Dublin A/V duo Clu return with new music next month in the form of the Mood EP on Gobstopper Records on 18th November 2016.

The partnership between musician Sean Cooley and visual artist Kevin Freeney is clear through ‘Mood2098’, a track of garbled synth-driven electronics that while it features English language vocals, often sounds like its own mode of expression. That track is juxtaposed with Freeney’s visual of effects and human-body contorted textures. Janna Kemperman collaborates on the visual element.

The band say:

“This EP is simply a journey through our emotions. Trying to get at certain things that cannot be put across without music and visuals, a different place, each having its own identity. One for some is the empty feeling you go through after a breakup. For another is for the fact that you go through life cherry picking people to stay with you in your team, out of the endless cycle of people who don’t give back. Its also is the creation of a character entitled – MOOD. The idea for the character is one of fun and expression, we can create a character based from every aspect of the art from this project for this project. To create with a character opens up so many possibilities.”

Tracklist:

01. MOOD2098
02. Okami
03. Long Lost Motion
04. Trance Lament

Posted on October 19th, 2016

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When Boiler Room first came to Dublin last year, it’s first night was centred around grime music, which isn’t exactly representative of the city’s music scene.

However, there are a small pocket of producers and MCs making music that could be characterised as grime and you can imagine with the rise of Skepta and the general UK grime resurgence that could be also felt here in the coming years.

While we wait for that, Wriggle put together a snapshot of grimey bass music made here (incorporating grime, footwork and dubstep) from artists like Major Grave, CLU, Wastefellow, Aaron Darkimh, Shriekin, TRYTRYDIEDOWN, Auxiliary Phoenix, Cnámha, Ian Nyquist Ozwald & Daddy’s Grrl.

It’s all instrumental.

Posted on October 10th, 2016

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The Peace Pagoda at Electic Picnic in the Healing Area of Body&Soul at the festival offers a programme of ambient and electronic music an alternative music sanctuary.

As well as music, there’s also talks, yoga, workships, projection mapping and light installations.

The area is curated by Kevin A Freeney (CLU) & Algorithm and will feature live and DJ sets from Sias, Clu, No Place Like Drone, Emmet Homebeat, Discotekken’s Papa Lou, Frankie Grimes and Paper Trail Records.

Friday

Paper Trail Records
Emmet Homebeat
Elrap & Zukat
Optical Flow

Saturday

The Dead Sex
Quaker Meeting
Sias
No Place Like Drone

Sunday

Frankie Grimes
Clu
Papa Lou
A Gorilla

To give you a flavour of what to expect, John Kowalski (Solar Bears) under the name Alchimie put together a mix of music for the Peace Pagoda Mix Series.

Track listing for the Mantra Mix

Ex Confusion – When I Think Of You
Brian Eno – Always Returning
Christian Chevalier – Sea Bird Fly
Death in Vegas – Drone Reich
Bibio – Mind Bokeh
Boards of Canada – Tears From The Compound Eye
Alan Feanch – Arpegiarum 2
Gas – Zauberberg 1
Lone – Hiraeth
Ulf Lohmann – Java
PVT – Ziggurat
Death in Vegas – FUR 74

Posted on August 4th, 2016

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Dublin A/V duo Clu specialise in electronic bass and dance music paired with tripped-out visuals. They’ve form in the field (‘Mirrors’).

For their latest project, they’ve taken inspiration the Vangelis music and visuals of Blade Runner, the iconic dystopian sci-fi film by Ridley Scott, morphing both mediums in atmosphere to create something their own – that sounds like a video game soundtrack and looks like a fractal-virus.

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Posted on March 23rd, 2016

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Today Clu were announced as an addition to the Body&Soul area at Electric Picnic, which as anyone who has seen the Dublin duo’s live A/V show will attest, will be a suitable booking for such an vibrant and electric festival area.

For their latest track, they’ve put a murky aquatic bass-heavy twist on FKA Twigs’ ‘Glass & Patron’. Just watch that GIF above rotate to this. It’s a beaut.

Grab the free download too.

Posted on July 28th, 2015

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Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.


 

Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 


 

The pairing of music and visuals is something I’ve always enjoyed but the concept of a music video has obviously changed in the last ten years. There are of course, still concepts, themes, ideas, techniques and executions that lift a song into another realm but there’s also so much video content out there now, that there are plenty of live video and TV performances, vignettes, parodies, and short documentaries around music that did the same thing a music video is supposed to do: to put the artist in front of more people. Here are 20 of my favourite “music videos” of this year.

Hit page 3 for a Youtube playlist.


20. DJ Rashad – ‘She A Go’

Video by: Peter Greenless

The world sadly lost the Chicago footwork DJ Rashad this year to drugs. His music existed in a discombobulating place alongside his partner Spinn. This fan-video for ‘She A Go’ used stock video footage of office life to do the same thing constructing a hyper-real experience in the process.


19. Angel Olsen – ‘Hi-Five’

Video by: Zia Anger

The singer Angel Olsen returned with Burn Your Fire For No Witness, her second album, which had a throwback rock feel. Suitably, the video feels like its beamed from another time via its filmic cinematography and Olsen’s movements specifically are inspired by choreographed studio performances from female pop stars of old, of which the director said “were always so wild and psychedelic and humorous from afar. The more you watch them, the more wooden and awkward the performances become. There is a certain loneliness captured. The song ‘Hi-Five’ seems to contain the same sort of duality.”


18. Ibeyi – ‘River’

Video by: Ed Morris

The recent introduction of the Chromecast to the home entertainment system has meant more space and time for music videos on a larger screen. After seeing these girls perform at Other Voices last week, I watched this video again, noticing how the French-Cuban twins are held down by male hands under water, how they hold their breath for long periods of time, the dead-eyed stare and the on-time lip syncing at the centre of all of this deceptively simple concept.


17. Compassion Crew – ‘Masters Of The Gentlemanly Art’

Video by: Simon Landrein

Dance music can be a perfect vehicle for a wide-open music video narrative and Simon Landrein lets his animation and imagination run wild on a stylistic train journey full of suggestion to match the chugging rough house track from the Irish producer.


16. Clu – ‘Mirrors’

Video by: Kevin Freeney

The Dublin duo of Sean Cooley and Kevin A. Freeney, Clu, have always put their electronic music and visual work on a par and on ‘Mirrors’, they’ve nailed both. It’s a complementary collaboration that transcends a typical visual tacked on to music setup. The video directed by Freeney serves as a chassis for a potent mix of music (an amalgamation of bass / garage / post-dubstep) , visual (cinematic sumptuous imagery), interpretive dancing and colour that makes for an impressive display of art in total.


15. Katharine Phillippa – Live at TedX

Video by: TedXStormont

The Belfast-based musician performs two songs with the help of a loop station, a bow, a drum, a keyboard, a laptop and an author’s intensity that leaps through the screen.


14. John Grant – ‘Glacier’

Video by: Jubilee Starter

With the upcoming Marriage Referendum in May next year, single-sex marriage will go to a public vote. It’s an incremental attempt at recognising the rights of the people in this country and should pass because who are you or are I to say to someone – “no, you’re love is not the same as mine” or “no, your love is not valid” or “no, your love isn’t something to be celebrated or recognised.”

In that context, ‘Glacier’, a song from the gentle giant John Grant who has battled with his identity and control and who has been made to feel bad for who he is, eloquently addresses those struggling with their sexual identity – “This pain, it is a glacier moving through you, carving out deep valleys and creating spectacular landscapes,” goes the chorus.

The video serves as a brief history lesson of the journey for that recognition of gay rights over the years juxtaposing chronological footage of the American gay rights movement, newspaper headlines, and pop culture to leave you with a stirring narrative of the journey so far. Here you can donate to the Marriage Equality campaign for 2015.


13. Vic Mensa – ‘Down On My Luck’

Video by: Ben Dickinson at Ghost Robot.

There’s a wrong decision at every turn. This video shows the possibilities.


12. Ratking – ‘Canal’

Video by: Eric K

A video that simultaneously captures the grimey decay of New York City while making the trio look cool as fuck.


11. We Are Shining feat. Eliza Doolittle – ‘Killing’

Video by: unknown. Knife thrower: John Taylor. Dancer: Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus,

Can you watch this without losing your shit?


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Posted on December 17th, 2014

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As is my annual tradition, the Nialler9 Readers’ Poll in association with Tower Records is back for its ninth year. Once again, I’m looking to find out what Irish albums and songs didn’t leave your stereo, phone, playlists and beyond. I also want to know what gigs, remixes, club nights and more floated your boat in 2015. There are prizes too courtesy of Tower Records, Dawson Street, Dublin and more..

Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.

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Nialler9’s top 25 Irish albums of 2014

  1. God Knows + MynameIsJohn – Rusangano Family
  2. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
  3. The Gloaming – The Gloaming
  4. Lethal Dialect – 1988
  5. Hozier – Hozier
  6. Seán Mac Erlaine – A Slender Song
  7. We Cut Corners – Think Nothing
  8. Adebisi Shank – This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank
  9. Daithi – In Flight
  10. Shit Robot – We Got A Love
  11. Sleep Thieves – You Want The Night 
  12. Paddy Hanna – Leafy Stiletto
  13. Hands Up Who Wants To Die – Vega In The Lyre
  14. Sea Pinks – Dreaming Tracks
  15. Deaf Joe – From The Heights Of A Dream
  16. I Heart The Monster Hero – Rhythm & Pals
  17. Windings / LandLovers –  Split LP
  18. SlowPlaceLikeHome – Romola
  19. The #1s – The Number Ones
  20. Adrian Crowley – Some Blue Morning
  21. Rhob Cunningham – The Window and Day
  22. Ginnels – A Country Life
  23. So Cow – The Long Con
  24. Women’s Christmas – Too Rich For Our Blood
  25. Jennifer Evans – Works From the Dip and Foul


Nialler9’s top 50 Irish songs of 2014

  1. Ships – ‘The Space Inside’
  2. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  3. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
  4. Clu – ‘Mirrors’
  5. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’
  6. The Gloaming – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’
  7. God Knows + MynameIsJohn – ‘Standard’
  8. EMBRZ – ‘Slow Down’
  9. Rocstrong – ‘Go Head’
  10. UNKNWN – ‘Devil’
  11. Hozier – ‘From Eden’
  12. Planet Parade – ‘You’ll Be Sorry’
  13. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Gold’
  14. Dear Desert – ‘Give it Up’
  15. Adebisi Shank – ‘Big Unit’
  16. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  17. R.S.A.G. – ‘I’ll Be There’
  18. Villagers – ‘Occupy Your Mind’
  19. Carriages – ‘Roots’
  20. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’
  21. The Casanova Wave – ‘New Sensation’ (feat. Biggles Flys Again)
  22. Gaze Is Ghost – ‘Revolvere’
  23. Lethal Dialect x JackKnife J – ‘Headstrong’
  24. Krystal Klear – ‘Squad’
  25. Augustus and John – ‘Crosslines’
  26. Tvvins – ‘You Better’
  27. Elastic Sleep – ‘Leave You’
  28. Cloud Castle Lake – ‘Sync’
  29. Go Wolf – ‘One More Night’
  30. Bicep & Hammer – ‘Icebowl’
  31. little xs for eyes’ ‘Love Gets Lost’
  32. Loah – ‘Cortège’
  33. Floor Staff – ‘The Guest’
  34. Sea Pinks – ‘Dream Happening’
  35. Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’
  36. The #1s – ‘Heartsmash’
  37. Fight Like Apes – ‘Crouching Bees’
  38. The Hard Ground – ‘Deep in Green’
  39. Revin Goff – ‘Salthill’
  40. Shookrah – ‘Woman’
  41. Spies’ – ‘Moosehead’
  42. We Cut Corners – ‘Every Thief’
  43. Sleep Thieves – ‘City Of Hearts’
  44. SOAK – ‘Blud’
  45. Daithí feat. Jesse Boykins III – ‘Have To Go’
  46. The Minutes – ‘Cherry Bomb’
  47. Sissy – ‘No Mickey on the Mouse’
  48. Costello, Captain Moonlight, Linco, Reece, and Temper-Mental MissElayneous – ‘The Art Of The Clash’
  49. Imploded View – ‘Flutter Funk’
  50. I Have A Tribe – ‘Yellow Raincoats’

 


Posted on December 11th, 2014

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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.

For the first time, I had guests on the show last night. Clu joined by in hour two to talk about their upcoming Fringe show on Saturday night.

HOUR ONE

  1. The 2 Bears  – ‘Not This Time’
  2. Theophilus London –  ‘Tribe’ (feat. Jesse Boykins III)
  3. Flying Lotus  – ‘Never Catch Me’ (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  4. SBTRKT  – ‘Higher’ (feat. Raury)
  5. Au Revoir Simone –  ‘Love You Don’t Know Me’ (I Am The Cosmos Remix)
  6. TV on the Radio –  ‘Happy Idiot’
  7. My Brightest Diamond  – ‘Lover Killer’
  8. Mansionair –  ‘Hold Me Down’
  9. Anna of the North – ‘Sway’
  10. letthemusicplay  – ‘Our Town’ (Joe Goddard Dub) [feat. Kate Tempest]
  11. Dimman –  ‘SIGMAL’
  12. Real Lies –  ‘North Circular’

HOUR TWO

  1. Clu  – ‘Zenith’
  2. *Interview with Clu* (Clu –  ‘Mirrors’  in background)
  3. Clu –  ‘Odds 4’
  4. Objekt –  ‘Ganzfeld’ (Clu’s new music pick)
  5. Weval –  ‘Detian’
  6. Les Sins –  ‘Bother’
  7. Aphex Twin –  ‘minipops 67’ [120.2][source field mix]
  8. QT  – ‘Hey QT’

Clu interview

Posted on September 12th, 2014

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How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.


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Tuesday September 9

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  • Maud In Cahoots – The Well Rested Terrorist @ Peacock Stage, Abbey Theatre (€11-€16 until Saturday)
    [Fringe Festival]  “This concert / play explores the line between fear and action, desire and fulfilment, fame and infamy.”

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Sunday September 14

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  • Smithfield Market Square @ The Generator, Smithfield (Free, Noon)
    [Market] With live bands from 2pm and more. Louisiana 6 Skiffle Band, Miss Truly Band and Revolver DJs.
  • Guinness Amplify @ venues around Leinster
    [Pub gigs]  See guinnessamplify.com for full listings.
  • We Were Promised Jetpacks @ Whelan’s (€15)
    [Indie/post-punk] Glasgow band return with their third album.
  • Otherkin, Color/Sound @ Whelan’s Upstairs (€5)
    [Indie/rock] As part of AMA Emerging Tour 2014
  • Deep Aerobics @ Meeting House Square (€16)
    [Fringe Festival] The warmup for The Knife returns for a solo show. New York-based choreographer Miguel Gutierrez

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Monday September 15

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  • Life Has Surface Noise @ Project Arts Centre (€14)
    [Fringe Festival]  Siobhán Kane explore our obsession with music and why some records remain dear to us throughout our lives. With broadcaster and writer John Kelly, music enthusiasts Peter Toomey and Daragh O’Halloran, award-winning writer Kevin Barry and some surprise guests.

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Posted on September 9th, 2014

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