A look back at the records that impressed the State reviewing team over the past few weeks:
Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – Sour Soul (Lex Records)
Impressive meeting of hip-hop minds (State review).
Charli XCX – Sucker (Atlantic)
Star in waiting becomes a star with substance (State review).
Dutch Uncles – O Shudder (Memphis Industries)
Perfect contemporary pop music (State review).
See them: Workman’s Club, Dublin (April 25th)
Father John Misty – I Love You Honey Bear (Bella Union)
Tales of love, sex and discovery from J Tillman (State review).
See him: Vicar St, Dublin (November 24th)
Public Service Broadcasting – The Race For Space (Test Card)
Man’s journey to the stars retold (State review).
See them: Mandela Hall, Belfast (May 3rd), Button Factory, Dublin (May 5th)
Rhiannon Giddens – Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch)
Folk, country, jazz and blues on one impressive debut (State review).
The Unthanks – Mount The Air (Rabble Rouser)
British folksters (pictured) expand their vision (State review).
See them: NCH, Dublin (March 12th), Empire, Belfast (March 13th)