Ardyn – ‘Together’
The new single from English duo is produced by Tourist and has a lovely soft-rock Fleetwood Mac vibe in the chorus. One for the re-spin.
Jafaris – ‘If You Love Me’
One of four tracks released today on Dubliner Jafaris’ new EP Velvet Cake. ‘If You Love Me’ is the instant standout for me, from a talented young man who is on the up.
Mix & Fairbanks – ‘Girls’
Mix & Fairbanks are two young Kildare producers and DJs Rob Smyth and Gary O’Reilly who in a short time have been nailing electronic disco productions in a live setting, via DJ edits, remixes and mixes.
‘Girls’ the Mix & Fairbanks song from the EP is an absolute dancefloor stomper, a synth-rush tune that melds the bouncing pinging synth of ‘Inspector Norse’ with a Daft Punk style vocoder robot vocal. I can’t stop playing it and I’m going to be playing it all summer long.
Joe Goddard – Home (Morgan Geist remix)
A remix of a highlight from Joe Goddard’s album released today by Metro Area’s Morgan Geist. The sample is from Brainstorm’s ‘We’re on Our Way Home’ , which Goddard says he found on tour in his Electric Lines playlist.
Soulé – ‘Good Life’ (Mark McCabe remix)
Overcoats – ‘Smaller Than My Mother’
A highlight form my leading album of the week. A reworked version of an old song that shows how far these New York ladies have come in their career.
Songhoy Blues – ‘Bamako’
Light Afro funk from the Malian band’s new album Résistance on Transgressive Records to be released June 16th. Iggy Pop features on the new album.
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Posted on April 21st, 2017
Music Cork is a new conference and showcasing event for the music industry taking place in Cork from May 10th – 12th.
I interviewed the organisers for my Irish Times How Music Works series last week and they explained why they started it.
I am involved in one of the three live gigs taking place on Thursday May 11th and my lineup was announced last month and includes Le Boom, Ailbhe Reddy and Lyra.
Now, two other gig showcases have been revealed and they look like this:
@ Triskel (curated by IMRO) – Cry Harridan, Jafaris, Little Hours, Super Silly
@ Crane Lane (curated by Music Cork) – Alex & Echoes, BARQ, Rob Burch …plus final act to be announced very soon
@ Cyprus Avenue (curated by Nialler9) – Ailbhe Reddy, Le Boom, Lyra …plus final act to be announced very soon
The final announcements for these shows and the full lineup for The Old Oak and Cork Opera House are also coming soon.
Music Cork has already confirmed a wealth of industry speakers for the event, including Key Note Speaker, Darcus Beese, President of Island Records. In addition to Darcus, Music Cork will also welcome Mike Smith MD of Warner/Chappell and Rob Stevenson Executive Vice President of Republic/Casablanca.
Early Bird Tickets priced €110 plus booking fee are almost sold out with full details available on MusicCork.com
Posted on April 3rd, 2017
Percy Chamburuka aka Jafaris is a rapper and singer with ambition, and is part of the burgeoning new generation of hip-hop artists in Ireland. Formerly known as Profound, Jafaris is one of the most promising of the lot. He also played a bit part in the feel-good movie of 2016 – Sing Street.
He’s just dropped his new single ‘Love Dies’, vocal-lead cut of hazy R&B. It’s mightily impressive.
You can catch Jafaris on Wednesday at Diffusion Lab’s live cypher in The Sugar Club. Each artist will have 3 minutes to rap, sing, recite poetry or simply improvise accompanied by a house band. The topic of the night is Love.
Posted on February 13th, 2017