We kick off 2021 with innovative Dublin rappers The Elements who reach for the stars with this single from their forthcoming EP Art Of The Vandal (top).
Daragh O’Kelly plays piano and NDLZ plays guitar, with Ricki Rawness on production duties.
David Conroy of XoZen1 Films directs and edits the trippy universe-straddling promo.
The band write:
“The Elements challenge their listeners to take the journey into their world, their songs are an abstract, objective and a somewhat psychedelic surrealist experience as an alternative to the now formulaic objective “struggles” of reality in Irish Hip-Hop.”
Big thanks for helping spread the word for the Underground Collective gig with FlutterTone in Drop Dead Twice the other week. It was a great night with a superb turn out. I’d like to share with you the footage of the set I performed with Zimback & Staz. It was filmed by friend and musician Felipe Menezes.
Both Bray [County Wicklow] natives, Leigh Michael and Chap Stallion have collaborated on an EP of soul searching, conscious Hip Hop. Chap Stallion’s chilled out, atmospheric beats perfectly compliment Leigh Michael’s philosophical and introspective lyricism.
The 6 track ‘Box Money EP’ is available for stream or download on band camp here:
Tebi Rex are an alternative hip-hop duo based in Kildare and with fellow duo Elkin tackle the most iconic romantic moments in film and music history,
…taking the message of the song one step further by creating a video that not only spoofs your favourite romantic comedies (featuring Taylor Swift, Heath Ledger, Ingrid Bergman, John Cusack and Humphrey Bogart) but also acts as social critique of a system that perpetuates unrealistic standards about what love looks and acts like.
And they’re also fairly bitter and petty so there’s that too.
01. Released last Friday, 17-year-old wordsmith Jonen Dekay‘s debut mixtape Passionate Example (streaming above) showcases the Limerick rapper’s scarily accomplished lyrical prowess and maturity.
02. Dekay is the product of the current swathe of Music Generation workshops in Limerick, overseen by Rusangano Family rappers GodKnows and Murli, and Andy Connolly, better known as one-man duo Deviant & Naive Ted.
03. The latter’s fingerprints are subtly identifiable throughout the mixtape, as the masked man stepped out of his box of pro-wrestling VHS to get behind the desk to record and mix the whole affair.
04. The whole mixtape can also be streamed and individual tracks downloaded via Soundcloud here.
Verdict: Dekay’s stream-of-consciousness style, seething observations and unabashedly accented delivery give an indicator of what we can expect from the Limerick rapper in the future. Daycent Irish hip-hop, to say the least.