- Lyric FM seems to be moving further and further away from the stranglehold of just one genre and the schedule is now peppered with really diverse shows. John Kelly, Gerry Godley and Nova grow stronger but last Saturday was the first time I heard the Magic Carpet. Presented by Rachel Blech, it is a pretty diverse mix but noticeable was a piece ten minutes in which featured human beatboxing. Yes! a human beatboxer on national radio on a Saturday afternoon. Listen back here. Rachel has been staying true to this agenda for quite a while and used co-present a show with Limerick's Una Collier on community radio in Donegal not so long ago. Great to see her getting her own regular national show now.
- In another studio in Limerick, K3Bee has been staying true to the game for a long while. Part of the Nu Killa set up he is also now producing some tasty dubstep and has been featured by Colz. Check his material here.
- One of Irelands greatest unsung producers is Berlin based Troubled Soul. A legendary turntablist, his label Equilibrium was responsible for some great releases. He has now available for limited download a dubplate on his myspace page. Download the free one and look through the equilibrium catalogue and buy some of those that you have missed.
- Troubled Soul was a very popular fixture on Power FM when it ran in the late 90s in Dublin on the FM band. Two other presenters from that era have decided to bring a new updated version of their Sunday Service out as a podcast. SurburbanSupaHeroes part one is available here and the first hopefully of many from Krossphader and Dr. Groove. A few technical hitches on the first one and a very laidback style but one worth keeping an eye on. From the team who helped to bring you Going Postal.
- There was always a political tinge to the Going Postal crew and it is good to be reminded that hip hop and spoken word can still upset the powers that be. Al Jazeera had a great documentary in it's People and Power series on the 'Book Cafe' in Harare in Zimbabwe which runs events that are constantly been monitored and broken up by the authorities. Worth watching on this important day in the country's history. Part One and Part Two.
- If you wish to seek out some fresh new sounds from the African continent, listen up to African hip hop radio podcast. Liking that Zaki Ibrahim track in particular.(via wayne&wax who has some great other african related links here)
- Finally, I have burned the ear off a lot of people in recent weeks about the 1,000 true fans article and suggested models. Has a lot of people talking. 4hero are asking their fans what route they should go here. Meanwhile Robin from Theatre of Noise in Limerick has a very interesting piece on various funding avenues that artists might pursue. Worth reading.