KOJAQUE: FLU SHOT | REVIEW

– THE CHARM OFFENSIVE –

Irish rapper and eye-popping visual artist Kojaque (known to his mammie as Kevin Smith) returns with a new single, an ever-so-slightly less-strong accent, but aaaaall the same old confidence.

Yes, the man who once released a music video in which he essentially held his breath under water for three minutes (quite literally, his eyes were popping out of his head by the end of it) has jumped right back in the deep end with Flu Shot – his first track since the release of last year’s debut LP Deli Daydreams.

Smith, himself, described that record as “a vignette of working life in Dublin; mundanity, madness and escapism.”

This latest release has an altogether more sunny outlook.

While Deli Daydreams hinted at jazzy inflections, Flu Shot pushes that element further forward.

The horns are bright and colourful, as are the backing vocals and the increasingly prevalent synth / piano parts.

It’s also, if you’ll pardon the pun (you’re used to it by now), something of a ‘shot’ in the arm for Smith’s sound with a far more uptempo tone and timbre than his previous work.

It all just smacks of a man who’s free of drab Dublin, enjoying life and channelling that all into his music.

No news of a new album as yet but, to hear more of Kojaque’s stuff, Love and Braggadocio and Eviction Notice from Deli Daydreams are at the jazzier end of his earlier material.

MORE FROM THIS WEEK’S MIX

ATLAS MAIOR: RIPTIDE
JOE ARMON-JONES: ICY ROADS (STACKED)
NERIJA: RIVERFEST
NICK MURPHY: SOME PEOPLE

P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.

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– SV –