Kill or Cre­ate Qniss

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JIM CAR­ROLL

Dublin’s In­fo­mat­ics would prob­a­bly have felt very much at home dur­ing that hip-hop phase when hear­ing Blue Note was the key to dig­ging Def Jam. How­ever, the crew’s fond­ness for all things jazzy and soul­ful is more than just some sort of retro mo­tif, and the ad­ven­tur­ous, con­fi­dent and of­ten sparkling sounds un­der­pin­ning such tracks as You’ll Get By and Ir­ish Times are tes­ta­ment to their sam­pledelic and stu­dio smarts. Still, when it comes to hit­ting the mic, the In­fo­mat­ics come a lit­tle un­stuck – their lyri­cal flow that is nowhere near as dex­trous or im­pres­sive as what’s in the back­ground. It’s not re­ally to do with the sub­ject mat­ter; the ti­tle track, for in­stance, fumes away quite hap­pily about the daily grind in com­mutersville. It’s more down to a lack of con­vic­tion and grit in what the MCs have to say. Once rec­ti­fied, The In­fo­mat­ics re­ally could have some­thing to rap about. www.mys­­in­fo­mat­ics

Down­load tracks: You’ll Get By, POP

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