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ROB KELLY Brag­ging Rights Ac­qui­si­tion ★★★ In Ir­ish hip-hop’s small but en­thu­si­as­tic un­der­growth, Rob Kelly stands tall for many rea­sons. Kelly’s profile to date is at- on Take a Look and, es­pe­cially, the swing­ing bravado on Biz­erkk. It’s also clear from Brag­ging Rights that Kelly has fine­tuned his gruff flow in a num­ber of sig­nif­i­cant ways, al­though there are still times when his vo­cals need more em­pha­sis and power to re­ally pin the track down. That said, in terms of sting­ing one-lin­ers and big­ging him­self up, Kelly has that side of the game well and truly locked down. www.mys­pace.com/robkelly DE LA SOUL Im­pos­si­ble: Mis­sion Red Lion ★★★ A co­her­ent mish­mash of un­re­leased ma­te­rial, live tracks and out­takes that never made the of­fi­cial cut, Im­pos­si­ble: Mis­sion is where the Daisy Agers cut them­selves a lit­tle slack. Hav­ing spent so much time putting as much dis­tance as pos­si­ble be­tween them­selves and their sem­i­nal Three Feet High and Ris­ing de­but (and of­ten turn­ing cur­mud­geonly when the sub­ject was raised), here’s ev­i­dence that the De La three have de­cided to stop beat­ing them­selves up and en­joy the view. Prob­a­bly the fresh­est and most en­joy­able joint to which they’ve at­tached their name in years, Im­pos­si­ble: Mis­sion is dy­namic and mostly ef­fort­less. Their suave cover of Com­mon’s The Cor­ner is one high note, as is You Got It, which takes its en­ergy and buzz from a very smart loop­ing of Bobby Byrd’s I Know You Got Soul. More of this kind of thing and we could soon be talk­ing about a brand new Daisy Age on the rise. di­tional mu­sic (with the tini­est tinc­ture of Miles Davis), it’s both a cel­e­bra­tion of the pos­si­ble and a trib­ute to the com­po­si­tional tal­ents of past (Tur­lough O’Carolan) and present (Luke Daniels). At its best when ar­range­ments are spar­ing, as they are on Eire, the core con­glom­er­ate of piper and singer Jar­lath Henderson, fid­dler Chris Stout and cel­list Laura Moody ex­plore that twi­light zone where for­mal and in­for­mal tra­di­tions over­lap. Daniels’s opener, Tunes for Grace, is an over-zeal­ous at­tempt to marry uil­leann pipes and classical quin­tet. But he slowly yields to the grace­ful ease that each be­stows on the other. A bold, bi­sect­ing col­lec­tion. www.gael.org.uk

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