Aaron Lawlor debuts with the vibrant ‘Smooch Smooch Kiss’
Aaron Lawlor won't be pigeonholed into one genre. Taking influence from 90s boom bap, drill and his favourite post-punk bands, his neatly crafted debut ‘Smooch Smooch Kiss’ impresses with hazy flows and silky-smooth beats. The Dublin rapper blends the boomy, strip-backed sampled production styles of J.Dilla with a narrative story-telling reminiscent of Slick Rick. The underdog mentality is in full swing and Aaron raps with an honesty and conviction that separates him from his peers.
Aaron’s subject matter, accent and lingo stays true to the city he's been brought up in. Growing up in Swords and moving into Smithfield, life has changed starkly for him in recent years and he reflects on these changes in his tracks - whether it’s struggles with loneliness, romance, financial issues or the joy in-between. His music relates to childhood memories and societal problems using comedic references and metaphors. Aaron Lawlor is bringing something fresh to the Irish music scene and is certainly a character to look out for.
Discussing the new track, Aaron says -
“This song to me is about many things. I remember writing it in my room after coming back from a party at like 2 in the morning. I got the idea from the hook from the party as there was a girl there that I liked and I was too nervous and couldn’t get my feelings through… The other part of the hook is a Steve Irwin reference which is a reference to my childhood; I remember my Dad used to always rinse my brain with nature documentaries and stuff like that. I remember he used to have this red book filled with animals and stuff about them. He used to read me this before I went to bed at a young age, so I had to shout out Steve as he’s a legend to me!”