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PREMIERE: Danny G & the Major 7ths - Believing feat. Grainne McCarthy

We're delighted to give you an exclusive first listen to 'Believing', the 2nd single off the forthcoming album 'The Lookout' by Danny G & the Major 7ths, featuring Grainne McCarthy.

Funky riffs, positive lyrics and a distorted flute solo! This song is about the renewed optimism that comes with entering a new relationship and an almost newfound spiritual belief in love, life and humanity. 'The Lookout' is a collection of songs featuring the cream of Irish soul musicians and several wonderful guest vocalists.

Danny G & the Major 7ths will launch their new single, ‘Believing’ at The Underground, Dublin on Friday, 17th May - with support from up and coming jazz/hip-hop quintet, Shy Mascot.

If you're a fan of this keep your eyes peeled for more off the album, ‘The Lookout’ set to be released over the coming year.

 
 

Produced and mixed by Ken McCabe, Wolfhound Sound
Recorded by Jack Groenland, Timpada Studio & Ken McCabe, Wolfhound Sound.
Vocals & Flute - Danny Groenland
Vocals - Grainne McCarthy
Keys - Johnny Taylor
Drums - Dennis Cassidy
Bass - Graham Heaney
Guitar - Paddy Groenland
Percussion - Paul Kenny

Hipdrop Records 2019

ONE TO WATCH: HABLOT BROWN

Our One To Watch radar is tingling this week as we excitedly present to you RnB and Neo-Soul artists, Hablot Brown - an all-male group consisting of Linus Hablot and brothers Austin & John Brown. These guys are full of funky freshness and we were more than happy to uncover the many layers to their music.

What started simply as a hobby whereby three musicians sent one another tracks and dabbled in live performances, led to a decision to drop out of college and dedicate everything to the formation and establishment of ‘Hablot Brown’. A decision that we, for one, are most definitely on board with.

Since their debut singles "Gone" and "Just Called" were released in 2017, the band have managed to secure over 7 million streams on Spotify as well as landing a gig as the opening act for fellow soul brother, Tom Misch.

Much of the group’s success lies in their ability to flaunt a musical maturity that demands respect while also rocking a down-to-earth style that keeps them raw and relatable. Clear from the band’s work to date, is an impressive group dynamic where lyrical insights are greatly complemented by soulful rhythm and refined melodies. With a sound that is clean and polished, the young trio succeed in blending some vastly different genres and proving their worth as unique and credible artists.

We'll be right behind them with open ears as they continue this musical journey, and if the last 12 months are anything to go by, we are too enthused to hear what's next.

 
 

Written by Aoife Chaney

PICK OF THE WEEK: TASH SULTANA - 'JUNGLE'

Oíche's 'pick of the week' is a track by Melbourne-born busker turned psychedelic rockstar, TASH SULTANA. Best enjoyed between some good quality earphones with pristine clarity, JUNGLE is a manic exploration and fusion of musical styles and emotion.

The almost 2-minute long intro is Tash's sonic form personified - a story without words, told by an electric guitar, with the slow addition of some loop pedaling & drum beats as the plot unfolds. And, impressively behind every instrument - is the multi-instrumentalist & one-woman show that is Sultana. The words enter in an unpredictable manner that carries us this far and keeps us guessing what the singer-songwriter's next display of talent will be.

In keeping with a jungle theme, her vocals are wild & the lyrics untamed, jumping from high octaves to a touch reggae, even complemented at times by some welcomed rap. We are warped in the sounds like a chaotic yet perfectly harmonised stampede until the electric guitar solo is calmed by a final drum beats. We are captivated but free, dancing in the jungle.

Here we have a live performance of 'Jungle' below by Tash Sultana, which truly depicts her diversity and abilities as we claim her to be, one of our generation's most talented multi-instrumentalists.

Written by Aoife Chaney