Nealo is a rapper cut from a different cloth. Taking influence from Jazz Rap, Conscious Rap and R&B, his lyrics blend deeply rooted personal philosophies with classic Dublinisms in a manner that is equal parts emotive and compelling. All of this floats on a bed of smooth, jazz-infused instrumentals and vocal harmonies from a free-flowing line-up of some of Ireland’s most renowned artists. At the core of Nealo’s live show is the dynamic and love that the people on stage share, resulting in a metamorphosing experience that seeps into the fabric of any venue they happen to occupy.
Emigration, break-ups, drug and alcohol use, the loss of friends and the death of loved ones have all been an integral part of Ireland, and of the wider world, for generations. In Nealo’s hands, they are not just lyrical themes, but also catalysts on his path to becoming the man, and the artist, that he is today.
His 2020 debut album, ‘All The Leaves Are Falling’, was his way of channelling as much of his emotions as he can into a piece of music.
Since its release at the end of October 2020, ‘All The Leaves Are Falling’ has been praised by press and fans alike, with The Irish Times commenting that “Nealo wins by tapping into the disillusionment he shares with so many peers”, The Sunday Business Post calling it “hip-hop that tips the hat to the coolest and most instinctive neo-jazz rhythms you'll hear outside New Orleans” and Earmilk writing that “one of Ireland's most soulful hip-hop artists, Nealo, delivers on every level” with his debut album.
‘All The Leaves Are Falling’ is Nealo’s journey through the seasons of life in the form of ten tracks.
Nobody does jazz and soul-drenched melodies quite like Carrie Baxter. Although she has been compared to some of her idols like Erykah Badu and the late Amy Winehouse, the Irish singer brings a distinctively sweet vocal style to everything she does - one that is authentically hers. Since her debut single release in October 2019, she has been hotly-tipped, with indie music bible Earmilk branding her ‘an artist on the precipice of greatness’ and Hot Press Magazine calling her ‘one of the most thrilling new forces in Irish music’.
2020 saw Carrie independently release her debut EP, Placebo. The EP earned Carrie support from key media including COLORS, Hot Press, Ear Milk, Nialler9, Verge Magazine and Golden Plec as well as radio support on both sides of the Irish Sea from the likes of BBC Radio 1 (Introducing),
Jazz FM, BBC Introducing LDN, BBC 6 Music, RTÉ 2fm, Beat 102 103, WLR FM and Red FM.
Hot Press Magazine listed ‘Love Me Better’ at no. 31 in their ‘2020 Tracks of the Year’ and described Carrie’s sound as being ‘in a similar vein as the legendary likes of Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu’ as they tipped her as ‘one of the most exciting talents in the country’.
Carrie also had two of her songs included on the coveted Spotify end-of- year playlist, ‘The Best of Fresh Éire 2020’, complementing the support she received from the streaming platform earlier in the year when she graced the cover of their ‘The New Éire’ playlist.
So far in 2021, Carrie Baxter has entered the Irish Radio Breakers Chart top 10 three times, been named on Hot Press Magazine’s ‘Hot for 2021’ list and received praise from the likes of District Magazine, Golden Plec and The Last Mixed Tape. At radio, every single Carrie has released this year has turned to gold - each one earning over a million radio listeners and being playlisted by some of the country’s biggest stations like 2fm, RTÉ Radio 1, WLR, Beat 102103 and Red FM.