Ah bless. ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’ is a new song from Sampha written in tribute to his mother Binty Sisay and the piano that she owned. It was in her house from the age of three and was used in much of his upcoming album Process on Young Turks on February 3rd…. Read more »

Posted on January 12th, 2017

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Anderson .Paak owned 2016 around here with Malibu being my album of the year since it appeared in late January. Not only that but Mr Breezy Lovejoy did much more than impress everyone with performances and his own music last year. Not only did he release an album with Knxledge as Nxworries on Stones Throw… Read more »

Posted on January 10th, 2017

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Kaytranada is known for providing bumping instrumentals that suit honey-voiced R&B singers and Alicia Keys has recently been making her best music in many a year (‘In Common’). Together, the pair collaborated on ‘Sweet F’in Love’, a track shared by Keys’ husband Swizz Beats on his Soundcloud via Instagram last night. New AK Sweet F-ing… Read more »

Posted on January 10th, 2017

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For R&B fans, Alexandria’s newest LP, Cut Of Cloth, which just dropped on Awful Records this weekend, is a fine chilled collection of pared-back aquatic-leaning synth R&B to get your mind into. The Atlanta singer and songwriter’s 15-track release was posted on Soundcloud in full and Alexandria’s voice pleasingly falls somewhere between Kelela and Solange… Read more »

Posted on January 9th, 2017

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Ama is an Athlone-based rapper, singer and songwriter making R&B and hip-hop-inspired music. The Nigerian-born, Irish raised dude is studying sound engineering at AIT. His inspirations include Jay Z, Drake, Majid Jordan, Partynextdoor and Travis Scott. His latest single ‘Stay Home’ is autotune-featuring song with an almost kwaito African dance beat. The song is produced… Read more »

Posted on November 30th, 2016

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Hare Squead have dropped their third single of 2016 after ‘If I Ask’ and ‘Long Way To Go’. ‘Herside Story’ is taken from Tony Konstone, Jessy Rose and E-Knock’s Supernormal EP, and has a summery R&B vibe to it, to counteract the current winter situation. Hear the song via the video by Jack O’Flynn. The… Read more »

Posted on November 21st, 2016

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Some sunshine on a wet Dublin day. Ahmed Gallab’s Sinkane project which gave us 2014’s album highlight Mean Love has news of a followup. Life & Livin’ It is out in February 10th on City Slang. Lead single ‘U’Huh’ is a positive slice of William Onyeabor-esque African-leaning pop music with the lyrics “We’re all gonna… Read more »

Posted on November 17th, 2016

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Colm K is an stalwart of the Cork music scene as a DJ and producer. Having participated in RBMA in 2003, Colm’s reputation seems to have grown with each passing year. He is a Sunday Times resident, a festival regular, has remixed Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, released music on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label, guested on Rinse… Read more »

Posted on November 17th, 2016

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Graeme S of Hsüan Records and Lakerama has been playing this remix of “darkwave duchess” Abra out lately in his DJ sets and he decided he wanted to share it with the world. Graeme says: “I’m a huge fan of R’n’B and for the last few years I’ve tried to incorporate this into my productions,… Read more »

Posted on November 14th, 2016

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It’s been a clusterfuck of a week by any standards, even a year which has given us so much terrible news in music alone. 2016 continued dumping on our spirits this week with a Trump presidency in the US and the death of Leonard Cohen this morning. A respite is needed. With all the turmoil… Read more »

Posted on November 11th, 2016

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Rising Dublin four-piece Barq’s two singles thus far have revealed an alternative live band jazz/R&B vibe. ‘That Thing You Love’ is self-described “agrosoul” while ‘Gentle Kind Of Lies’ was more of a psychedelic soul vibe. New single ‘Bear’ was written by singer Jess Kav, after her mother passed and deals with loss and growing up. Musically,… Read more »

Posted on November 8th, 2016

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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.’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

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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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