Maynooth electronic producer Jack Casey AKA EMBRZ has already put his spin on a track from Carly Rae Jepsen along with his own individual strand of twinkling electronica on a number of songs in the last two years.
Here, Casey remixes The 1975’s ‘Somebody Else’ adding some dance glow to the original’s track.
Jack Casey aka EMBRZ has been slowly developing his twinkling electronic music over the last two years and ‘Breathe’, his new single marks a turning point, even after a Carly Rae Jepsen remix.
Vocally, it’s the first track from EMBRZ that features a male singer, Pat Byrne of The Voice. Byrne’s emotive voice is not my favourite style (I think it comes down to believability in the tone), but it’s obviously one that is of the zeitgeist.
‘Breathe’ then, is the sound of a producer making a track that aims more squarely for a larger audience. Musically too, Casey’s production moves closer to the EDM style more prevalent in other producers. There’s still enough of that starry-eyed production that EMBRZ is known for present in the track, it’s just been streamlined.
Just in time for the holidays, EMBRZ has dropped a new track. The Kildare man’s music which is a good fit for some pre-Christmas travelling listening, has an evocative quality and his new track ‘Home’ in tone and lyrics (sung by Eleni Drake) perfectly encapsulate the idea of returning home and finding solace there.
Two of my favourite new artists on the same track. Awesome. Oh Wonder just dropped their debut album after 12 months and 12 songs – their melodic bright spacious pop music is still on rotation amongst it all. Jack Casey aka Kildare producer EMBRZ has been one of the most unique electronic producers to emerge from Ireland in the last two years, cultivating a twinkling modern electronic sound himself.
The EMBRZ remix is indeed like a collision of both their styles with an added higher tempo. Good work:
With a festival like Longitude, you probably already know who you’re going to see from the bigger names (if not: Friday: Todd Terje, SBTRKT, Metronomy, Little Dragon / Saturday: Caribou (+Daphni), Glass Animals, Jungle, Alt-J, Hud Mo, Le Galaxie / Sunday: Chemical Brothers, James Blake, Wild Beasts, Danny Brown, Young Wonder) but it’s further down the bill where things get a bit less clear cut. So here’s your guide to your five a day, five new artists to see to help you keep your finger on the pulse. Plus, there’s also a Spotify playlist for the entire festival lineup to listen to.
I’ll be down at the TXFM stage (Sitemap) on Sunday along with the rest of the crew who are DJing there all weekend long.
Old-fashioned soul is Bridges’ thing. The 27 year-old Texan makes no concessions to modernity, even dressing as well as sounding like vintage Sam Cooke. His album Coming Home is what it is – uplifting soul music for sunny days so fingers crossed for Friday afternoon.
Friday, Heineken Stage, 5:30pm
French Cuban twins with beguiling intertwined voices and instruments. One on a piano, another on percussion (which sometimes extends to her body as an instrument), their worldly songs take in their father’s Yoruba Nigerian tongue, gospel, Buena Vista Social Club styles (who their father played with), jazz and soul. Their XL Recordings debut is a fine album but live, as they did at Other Voices, is where they shine.
Friday, Whelan’s Stage, 3:30pm
With only an EP and a single on Matador Records to their name, the English three-piece Haelos have already established their sound. A rush of synths, hanging percussion and a chorus of voices. ‘Earth Not Above’ is my absolute jam, as featured in my songs of the year list.
4. Hubie Davison
Friday, 5pm, RBMA stage
He might be CdB’s son but let’s not hold that against him. Mr Davison is a modern child versed in electronic music; based in London and releasing music on the Leisure System label that moves between textural electronic ambience and laid back grooves on ‘Get On’ and more dancefloor-edged fare like ‘Khayyam Grey’. Lots of mixes on Soundcloud to peruse.
5. Young Fathers
Friday, Heineken Stage, 6:45pm
When I watched the Glastonbury highlights and saw Young Fathers live footage, it didn’t come across well. That’s the problem with watching live music on the TV, it doesn’t always translate. I know for a fact, that Young Father’s live set is one of the best around at the moment, a gut-punching, tribal, howling, theatrical, visceral blood-let of a show. Their new album is boss.
Bodytonic and Hidden Agenda just threw a spanner in the works for your August bank holiday plans with the reveal of The BeatYard happening in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on August 1st and 2nd.
Music guests include:
Sister Sledge, Lindstrom, Four Tet, Neneh Cherry, Madlib, I Am The Cosmos, Public Service Broadcasting, Barrington Levy, Horse Meat Disco, Midnight Magic, Embrz, RiZA, Craig Charles, DJ Marky, Telephones, Optimo vs. Eamon Harkin (Mister Saturday Night), Sim Simma and more.
There are also a whole lot of food and drink options like 3FE Barista Jam, Big Blue Bus, Teddy’s ice Cream (naturally), Angel Churros, Staple Foods, Suhas Falafel, Brewtonic Beer Hall and Wine-yl Ville.
There’s also Graffiti, The Gamesyard with The Back R.A.G.E and Pinball Parlour; Dub City Sneaks (Dublin’s first sneaker fair), vinyl records, crazy golf and more.