The two young artists collaborate in an uncompromising strand of Irish hip-hop mostly being popularised by teenagers drawn to its short, punchy bars and murky beats.
Author Archives: Dean Van Nguyen
Dean Van Nguyen is a cultural critic and music journalist for The Irish Times, The Guardian, Pitchfork, Bandcamp Daily and Wax Poetics, among others. As well as pop culture, he writes about identity, youth, race relations and Dublin.
Dean: What Makes Music Sound Irish?
Do Fontaines D.C.’s storming post-punk rhythms sound more Dublin than, say, Brazilian-born emcee Luthorist’s hushed rapping? asks Dean Van Nguyen.
Dean: On Nealo and Uly’s Urban Hang Suite
Nealo’s writing boasts an elegance, intellectual weight, and clever references to local living that elevate him out of the pack.
Dean: Erica-Cody’s Retro R&B Probes Modern Irish Identity
The young singer encapsulates the mixed-race Irish experience through velvety grooves.