Today we are greeted with the terrible news that Irish label Richter Collective is set to close at the end of the year. Over the past four years they’ve been a shining light on the Irish music scene, releasing music from some of the best bands Ireland has produced of late.
Here is the full story from the boys themselves. I would recommend getting your hands on some of the remaining stock. Adebisi Shank’s debut on 10” is one of my prized possessions. All available online here, but if it’s possible check with your local independent record store first. Click the Irish tab above for a list (and as ever, suggestions for the list are welcome).
And here are some of my favourite tracks released on the Richter Collective.
The rainy rural west of Ireland isn’t known for it’s cosmopolitan disco but a few brave souls have been flying the flag over the years, Disconauts and the lads at 110th St. in particular, and now, one half of the Street, Cyric Briscoe has arrived with his debut production, along with Aisling Kelly. This deep and satisfying slow jam has me hungry to hear more. Free download on the bandcamp.
I must give props to my friend Byron for turning me on to a lot of this new disco, house kinda stuff. I’ve been raiding his facebook page of late for quality electronics. Maxxi is a Brighton based producer who’s taking the 808 sound to new levels. Can you feel it??!
The very idea of Irish hip-hop is often disparaged in Ireland, perhaps down to an expectation of glamourised faraway ghettos, not the bad areas of cities we know. People say they “can’t take the accents seriously”, possibly because what the media portrays from inner cities are toothless junkies, maniac gangland criminals and woeful caricatures, not articulate people with ears for quality sounds. Have a listen to Costello and Lethal Dialect and make your own mind up.