After the relative jolt of ‘Everything Now’, Arcade Fire get less dreamy and a bit dirtier with ‘Creature Comforts’ which kicks off like an electro-clash single from 2002 before the AF ‘vista’ comes in to play. Vocally though, both Win and Regine are addled new territory and it reinforces the track’s synth-waving arrangement. The lyrics about self-image, self-esteem and suicide counteract the sonics with a pure heaviness. “She dreams about dying all the time / She told me she came so close / Filled up the bathtub and put on our first record.”
Melodrama is a great followup record for the New Zealand Onion Ring-loving musician. After two full listens, it’s clear that with the album’s deft production details (coproduced with Bleachers lead singer Jack Antonoff), the vocal adlibs and the songwriting is top class. ‘Writer In The Dark’ is an immediate highlight, cemented when Lorde does her best Kate Bush reach on the line ” am my mother’s child, I’ll love you ’til my breathing stops / I’ll love you ’til you call the cops on me.” I’m also loving ‘Sober’ in particular but the entire album is high class Melodrama.
Washed Out – ‘Hard To Say Goodbye’
Ernest Greene is truly back. This is a light house-inspired electronic song that recalls summer vistas and afternoons by the beach.
Laoise – ‘Shooting’
Laoise’s Halfway EP dropped on Friday and ‘Shooting’ is the only song from it we hasn’t really heard from the Galway electronic pop artist.
“Shooting is probably my favourite track off the EP. In comparison to the other songs, it’s quite bare and raw. When writing it, I feel I got to delve into new territories and emotions, which is echoed in the song’s lyrics. I wrote this song with a friend of mine, and we were both going through similar experiences where no matter what we did, we felt we couldn’t grasp and take hold of the things we wanted – be it a relationship or a career path. ‘Shooting with no ammo’ explains the effort you go to finally reach something, only to realise you messed up on the first step, and starting again doesn’t always feel worth it. It’s that moment when you feel so trapped and lost, going around in circles over and over and wondering if you’ll ever break the cycle.”
His work as NJ has always been informed by his experience, his record-collecting, his love of synths and electronic music as a culture. A debut album will arrive this year, AFAIK, but until then, Kitt has a song on a new release on Fort Romeau’s Cin Cin label (with Ali Tillett) worthy of our attention.
Cin Cin’s previous release was a split between Romeau and Bezier and features the standout track ‘Korgs’.
As featured on Thump this week, the new release is a split between New Jackson and Elliott Lion, with Jackson’s ‘Electric Blue’, itself uses David Bowie’s lyrics for the largely instrumental ‘Sound And Vision’ from 1977’s Low as a jumping off inspiration point.
It’s a track that allows itself to grow, to seep into you, as some of the best dancefloor music does.
The Nialler9 mix series has been long overdue. Each mix will feature a theme and will be put together by some of my favourite DJs local or international. For this inaugural mix, DJ Deece is warming up the series with a mix that is themed on tracks he would play to warm up the room. He says:
“I put this mix together with the theme of the warm up DJ set in mind. I do a lot of warming up for international acts in the city at the moment, which is something that I’ve really grown to love. It gives me a chance to play tracks that are more like actual songs, rather than just peak-time club bangers. You can give tracks room to breathe, and actually listen to what’s being played. I would usually do a longer warm up set than 1 hour, but I’ve tried to get as much of my warm up style across as possible in this mix. I think it’s important during that opening DJ set to create a few moments of higher intensity but then creatively bring it back down again. It builds the room nicely, and leaves the crowd wanting more when the headline DJ goes on, which they can then provide. It’s a really under appreciated thing; the warm up. I feel it’s a great skill to have, and something that all DJs should try and master the art of.”
Subscribe on iTunes DJ Deece is a resident at Somewhere Club? on Wednesday nights in the Workman’s Club, he is a resident with Hidden Agenda where he also runs the Deece Series which brings in an international guest to play with him. He can be found at most Irish festivals and also plays with Colin Perkins as Decent Perks.
Up soon, he’ll be playing Forbidden Fruit on June bank holiday weekend, where he’ll also host an afterparty with Jackmaster in Tengu.
Ben La Desh & Norm De Plume – Lotion Chez Damier – Why (Classic Edit) Leon Vynehall – Midnight On Rainbow Road (Beat Edit) Kauf – Through The Yard (Fort Romeau Vocal Remix) LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (Theo Parrish’s Space Cadet Remix) Moon B – PV Hills (Fudge Fingas Remix) Lauer – Hump Acid (Lexx Remix) Brother G – Dominatrix (Pump Mix) MMOTHS – Eva Dego and Kaidi – Black Is Key Cleveland – Shine
The seventh edition of our monthly club night Lumo is back in Tengu on Saturday April 30th and to get you in the mode we’ve got a mix put together by Lumo’s Gavin Elsted.
Resident Lumo DJs are Nialler9, Simon Roche and Gavin Elsted (Adultrock). It’s a house party in a club vibe with no restrictions on genre. Lumo is a club for dancing featuring a good soundsystem, a decent bar and DJs in the corner playing classics and curveballs. Lumo is not another house and techno night. It’s a club night where you will dance with friends, old and new. Presale tickets are on sale now from Eventbrite at just under a tenner.
In the mix, we’ve got tracks from the more electronic disco end of Lumo including those you will have heard in recent months at the club from Metro Area, Fort Romeau, Damien Lynch and a preview of a forthcoming Adultrock (Gavin’s electronic project) on Bodytonic Music coming in June.
John Talabot – Machine (JT Synth Edit) Eric Duncan – Nerve Control Damien Lynch – The Heights DJ Rahaan – DirtyBoyz Da Posse – In the Heat of the Night (Black Madonna Edit) Fort Romeau – KONTROL Adultrock – Push & Pull Rubber Band – Caoutchouc Metro Area – Atmosphérique Jacques Renault – Marilyn’s Gold Broadcast – America’s Boy
He may have spent five years performing live before releasing his first EP, but Cork producer Toby Kaar’s new tune ‘Snapdragon’ is a worth a wait with its emotive cut-up vocal sample style and beats like a playful Hud Mo track. The EP is released on March 18th on Music Is For Losers.
Deeply shaded electro-pop from New York-based Aaron Maine aka Porches from the upcoming Pool LP. ‘Be Apart’ was debuted by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 last week and the song suggests a nervous excitement with Maine singing “I want to be a part of it all.” Pool comes out on Domino on February 5th.
Roman Flügel is one of four artists to tackle remixing tracks from Fort Romeau’s recent Insides album. The Frankfurt Versions features reworks by DJs and producers known for playing at places like Robert Johnson in Frankfurt including Tuff City Kids, Orson Wells and Massimiliano Pagliara.
Flügel has remixed the title track from the record. It’s released on 12″ and digital from Ghostly on July 6th.
Fort Romeau also has a new EP inspired by the classic synth – Fairlights out.
Frankfurt Versions Tracklist
01. Insides (Roman Flügel Remix) 02. Lately (Orson Wells Remix) 03. All I Want (Massimiliano Pagliara Remix) 04. Cloche (Tuff City Kids Club Mix) 05. Cloche (Tuff City Kids Disco Mix)
Conor Adams and Lar Kaye aka All Tvvins dropped their big new track ‘Thank You’ whch has an eighties-production sheen like Aha and a bassline gliding along with Adams asking “do you want to be a cold cold killer? / do you want to be a cold operator?,” in a cathartic manner that is matched by the tightly-arranged emotion. This is a song with big potential.
The London dance producer Fort Romeau is following up his Her Dream EP from last year with a full album called Insides, the second album to be released on Ghostly on March 27th.
Practising his idea of “slow listening” , that is effectively to only focus on one thing – a piece of music and nothing else, no email, no Youtube, no Spotify, no Snapchat, no nothing – just listening to one piece of music with your full attention.
The music of Mike Greene is suitable for that kind of experience, seeing as it often takes a subtle journey across a single track over a longer-than-average length of six or seven minutes. It’s a length that works well on a dancefloor for movement but also privately with headphones, which is what I suggest you do for the next six minutes and 20 seconds when you press play on the title track from the new Fort Romeau record.
So ignore everything else in your view, sit back and put on those headphones:
Fort Romeau – ‘Insides‘ Tracklist:
1. New Wave 2. Folle 3. All I Want 4. Insides 5. Not A Word (with New Jackson) 6. IKB 7. Lately 8. Cloche
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.
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Electricitat 100 @ The Parlour Bar, Whelan’s (7pm) [Party] Tiny Magnetic Pets debut their new EP for the Radio Na Life 100th show celebration.
Brian Mooney, Margie Lewis @ The Joinery (€10, BYOB) [Calypso Rock] ” this current crop of songs seeks to keep the hope machine running with words and chords” / “improvised live set experimenting with vocals, instruments, delay, pitch, loops and beats”
No Idle Day: When you Love Music So Much @ City Assembly House, South William Street (€20, 7:30pm) [Young Hearts mini-festival] Readings and music from Katie Kim, The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock and Adrian Crowley.
No Idle Day: Heaven In The Afternoon @ Bello Bar (€20, Noon-6pm) [Young Hearts mini-festival] John Osborne performing John Peel’s Shed, Foil, Arms & Hog, Barry McCormack, Nialler9, James Byrne (Any Other City) and brunch by Aoife McElwain of Forkful.tv.
The Nialler9 TXFM show` airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Last night’s show featuring 22 brand new tracks in indie, electronic, rap, R&B and dance.
Fort Romeau’s Stay/True EP from last year was one of my favourite dance EPs of the year so I’m keen to hear the followup especially after hearing ‘Her Dream’, a track with disco and house bones but which the English producer makes something ambient and immersive out of.
London producer Mike Greene better known as Fort Romeau has made some excellent dance remixes lately for New Jackson, Cymbals, Gold Panda and Holy Other as well as a couple of singles in the house vein on Ghostly International and and an album Kingdoms for 100% Silk. His new EP, Stay / True now streaming at P4K has some killer cuts on it.
Two tracks standout in particular: ‘Stay True’, an arpeggiated synthesizer seven minute deep cut and the vinyl-only ‘Trust Me’, a funky disco-nodding house track that really lifts the spirits with its sampled string stab and has a real classic dance track feel to it. Fittingly, the track is vinyl only. Fort Romeau has a Dublin date incoming see below.