Lecs Luther – ‘Luther’ (video)

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Last week I was introduced to promising Dublin-based teenager Alex Chiedu aka Lecs Luther

One week on and he has dropped a video for ‘Luther’. This is seriously slick hip-hop and the video, filmed in Brighton, works really well. Also on a side note, it’s always good to see someone rocking an old school Candy Liverpool jersey.

No word on when his Fish & Chips EP is going to be released but it is something to get very excited about.

Introducing: Lasertom & The Blast Crew

Lasertom & The Blast Crew were one of the highlights from Castlepalooza this year and by far the best new discovery of the weekend. Anyone going to Electric Picnic next week would be wise to catch their set.

There’s not much info on Lasertom & The Blast Crew apart from it is the latest project of former Les Bien member and Synth Eastwood collective man, Simon Cullen. Cullen, along with friends, make spacey slow-burning DFA-esque tunes mixed with an array of trumpets, disco, funk, electro-punk and gospel.

Lasertom’s Two Sides EP was released back in March and plans are already in motion for a long player in time for Christmas.

Lasertom & The Blast Crew – By My Side

 Lasertom & The Blast Crew – Two Sides

The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love (Emperor Machine Remix Edit)

The Rapture make their long awaited return with new album, In the Grace Of Your Love, on September 6th.

In the meantime check out this excellent Emperor Machine remix of their single, ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. The track has been fleshed out into a full blown brilliant disco-funk remix.

Yet another top notch remix from Emperor Machine.

Download: The Rapture – How Deep Is Your Love (Emperor Machine Remix Edit)

Nouveaun – ‘Believe’

Irish duo Nouveaunoise return with a new name Nouveaun and 5-track EP called Sequence Consequence

Recorded in Dublin, Berlin and Madrid, it is the band’s first official follow-up since the release of their debut album Paraphrase Accolade in 2010. The EP is preceded by new single ‘Believe’. It is a little different than their previous work with a big beat approach preferred this time around.

You can download ‘Believe’ for free now and Sequence Consequence is out on September 5th.

Download: Nouveaun – ‘Believe’

The Big House (Candie Payne & The Zutons’ Paul Molloy)

The other day I was wondering what ever happened to Liverpool songstress Candie Payne. Following the release of her impressive debut record I Wish I Could Have Loved You More, things went quiet. It was strange really because both the album and her vocal talents deserved much more notoriety.

It turns out that toward the end 2010 Payne teamed up with The Zutons’ guitarist Paul Molloy for new musical project, The Big House. Their pooled musical experience has created a unique take on folk, roots and alt country, much different to what both made their names for.

No word yet on releases but they recorded a session including ‘Canyon Home in the Sun’ for Dave Monks show on BBC Radio Merseyside a while back. Take a listen below.

The Big House – Canyon Home in the Sun

Candie Payne – I Wish I Could Have Loved You More

Toddla T – Watch Me Dance

With 2009’s debut, Skanky Skanky, Toddla T established himself as a prodigious talent. Two years on, the Sheffield producer is back with his second album, Watch Me Dance.

Recorded between Sheffield and Kingston in Jamaica, this dynamic has left it’s mark on the record, it sounds like a halfway house between two musical cultures. An affection for clattering beats and powerful basslines remains but it is only on the high energy ‘Badman Flu’ that jumpy dancehall/bass sound of his debut is fully revisited. 

His time in Jamaica comes to the fore on two of the standout tracks, ‘Streets so Warm’ and ‘Fly’, where the vocal talents of Wayne Marshall and Ms Dynamite are fully realized. Elsewhere lead single ‘Take It Back’ hankers back to the pop-rave hits from the ’90s and ‘Lovely Girl’, ‘Body Good’ and ‘How Beautiful It Would Be’ continue the cheery summery vibes. Even when longstanding collaborator Roots Manuva lends his vocal talent to the title track, the upbeat is preferred to gruffness. 

The biggest leap Toddla T has made is his ability to craft tunes with a foot in both camps, no longer is he solely concerned with battering the ears off you. This newly found eclecticism jumps between styles and tempos and is bound by a sense of fun and a willingness to embrace it. Watch Me Dance is a fun album reminding us of the summer we never had.

 Toddla T – Watch Me Dance feat. Roots Manuva

Toddla T – Fly (Feat. Miss Dynamite) via wrgmag

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Lecs Luther – Luther

A lot of people tend to be surprised that Ireland produces hip-hop at all let alone a steady stream of quality hip-hop.

We have yet another in the form of promising Dublin-based teenager Alex Chiedu aka Lecs Luther. According to his tumblr when not rapping he likes “writing on walls” and to “travel a lot and take 35mm photos and engage in mischievous acts”.

Okay ‘Luther’ is only one track but this is seriously slick stuff. It is great to hear more hip hop coming out of Dublin and fingers crossed we hear more from Lecs Luther soon.

Via Nialler9/@Moths

Download: Lecs Luther – Luther via First Second Label