat than his usual style and lyrically, has a sense of… Read more »

Posted on September 1st, 2016



Soulé is one of the artists who first came to my attention through playing Word Up Collective gigs. Now signed with new artist agency / production company Diffusion Labs, for her debut solo single, the UK-born Irish-based Soulé knocks it out of the park with ‘Love No More’. It’s a drum and bass-influenced dance song… Read more »

Posted on August 31st, 2016



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