This week’s round-up of the best new Irish music sees the return of 3 acts from our Plec Picks class of 2021: Lucy McWilliams, Tolü Makay and Yenkee. Former Spies frontman Neil Dexter returns with his debut solo single ‘Loving You’, Saint Sister get political on ‘Manchester Air’.

Roisin Murphy continues to explore the discosphere with a little help from Paul Woolford on ‘Shellfish Mademoiselle’, Wyvern Lingo’s ‘Don’t Say It’ gets the remix treatment from Jason Angel while Villagers plays around in Marcus Hamblett’s ‘Gardiner’s Basement’.

The Academic return with their first song of 2021’Kids (Don’t End Up Like Me)’ while Picture This show their sensitive side with ‘If Ever However Whenever Forever’ and Varley continue to impress with their latest single ‘A Little Bit Funny’.

Irish hip hop and R&B is stacked this week with releases from Pat Lagoon, Willzee, Aik J, Hazey Haze, K.Y., Ama Millier, Eoin & Max Zanga, Jack Murphy & Jena Keating, While 16-year-old Dundalk act Thadge marks himself out as one to keep an eye on with old school jam ‘Time Flies’.

There’s a strong singer-songwriter field with featuring the likes of Midnight Wayne, Susan O’Neil, Elkae, J. Smith Dani Larkin, Cathal Murphy and Normal People’s Slaney, while there are debut releases from the likes of Liliana, Lisa Murray and Emma Hynes.

All this plus brand new music from Bantum, Dead MAnifest, Star Comedy Democrats, WelKin, Ken Norton, Lewwab, Louise Gaffney, Rebekah Fitch, Gorgeous Wrecks, Skinner, Tommy Cullen, Elgin, Eurelle, Davey, Chaya, VJ Jackson, Host and much more besides.

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