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BIG BOI ft. ADAM LEVINE Mic Jack ★★★★ Epic In Outkast, he was al­ways the duo’s un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated lesser half. And as a solo artist, his ca­reer has oc­ca­sion­ally stut­tered. But when rap­per Big Boi is on his game – as he is here – there aren’t many who do it bet­ter. Spit­ting fire over a Billy

Jean- style groove, Mic Jack is one of the best things the At­lanta na­tive has done since 2009’s crim­i­nally ig­nored

Shine Blockas sin­gle. His forth­com­ing Boomi­verse al­bum prom­ises to be a star-stud­ded af­fair with guest ap­pear­ances by Gucci Mane, Janelle Monae, Cee Loo Green and Killer Mike. DAITHI ft. SINEAD WHITE Aero­plane ★★★ This new track from Daithi’s

Hol­i­day Home EP was in­spired by vin­tage Ir­ish TV dra­mas. The video, fea­tur­ing footage from a short film called It’s

Now or Never, shot in Bal­ly­vaughan in 1996, packs in more 1990s nos­tal­gia than a roll in the hay with Mi­ley and Fidelma. And in “Like a burn­ing cheese, you give life to my life”, Sinead White may just have coined the most con­fus­ing pop lyric since the Black Eyed Peas’ “Beats so big, I’m step­pin’ on lep­rechauns”. Daithi’s Hol­i­day

Home EP is out to­day. Daithi plays the Róisín Dubh in Gal­way tonight and The Opium Rooms in Dublin to­mor­row night. THE WAR ON DRUGS Think­ing of a Place ★★★★ At­lantic The War on Drugs’ first new track since 2014’s break­through Lost in the Dream al­bum is a soft-fo­cus, 11-minute space out that evokes, more than any­thing, the ex­pe­ri­ence of driv­ing through the coun­try­side at night. Not a lot hap­pens for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time. But just about any im­age could flash by, mo­men­tar­ily, in the dark. ELAINE MAY The Colour of Night ★★★ The lead track from Elaine May’s The Colour of Night EP is this evoca­tive ex­plo­ration of grief. She plays the Work­man’s Club in Dublin on May 5th.

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