Taking a look through the lamp’s lens.

The lamp could well be one of the most overlooked objects in the modern world. It’s fair to say that most, if not all, of us have had a run in with a lamp – be it the struggle to reach from cosy blankets and bypass cups or whatever other breakables that inhabit a bedside…

THE BIG 50

It’s always good to celebrate events, milestones and even the slightest of victories. Given that The Ankle Breaker is celebrating its fourth birthday today, it’s a very personal celebration for me, the writer and creator. Thankfully, I’ve derived the most personal way of sharing this accolade with you, the reader, and that’s by offering up…

Interview: Cassidy The Patriot.

The Montreal Electronic/Trap scene remains one of the fastest growing and invigorating genres and communities in the music world. To a very select few, it may seem like just another faceless group of bedroom producers and DJs, but to most their unique and enthusiastic outward personalities have drawn people further into the encapsulating sound that…

99 Souls interview.

It was one of those nights where late Summer and early Autumn had come to duel in the dull urban air, brought to being by a sea of endless streetlights. This natural collision took place unassumingly around me while I strolled down towards the Radisson Blu hotel which itself brought with it an air of…

Excuse my French.

*Disclaimer* This piece contains personal opinion, something often associated with offending the hierarchy of society and the ‘PC’ people among us. Reader discretion is advised. For some reason, the phrase Je suis Charlie will forever remain synonymous with free speech and standing up for one’s opinion. It may seem easy to hashtag the french equivalent of I…

Je suis fier d’être irlandais

After an uncharacteristically warm period, Murphy’s law ensured that the day Ireland played their first game of the 2016 European Championships, it rained. The murky grey skies painted a disconcertingly comfortable backdrop to a day that was mildly unfamiliar to the Irish public, despite the fact that we took part in the 2012 edition of…

8 Reasons why you should be listening to The Manor.

A year after releasing their acclaimed album Don’t Do What We Did, London trio, The Manor (Johnny Dutch, Scotty Stacks and Danny Graft), have managed to pull themselves from the brink of self-imposed retirement to a rather established spot among the flourishing UK Urban hopefuls. Even though I’ve just labelled the three, they’re defining characteristic is their…

The changing landscape of Ca(ytra)nada

99.9% was Kaytranada’s debut album, but only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the Canadian producer’s potential influence on the musical world. It’s not far-fetched, from a foreigner’s perspective, to say that Canada is currently undergoing a cultural upheaval. The NHL Playoffs are without a Canadian for the first time in 46 years….

Lunch with Blonde.

The strangely welcoming moniker of Blonde is one that oddly suits the Bristol duo of Jacob Manson and Adam Englefield. Despite the fact that only Adam is Blonde and that there are no hair or hair-colour related references in any of their deliciously tropical anthems, the simple name somehow encapsulates the ‘feel good’ vibes that…

An open letter to Drake.

As one of the most polarizing figures in not only Hip-Hop, but music as a whole, Drake has been an enigmatic figure in my life as a fan. After years of his music my personal jury is still out as to whether I can truly say I like him and his music or not, the…

Interview: Original Rudeboys.

The brisk February air departed swiftly as the shimmering entrails of the Salthill hotel enveloped me, while floods of seasoned third, second and starry-eyed (pun intended) first years had already begun the festivities that accompany an event such as the NUIG Arts ball. Looking out of place donning an Adidas jacket and Air Max 95s…