Lethal Dialect – ‘New Dublin Saunter’ (Feat. Jess Kav)


As part of the Dublin2020 European Capital of Culture in 2020 bid, Lethal Dialect has put together a new track inspired by the Dublin ’40s folk song ‘The Dublin Saunter (Dublin Can Be Heaven)’.

Backed by a light piano and horns adding a jazzy feel, ‘New Dublin Saunter’ is melodic and ever so easy on the ear. This is Lethal Dialect at his finest. With his usual impressive word-play, a gritty and no holes barred view of Dublin is keenly observed, and depicted through eyes of returning rover – “Got off the flight from Boston, tired yawning, first port of call my hometown, cloaked in smog and rainwaterfall, asphalt, cobblestones, polluted river, bikes and trollies thrown…” If you’ve avoided an introduction to one of Ireland’s finest rappers thus far, this is as good place as any to hop on board.

The video for ‘New Dublin Saunter’ was directed by Terry McMahon and the song is available for free from Soundcloud.

Lethal Dialect x JackKnifeJ (feat. Jess Kav) – ‘Headstrong’


It feels as though it has been an eternity coming but Lethal Dialect is set to release 1988 in September, the much-anticipated follow-up to his  LD50 LD50 Part 2.

Ahead of the forthcoming LP, LD will release ‘Headstrong’ on July 11th, an excellent insight of what to expect from the Dublin MC’s third record. Lethal Dialect has concerned himself and his music with sharing what he sees around him and expressing his truth, and ‘Headstrong’ doesn’t witness a shift from his raison d’etre. ‘Headstrong’ does feature a great vocal hook from Dublin singer Jesse Kav and JackKnifeJ’s ponderous, bumping ambient production supplies the perfect backdrop for LD’s positivity in the face of the shit life has thrown at him. LD has long been one of the finest rappers to emerge from our shores and a lot is expected from his third album, ‘Headstrong’ goes quite some way to increasing the anticipation.

You can give ‘Headstrong’ the once over yourself below. Meanwhile, 1988 will be released in September but he will give the LP a live airing, with a full backing band, in The Grand Social, Dublin on Saturday, July 12th. Tickets €8/€10.