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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - Eoin But­ler

MRSANKA Flight Mode Beat Club / PMR Records Flight Mode is the in­fec­tious de­but col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween LA-based Dutch artist Nick Van Hofwe­gen and Lon­don-based pro­duc­ers Mustafa and James. (The ti­tle ref­er­ences the air miles re­quired in get­ting all three in the same city to record.) In in­ter­views, the trio have men­tioned a shared love of Daft Punk and ob­scure 1960s and 1970s pop. But if you lis­ten closely you’ll also hear echoes of ev­ery­thing from Ital­ian house to The Strokes. BLACKPINK Boom­bayah YE En­ter­tain­ment YE En­ter­tain­ment is a Seoul-based K-pop be­he­moth so ruth­lessly suc­cess­ful it’s emerg­ing tal­ent ros­ter is picked over in the fi­nan­cial pages of the Korean press. So nat­u­rally, when the com­pany’s most suc­cess­ful girl band 2NE1 went on hia­tus ear­lier this year, YE CEO Yang Hyun Suk had a re­place­ment girl band ready to roll out within weeks. Blackpink are an edgier propo­si­tion than their more clean-cut pre­de­ces­sors. (One fresh-faced young singer here claims, rather im­plau­si­bly, to have drunk “a bot­tle full of Henny”.) But the pub­lic are lap­ping it up. Within hours of launch­ing this on Mon­day, the band had racked up mil­lions of YouTube views and their de­but al­bum Square One shot to No 1 in 14 Far East coun­tries. TEBI REX Black Enough Tebi Rex are Maynooth al­ter­na­tive hip-hop duo Matt O’Baoill and Max Zanga, and Black Enough is their up­beat cel­e­bra­tion of race, iden­tity, crazy danc­ing and bis­cuits. (There is, as they say be­fore the late-night movie, strong lan­guage from the out­set.) IN­NO­CENT BY­S­TANDER ft. DANIEL HOFF Waster Rough Trade Dublin based song­writer and pro­ducer Mark Healy’s stated mis­sion state­ment here is to “make gui­tar mu­sic that takes noth­ing from the blues”. The re­sults sound a lit­tle like New Or­der and a LOT like when you’ve ac­ci­den­tally got two dif­fer­ent songs play­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously on your lap­top.

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