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Songwriter and producer Gemma Dunleavy may have captured your attention through her previous collaborations with Murlo and Swing Ting, but the North Inner City Dubliner has been busy making a name for herself this year with her stunning debut EP Up De Flats. 

This project celebrates her community of Sheriff St, a strong running theme throughout her work. The EP explores the trials and tribulations of working-class life through the perspectives of 6 different characters inspired by those she's grown up around.

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Taking influence from traditional storytelling, Dunleavy has developed her sound by experimenting with instruments connected to that of her heritage, like the harp and flute and amalgamated this with her love for pop and club music. The video for I Was Never Young But I'm Not Yet Old is a moving depiction of the city as she sees it. This glimpse into her city, dealt with via mesmerising visuals, spoken word and Dunleavy's dreamy vocals, is a love story to a community often overlooked.

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Despite just releasing her debut, Dunleavy has been working on a number of projects over the last few years as well as a single release on 4AD sister label B4 in 2019 and is a frequent collaborator with UK duo Swing Ting, Murlo and DJ Sharda. You can also find her vocals and songwriting on former Cocteau Twins member - Simon Raymonde's Lost Horizons project.

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