Top 5 – Osaka Records

Good Fridays

Block T continue a regular event this month in Smithfield, Dublin – Good Fridays with Block T (poster above or scroll down for full event details), with Osaka Records curating and Dave I.D. as headline. In this preview-style Top 5, Patrick from Osaka guides us through the curating policy.

Words: Patrick Henry (Osaka)

There has been a proliferation in the last few years of glitchy R n’ B, with the likes of artists such as How to Dress Well and Wife meshing delicate soulful pop vocals over synthscapes and cut n paste electronics. But there is also a small group of other contemporary artists that hark back to the industrial cassette tape culture of the 80s and reconfigure this darker sound palette into their current output.

ACTRESS – Street Corp

On his latest album Ghettoville, Actress has arrived at a murkier, more insular place….future-afroisms struggling to emerge from the submerged blur of a David Lynch soundtrack yet to be written.

WATER BORDERS – Feasting on Mongeese

Recalling the dark chants + pagan horns + electronics of British duo Coil.

VATICAN SHADOW – Chopper Crash Marines’ Names Released

Tape hiss and Machine Gun rhythms ride atop a heaving synth undertow.

RAIME – Your Cast Will Tire

Glacial synths attempting to escape from a sluggish, scraping molasses of sound.

DAVE.I.D. – You Me Come For

A combination of industrial textures, soulful vocals, haunting synths and metallic beats = a metallic funk both future and past.



A night of soulful post industrial sounds. GOOD FRIDAYS with BLOCK T curated by OSAKA Records.
May 30th, BLOCK T, Smithfield sq, Dublin.

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