- Kelly Darcy
SlimoWeekly Update: A Mid-Year Recap
Things are looking good; we're outside, it’s Pride month and the sun is shining!
While it is a shame we can't gather in person to celebrate Pride, Dublin Pride are hosting many events and workshops throughout the month of June to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community. Most of these events will be held virtually/online but we are sure to tune in to celebrate Pride month as much as we can. Dublin Pride's roster includes everything from poetry, exploring fabric/clothing to a virtual Pride Parade on 26th of June and a week dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ contributions to arts and culture.
As we are now halfway through the year and we’re getting ready for a summer of outdoors and good vibes, this months SlimoWeekly is made up of our favourite tracks of the year so far.
Before we get into our recap I want to give props to some new music released over the past couple of weeks. Both of these tracks are from artists who have only taken to the scene over the course of lockdown. Up first we have 'Where u at" from Monjola and Aby Coulibaly. We know how talented both artists are individually but we were not prepared for the melodies that would come with this collab. "Where u at" is extremely catchy and although it is about missing and longing for someone you don't need to be in your feels to enjoy this track.
If anyone knows how to set scenes and incorporate language into a track it is Sello. He has done it again with the release of audio and video for 'As Gaeilge'. Although this is only his 2nd release Sello already has the scene in his hands. With lyrics that everyone can relate to, he displays Ireland and Irish culture for what it currently is. You wanted someone who reps their own accent and doesn't "waffle" about "gang life" and boy did you get that in Sello.
After a touch and go year in 2020, our Irish artists came back strong in 2021. We seen artists enhance their abilities, broaden their sounds and all round level up.
Drill has taken to the forefront of the Irish scene and has allowed light to be shed on us in other countries. Many artists are O.G drillers but we have seen a lot of people dabble in the genre for a track or two. To highlight some of our favourite drill tracks from this year we have included Offica 'Obito' and AV9, Chuks, Rose9, Swift9, YP & Y.Rose 'Intro' to the SlimoWeekly playlist.
Many artists have caught our eyes over the past 6 months, noticeably; Enda Gallery and Odd Numbers. The work rate and quality of production from both of these talented artists has been insane this year. Enda Gallery rebranded from previous alias "Delush" which brought us a new sound, some remastered tracks and an album. Odd Numbers has created some bops and chosen unique artists to feature on his tracks. He has teased an album has been finished but left us waiting for more details. Both of these artists have shown skill and shown space in the scene for producers to grow and flourish.
In our SlimoWeekly playlist you will find plenty of new artists who took to the scene during lockdown alongside our usual faves. Jafaris set the 'Mood' while Andre Fazaz was on his 'Royal Bike' and Sequence was 'Free'. JyellowL put in the hard work and released his debut album '2020 Division' and UNQ has stormed this scene with her melodies and rich tones.
Overall, the past year and a half hasn't been great but we have been given brilliant music to cloud it. So stick your headphones on, press play and go outside.