AE Mak have become known for their energetic live performances that incorporate visuals and dance, mediums that enhance their bright style of music. ‘Glow’ is influenced by the emotions that surround arguing with those close to you and embodies a powerful energy with emotive synths, tribal beats and soul-stirring vocals from Aoife McCann. – This is the band’s first release since the departure of Ellie McMahon and it’s a dynamic return.
Fontaines D.C – Chequeless Reckless
Fontaines D.C are a band that reflect Dublin city in all its glory and defects through their own unique essence of rock and roll. ‘Chequeless Reckless’ is the first release from their forthcoming double A-side, a lyrically-focused and melodically infectious two-minute track with an underlining pensive mood.
The video was shot by JustGrayce ( that’s me) and edited by Conor Dockery.
Loah – Unveiled
Irish Sierra Leonean singer Sallay Matu Garnett or Loah categorises music as ‘ArtSoul’ which is certainly an accurate description for latest release ‘Unveiled’, as a follow up from her last track ‘Nothing’ this track sees Loah in a much more stripped back setting that shows off her hauntingly beautiful vocals accompanied by soothing acoustic guitar.
The video for Unveiled furthermore enhances the beauty of the track and is by Ellius Grace.
Laoise – Bother
Galway electronic pop artist Laoise’s follow up to ‘Rich’ is a much more upbeat pop track with dance elements that continues to show off her strong vocal abilities. It was produced by Chris Bubenzer of Diffusion Lab.
Old Hannah – Follow
‘Follow’ is the first single from Sligo group Old Hannah’s debut album Borealis which will be released later this year. The track shares a new sound for the band as they take a step away from their folk roots into an upbeat, catchy and harmonious flow.The single launch takes place on Thursday March 15th at The Grand Social. Tickets priced at €10+ are available from Eventbrite.ie.
Brién – Heaven
Multi-instrumentalist Brién’s ‘Heaven’ is the second release from his EP entitled Tandem released on Soft Boy Records. The track has an early Mount Kimbie sound with atmospheric visuals in the video filmed and directed by Clodagh Farrelly.
EOMAC – Resist All Dogma
Dublin-based electronic producer Ian Eomac or EOMAC (one half of Lakker) latest track is from his album Reconnect which will be rreleasedon March 9th. It was mastered and cut by Helmut Erler at Dubplates & Mastering and will be available for purchase on vinyl on Rubadub.co.uk. Disclaimer – this track is not for sensitive ears.
Bad Bones emerged as one of the highlights from Hard Working Class Heroes festival this year but anyone who has caught her dancer-featuring live show or her considered audio-visual releases since Sal Stapleton started the project will be aware of the producer’s unique vision.
Following the release of newest single ‘You’, Sal turned the song over to producers Eomac, Polar Archives and PRÂUD to see what kind of vision they had for the source material. The resulting EP is out tomorrow and you can hear it all here in full now and purchase on iTunes.
Open Ear is a festival that started last year on Sherkin Island off the coast of West Cork and it returns in June 2nd-4th for a weekend of “experimental, ambient, electronica, neo-classical, hip hop / beats, techno, noise and more.”
With a capacity of 300, this year’s lineup features:
Ian McDonnell aka Eomac is prolific enough electronic producer at the best of times posting a monthly mix and regular EPs and compilations of his own material. That’s not to mention his work with Lakker. His latest Angel EP (out for download on Monday) leans on the heavier bass side of things heavily enough that Ian felt it was only right to put it out under another moniker EeOOo. The five tracks include a Beyoncé ‘Halo’ remix, and my personal highlight the flute sampling ‘Peru’:
Dublin electronic producer Eomac has produced lots of quality tracks in the last few years, so many that he has amassed a fine selection of 21 tunes that were never formally released. So in an effort to wipe the slate clean and start afresh, he’s bundled them up together as a collection called Tabula Rasa ( which means ‘blank slate’ in Latin) and the tracks vary: grimey dancefloor workouts, wonky steppers, acid ravers, buzzing electro, techno robot beats and more. It’s a mixed bag of fine electronic confectionary all offered for download for the price of €5.
!Kaboogie are indeed hitting Cork City this Saturday in the Triskel Theatre for a night of “skank n bop action.” Always ones to bring a party in Dublin, the Cork gig will see Richie !Kaboogie performing his own tunes featuring Lady Grew and Joni for the first time, Sixfootapprentice (who was awesome supporting Lunice a few weeks ago), Kilkenny’s Replete (“badman”), the eminent Eomac and a soul/ hip-hop turntable set from Deviant.
Dublin producer Ian McDonnell aka Eomac returns with a five-track EP of “synthy, quirky beats”. McDonnell is one half of Lakker and as you may know Aphex Twin has taken a shine to playing some of their tunes in his live set lately. Their most recently release came out on KilleKill and you can see three visual videos of the tunes at Vimeo. Skirmish Blog interviewed Ian recently.
Check out this compilation of UK and Irish hip-hop and electronic music featuring cuts from Om-Unit, Ean (ex-Various Production), Melodica Deathship, T-Woc, SertOne, Eomac, and Vince McMahon & Jay Scarlett. It’s the latest installment in a global Finest Ego series. Previous editions featured Japan, Russia and Australia.