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Veronica Fusaro – ‘Pluto’

I can’t decide if Veronica Fusaro’s vocal likeness to the rekindled Lorde is a bad thing but it makes for a flattering comparison as it’s no easy task writing great pop music with authenticity as Lorde does. ‘Pluto’ is some intro to a new artist who has been working with some top producers and was on Switzerland’s version of The Voice. It’s a confident single from the Swiss artist with modern pop and electronic R&B in its DNA.


2.

Overcoats – ‘Leave A Light On’

It’s an absolute pleasure to hear the progress of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s music as Overcoats. Two years ago, the New Yorkers spent the summer in Ireland and made a dent on the scene with their minimal harmonic-lead songs. Now with an Autre Ne Veut-produced album due on Arts & Crafts on April 21st, the duo have bolstered that folk harmony magic with some technicolour magic. ‘Leave A Light On’ adds some urgency to their craft that was missing through its beats and arrangements. It’s the closest these two will come to a banger.


3.

Little Dragon – ‘Sweet’

Two for two from the new album from the Swedish electronic pop group. ‘High’ was a slow reintroduction but ‘Sweet’ has that Little Dragon wonky magic thing going on.


4.

Soulwax – ‘Missing Wires’

From DeeWee, the Soulwax album recorded in one take will be out on March 24th and the Dewaele brothers have shared a second helping from it after ‘Transient Program For Drums & Machinery’. ‘Missing Wires’ is a live playful tune that recalls Soulwax’s earlier guitar-free song-based work.

Here’s the personnel and gear list for the album:

Playing on this record are Stephen and David Dewaele, Stefaan Van Leuven, Iggor Cavalera, Victoria Smith, Blake Davies and Laima Leyton. The instruments used are two Staccato drumkits, one clear crystalline Meazzi Wooding drumkit, one set of Rototoms, various Hofner bass guitars, a Macbeth M5n, an Oberheim Two-Voice Pro, a Two Thousand Six Hundred copy built by The Human Comparator, one Oberheim OB-Mx, an EMS Synthi AKS, an Arp Odyssey, a TB-303 clone, a Mellotron M4000D, a Sequential Prophet 6, a Waldorf Streichfett, a Burns Sonic guitar, a Vox Phantom guitar, one Syncussion clone built by Loudestwarning, various solid state Roland, Peavey and Acoustic amplifiers and a wide range of effects, all going through three Trident Fleximix consoles, straight into Pro Tools.


5.

Forest Swords – ‘The Highest Flood’

Forest Swords, aka acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes returns to his Forest Sword s project with ‘The Highest Flood’, a song that takes his MO of electronic ambient textures with beats and presents it in the most pristine way. It has an epic sweeping quality that is maybe informed by Barnes’ recent composition work for the Assassin’s Creed game. It’s out now on Ninja Tune and an album is coming.


6.

Frank Ocean – ‘Chanel’

Surprise! Frank dropped his first it of new material since Blonde over the weekend and let’s be honest, any Frank Ocean is good Frank Ocean. After this and the Calvin Harris and Migos’ ‘Slide’, that’s two Frank Ocean tracks in a month.


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Peaking Lights -‘Little Flower’ (feat Chloë Sevigny)

A companion piece to Chloë Sevigny’s spoken word appearance on Soulwax’s ‘Heaven Scent’, this is Peaking Lights’ version of the project that puts Prayer to Sainte Thérèse to music, which was also done by Johnny Jewel and JD Twitch among others.

Posted on March 13th, 2017

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Forbidden Fruit is upon us. As requested by some, here are my 10 tips for bands to see to get the most out of your weekend in Kilmainham. Plus, stage times and a Spotify playlist. Enjoy your weekend and check the gig guide for the weekend’s FF afterparty details.


Saturday

1. Flying Lotus 3D Show / Thundercat & Captain Murphy

The Undergrowth Stage: 9:15pm – 10:45pm / 7:45pm – 8:45pm
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Stephen Ellison’s music has always had a visual imaginistic quality to it. His jazz-inflected electronic beats conjure up shapes and forms on its own so for him to push it forward into an actual A/V show makes sense. Forbidden Fruit will be the Irish debut of the 3D Show, which is pretty well explained in the video below.

As for Captain Murphy, Flying Lotus’ alter-ego showed he can rap too, as heard on 2012 mixtape Duality, a cult-leader pitched-down collection of Quasimoto-style hip-hop. He’ll be joined on stage by his good friend Thundercat, presumably in his role as a bassist first and foremost rather than a singer or solo performer.


2. Lisa O’Neill

Original Stage, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
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One of the most original, idiosyncratic and Irish voices we have in music at the moment, it’s good to see O’Neill get such a prominent slot at an Irish festival. Her second album Same Cloth Or Not, was filled with the Cavan lady’s personality and her colloquial mannerisms. Her folk voice is scrappy yet lilting, tinny yet commanding; that’s to say it’s not for everyone. As a performer though, O’Neill is also commanding, and very funny; she knows how to spin a story or two.


3. Fuck Buttons

The Undergrowth Stage, 6:15pm – 7:15pm
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Brutal in its mechanism and industrial in its rhythms, Slow Focus, the third album from Bristol duo Andrew Hung and Benjamin Power was as uncompromising as the pair have got. Previous albums relied on an ambient strain of repetitive euphoria that saw that track ‘Olympians’, wisely enough, used in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012. In a live context, they combine all of that in a barrage of low and high frequencies that leaves you elated and bruised.


4. And So I Watch You From Afar

Original Stage, 6pm – 7pm
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Surely you’ve seen ASIWYFA live by now? They’ve been on constant tour since they began that it had to happen. So you’ll know you’ll be at this to witness a set from one of the best live bands in any country – the Belfast lads rip through the instrumental rock rulebook with a fervour that is only matched by their latest album’s sunny uplift – perfect for a festival so.


5. Girls Names

The Undergrowth Stage, 9.45pm – 10.45pm
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Also from Belfast, Girls Names’ took a step towards a bolder, more gratifying sound on their album The New Life last year eschewing the jangly surf-rock of previous releases for a more distinctive and thematically unified sonic palette of post-punk, kraut and new wave. It means the band’s live set is a head-nodding mood-piece of some of the most evocative guitar sounds drawn from the late ’70s/early ’80s period of rock music.


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Posted on May 28th, 2014

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Everything we’ve heard from Little Dragon’s new album Nabuma Rubberband, the Swedish band’s fourth album has sounded like the band at their best. There was the dizzying synth pop of ‘Klapp Klapp’ with its two videos: one of which was an interactive personalised phone call, ‘the mighty ‘Paris’, currently my favourite Little Dragon song of theirs and then the suave slow-down of ‘Let Go’.

The singles are the most upbeat tracks here. Much of the record’s songs are slow jams which were inspired by Yukimi Nagano’s headphone listens to Janet Jackson while walking around her hometown of Gothenberg. So ‘Underbart’ has a clear R&B influence but matches it with a hazy synth electronic feel while the draggy atmospheric ‘Cat Rider’ Yukimi has a very clear close timbre in her singing to Ms. Jackson, which is a style that is all around at the moment in the deluge of electronic R&B around.

Nagano has one of the best voices in music right now, so much so, that it completely embellishes the quietly haunting taut ‘Only One’ and similarly dominates the slow numbers.

Having seen Little Dragon live in the last two years, it was clear they had turned into a formidable sinewy synth-pop beast and Nabuma Rubberband is further proof.

The album is out Friday. Pre-order / download.

Nabuma Rubberband tracklist

  1. Mirror
  2. Klapp Klapp
  3. Pretty Girls
  4. Underbart
  5. Cat Rider
  6. Paris
  7. Lurad
  8. Nabuma Rubberband
  9. Only One
  10. Killing Me
  11. Pink Cloud
  12. Let Go

Posted on May 6th, 2014

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Since seeing Little Dragon at Body & Soul just under two years ago, it was clear that the Swedish band had exceeded the parameters and musicianship of their recorded material. It’s something that’s been increasingly evident through the band’s showing of versatility: working with Big Boi, their new single ‘Klapp Klapp’ and now ‘Paris’, the latest track from Nabuma Rubberband.

Really looking forward to that album now out on May 9th/12th/13th.

Posted on April 10th, 2014

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I broadcast my first show on new Dublin station 1052 TXFM last night and had a blast. You can tune in every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours of new music at 105.2FM, via the TXFM.ie site, the TXFM app in the iTunes Store or on your TV if you’re on UPC.

Hour 1

Jungle – ‘Busy Earnin’
Future Islands – ‘Spirit’
Ships – ‘The Space Inside’
Shamir – ‘If It Wasn’t True’
Shit Robot – ‘Do That Dance’ feat. Nancy Whang.
Metronomy – ‘Boy Racers’
Fight Like Apes – ‘Crouching Bees’
Ben Khan – ‘Youth’
Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
Banks – ‘This Is What It Feels Like’
Little Dragon – ‘Klapp Klapp’
Hundred Waters – ‘Cavity’

Hour 2

Todd Terje – ‘Delorean Dynamite’
Frankie Knuckles – ‘Your Love’
Sylvan Esso – ‘Coffee’
Glass Animals – ‘Gooey’
Shlohmo & Jeremih – ‘No More’
Kelis – ‘Jerk Ribs’ (Mount Kimbie remix)
Ratking – ‘So Sick Stories’ featuring King Krule
Cornerboy Musik – ‘Pull up’
Kelela – ‘Bankhead’
How To Dress Well – ‘The Words I Don’t Remember’

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Posted on April 4th, 2014

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Yesterday, Forbidden Fruit announced the first names for its Saturday lineup. Today it’s Sunday’s turn. They have:

2 Many DJs, Warpaint, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Public Enemy, Little Dragon, Gold Panda, Klangkarussell (live), Brian Deady

Ticket prices:

Early bird: 1 day €49.50 | 2 day €99.50
General: 1 day €59.50 | 2 day €110.00

Tickets plus fees available from Ticketmaster.

Posted on March 13th, 2014

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The tracks:

  1. The Gloaming – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’ (live)
  2. Hundred Waters – ‘Down From The Rafters’
  3. Jungle – ‘Busy Earnin’
  4. Shlohmo and Jeremih – ‘No More’
  5. St. Vincent – ‘Prince Johnny’
  6. New Jackson – ‘Satisfaction’
  7. Seven Davis Jr. – ‘P.A.R.T.Y.’
  8. Angel Olsen – ‘White Fire’
  9. Kelela – ‘The High’
  10. Gary Low – ‘I Want You
  11. Hozier – ‘From Eden’
  12. Villagers – ‘Occupy Your Mind’
  13. Tensnake & Jacques Lu Cont – ‘Feel Of Love’ ft. Jamie Lidell
  14. Psychemagik – ‘What A Funky Night’ 
  15. Isiaih Rashad – ‘Soliloquy’
  16. The Juan Maclean – ‘Get Down (With My Love)’
  17. Blooms – ‘Skin’
  18. Jay Daniel – ‘Royal Insanity’
  19. Little Dragon – ‘Klapp Klapp’
  20. Solar Bears –  ‘Interzone’
  21. We Cut Corners – ‘Best Friend’
  22. We Are Shining – ‘Killing’
  23. Sleep Thieves – ‘City Of Hearts’ 
  24. Lorde – Ribs (Let’s Have A Sleepover Version) (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
  25. Kiesza – ‘Hideaway’
  26. Planet Parade – ‘Prick’
  27. LIZ – ‘All Them Boys’
  28. Salt Ashes – ‘Little Dove’
  29. Broods – ‘Never Gonna Change’
  30. Glass Animals – ‘Gooey’

Posted on March 3rd, 2014

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