His latest extended play release, Sentinel Island is the result of Arthur toiling and creating 200 tracks in 18 months and whittling them down to a five-track release.
Each song Arthur says represents “a significant relationship in my life and touches upon the solitude or isolation that you can find in another person or people.” The EP was made mostly at night, which isn’t surprising given the ambient roomy headspace it operates from.
Blooms also appears on ‘Golden’ , a pitched-downtempo track which features lyrics written by Arthur.
The EP is being released this Friday May 6th on new Dublin label Fido Sound (founded by Kobina and Daire Carolan).
The artwork is an illustration of a photograph of Arthur and his father by the artist Peter Doyle
Kobina Sentinel Island track listing
1) Big Heart 2) Watching You 3) Aviary 4) Golden feat. Blooms 5) Saw Her Go
A standout from Richie Egan’s fifth just-released album.
Richie Egan’s This Chemical Sea is a collection of serene electronic songcraft, aligning songwriting, sonics and production into one cohesive release. ‘Breath Of Life’, which Egan says is the most personal track on the album.
I wrote it just after my mother fell ill and it makes me feel more connected to her – it’s a musical love poem to her. The piano line at the end is one of my favourite pieces I’ve played. I remember I just sat at the keyboard and let the melody come. Now, whenever I hear it, I think of her.
A few months back, Louise Cunnane aka Blooms teamed up with Kobin on a track called “Touch’. Her debut EP was produced by Sacred Animals but this new track ‘Guilty’ didn’t make the cut that time around.
The song is a gentle meander: icy and atmospheric, whispering rather than roaring. It’s a free download.
Hard Working Class Heroes today unveiled 100+ artists who will play the festival’s 12th year in Dublin from Thursday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. This year the festival is sponsored by HMV Ireland and as is now established will feature a conference taking in mentoring, panels, advice and involvement from the tech space.
500 bands applied for the festival this year and they were judged by music people at home and abroad (including me).
Here is the list of bands that will play this year. Deeper delving into the lineup will commence here in September.
A Lazarus Soul Acrobat Affleck Arborist Atriums Benihana Benny smiles Brian Casey Buffalo Sunn Buffalo Woman Carriages Carried By Waves Cfit Ciaran Lavery Cloud Castle Lake Clu Codai Color Sound Columbia Mills Conor Walsh Contour Deaf Joe Dear Desert Death In The Sickroom Dogs Dott DVO Marvell Eamon bode Elaine Mai Elastic Sleep Elephant Eoin Dolan Fallen Rule Floor Staff Florence Olivier Frankenstein Bolts Galants Ghost Estates God Knows + mynameisjOhn Grim Hags Hare Squead Hauer Hawk His New Atlas Hugh Hick I have a tribe I’m Your Vinyl Imploded View Jet Setter Kobina Kormac little xs for eyes Liza Flume Low Sea Maija Sofia Maud in Cahoots Me & My Dog Me Auld Flower Meltybrains? Mere Moths MKAI moossmann Myles Manley Neon Atlas Old Hannah Otherkin Paddy Hanna Participant Planet Parade Princess Red Queen Contest Replete Satori Je Silences Sisters Skelocrats Sleep Mc Evox Somerville Spies Subplots Tell No Foxx The Academic The Bedroom The Black Sea Fleet The Boxing Plot The Clameens The Debutantes The Hard Ground The Late David Turpin The Loafing Heroes The Magpies The Pale The Run Ons The Shaker Hymn The Statics The Vincent(s) Tino Ras Val Normal Vann Music Voids Walpurgis Family Wild Promises Yes Cadets
The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Meeting House Square.
Dublin producer Sean Arthur aka Kobina hasn’t been around long but his expressed methods of working in a place “between 2-step, R&B and beat music” has worked well for him thus far in his short year producing.
The Ahome EP is his first release (on First Second label) and features four tracks that push those aforementioned characteristics with post-dubstep/2-step vibes, chopped and screwed R&B samples and ambient synth beats. “Theme music for the after-hours of clubs and the hazed walk home,” as Arthur calls it himself.