A continuous stream of new music and a rare, but welcome spot of sun over the country is making lockdown bearable. Whether you need that raw, gritty boom bap or your weekly fix of feel good pop we got you covered. Before you hop on that zoom call or start that virtual pub quiz give these tracks a spin.
Malaki- Fair Play Feat. Lucy McWilliams
Aik J – Last Flight Feat. JyellowL
Born in Nigeria and raised in Dublin, singer/songwriter Aik J pulls influence from a myriad of different influences.His debut EP ‘1992’, was a snapshot of his ability to confidently and cohesive paint intimate stories with an RnB flair.
Linking up with spitter JyellowL for a remix of ‘Last Flight’, he’s provided new asian-centric visuals that pays homage to the 1998 movie ‘Blade’.
The track and visuals are dripping in finesse and there’s a deliberate cinematic approach that cements his place as one of the country’s most polished singers.
Omo Aston – Weirdly Political
Louth’s Omo Aston glides over a moody instrumental in his latest offering ‘Weirdly Political’. Sharing his frustrations through a snappy delivery, the MC and singer guns for those lacking empathy in a sharp and thoughtful cut.
Spaceman Steve – One
Spaceman Steve makes up one half of Wexford duo Ballyboyz. He’s taken the reigns on his own for a hot minute in the new visuals ‘One’, a piece that’s inventiveness and DIY approach compensates for any lack of financial backing.
Sampling the angelic vocals of James Blake it takes listeners through an intergalactic journey via County Wexford. If you need your daily dose of wordplay look no further.
Greg Tisdall – Cell Phone Feat. Max Zanga
Hip hop has seeped into pretty much every genre possible at this point and one of its more natural partnerships borrows from a more accessible strand of lo-fi sounds.
Though sonically the link up between Greg Tisdall and Tebi Rex‘s Max Zanga is a match made in heaven, it’s their differing choices of delivery that elevate the track. The sense of longing depicted in the distant croons from Greg provide the track’s headline feeling, while Zanga’s bars provide the intimate details on a post-it note.
Get in your feels with this one.
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Photography: Miguel Ruiz