Bodies is a music project by David Anthony Mc Geown with an album called Drench on the way.

The project’s brooding first song ‘Nightmoves’ for which you can see the Eddie Jackson-starring (Game Of Thrones) video below.

I’m interested in the remix by Kobina (Check his Sentinel Island EP ) of ‘Nightmoves’, which lends the song a layered electronic style.

Posted on December 9th, 2016

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The Dublin-based producer Sean Arthur, aka Kobina has an output to date that has moved between electronic subgenres from beat productions to post-dubstep to R&B influences to ambience.

After the release of his debut EP Home in 2014, Kobina collaborated with Blooms on ‘Touch’ that suggested further textures.

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

Posted on May 4th, 2016

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Having played her first ever gig last week in London, the Dublin singer Louise Cunnane, Blooms, has dropped ‘Fall’ a track that might be her best yet.

Production comes from Kobina and Gil Lewis, and the song’s whirring synth, glassy percussion and sparse guitar is a suitable backdrop for Blooms’ most hopeful vocal of her short career so far.

In other news, Blooms’ first Irish gig will be supporting Patti Smith in RHK.

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

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See the last page for a Soundcloud playlist of all the tracks.


1. Jape – ‘Breath Of Life’

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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.


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Posted on January 26th, 2015

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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.

Blooms plays her debut show in February in London.

https://soundcloud.com/thisisblooms/blooms-guilty-prod-kobina

Posted on November 27th, 2014

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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.

The bands

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

Venues

The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Meeting House Square.

Tickets

Weekend Tickets €45 + fees, Nightly Tickets €20
http://entertainment.ie/hwch14.

HWCH is also supported by The Arts Council, Failte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the NDRC.

Posted on August 13th, 2014

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Louise Cunnane recently released a fine EP of ambient R&B electronic EP in collaboration with Sacred Animals under the name Blooms.

Dublin lad Sean Arthur has also released recently an EP, called AHome of Post-dubstep/2-step, R&B samples and ambient synth beats under the name Kobina.

Here, the pair team up for a watery ambient electronic track that relies on textures over vocals. Free download.

Posted on August 12th, 2014

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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.

There’s also a fine Cillo remix:

Posted on February 19th, 2014

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