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10 young Irish artists you should be listening to by now

A tiny handful of the huge amount of Irish talent around right now.

1. Rejjie Snow

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This is the first video from Rejjie Snow’s eagerly awaited debut album and while it’s a change of pace from his smooth earlier stuff and the amazing electro-funk Blakkst Skin (produced by Kaytranada, who is a VERY big deal), it still meets the exceptionally high standard of the rest of his work. The 23 year old “internationally known and locally respected” Drumcondra native is expected to become big, so if you haven’t listened to him yet you should probably get on that soon.

2. T.P.M.

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T.P.M. are brothers Charles and Andrew Hendy. They describe themselves as being influenced by “the dole, depression and anxiety”. You may have seen these Dundalk lads busking in a video on Facebook a year or two ago with this very same banger that adequately expresses the frustration of being on social welfare and getting harassed by phone calls checking in to see if you still deserve to collect your dole. The Jobsbridge line will never get old.

3. Bad Sea

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Bad Sea are that band that met on Tinder. Since then they gone to every single McDonald’s in Dublin city in a single morning to claim the free breakfasts that were limited to one per person and done a lot of other funny stuff that they document on Twitter. They also make excellent music.

4. Kojaque

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In true dedication to his art (that nobody should try to recreate under any circumstances, as pointed out at the beginning of the video) Dublin rapper Kojaque holds his breath under water for three minutes while he raps along to his song Midnight Flower. Watching this will make you forget to breathe, but it’s a decent tune all the same.

5. Soulé


Dublin based Soulé is definitely worth checking out if you’re going to any festivals this summer. She will be performing at Electric Picnic this year on the Other Voices stage and making a number of other appearances at festivals like Forbidden Fruit and Sea Session.

6. Jafaris

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Dublin singer, rapper, dancer and poet Jafaris will also be performing on the Other Voices stage this year, so there’s no excuse not to pop by.

7. Pillow Queens

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Pillow Queens are an excellently named band who self released their debut EP entitled ‘Calm Girls’ in December and the chorus of their song ‘Rats’ has been stuck in my head since. They have since performed at Whelan’s “Ones To Watch” festival and their style of extremely catchy pop punk backs up the fact that they are indeed, ones to watch.

8. Gemma Dunleavy

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Gemma Dunleavy has an amazing voice and is definitely another act to check out if you ever see her name on a festival lineup. The video above is from her set at Metropolis last year. She’s done a Boiler Room set which is very good and her track ‘Moonrunner‘ with Dublin’s CLU is outstanding.

9. Super Silly

Source: Super Silly/YouTube

This band claim to make music for silly people, but… where? This song is seriously good and offers a jazzy R&B sound that makes it hard to believe it wasn’t produced abroad. We are blessed to have these boys.

10. Æ MAK

Source: Æ MAK Music/YouTube

Æ MAK are a band fronted by Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon that were described as Nialler9 as ‘a bright light in a world that feels increasingly dark’. Their music is excellent and their sound is a lot more fun than anything else around right now.

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Kelly Earley

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