Welcome to ‘Top 10 Tracks’, the essential weekly round-up of the best new music.
At the end of each month, we curate a collection of must listens to keep you in the loop. Ranging from rappers in the Emerald Isle to boundary-pushing, experimental producers and everything in between, we’ve got you sorted.
This month’s edition sees an experimental electronic rap cut that pays homage to an F1 legend, Ireland’s most exciting RnB prospect Aby Coulibaly’s new single and a track about nights out that’s so vivid you’d miss the fear again.
Hailing from the big apple, Topaz Jones’ latest offering ‘Herringbone’ encapsulates the inevitability of family feuds through his trademark funk rap.
We’ve went so long without nights out you’d almost miss the fear the day after a big one.
Eloise captures those forgotten moments over a chameleon-like instrumental that changes to reflect the various stages of regret.
Dublin producer Sal Dulu has proved a bit of a dark horse, dropping arguably the strongest Irish album in 2021 so far.
His debut Xompulse is an eclectic offering littered with fractured samples, jazzy undertones and inspired features from some of the American underground’s most exciting acts.
Don’t sleep on Sal.
The ecosystem of Lauren Auder’s musical world is made up of an unpredictable myriad of diverse sounds. Dancing between emotionally-charged pop hooks, compelling post-rock inspired strings and dusty hip hop percussion, Lauren’s new 5 track EP procures a rock sensibility that sits between the disparate styles.
Aby Coulibaly’s rise has been nothing short of remarkable.
The Dublin singer’s latest single ‘Long Nights’ provides a stupidly catchy hook without compromising the edge that has garnered so much attention already.
You can catch her at Dublin’s Boiler Room next month.
GavinDaVinci’s ‘Superman’ marks a first collaboration between two of Ireland’s most exciting labels.
It sees Gav bring his manic energy to a beat from Soft Boy Records co-founder Kean Kavanagh. A taster from the forthcoming EP that’s on the way.
‘I See You Sometimes’, is Vegyn at his best. It sees London spitter Jeshi provide elastic wordplay over an instrumental that’s emotional tones don’t compromise his rustic storytelling.
Hip hop with references to Kim Possible? We’re here for it.
Raised in Australia by way of Zimbabwe, Tkay Maidza’s borderless brand of rap music has become fully realised in recent years. Now, she’s applied her expansive, blockbuster approach to ‘Kim‘.
Recruiting Georgia native Yung Baby Tate, it sees Tkay pay homage to all the great Kims in the world: Kim Kardashian, Kim Possible and Lil Kim. Fluttered throughout the sea of references is a tribute to ‘Kanye’s Bound 2‘.
The carefully crafted blend of electronic, garage and pop on BABii’s ‘SHADOW‘ is the perfect ailment for anyone jaded by the crushing reality of day to day life.
Thoughtful and introspective lyrics aside, its ethereal soundscape is an escapists dream.
Cadence weapon is simultaneously nimble and cut throat in ‘SENNA’.
Hopscotching between fellow Canadian Jacques Greene’s spacey synths, ‘SENNA’ is Cadence paying homage to legendary Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna.