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Daithí – ‘Falling For You’ feat. Sinead White
It proved a fruitful partnership so the pair are at it again on the lead song from Daithí’s forthcoming EP Holiday Home, due in March. Holiday Home came about when Daithí bought a field recorded and began recording the sounds of the west of Ireland in an attempt to build a unique library of sounds.
‘Falling For You’, his collaboration with White, uses sea sounds from Inch beach in Cork and bell sounds from a wind chime I found in an Air Bnb in Achill. White recorded the vocals on Valentia Island.
Watch the video, also suitably set in the West of Ireland by Feel Good Lost.
Toofools – ‘Touch’
In a short time, TooFools, a band brought to us by Lorcan O’Dwyer, Steven McCann and their big gang of friends have made a splash on the Dublin music landscape.
They introduced themselves with a live video by Christian Tierney of Insanity.
Now, nearly a year later and with much live experience under their belts, ‘Touch’ is an indication of what comes next – a disco-funking electronic soul stomper that recalls Jungle in its backdrop and falsetto.
The band play a headline show on November 24th in Button Factory and an EP is forthcoming.
Saint Sister – ‘Tin Man’
The atmosfolk duo Saint Sister, Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty have established themselves as one of the best new Irish bands of the last year and a bit.
The pair have now released two new songs to keep us sated. ‘Tin Man’ and ‘Corpses’ are two songs recorded with Alex Ryan which are released through Communion Music’s Singles Club.
Communion have a habit of illuminating breaking folk artists and these two songs by the band, while they very much fit their harmony-folk aesthetic, there’s more atmosphere at play in the arrangements than before.
Bonobo – ‘Kerala’
Migration is Simon Green’s sixth album and he says it’s “the study of people and spaces.”
“It’s interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and effect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of places evolve.”
‘Kerala’ from it features a sample of Brandy. The video was directed by Bison and features Gemma Arterton.
DJ Shadow – ‘Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt’ (Salva remix)
DJ Shadow touched down in Dublin on Thursday for a rare live set at Metropolis. A producer with such a revered first album often struggles to stay modern in what follows (Shadow addresses that weight here). Luckily, his latest album The Mountain Shall Fall has some peaks on it (most notably Run The Jewels) but it’s a recent remix album of Entroducing featuring remixes by contemporaries like Hudson Mohawke, Teklife, Lee Bannon, Prince Paul and Clams Casino that attempts a reimagining of the seminal first album. Most successful of the lot is Salva’s footwork remix of ‘Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt’, which Shadow incorporated into his set at Metropolis.
Funeral Suits – ‘Chariot’
It’s hard out here for bands, particularly alternative rock bands. With the closure of TXFM, there’s barely any outlet for such music in Ireland. Last week Fight Like Apes called it a day. The same week, Dublin band Funeral Suits announced that their forthcoming album would be their last.
Which is a pity when they are knocking out songs like ‘Chariot’.
Roosevelt – ‘Teardrops’
Recent album of the week beneficiary Roosevelt delivers a fresh take on dancefloor classic Womack and Womack’s ‘Teardrops’. He’s on a European tour, though no Irish date.
Posted on November 7th, 2016