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DIAMOND DAGGER. wicklow/dublin

David Kitt’s compadre in New Jackson, by night Damo Lynch fights crimes against music as Diamond Dagger. Retro and all the better for it, the April 2013 release of the Bison EP marked him out as one to watch. We’re awash with synths at the moment, but what Diamond Dagger brings to the table is a confidence, a ruthlessness when it comes to making sure every line is contagious, and a genuine love for that ‘back to the future’ sound. No fad or fashion accessory, this is Lynch's music. The highlight of his short career so far is surely ‘What’s Your Friend’s Name’. A move away from his usual instrumental aesthetic, it employs the gorgeous vocals of Meljoann to create a ‘crying on the dancefloor’ tribute to ‘90s R&B. If The Human League’s Philip Oakey had time-travelled to the future and kidnapped Aaliyah, he might have concocted something similar. Diamond Dagger calls it “boogie funk”. Whatever tag you want to put on it, inevitably you’re going to get down. He’s recently been working with John Cowhie aka Goodtime, a further excursion into pop. More of the same, please.

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