Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz and Saudi – ‘X’
“Are you on ten yet?,” Kendrick asks on this Black Panther soundtrack highlight, goading and amping up his fellow MCs Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz and Saudi until they are at full hype and Schoolboy drops the line ‘Not even Kendrick can humble me’. It’s one of many highlights from the soundtrack curated by Kendrick that is way better than it has any right to be.
Half Waif – Keep it Out
Massachusetts-born Irish/Swiss singer-songwriter Nandi Rose Plunkett or Half Waif will be releasing her new album Lavender on April 27th. ‘Keep it Out’ is about “the evolution of the self in a relationship: the maintenance of autonomy in the midst of a process of coupling, ageing, and decay.” –
The video was directed by Celina Carney and choreographed by 2nd Best Dance Company. She supports Iron & Wine in the Helix this Valentine’s Night in Dublin.
Wajeed – Earth
Detroit producer and founder of on his own label Dirt Teck Reck records Wajeed has been releasing music since 2000. His latest Mother EP will be out on March 16th sees him make his debut on Planet E Communications. ‘Earth’ from the new EP has some upbeat Floating Points-esque jazz vibes and is certainly a floor-filling grove.
Brame and Hamo – Roy Keane
Sligo producers Brame & Hamo bounced back on the music scene with their first release in two years last December, three track Trants EP. Now the duo are back again just two months later with new EP Club Orange on their self-titled label. First track ‘Roy Keane’ is a funky, upbeat and melodically joyous track that will make you do exactly what its lyrics suggest you do and something you can’t imagine Roy Keane doing… dance. The full EP is out on February 19th.
U.S. Girls – Rosebud
American-Canadian musician Meghan Remy records and produces music under art-pop project U.S. Girls. ‘Rosebud’ is the first track from her forthcoming album In a Poem Unlimited that features soothing high tone vocals from Megan on a low key dance production track with an intertwined violin riff throughout. Reminscent of the Italians Do It Better compilations.
Iceage – ‘Catch It’
Iceage are a four-piece band from Copenhagen, Denmark signed to Matador Records that make punk-rock of a darker tone than most. ‘Catch It’ is the band’s first release in four years which features a poetic lyrical delivery from lead singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt in his typical dingy fashion, chopped up with a contrasting guitar solo for added reflection.