Tei Shi – ‘Justify’
From Valerie Teicher’s Friday album release Crawl Space is a minimally-lit bass and vocal track that swings with R&B and electronic verve AND sounds like Prince.
As Teicher says “Justify is a kind of protest song against the way in which we are categorized or judged by others based off of very superficial or one dimensional standards. It came from a place of rebellion against the insecurities and pressures that come into play when you put yourself in a position to be defined by another. For me the song is a challenge against that musically and emotionally.”
Aldous Harding feat. Perfume Genius – ‘Imagining My Man’
Like the previously featured ‘Horizon’ from the New Zealand singer-songwriter, ‘Imagining My Man’ from her 4AD debut John Parish-produced Party (Mat 17th) is a subtle and intense torch song and features Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas (even subtler). Angel Olsen and Julia Holter would be close references to the sound made here. Aldous Harding is increasingly sounding like a trailblazing artist.
Search Party Animal – ‘Evergreen’
The band formerly known as Bagels, have made a significant move up with their new single under new name Search Party Animal. It’s still very early days but this is a step in a direction that marks them apart.
Wastee – ‘Candy’
Diolmhain Ingram Roche has been making a name for himself as Wastefellow but Wastee is a more club-orientated sound that draws from drum and bass, post-dub and synth electronica. ‘Candy’ is the project’s first single, a wavey squiggly song of deep bass proportions and digital styles. An EP is coming on the LyxLiv label.
All We Are – ‘Burn It All Out’
All We Are’s debut album for Domino brought an Irishman, a Norwegian and a Brazilian together to make slinky harmony-filled guitar pop music. ‘Burn It All Out’ is a departure from that sound, a more intense and layered suggestion that album #2 is going to be quite different despite the sweetness inherent on the song. it features production by Kwes.
Soulwax – ‘Is It Always Binary’
I’m a sucker for dry disco drums and not many people do that better (other than close cohorts DFA) than Soulwax. From DeeWee is their new album all recorded in one-take in their Belgian studio and ‘Is It All Binary’ features the work of two drummers including Iggor Cavalera and features the Soulwax the headspinning synth trademark like their brilliant release Nite Versions.
Cinema feat. Chris Leech – ‘Floating’
‘Floating’ is his first new song since all that activity and it’s a natural departure from the LP. Featuring vocals from Le Boom’s Christy Leech and production by Ruairi Bantum, ‘Floating’ has a focused electronic sound that sounds more contemporary but hasn’t lost that spacious disco chug that makes the music under the Cinema moniker swing.
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Posted on March 29th, 2017
Other Voices recently hosted an impressive stage at Latitude Festival and this weekend, they’ll do it again this weekend at Electric Picnic.
To get you in the mood, here are 10 live recordings from the UK festival featuring All We Are covering Caribou, Eaves, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Jape, Booka Brass Band, This Is The Kit and The Unthanks…
Posted on August 31st, 2015
Here are a list of my most listened and loved records of 2015 so far with Spotify playlists for overall and Irish albums of 2015. Plenty more playlists on Spotify and Soundcloud and on the site. Don’t forget: you can also catch me on 105.2 TXFM every Thursday night from 10pm to midnight.
Top 25 albums of 2015 so far…
- Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
- Shamir – Ratchet
- Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
- Jape – This Chemical Sea
- Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
- Jamie xx – In Colour
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
- Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
- Braids – Deep In The Iris
- Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
- Villagers – Darling Arithmetic
- Wax Stag – II
- All We Are – All We Are
- Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
- Jonnie Common – Trapped In Amber
- Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
- Boot & Tax – Boot & Tax
- Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color
- Le Galaxie – Le Club
- Leon Bridges – Coming Home
- Four Tet – Morning /Evening
- Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon
- Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
- Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood – Sour Soul
- little xs for eyes – Everywhere Else
Top Irish albums of 2015 so far
- Jape – This Chemical Sea
- Villagers – Darling Arithmetic
- Le Galaxie – Le Club
- little xs for eyes – Everywhere Else
- Not Squares – Bolts
- Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes
- Lakker – Tundra
- Leo Drezden – Multi-Moment
- Young Wonder – Birth
- The Mighty Stef – Year Of The Horse
- Ryan Vail & Ciaran Lavery – Sea Legs
- No Monster Club – People Are Weird
- SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
- HamsandwicH – Stories from the Surface
- Inni-K – The King Has Two Horse’s Ears
Posted on July 7th, 2015
Other Voices will return to TV screens for its thirteenth season on RTÉ2 from Sunday April 12th at 10.50pm.
The thirteenth series as ever was filmed in Dingle and this year was co-presented by Aidan Gillen and Huw Stephens. You can read all about the filming and the performances from December in my dispatches.
Look out for favourites Young Fathers, All We Are, Jessie Ware, Rusangano Family and Ibeyi in there.
Episode 1 – April 12th
All We Are
Cloud Castle Lake
From the archives Anna Calvi
Episode 2 – April 19th
From the archives John Grant & Conor O’ Brien
Episode 3 – April 26th
Walking On Cars
Join Me in the Pines
Booka Brass Band
From the archives James Vincent McMorrow
Episode 4 – May 3rd
The Lost Brothers
Kormac’s Big Band
From the archives The National
Episode 5 – May 10th
Melanie De Biasio
Staring at Lakes
From the archives East India Youth
Episode 6 – May 17th
Buke & Gase
From the archive: The XX
Posted on April 7th, 2015
A Cork man, a Brazilian dude and a Norwegian girl meet at a performing arts college in Liverpool and form a band. Richard O’Flynn, Luis Santos and Guro Gikling’s debut album as All We Are is a product of three varying backgrounds that converges on music that’s effortlessly slinky harmony-filled guitar pop.
On stage, in Dingle, at Other Voices in December, the band played with a tight funk rhythm and guitar grooves that were easy to admire.
It’s the same outcome on the band’s self-titled debut album, released on Domino last week.
The band have been compared to the xx already but where Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sims traded off their coy flirtatiousness chemistry, the charm of All We Are’s music comes more in the gravitation of their ability to create whispery crescendos and breezy rhythms. The band write all the music and lyrics together so there’s more of a sensual solidarity in their hips and the bones of the tunes. Maybe that’s why the band have called their sound “psychedelic boogie” and have been referenced to the Bee Gees.
Production from Dan Carey (who has given records from Bat For Lashes, Hot Chip and Chairlift) helps add a warm melty spit and polish to the album. That shine means that the album is always pleasant and it lull you in to their frequencies even when there’s a few indistinct songs embedded on it. When they really make their move, through the slow funk “ohs” on ‘I Wear You’, the swaying ‘Feel Safe’ and the spiralling guitar R&B build of ‘Go’, they show their best front.
All We Are play The Workman’s Club on March 14th. Email [email protected] before Monday to enter the draw win passes to the show.
Posted on February 6th, 2015
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On Sunday at Other Voices, music is our church. But before we get to the actual church St. James, there’s plenty of music to be had on the music trail.
The Clare/Limerick via Zimbabwe rap group God Knows and Mynameisjohn shake open our muscles and our minds in the afternoon before the chats at Jim Carroll’s Banter series in the back room of Foxy John’s. They forgo the use if mics and utilise high stools instead for a high energy performance that finds a more natural home later that evening in the marquee of An Chonair, as young children and their family dance around to the high kineticism of the Rusangano Family, as their album is titled.
Somerville’s soothing sounds
Things are much more soothing down in John Benny’s by the bay in the afternoon where Somerville delivered an ethereal set of minimal music with electric guitar, laptop, keyboard and her quiet unassuming Galway voice. She offers solace through an acknowledgment of trying times and combined with hot ports and oysters, it reinvigorated the weary partygoers, Dingle style.
There’s more still over in Dingle district court, where Wyvern Lingo are delivering their own type of pleasing justice: big-voiced folk band pop. On the road to the stunning vistas of the Conor pass, In the Dingle brewing company building, Booka Brass Band offer a complementary prelude to Kormac’s big band later on with a Destiny’s Child ‘Survivor’ cover to a backdrop of giant beer vats. Afterwards, Cloud Castle Lake bring their high falsetto atmospherics to the same brewery floor.
A slinky sexy indie-pop triumph
In the church, the Cork/Brazil/Norwegian trio All We Are create a fine impression for themselves. Their music is slinky and funky: indie music that sounds like the xx with real grooves. We board their fan train immediately. So much so, that they might be our new favourite band.
There certainly feels like there’s some of that chemistry at play. The standing Cork drummer at the back runs the rhythm section, the singer Guro with her oversized bass sways with her instrument. The songs are sexy and breezy: tracks like I Wear You and Feel Safe occupy a delicate bright rhythm.
In thanking them, series producer Philip King says that Guro, upon watching the Other Voices Amy Winehouse film told her mother that she wanted to play that church and there’s a real sense of triumph after their performance.
Romance delivered with a cackle
While her soulful R&B songs are graceful and romantic, the real Jessie Ware is a warm-hearted cackler, a down-to-earth charming lover of Dingle whiskey and a genuine talent. She tells a story of the intimacy of OV producing a comical moment when walking through Benner’s Hotel, where her gig is about to be live streamed, only to hear a girl asking her friend “is she any good?” to whom Ware addresses on stage back through the live stream in the hotel.
But when she opens her mouth to sing, magic comes out, even just in this acoustic format with one guitar and a keyboard. She admits to having a penchant for the unrequited love song and many of hers have drama to them.
The set is chock with Sade-esque soulful ballads. There’s recent album title highlight ‘Tough Love’; ‘You And I Forever’ a song about her fellah “finally putting a ring on it”; her attempt at confident flirtatiousness ‘Kind Of, Sometimes, Maybe’ and her biggest ballad to date ‘Wildest Moments’. Ware is a genuine talent as well as a genuine lady.
Delorentos meanwhile have ended up taking the long way to a sustainable success. Their fourth album Night Becomes Light was released on Universal this year and it feels like the band have been rejuvenated. We used the same word this week but their songwriting and has evolved, as has their performance on evidence of their St. James Church performance.
A late addition, Kormac’s Big Band, a live brass-laden band lead by DJ Kormac, take inspiration from old jazz recordings, Ninja Tune-style hip-hop electronica and turntablism.
Kormac’s second album Doorsteps moved those inspirations into his own space and the result is a live show that feels less novelty and more substantial more akin to Bonobo’s big live show. There is obviously not much chance that the album guests Irvine Welsh, Micah P Hinson and Speech Debelle are here, especially as Kormac were a late addition to the church, but there’s the soulful voice of Claire Young on stage to make up for it, as the band swirl around the stage, anchored by Kormac on laptop, sampler and turntable, ever the master of ceremonies.
Walking On Cars close out Other Voices 2014 and there’s none more fitting than the hometown heroes. One of the pleasures of working on a show like this is watching a band grow. Two years ago, the Dingle band played the IMRO Other Room. Now signed to a major, their set is an acknowledgement of their growing stature on the TV show they all grew up on where clearly means a lot to them. The songs are better, the band are tighter, they’ve considered their performance. The music harks back to the American voices across the sea from Dingle, who dominated airwaves in the 90s: the likes of Matchbox 20 with modern production techniques placing their songs in the now.
It’s another triumph of a set in a day full of them. Just like the TV show itself, it’s gone from an idea to an internationally-recognised recorded music retreat to a mini-festival; a beacon of respectful light in a fast-paced world.
Photos: Rich Gilligan.
Posted on December 16th, 2014
Some Wednesday 31st December NYE-related gigs:
In Cork, Southern Hospitality Board presents NYE @ TDC – Triskel Arts Centre with God Knows + mynameisjOhn + MurLi, Shookrah, Tonguebundle. Doors at 9pm. Tickets are €14 from Plug’d.
The Grand Social’s NYE’s gig features Raglans, Kelly Anne Byrne, Otherkin, Nightflight DJ’s, This Greedy Pig DJs & more…Adm: €15 (live show & gen adm) €5 (DJ areas).
They’ve just signed to Rough Trade to release an album and more, one of Ireland’s most exciting bands Girl Band are playing a late show in the Twisted Pepper on Saturday January 31st 2015. They’ll be joined by Princess & Peaks. Tickets €15 on sale from Ticketmaster today.
Damien Rice announced Dublin and Cork gigs for 2015. The dates are Sunday 12th July @ Iveagh Gardens Dublin, Monday 13th July @ Live At The Marquee Cork and Thursday Jul 16, @ the Galway Arts Festival Big Top. Pre-sale tomorrow at his website and general sale Friday from Ticketmaster. Tickets are around €45.
New Domino band All We Are who feature members from Ireland, Norway and Brazil are playing The Workman’s Club on Saturday March 14th. Tickets €15 on sale now.
Scottish folk singer and Kermit The Frog soundalike Alasdair Roberts has a new album coming out on Drag City but he’s squeezing in a gig in Dublin before that in January in The Vintage Room, The Workman’s Club on Thursday 18th December. Support from Landless. Tickets:
HamsandwicH are playing The Olympia Theatre next May 29th. Tickets are on sale this Friday at 10am priced from €20 (standing) / Circle (Seated) €22.50.
Donegal-based BEO, the organisation who encourage young people interested in music by encouraging them to organise a series of concerts in their local area are teaming up with the similarly minded Volume Control for a gig just for Belfast and Donegal teens. The lineup includes Not Squares, Go Wolf, Freak’s and Rebekah Wilson and the gig happens next in the Oh Yeah Centre on Thursday 18th December. Tickets are £5. It is all-ages and open to all.
The Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire are hosting a show from A Winged Victory For The Sullen (Stars Of The Lid founder Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and Berlin based composer, Dustin O’Halloran) on 10th February 2015. Tickets for their only Dublin date priced €24 are on sale from the Pavilion box office but you can win a pair by emailing me on [email protected] now.
Posted on December 9th, 2014
The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.
- Ibeyi – ‘River’
- Sampha – ‘Too Much’
- Oh Wonder – ‘All We Do’
- Jape – ‘Seance Of Light’
- Purity Ring – ‘Push Pull’
- Portable – ‘Surrender (feat. Lcio)’
- Young Fathers – ‘Soon Come Soon’
- All We Are – ‘I Wear You’
- Future Islands – ‘Seasons’ (Waiting On You) [BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation]
- Sharon Van Etten – ‘Our Love’
- Arca – ‘Wound’
- Bonobo – ‘Flashlight’
- Wu-Tang Clan – ‘A Better Tomorrow’
- Ariel Pink – ‘Black Ballerina’
- Azealia Banks – ‘Chasing Time’ (Max Tundra Remix)
- Diplo – ‘Diplo Rhythm’ (feat. Vybz Cartel, Pantera Os Danadinhos & Sandra Melody)
- Shamir – ‘On the Regular’
- Boot & Tax – ‘Confuzed House’
- Martyn & Four Tet – ‘Glassbeadgames’
- Hubie Davison – ‘Get On’
- R.Seiliog – ‘Mt. Essa’
- R.S.A.G. – ‘Don’t Move So Fast’
- George Maple – ‘Vacant Space’
- Floating Points – ‘Nuits Sonores’
Posted on December 5th, 2014
Dingle in Kerry will once again host Other Voices once again for the year 13 this Friday December 12th to Sunday December 14th and the first four acts that are playing the festival are:
The show will be jointly presented by actor Aidan Gillen and BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens. Banter with Jim Carroll returns as does the free music trail and more.
In addition, the IMRO Other Room is taking submissions from bands to play through the open call process on the website.
Posted on November 7th, 2014