Hello there and welcome back to the now world-renowned Bluffers Guide, I've been reliably informed there are people all over the place listening to these audio interludes. Even up there on the Northside...

And so this time it's all about brand new music from the beginning of 2021. 

And as such, I was thinking when you're a DJ you're brain is split into two parts, you want what you select through the night, or even a recording like this, to be enjoyable (Ahhh here, play somethin' we know') versus the feeling that you should help introduce something new (Oh no, he's playin' that mad music again). 

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Listen: Aidan Kelly's Bluffer's Guide To New Music

I always feel that's a big part of my job, not to get stuck in a loop as such - there's so much brilliant new stuff. So... I'm a DJ at heart, and I'd be mortified if you didn't like at least some of the tunes and that you got something positive and interesting from these endeavours.

I'm definitely of the mindset that no new music is not a good thing, 

I've always done this, introduce others to new sounds, I don't think I can re-train in anything else. So...

Fontaines D.C. VS Soulwax - A Hero's Death

The lads who saved our lives with the award-winning opener Dogrel, It was great to hear this sound coming out of Dublin again. I know that there's many writers and songsmiths working away, but this was timely, we all felt like the tone of what the Fontaines were trying to say. It suits us as a country of storytellers and bards. So they're back again with A Heros Death, and for me, as a lover of Soulwax, this is a great match-up.

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Denise Chalia - Anseo

Who isn't talking about this young one? Right at the end of December, Denise Chalia coming out of Co Clare lets us have Anseo, a tongue in cheek slice of brand new Irish music, a mix of styles, It's a 4/4 beat but covered in tight wordiness and a positive afrobeat influence. A great sign that Black and Irish music is sounding positive, featuring the vocal support of Jafaris, who in his own right is a great artist.

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Alanya - Upgrade

So in South London, you'd expect to have a constant flow of little studios and crews floating around the corner to an online pirate station showcasing brand new optimism from the likes of Alanya, People already love her, and this new release is very infectious. 

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Run Outs - Alpha Mist

Jazz has come a long way, and you can hear the evolution in work like this. I actually thought 'Surely this is New York' and I'm way off, I didn't know anything about this bloke, but we're closer to home in East Ham, London where Alpha Mist has taught himself everything. But lovely to see his influences coming through, from Madlib and J Dilla (featured in another episode).

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Sonny Rollins - Whispering

A welcome new release for this 90-year-old saxophone colossus, It's very difficult to know what to say about this enduring jazz master. Look, he played alongside Coltrane - that's amazing, isn't it? This new release, even after his retirement, is fresh and lively and would instigate a rabbit hole of jazz classics on a lazy day if you were so inclined. 

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Femi Kuti - As We Struggle Everyday

The son of Fela Kuti, who deserves his own show of torch songs, politics and personality, Femi continues to take what his father has done and make it even funkier. I've always loved West African music, they have their own very colourful style, and it has directly fed into the current explosion of contemporary Afrobeat. I'll link you here to the latest in that kind of sound...

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Yard Act - Peanuts

Yard act are funny, and yet I'd say the lads are flying through the teabags up north in Leeds, next time I can leave Dublin I'm flying to Brad-Ford and busing it down to see them live, there will be no tea had, only Ale and a hairy late-night pie, In a dockers hat and do you think you're going to stop me? No. 

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Black Pumas - Black Cat

Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada hail from Austin Texas and San Fernando Valley, Busking on Santa Monica Pier and 6th Street, they've come together to make really strong work. Really nice artwork, too.

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Speedboat - Dog Toy

Brothers Speedboat come from Brighton and have this inclination for the '80s, the sleeve art is just the two lads staring into a camera shop dressed up like the Style Council or The Police, it has that 80’s radio feeling with desert boots on...

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Summer Madness - Khruangbin

The original feeling came from the sixties with Quincy Jones and his Orchestra, revived in the trip-hop era by the good soul Nightmares On Wax and now by the ultra-hipsters Khruangbin. It's a lovely easy version for possibly a lovely easy Sunday, after a big dinner.

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Burial, Thom Yorke, Fourtet - Her Revolution

At the very end of 2020, three of my favourite artists, Thom Yorke, Fourtet and Burial, quietly released a two-track EP - I would think if anyone wanted to start listening to more electronica and experimental sounds, this would be a fairly good start. On XL Recordings, which is The Prodigy's label alongside our favourite sweetheart, Adele. This is gentle and on non-stop play...

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