Academy, Dublin: 19th March, 2019.
Tickets €16.45 Incl. booking fee
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UK MC Loski to make Irish debut
Every area has a top boy – an influence that the local kids look toward as an inspiration, a source of power, a king. In the south London district of Kennington, that star is an eighteen-year-old MC called Loski.
Break out singles “Money & Beef” and “Cool Kid” – tracks that quickly cemented Loski as the one to watch in London’s drill scene, racked up a cool two and a half million views each to date – ‘Call Me Loose’ is set to put Kennington and, by proxy, Loski on the map.
Like most kids his age, he became caught up in the trappings of his area. Drill began to pop off around the same time and Loski and his pals found inspiration in the young Chicago artists who were making a name for themselves so, that’s exactly what he did. In 2016 – at 16 years old – he released “Hazards”, the track that first illuminated his name among the UK music scene.
Those who first came to Loski through his previous releases will find something to love in his debut mixtape ‘Call Me Loose’, which is centred in the drill sound he first came to be celebrated for. But there’s also a progression. For a start, the mixtape is cinematic. “Drill” samples a political speech about gang crime, “Broad Day” has the kind of low-key and emotive piano strokes you might hear on a film soundtrack, and the record is bookended by an intro and outro. And then there’s the shift in tone, with the upbeat production of previous single “Cool Kid” leading into “Forrest Gump” – a track that seems built for a sun-soaked summer time shubz rather than moonlit rainy streets.
Kids are devouring drill and its clear Loski is one of the genre’s main players. By expanding his palette and bringing in hints of afro-trap, Loski is expanding far beyond any of his peers. He is the creator of a completely unique new sound Afro-drill, which is continuously evolving and rising to power under his leadership.
With his ‘Mad Move’ mixtape set for release this March, shows and achievements on the horizon, 2019 is set to be a massive year for the South London rapper.
Loski makes his highly anticipated Irish debut at the Academy on Tuesday March 19th. Tickets from €16.45 incl booking fee on sale now from Ticketmaster