The Choice Music Prize is this year the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for the first time and the announcement of the 10 Irish albums were revealed a short time ago on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel.

The 10 albums shortlisted by the judges for Irish album of the year are:

Shortlisted albums

All Tvvins – IIVV (Warner Music)
Bantum – Move (Self Released)
Wallis Bird – Home (Mount Silver / Caroline International)
The Divine Comedy – Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim (Hoop Recordings)
Katie Kim – Salt (Art For Blind Records)
James Vincent McMorrow – We Move (Faction Records)
Overhead, The Albatross – Learning to Growl (Self Released)
Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)
We Cut Corners – The Cadences Of Others (Delphi)

A Spotify playlist of all albums

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award. RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners.

2FM has promised to play Irish music all day from 6am to midnight today to mark the announcement along with live cessions from SOAK and Delorentos and a two-hour special on this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2016 shortlist, presented by Conor Behan from 8-10pm.

Live event

Shortlisted albums will also be featured throughout in the lead up to the live choice prize event on Thursday March 9th in Vicar Street.
Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €26.50 including booking fee.

Judging Panel

Louise Bruton – Freelance & Irish Times
Brian Coney – Editor, The Thin Air
Maire Dineen – Súgradh Productions (Imeall TG4/Body & Soul)
Suzanne Doyle – Music, Film & Television Consultant
Dan Hegarty – 2FM
Paddy McKenna – Editor, Joe.ie
Cathal Murray – RTE Radio 1
Barbara Nic D – Classic Hits 4FM
Colm O’Regan – Hot Press
Niall Power – Head of Music Beat FM
Eva Short – Deputy Editor, Trinity News

Irish Song of The Year 2016

The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016 will be announced on Wednesday 1st February, 2017. A Special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin that evening in the Workman’s Club.

Previous winners of the Choice Music Prize

2015: Soak
2014: The Gloaming
2013: Villagers
2012: Jape
2011: Delorentos
2010: Two Door Cinema Club
2009: Adrian Crowley
2008: Jape
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party
2006: The Divine Comedy
2005: Julie Feeney

Posted on January 11th, 2017

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from below plus Hare Squead, Grace Lightman, Hannah Peel, Tricky, Wyes Blood and more. Follow the playlist here.

This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.

Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud & Spotify playlists.


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D.D. Dumbo – ‘Walrus’

In the glut of new releases in the past two weeks, Australian musician D.D. Dumbo’s newest on 4AD, may have been overlooked but the album is a weighted mix of African guitar blues, folk and pop music. He also sings a bit like Sting, but you know, in a good way. ‘Walrus’ is the bright album opener.


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808 State – ‘In Your Face’ (Bicep remix)

Released over a month ago, Belfast boys Bicep do it once more. This time they update 808 State’s 1991 banger ‘In Your Face’ for 2016 in their own detailed style without losing the original’s impact. This tune featured in our new podcast Loose Joints.


3.

Katie Kim – ‘Ghosts’

Waterford-born Katie Sullivan moves into new territory with her third album Salt released today (Irish Times Irish album of the week). While Katie was always an artist who was interested in the alternative and ambient, who brought a touch of the otherworldly to her songs, even if they were stripped back to their essentials, Salt finds her sonic world sunken deeper into the mire.

An immediate highlight is the skyscraping spectral percussion of opening song ‘Ghosts’.


4.

POLIÇA — Kind (Boys Noize Remix)

This Boys Noize remix of Poliça’s ‘Kind’ is totally my buzz.

The original features on the band’s United Crushers LP but just came out alongside remixes by Task Force and Fog on a new EP.

Of the remix, Boys Noize says he was inspired by the vocal to go “90s vogue house.”

“I ended up going for this 90s Vogue House-inspired dub mix because I just wanted to hear [the lyric] ‘fever high, fever high’ in the club.”

It is, a banger.

Poliça are on tour and play Dublin this Saturday night.

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Jens Kuross – ‘We Will Run’

Recent new artist of the week Jens Kuross, the Idaho-born musician making “brittle piano balladry with emotive results” has a new EP coming on the Aesop label.

‘We Will Run’ follows that template tumbling into some Radiohead-esque arrangements, but unlike that band, the song has an uplifting chorus.

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6.

Michael Mayer and Joe Goddard – ‘For You’

German producer Michael Mayer has a new album the influential !K7 Records label called &. As the title suggests collaborations are at the heart of his third album, and guests include Hauschka, Roman Flügel, Miss Kittin, Prins Thomas, Barnt and Kölsch.

The result is a mix of “hypnotic minimal house, soft trance, indie tech-house and twisted disco.”

His first single, with Barnt, ‘Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen’ is German and tough while the second single ‘For You’ featuring Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard is decidedly more mellow. It’s a love story really.

The album is out October 28th.

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7.

Mount Alaska – ‘Sine, Cosine, Tangent’

Mount Alaska (Twitter) is a new project from former Halfset members Stephen Shannon and Cillian McDonnell.

Since the band disbanded Shannon has been working as a producer at Experimental Audio studio and composing film scores while McDonnell among other things, started the label Music/is/for/losers.

Now, the duo have returned to making music together under the name Mount Alaska.

‘Sine, Cosine, Tangent’ is our first listen to the outcome of their creative pursuit, a wavey experimental electronic instrumental to be released on Language Records on Monday, November 7th 2016. A second single featuring The Gloaming’s Iarla Ó’Lionáird is due in January.

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  • Posted on October 14th, 2016

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    Waterford musician Katie Kim has announced her new new Salt on October 14th.

    Salt was recorded in Guerrilla Studios and is said to be a departure from previous albums, as it primarily explores the drone side of her music. Production comes from John “Spud” Murphy and one track features Ruadhan O’Meara of No Spill Blood and Magic Pockets.

    Salt will be released on limited edition heavyweight vinyl and digitally from Friday October 14th 2016. Pre-orders are available via Bandcamp. A behind the scenes video of the title track video by Sean Zissou is below.

    More songs from the record and an interview can be heard on Donal Dineen’s slot on Newstalk last week.

    Salt Track Listing:

    1. Ghosts
    2. Day is coming
    3. Someday
    4. Body Break
    5. I Make Sparks
    6. Life or living
    7. Beautiful Human
    8. Thieves
    9. Wide hand

    Posted on August 22nd, 2016

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    Teishi-1 passed along this compilation put together by Josco featuring 32 tracks from a diverse group of mostly electronic musicians called Untitled Ire.

    Artists featured include Cillo, Bantum, Somadrone, Sunken Foal, T-woc, Revin Goff, Katie Kim, Forrests, Teishi-1, Nina Hynes and many more. These are artists who operate on the periphery of Ireland’s music scene and songs are both old and new.

    It is a free download too:

    Posted on February 10th, 2016

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    Paper Trail Records who have released the likes of Clouds, Beach Moon/Peach Moon and manage Slow Skies have released a compilation called Thanks For Listening featuring a mix of Irish and International artists like Paddy Hanna, Katie Kim, Eddi Front, Samyel, Simon Bird, Meredith Graves and Cloud Castle Lake.

    It was released over the weekend to coincide with World Mental Health Day and all proceeds go to Console.

    It’s €5 and up on Bandcamp.

    Posted on October 13th, 2015

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    Despite a lot of local respect from musicians and music enthusiasts alike, the music of Katie Kim remains relatively under the radar, perhaps because Katie is more interested in her craft than a career.

    For her new single ‘Foreign Fleas’, which slipped out quietly, Katie teamed up with Ruadhan O’Meara of Magic Pockets who amps up the atmosphere of an artist who already is a master of evocative space. O’Meara’s soundtrack synth sensibility adds a heady foreboding to Kim’s sweet siren call.

    https://soundcloud.com/katie-kim/foreign-fleas

    Buy it on Bandcamp for just €1.50.

    Posted on August 19th, 2015

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    The Wonderlust stage is where you may spend a lot of the time during the day at Body & Soul on the summer solstice weekend as it’s a nice place to chill out and it has a lot of varied things on during the day and night.

    At night-time, it’s all about the music and the lineup will feature Interskalactic, Hare Squead, Talos, Inni-K, Landless, Katie Kim, Maria Somerville, Ambience Affair, Augustus & John, Twin Headed Wolf, Christof and I Am Niamh, Slow Skies and DJ sets from Daithí, Donal Dineen and Sally Cinnamon.

    By day, it’s more talk-based with conversations with creative collectives Le Cool, The Trailblazery, Young Hearts Run Free, The Tweed Project, Forkful, Arran St East, Queens of Neon, Kickstart and Fraoch. Special Wonderlust guests include Sunny Jacobs, Ruairi McKiernan, Donal Lunny, Donal Dineen and Canadian electronic musician Mike Milosh ( who is playing as Rhye). Topics include Irish Design, Passion Projects, Slow Fashion to Food & Nourishment, Yoga Nidra and Kismet – The Art of Chance Encounters.

    Here’s a handy playlist of music from the artists:

    Posted on May 6th, 2015

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    Update: Lamb, Jape and Jennifer Evans now added.

    Body&Soul are once again trying their hand at a off-site party at IMMA after last year’s Halloween ball.

    ÉRIU is billed as a contemporary celebration of an age-old tradition (ÉRIU is the goddess of Ireland) and will take place on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day, 16th March.

    Music in three rooms comes from R.S.A.G, The Máirtin O’Connor Band and Katie Kim (The Great Hall curated by Donal Dineen), Subplots, Margie Lewis, and Landless (Baroque Chapel) with DJ Tonie Walsh in the Vaults,

    Visuals come from Guerrilla Shout and there’s also a limited capacity two-course Wild Irish feast beforehand by Katie Sanderson (Living Dinners, Dillisk) and Keith Coleman (The Fumbally).

    Drinks options include a Bulmers bar, an O’Brien’s Wines tasting tent and a cocktail bar. The dress code ‘Excessive/Transgressive’.

    Tickets on sale now are €32.50 for regular tickets early bird, then €39.50. If you want to do both the meal and the event it’s €69.50.

    Posted on February 23rd, 2015

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    Young Hearts Run Free have put together a small but beautifully-programmed festival taking place in a fortnight in Dublin city with an emphasis on the craft of music in all its forms.

    The events will take place in Marsh’s Library, National Concert Hall, Bello Bar, Molloy & Dowling’s and other surprise locations from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th October.

    Bill Drummond, Pat Collins, Donal Dineen, Jim Carroll, Sylvie Simmons and more will be talking about their favourite records and other things; there’s a musical surprise tour, music from Katie Kim, The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock, Adrian Crowley, Nimah McCormack and more; John Osborne performing John Peel’s Shed; Foil, Arms And Hog, Barry McCormack and DJ sets by James Byrne, Peter Twoomey, Daragh O’Halloran, me and more, while Aoife McElwain will be doing a Forkful brunch on the Sunday. Tickets for all events are available here and as ever, all proceeds go towards the Simon Community.

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    Posted on September 26th, 2014

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