Now officially a duo of Merril Garbus and Nate Brenner, tune-yards will release a fourth record called I can feel you creep into my private life on January 19th. The sound of this song ‘Look At Your Hands’ is a nice taster, it’s more focused, danceable and electronic-leaning while retaining some of that Afro looped pop exuberance that is a key part of the Tune-yards identity.
“Thematically, the twelve new songs tackle race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album arrives as Tune-Yards’ most immediate and upbeat music yet – this is music to dance to.|
Pink Kink – ‘Munchie Magic’
A Liverpool band whose second single equates a desire for fast food with oral sex, ‘Munchie Magic’ is a gang-shouting slice of glittering shouty neon pop.
Lankum – Déanta In Eireann
From one of my albums of the past week (and a band who announced a Vicar Street show this morning) comes this standout from Between The Earth & The Sky about Ireland. The 8-minute ‘Deanta in Eireann’ that could be about nearly any time in Irish history but are applicable to the now – migration, a government who doesn’t care about the little people and using your Irish charm abroad but it turns the song’s gaze back on the homeland – “if the Dáil are the pimps, then we are the whores” and in the end, you’ll want to stand up and declare the song our new antagonistic national anthem.
Marcus Marr – High Times
THE DFA producer that brought us the absolute dancefloor riproar of ‘Rocketship’ brings the funk and house on this new track. Reminds me of early Daft Punk.
Gorillaz & Little Simz – Garage Palace
An uncharacteristic banger from Gorillaz with UK rapper Little Simz on vocals. This is a fresh thing.
Bibio – ‘Phantom Brickworks III’
Bibio has a new album out Friday called Phantom Brickworks and it’s a collection of mostly improvised ambient pieces that are quite evocative.
Phantom Brickworks is a collection of mostly improvised musical pieces, that for some years now, have provided me with a mental portal into places and times – some real, some imaginary, some a combination of both. Human beings are highly sensitive to the atmospheres of places, which can be enhanced or dramatically altered when you learn about the context of their history. Echoes and voices can sometimes be heard, in some way or another. Places sometimes have things to say.” Bibio
The Cyclist – When We All Break Down
Derry producer Andrew Morrison dropped his new album Sapa Inca Delirium last Friday and his stated aim was to bring some warmth into electronic music. On one of the album highlights, he hooks up with Joni, who recorded her vocals in one take over some percussive synth dance music with a nod to garage and drum ‘n’ bass.
Hamilton Leithauser & Angel Olsen – Wild Hunger
Olsen’s been on fire on the collaboration front lately and here, her turn with the Walkmen singer is a great match as his retro singing style is reinforced when she appears.
Young Fathers – Lord
Glasgow trio Young Fathers have finished recording their third album and so they’ve shared the closing cut from it to coincide with some UK dates. You can’t dance to it they want you to know. It is a slow alt-gospel ballad in their unique style.
Teen Ravine – Steady On
Toronto act Teen Ravine bring the crystallised dream pop vibes from an upcoming album.
The Bray singer and violinist Joni made a mark with the grimey bass electronica of ‘Running’ in 2015, a song which took inspiration from a sound that is more commonly associated with the UK underground.
For her second single with the Feel Good Lost label, a split release with Fly High Society, with coproduction by Richie Kaboogie, a man no stranger to fine-tuned bass, ‘292’ is an ode to a session gaff in Dublin city and Joni’s time spent there after a breakup, with ill-advised booty calls to her ex before she moved away from the area.
“I wrote it following a break up with a long term boyfriend. Across from his place was a massive session gaff I went to all of the time, where everyone would end up after nights out and I would call him after. Was a mad time but song ended up being special in remembering all the amazing times I had in 292 Nth. Circular road”
Women of Notes/Mná na Notaí is a new photo and narrative series celebrating Irish female musicians launching on Saturday 5th March at Thirty Four Lennox Street in Dublin, to coincide with International Women’s Day 2016.
The year-long series, a collaboration between photographer Ruth Medjber and pop culture journalist Louise Bruton, will feature the likes of Mary Black, Lisa Hannigan, MayKay Fight Like Apes, SOAK, Heathers, sisters Loah and Feather, Sorcha Sleep Thieves, Saint Sister, Joni and Sinead White among others.
As explained by the pair, “each portrait is a creative expression of the artist’s personal style and individuality, meaning that every image featured in the exhibition has a different aesthetic. Their stories will be displayed alongside each portrait and detail their individual journeys, anecdotes and thoughts about the industry.”
“We want people who come to Woman of Notes/ Mna ná Notaí to recognise that women working in the music industry are some of the most hard-working and creative people in Ireland. There is an ongoing dialogue about the absence of females in the creative arts: from female voices on air to festival line-up announcements and radio playlists. There is a noticeable absence of female musicians being celebrated at a professional level and we want to showcase the phenomenal women in the creative industries in Ireland.”
The series promises to feature radio presenters, DJs, promoters and women in behind the scenes roles, culminating in a large gallery exhibition in March 2017, which Ruth and Louise hope to tour Ireland and beyond.
Hard Working Class Heroes have announced their lineup for this year’s edition taking place on the weekend of october 1st to 3rd in The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Academy, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Hangar. Tickets are on sale now from €20 + fees per night or €45 for three nights.
The festival will also include talks, mentoring sessions, speed sessions, a tech convention and more. The festival is sponsored for the second year by HMV Ireland with help from The Arts Council, Failte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the NDRC. 500 bands submitted applications. The 100 below were chosen. I was one of the judges who are drawn from the local and international music industry.
Delighted to see Rusangano Family, Carriages, Elephant, Bitch Falcon, Hare Squead, Joni, Pleasure Beach and I Have A Tribe in there.
The crossover between the underground and the mainstream is something which has happened in the UK frequently with the likes of Skepta, Miss Dynamite and Dizzee Rascal being examples of those who have done it. In Ireland, with a smaller scene and less of an interest, that was never really a possibility but the new reality of internet-lead music interests means that it’s easier to make a go of it.
Joni is a Bray vocalist and violinist who has been working with one of the country’s finest purveyors of bass-lead beats Richie Kaboogie. Together, they’ve concocted a song born of the underground but through Joni’s soulful holler, has a captive audience beyond a scene. Check out the first look of the video by Feel Good Lost and get the single on iTunes / Juno with an Eomac remix and ‘Aether’.
Joni on ‘Running’: “I was in a dark place when I wrote this song. Wrecking things on purpose just to keep feeling shit. But that was the start of things getting better, too. I started running on my own, on the N11 in Wicklow, in the rain. Listening to Paul Woolford and Burial, the traffic on one side, the mountains on the other.”