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If you were paying attention to featured guests and collaborators on rap albums in 2015, the name Anderson .Paak was one that appeared on a few albums – Dr. Dre’s Compton, The Game’s The Documentary 2.5, Busdriver’s Thumbs and his joint effort with Knxwledge as NxWorries for Stones Throw. 2016 is the year that Paak,… Read more »

Posted on January 29th, 2016

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Katy B has a new album called Honey coming described as “a love letter to Katy’s natural home – the global club underground.” This is who is on it: 1. Katy B x KAYTRANADA — Honey 2. Katy B x Major Lazer x Craig David — Who Am I 3. Katy B x Wilkinson x… Read more »

Posted on January 28th, 2016

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The 20 year-old English producer Sunil Heera aka XO introduces himself with a sweet headnodding beat that ushers in some piano stabs and the soulful voice of Sydney James Chatburn on ‘Divine Disaster’. The song develops an Kaytranada R&B beat style swing and things continue to seep in from there, sounding like a popper bouncier… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2016

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The new Belgian artist Tsar B released her first track ‘Escalate’ late last year. The song’s chopped and screwed atmospheric electronic style has an Middle Eastern influence with FKA Twigs-style scattered minimal pounding beats. Today, a video shot by Maximiliaan Dierickx in Lisbon accompanies the song. “The hunt of the dark creatures and the fearlessness… Read more »

Posted on January 7th, 2016

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TooFools are a new band from Dublin brought to you by Lorcan O’Dwyer and Steven McCann with the help of Michael Hopkins (in Planet Parade with McCann) and vocals from Remy Naidoo and Ciara O’Connor along with four other musicians: Cian Hanley on Drums, Kevin Corcoran on Keys, Andrew Lloyd on Synth/Guitar and Oisin Murtagh… Read more »

Posted on December 24th, 2015

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The big don behind the imaginative Discotekken parties (Xmas and NYE?), The R&B Club and one-half of the Telephones crew, DJ Papa Lou shares his favourite tracks of the year with us as part of the Best Of 2015 series. 1. Junglepussy – Pop For You Junglepussy was born Shayna McHayle on Halloween Night, 1991…. Read more »

Posted on December 10th, 2015

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Hubie Davison’s previous output tended to fall in the spheres of ambient laid back electronica or tougher dance music but his new track ‘Sanctified’ is something else altogether. A fervent disco groove is at the heart of this house music celebration: strings coalesce, bass thumps and the title track is sung with exaltation. Hubie beefs… Read more »

Posted on November 20th, 2015

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One of the finest soul singers, maybe the finest, in Ireland is Brian Deady who recently returned with the slow and moving ‘A Darkness’ song. On December 4th, Deady will release Non-Fiction, his first album in six years. ‘Clap Both My Hands’ is the superb stomping soul bluesy single which heralds the album to come…. Read more »

Posted on November 16th, 2015

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SZA’s been all too quiet this year after last year’s glut of features on Isaiah Rashad’s TDE EP (he’s been quiet too) and the stonking single Julia. Not to mention one of my favourite tracks of last year, ‘Child’s Play‘ with Chance The Rapper. She’s only posted about 5 times on Facebook this year too… Read more »

Posted on October 21st, 2015

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