6 important Irish hip-hop and R&B albums with Bricknasty

Including Maverick Sabre, Reggie Snow, Kneecap and extra.

Irish different R&B crew Bricknasty are on the rise. Following a sequence of off-kilter but charming singles, the band have just lately been signed to FAMM (residence of Jorja Smith and ENNY). The five-piece, made up of Fatboy, Korey Thomas, Dara Abdurahman, Louis Younge and Cillian McCauley have rapidly developed a repute for his or her exhilarating reside units each in Ireland and additional afield.

Ahead of the discharge of their new EP INA CRUELER on June 7, Bricknasty sat down with VF to share their favorite Irish hip-hop & R&B albums.


It Takes A Village 

(Zaska Music)

This album was massive for me once I began enjoying music in Dublin. I noticed it reside within the Sugar Club once I was a youngster, and seeing that degree of musicianship within the nation impressed me. That band has among the greatest gamers in Ireland on it. My favorite monitor on the album is “Close to You”, the pocket and drum sounds are top-class. It’s in collaboration with Charlie McCabe and top-of-the-line band recordings in Irish music, in my view. Zaska has a great deal of collaborations in his discography and right here he works with Irish artists like Tolü Makay and Melina Malone. Another actually satisfying pay attention and I’m actually blissful that as a band we get to work with the extent of expertise that’s ample on this nation.–Dara

Reggie Snow

Dear Annie

(300 Entertainment / Honeymoon)

I began listening to Reggie Snow again once I was 15. I began with “Loveleen” and I feel it was the bizarre manufacturing firstly that initially caught my ear. It’s like a bizarre granular tape drone that then drops right into a soulful piano and easy drum beat. At the time, I hadn’t heard anybody with a Dublin accent over music like that, and that sounds a bit foolish possibly however as a 15-year-old listening to the voice of somebody two hours down the highway doing one thing cool like that on the world stage, it makes you are feeling a sort of approach. Honestly, I took on the mindset of being like if he can do it why can’t I? Hearing lads like Reggie do bits made it simpler to experiment with music in numerous ways in which I wasn’t used to, like shifting away from trad or simply stuff I’d hear on the radio. Since that first challenge, I’ve caught round.

Dear Annie felt a bit poppier than the final and I assumed that was a cool route. My favourites from which might be “23” and the regular music cowl “Charlie Brown’”. The manufacturing on among the tracks is wild, like “Mirrors” and “Arigato”, each are up with my favorite songs of his. The final music I’ll point out is “Cookie Chips”, not solely due to MF DOOM’s look, it’s a feel-good little music.

I’m not fully positive about Reggie’s influence on the “scene” or no matter scene there may be. I feel he separated himself a bit from what was happening in Dublin early in his profession, which was an excellent transfer as I see it. It’s straightforward once you’re surrounded by a gaggle of comparable musicians to set your ceiling the place you see it at that time. When you step again just a little, from no matter group you could be comfy performing in, who is aware of your limits? I feel Reggie is an efficient instance of that.–Cillian

Maverick Sabre

Lonely Are The Brave

(Mercury Records)

Mav’s a correct good fella and he has nice style. When I used to be working in Tesco and flat-out ingesting on daily basis, I’d at all times whack on his debut album Lonely Are The Brave once I was dropping me rag–particularly “I Need” and “Open My Eyes”. He cares very deeply about what’s occurring round him as nicely and that’s very unusual, I reckon. Mav reveals main like to Ballymun and we love him again so we do.–Fatboy




If you’ve had any take a look at Irish rap, you’ve most likely come throughout Jafaris. He’s up there with Reggie Snow and Rusangano household within the OG tier of Irish rappers. This album, for me not less than, was the primary Irish hip hop album that would go toe to toe with the remainder of the world, locations the place hip hop is extra established or extra valued. I feel it confirmed the Irish soul, R&B and hip hop scene that Black Irish music was not simply artistically legitimate, however beneficial and worthwhile. There’s a robust affect from American rappers for positive however introduced collectively in a singular approach. My favourites from the album are “INVISIBLE” and “GHOST”, and I feel these two most likely present the vary of the album sonically and energy-wise. That shit slaps.–Louis



(765211 Records DK)

I keep in mind listening to about KNEECAP whereas in secondary college, they had been launched to me by a college buddy – the principle man Paddy “THE PIT” Hugh Kiernan – on the bus one morning. I had this on repeat for that entire summer season. Going to highschool within the Gaeltacht [areas where Irish is the predominant language], you hear your justifiable share of questionable pop and rap songs sung within the Irish language, so once I listened to 3cag for the primary time, I used to be hooked immediately. You can hear that the lads aren’t utilizing the language as a gimmick–it’s a part of their lives and because of this, they’ve helped within the resurgence of the Irish language with the yutedem.–Korey

Damien Dempsey

Live on the Olympia

(Clear Records)


Damo is a hero and handily top-of-the-line songwriters to come back out of Dublin in years. Grew up listening to this album entrance to again and I’d nonetheless whack it on if I used to be going by it.–Fatboy

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