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

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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

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​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

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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

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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

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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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Anyone interested in new music in Ireland will have been keeping an eye on Hare Squead. It was October 2014 at Hard Working Class Heroes when I first saw Tony Konstone, Jessy Rose and E-Knock play live and their R&B-swerved into electronic pop / rap style was something that has not really existed in Ireland… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 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

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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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Sampha likes to take his time huh? In the five years he’s been making music in the public, first with SBTRKT and later on his own, there’s been a slow release of tunes. His last solo material was ‘Too Much’/’Happens’ in 2013 but in the meantime, he’s featured on songs from Kanye West, Drake and… Read more »

Posted on May 17th, 2016

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Dublin R&B singer AikJ is a name that has increasing in visibility of late. AikJ makes soulful R&B pop productions when he’s not in college training as a computer scientist. New single ‘Suite Life’ has a sunshine pop feel to it, perfect for the start of May. It applies a disco sheen to some laidback… Read more »

Posted on May 4th, 2016

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aboveDat is a new project brought to you by two of Cork’s brightest music talents – OG Stevie G, DJ, vinyl lover and radio presenter with REDFM and his younger Ian Ring, producer with Young Wonder. Last year, Stevie got into the releasing game on his Soul Jamz label with a track worked on by… Read more »

Posted on April 27th, 2016

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Emma Garnett makes music under the name Feather, sometimes with friends Ben Bix and RiZA and sometimes with her sister Loah. On ‘Like No Other’, the Sierra Leonean Garnett introduces her Feather vibe from a forthcoming solo EP due in the summer. That sound is Afro neo-soul, jazz and hip-hop funk, played by an able… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2016

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Kaytranada has linked up with man of the moment Anderson Paak on a new track from his forthcoming debut album 99.9%. Paak is having some year. From his album of 2016 contender to vocal contributions to tracks from Snakehips, TokiMonsta and NxWorries, he’s killing it. His smoked tones are perfectly suited to Kaytranada’s bumping productions… Read more »

Posted on April 8th, 2016

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