The City Selects: 5 new Irish songs you should hear

Listen to Jake Hurley review the latest and greatest in Irish music

Irish music is arguably in the best place it’s ever been, with new releases pushing the envelope week on week in a variety of genres. Jake Hurley presents The City Selects – a run-down of five of the most exciting Irish tracks released in the past month.  

Elkin – Tuesday

Irish duo Elkin continue their evolution from the folksier sounds of their earlier career towards the forward-thinking electro-pop they’ve presented on recent releases with Tuesday – a track detailing a relationship prematurely fizzling out with a disappointing mid-week breakup. 

Producer Lullahush adds his touch future-bass indebted synth-scapes and elaborately layered vocal processing.

Lemonade Shoelace – Autopilot Paradise

Newcastle, Co Down artist Ruairí Richman, now known by his Lemonade Shoelace moniker, shares the relentlessly upbeat and sunny sounds of Autopilot Paradise – a track calling to mind the hazy psych-rock of his musical idol Kevin Parker of Tame Impala. Recorded at Richman’s home studio, Autopilot Paradise is built around hazy synth pads and a driving bassline that underpins Richman’s dreamy reverb and echo-drenched vocals delivering the hook’s memorable pop melody.

NEOMADiC featuring shiv – Waves

NEOMADiC have been a fixture on the Irish hip-hop since 2017’s The NEOMADiC Tape, with a career that’s seen them frequently appear on the festival circuit and support left-field rap legends Souls of Mischief and Pharoah Monch.

Ahead of the release of their upcoming AFTER DARK, they have shared Waves, which features the duo trading witty bars over a Kaytranada indebted beat – all jazzy synth pads, swung drums and booming 808s. The pair are joined by guest vocalist shiv, who confidently delivers smooth melodies throughout the track.

Ugolino – Early Hours 

Dublin hip-hop duo Ugolino, made up of vocalist Shane Richardson and producer Oran Hurley, are another exciting prospect from the city’s booming rap scene. On Early Hours the duo present a remarkably well-formed debut, featuring introspective lyricism from Richardson, ornate jazzy production from Hurley and pristine additional vocals courtesy of Leah Tierney. The track culminates as Richardson waxes lyrical over a cathartic burst of drums and brass that add urgency to his laconic flow.

Willhouse feat Fynch & Sick Nanley – So Sorry

Up-and-coming hip-hop producer Willhouse enlists Burner Records MCs Fynch and Sick Nanley for So Sorry – a track that displays both rappers preternatural abilities for crafting witty, reference-laden verses touching on everything from The Simpsons and Malcolm In The Middle to Nirvana’s Nevermind

Willhouse provides a melancholy sonic environment for the MCs to shine through a vocal sample he has altered and supported with nicely swung, J Dillaesque drum programming.

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