Eoin Butler’s guide to downloads, singles and free audiostreams
LIL WAYNE ft DRAKE Believe Me Young Money
Back in 2008, Lil Wayne was the crown prince of hip-hop, a young rapper so prodigiously talented his only recognised peers (“Pac, Biggie and Jay-Z”) were ranked among the genres immortals. Six years and two Tha Carter . . . instalments later (the latest drops later this month), his flow is comprehensively bested here by the kid from Degrassi: The Next Generation. Cough syrup then, children, is possibly not the creative elixir you’re looking for.
MANIC STREET PREACHERS Walk Me to the Bridge
Columbia Yes, Manic Street Preachers are still a going concern. And their new video, a homage to the film Run Lola Run, harkens back to the last time anyone gave a damn (1998, since you ask). Though their audiences have dwindled over the years, the Welsh outfit still know to pack a stadium-sized punch. Their 12th album, called Futurology, is set for release on July 7th.
ELAINE MAI Known/Unknown
Mystery is apparently de rigueur these days. Indeed, last weekend Gerry Adams probably volunteered more personal information to the PSNI than Elaine Mai divulges across a half dozen social media platforms. (A recent tweet poked fun at a candidate for Tuam Town Council so, at a guess, she’s possibly from the West somewhere.) Either way, she makes some excellent Irish electronica in the tUnE-yArDs vein.
ALICIA KEYS ft KENDRICK LAMAR, HANS ZIMMER, JOHNNY MARR It’s On Again (Live on the Tonight Show)
On the face of it, it almost defies belief that four such diverse and talented artists would come together to create as formulaic a piece of pop dross as this, with lyrics that might have been lifted from the pages of a self-help book. Then again, It’s On Again was recorded for a lucrative superhero soundtrack, so hefty paycheques all around may have had something to do with it.