Jafaris, Soulé, Day_S… Diffusion Lab have impeccable taste when it comes to bringing out hits in artists. Whether that’s leaning more into the radio friendly world of pop, or even trap-infused bangers, they have a keen eye for talent. Nealo is their latest signee, and it’s safe to say he sits comfortably between those worlds.
Originally a key part of Dublin’s hardcore and punk scene, when Nealo split up with his band in 2015 he had an artistic void he was looking to fill. He told us upon the release of his debut EP ‘October Year‘ that Dublin changed, and bandmates emigrated, leaving him “creatively stifled”, but hip hop buoyed him.
For his latest track Nealo has recruited jazz/neo-soul trio INNRSPACE, Adam My Fault and the production arm of Diffusion Lab.
“This is a song about life. It’s a song about acceptance of all the flaws we see both in ourselves, in our home cities, and in our lives. ‘Angel on my Shoulder’ sprung from the mindstate of falling both in and out of love with my own life, and with Dublin as a city and a home.
No city is perfect, and our own lives aren’t either, but it is the acceptance of these imperfections and the appreciation of what we do have that will eventually lead down us down a cobblestoned road to happiness.”
Check it out below. He’s also set to play his biggest headline show to-date as he takes over The Grand Social on September 27.