Imelda May – Dublin

June 21st, 2014 by

The entrance to Vicar St is a hive of activity as people begin to swarm into the venue to watch Dublin’s own Rockabilly queen perform. Ticket touts loiter next to small groups of women who, clearly embracing the spirit of the event, are dressed in full 50’s style skirts and stilettos. But these uber fans […]


Clean Bandit – New Eyes

June 18th, 2014 by

Hot on the heels of the string laden, uplifting soul of ‘Rather Be’ and the equally catchy ‘Extraordinary’, UK pop-house quartet Clean Bandit have somehow managed to produce a debut album of radio friendly, summertime synth infused pop that fails to live up to their early promise. “So you think electronic music is boring, you […]


A month in….hip-hop

April 27th, 2014 by

Recommended artist: Raleigh Ritchie Bristol born Raleigh Ritchie’s Black and Blue EP brought the versatile young actor/ singer to the fore of the UK urban music scene in 2013. With an intense musical style, that combines alternative R&B, deeply personal lyrics and assertive yet sensitive rhymes. Single ‘Stronger Than Ever’ tells the story of his […]


The Riptide Movement – Getting Through

April 17th, 2014 by

It’s been two years since The Riptide Movement released their critically acclaimed second album Keeping On, Keeping On. Now, with the backing of major record label, they have returned with a slightly slicker visual image but thankfully have not diluted the raucous, foot stomping enthusiasm that gained them a solid army of fans and made […]


Psychonavigation Records

March 11th, 2014 by

“It started in the late ninties when I was listening in pirate radio. There was a radio station called sunset FM and Jay Ahern had a show called The Ambient Ether Sound System. I really started to appreciate electronic music but it was the ambient music that I warmed to the most. Then I got […]


Hip-Hop – February

March 4th, 2014 by

Common chimes in on the N-word debate “At one point, my mother asked me [not to] use it, at one point Dr. Maya Angelou said she didn’t support it and you know, I love her”, Common said during a special ESPN broadcast regarding the use of the N-word in NFL. “This is the way we […]


Danny Brown….”I still feel like regular old me”

February 20th, 2014 by

Whether it’s his openness about taking the drug Molly¸ his history of promiscuity and apparent misogyny or even performing a lewd act on stage, Danny Brown’s reputation is controversial to say the least. His history, warts and all, is vividly depicted within his lyrics on albums such as Old and XXX and, by his own […]


Hip-Hop

January 3rd, 2014 by

Nas Celebrates Illmatic and talks new studio album in 2014 In celebration of the 20 year anniversary of Nas‘ legendary album Illmatic, the Queensbridge MC has confirmed that the album will be reissued with special edition goodies for his fans. He said “We’re putting together a concert. And I think we’re going to do something […]


Hip-Hop – October

October 29th, 2013 by

Jay Z’s barney over alleged racial profiling by department store Jay Z has found himself at the centre of a dispute between high end department store Barneys and two African-American customers who claim that in two separate incidents, store clerks discriminated against them by accusing them of credit card fraud. Jay is now under pressure […]


Laura Mvula – Dublin

October 15th, 2013 by

“Sorry, let’s stop” says Laura Mvula as she begins the ballad ‘She’, “I can hear lots of talking”. It seems old habits die hard for the Birmingham-born former school teacher, whose album Sing to the Moon is one of this year’s most critically celebrated. “This song is so quiet, you won’t hear the words. The […]


Hip-Hop – September

September 27th, 2013 by

Drake aspires to be the Marvin Gaye of hip-hop While speaking with MTV News, Drake revealed that he’ll never release “a straight rap album” since he didn’t come into music solely as a hip-hop artist. He also expressed his desire to become a modern-day Marvin Gaye. “Just don’t ever be surprised like when I’m singing […]


Hip-Hop – August

September 4th, 2013 by

Rising Star: Austin Brown This month’s artist to watch out for is Austin Brown. Hailing from Los Angeles, Austin may not be a household name on this side of the world just yet but with the release of his mixtape Highway 85 in 2012 and an upcoming studio album in the works, Brown looks set […]


Hip-Hop – July

August 2nd, 2013 by

Nas On ‘Barbarians’ in America Brooklyn MC Nas has never shied away from speaking his mind particularly when it comes to his views on African American culture and his recent appearance on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show was no exception. He contributed to a discussion panel regarding differences in healthcare treatment for black and white children. […]


Lowb – Leap and the Net Will Appear

June 28th, 2013 by

“The album has a lot of warmth and musicality. There’s a particular sense of detail that I don’t think I would have had the patience to do before. This record is all about light, beauty and musicality.” That’s British producer Lowb‘s Andy Barlow on Leap and the Net Will Appear, his first musical project without […]