Listen: Jack Rua's electric new single 'Rise' out now

Dublin-based, theatrical pop artist Jack Rua has released his third single, 'Rise,' featuring hip-hop artist Darce.

Image from Jack Rua's new single. A man with red hair is centre of the image, there is a close up of his face with his eyes closed. Various hands are holding him by the neck in a gentle fashion.
Image: PureGrand

Dublin-based innovative pop artist Jack Rua has released an exciting new single, ‘Rise,’ featuring Irish hip-hop artist Darce. The single blends a bold and upbeat melody with lyrics which are explicit without being crass. The infectious pop hooks and raunchy rapping from Darce mix seamlessly to create a dance anthem which celebrated the healing powers of sex and love. 

The song will be accompanied by a soon-to-be-released music video directed by PureGrand, which will “[blur] the lines between gender, sexuality and spirituality.

Jack Rua, formerly known as Jackal, has been on the rise for some time and has been described as “definitely someone you should have on your radar right now.” Rua’s work contains elements of performance: dance, folk and theatre play their part, culminating in a glamorous persona who is heavily influenced by the stylings of David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Prince and Madonna.

His music is coupled with visual work from fellow Dublin queer artist PureGrand (Luke Faulkner), the product of which is something unique in both sound and vision.

According to Aine Cronin-McCarthy, “Jack Rua has been carving his own space in the music industry that is inherently authentic.” 

‘Rise,’ which was written by Jack Rua, Darce, and Porridge, and mixed by Jamie Sellers of Run Wild Music, is the third of Jack Rua’s singles to be released. The first two singles, ‘Scarlet A’ and ‘Ego (with LOGUOS)’, have collectively amassed over 50,000 streams on Spotify, with ‘Ego’ being selected for placement on the Spotify playlist “Out Now” for queer artists. 

Both songs have also been blessing the airways both in Ireland and abroad, on programmes such as Spin 1038’s ‘One To Watch’, RTE 2FM, and BBC Introducing. 

‘Rise (feat Darce)’ marks the third instalment from Jack Rua’s mini album, which is set to explore themes of self-love and sexual liberation.  It is scheduled for release in early 2020.

You can listen to the single here.

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