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NEOMADIC The Neomadic Tape ★★★ Self-re­leased

Dublin MCs Dyra­mid and NoGood make re­laxed rap mu­sic for all the bugged-out beat­niks and head-shop hip­pies. On de­but mix­tape The Neomadic Tape, a thick haze of smoke hangs over the pair’s late-night grooves as they trade bars ded­i­cated to their favourite psy­choac­tive drugs and al­co­holic nec­tars. The jazzy in­flu­ence of 1990s New York hip-hop can be heard on tracks such as Sav­age and Lan­guid

Flowz, which blend scratchy sam­ples and off-kil­ter rhythms to keep heads nod­ding. Mean­while, the lyrics en­gage in a stoned mys­ti­cism only achiev­able dur­ing the dark­est hour of the night. There’s the odd oc­ca­sion when the rap­pers veer into a lan­guid vo­cal style, like they’re on mus­cle re­lax­ants. But this is a strik­ing tape that bridges 20 years and 5,000km, bring­ing clas­sic East Coast hip-hop to the Ir­ish cap­i­tal. sound­cloud.com/neo­madiic DEAN VAN NGUYEN

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