- 09 Apr 19
Chasing Abbey's new EP 'The Odyssey Project' premieres on Billboard exclusively for two weeks, before a general release on April 19th.
As Hot Press magazine readers’ choice for Best Rap/Hip-Hop act of 2018, Chasing Abbey have now caught the attention of US music publication juggernaut, Billboard.
Getting the thumbs up from Billboard hip-hop editor Carl Lamarre, the Irish trio have not only bagged themselves an exclusive Billboard premiere of their EP The Odyssey Project, but also a lengthy interview with the publication.
Accompanying their Billboard interview, Chasing Abbey also offer a track by track breakdown of the EP, which was produced by them in their Tullamore studio before having additional production added by the UK’s Jay Weathers (Stormzy, Rita Ora, Not3s).
The EP's lead track and latest single 'Hold On' offers a more mature Chasing Abbey than we have heard in the past, with a true urban sound coming to the fore.
Of the project itself, the folks at Billboard have listed the EP as a “five-track bow bends hip-hop swagger with pop shimmer and incredibly evocative lyrics.” The Billboard piece event cites a potential US “takeover” by this Offaly trio.
The Tullamore urban outfit Chasing Abbey have enjoyed a sharp ascent, since their self-released debut single 'That Good Thing' in 2017. The hip-hop group seem to have made a habit out of consistently outdoing their previous successes. In addition to their Hot Press poll victory, they have bagged the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for 'Song of the Year’; signed a global record deal with 3 Beat/Universal and a publishing deal with Spirit Music Group; provided music for a television ad for mobile company Eir; provided the official song of the League of Ireland 2018; done a host of headline festival slots, as well as support slots for major players The Chainsmokers, Enrique Iglesias and Rita Ora.
Chasing Abbey will play a series of dates this week as part of their aptly named Culchie Kid Tour: The INEC Killarney on Thursday 11 April, Cyprus Avenue Cork on Saturday 13 April and The Olympia Theatre Dublin on Sunday 14 April. Remaining tickets for the shows are available here.
On their upcoming album, group-member Ro told Billboard: "We want to show with a body of work that there’s more to us, artistically. We have a massive interest and obsession with different and unique production and show that with this EP. We don’t think we’ve showed as much with the singles. We have much more to offer."
Chasing Abbey’s The Odyssey Project EP will be available across platforms on April 19th.
Listen to Chasing Abbey's latest single 'Hold On' below.