Irish producer, rapper and drummer Alex Gough may be young, but he's packed in an exciting few years. The Waterford native has released the rousing, anarchic "Heart Attack" with a surprise B-Side called "Be Kind". The two singles follow his incendiary performances at Eurosonic and Ireland's favourite winter-time festival, Other Voices.
"Heart Attack" comes with a delightfully lo-fi Super Mario style visualizer, and according to Gough himself, "started out as a rant aimed at various authoritative figures who would sometimes abuse their power and make certain assumptions with no backstory. The song was initially a couple of scribbled sentences which then stretched around a half real half fake narrative of a night out that I had. I see it as kinda like a sitcom moment, where someone gets so worked up, veins popping out etc, that they just keel over."
"Be Kind," by contrast, draws on Gough's remarkable abilities as a drummer and producer and sees him exploring contemporary jazz. "It's a huge part of who I am as an artist and I've always been keen to make sure that side of me is heard," says Gough.