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New/old music: D E N A, Niamh De Barra, Highasakite, Old School Rap Tapes

New/old music: D E N A, Niamh De Barra, Highasakite, Old School Rap Tapes



Every Friday, four new music picks from music blogs worldwide are published as part of my Day & Night pages. Follow Day & Night on Twitter or Facebook. The magazine is out today in print with every copy of the Irish Independent so pick it up to see my full internet-heavy section as well as the rest of the mag.


D E N A’s ‘Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools’ is an infectious pop tune and the brainchild of Denitza Todorova, a Eastern European MIA fan from Bulgaria, who is now based in Berlin.

Old School Rap Tapes

Free downloads of early live rap performances of the ’80s featuring Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow, Biz Markie, Fab 5 Freddy and lots more. Kick it old school.

Niamh De Barra

The eccentric tones of Irish singer De Barra dominate the lo-fi folk and electronic instrumentation of her free-4 track Below The Sea EP. Modern electronic sea shanties perhaps?
Listen/Download the EP


This Norwegian trio’s song Indian Summer seemingly borrows its central melody from David Bowie’s Heroes but coats it in enough woodblock percussion and celebratory guitar and keys that’d you’d hardly notice.

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