Free of barriers, the internet creates a strange world of music in which influences know no bounds. For example, a random kid from rural Ireland can fall in love with American trap sounds, and eventually infuse some of these influences into a sound of his own. The result? A concoction of Irish instrumentation with accent-marked cadences and randomly enough, some 808s and hi-hats to top things off. If you haven’t realized already, I’m speaking of Irish artist GAFF and his incredible new single, “Toxic.”
Boasting a masterful contrast between the low-pitched vocals and bright, soul-soaked melodies, “Toxic” is undeniable in every sense of the word. GAFF’s honesty about his toxicity is refreshing in an odd sort of way, and the innocence rooted in such a purely entertaining release — bloomed out of GAFF’s vocal love for making music — is something that I can’t seem to keep my mind away from. Geographically removed from some of his main influences, the budding talent’s sound leans just a few degrees to the left of anything else out right now, leaving a GAFF-sized hole in music that “Toxic” fills up and then some.
Don’t just take my word for it, though. Show some love to Boyle, Ireland’s own and stream “Toxic” below!