Naive Ted hates PR. Hates it. Predictably, as a mute, he’d rather let the music speak for itself. But sure he has new music to promote and it’s fairly likely that you haven’t heard his music cos he’s not that popular so allow us to fill in the gaps for you….
Weighing in around 6 bags of sugar, from Páirteanna Anaithnaid, Co. Ciarraí, the masked Ted cuts a pretty singular figure on the Irish alternative music circuit. However, this writhing skeletal frame does not claim to be a musician, indeed you’d be hard pushed to even call it music sometimes (we file it under ‘hip-hop’ but most of those rap cats want nothing to do with it). Where the machine is man, and man is on the cusp of a nervous breakdown, Ted’s hands control time via a pair of turntables, creating an unpredictable and unrepeatable narrative, shifting then to now, remembering the future and re-imagining the past.
Ted’s abrasive, angular take on beat-oriented music meets at the margins of myriad styles but is never wilfully eclectic, always following a logical sonic line (that admittedly may only be audible to himself). Boom-bap headnod & feedback-drenched headwreck. Ambivalent ambience & shrill shoegaze. Afro-jazz meltdowns & poised krautrockers. Maximalist haikus and minimal epics. Or as he might put it himself – ‘caressed in a chokehold’.
Some people thought his 2015 album ‘The inevitable heel turn’ was deadly (“…the whole thing is an alternative audio riot.” Album of the week, Irish Times, July 2015).
The gigs to promote that record went pretty well too and 2015 wrappeded up with a triumphant support tour for longtime heroes giveamanakick on their final, emotional jaunt round the country.
It has to be said though, Ted doesn’t get out much, preferring to spend his free time producing music for (amongst others) windings, Same D4ence, Post-Punk Podge, Murli, Spekulativ Fiktion and running the Unscene Music ‘not really a record label’ record label.
He was commissioned to provide music for New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Bullet Club faction (seeing his music played in Tokyo Dome in front of 45,000 Japanese wrestling fans literally reduced our Ted to tears) and provided much of the soundtrack for BBC Two’s ‘Smack Em Up’ documentary in 2015. He’s also remixed or collaborated with Lankum (formerly Lynched), Murli & God Knows (Rusangano Family), SertOne, Nanu Nanu, Morning Veils, Clerk5 and Ceara Conway.
And that’s just the recent stuff… dig a little deeper and you’ll find a man at the centre of Ireland’s first turntable band (Vince Mack Mahon), a founder & organiser of one of Ireland’s longest running free festivals (Community Skratch Games) and an alt-rap pioneer through his work with the cultish Flying Buttresses.
So, there’s more but if all that doesn’t make you want to see him play some music then you should go somewhere else on the night in question.
If you wanna see for yourself before making any snap decisions based on some anonymous blurb you just read on the internet/in your local paper then you should check out the following links….
The best rapper you never heard of? Maybe. It’s not often 17 year old rappers get paragraphs like this about them in the national press though….
“One lad stood out a bit from the pack: Jonen Dekay, a 17- year-old rhymer exhibiting wisdom beyond his years. There’s the bang of future anthems off tracks such as Sunset in LK and especially Cold Mornings, and you got the inkling that Dekay is someone whose pen will be producing plenty of striking, distinctive and quotable material in the years to come.” (Jim Carroll, Irish Times, July 2016)
His mixtape ‘Passionate example’ (recorded in after-school youth group sessions) emerged from apparently nowhere to quickly become a cult classic of rap in Ireland, constantly heard all over Limerick booming from cars in the middle of the day and rattling the rafters at Tuesday night house parties in the suburbs. Even the Rubber Bandits co-signed on his brilliance, casting Dekay’s anthemic ‘Cold Mornings’ as the “best track to ever come out of Limerick. Ever. Period”. And sure you wouldn’t doubt the Rubber Bandits wha?
A true renaissance man in a hip-hop culture all too often obsessed with ‘keeping it real’ rather than ‘doing it right’, JusMe is the definition of grassroots, community-based music culture. Not content with being a DJ of fine repute and owner of an enviable collection of records, JusMe has been pivotal in the continued flourishing of hip-hop in the south of Ireland, as an integral member of the now-defunct but legendary LiveStyles festivals and now as one of the driving forces behind Cuttin’ Head Collective in Cork City.
From classic rap to rare breaks, soulful psychedelia to hyper-modern bass music, JusMe got you covered.
JusMe on Mixcloud – https://www.mixcloud.com/JusMe/
Cuttin’ Heads Collective on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/cuttinheadscollective/