My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.

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Fort Romeau – ‘Emu’

An absolute electronic monster from Fort Romeau on Running Back. ‘Emu’ is the 6-minute lead off track from the release and it moves from propulsive mechanical synth dance to siren-building constructions. It sounds great in a club as I confirmed at Lumo this weekend.


‘Day I Die’ is a highlight among many on Sleep Well Beast, which may well be The National’s most interesting and rewarding album yet. It’s a song that echoes the rest of the album’s themes – the difficulties of being in a long-term relationship (somewhat complicated by the fact that Matt Berninger’s wife co-wrote the words).


Mount Kimbie’s new album Love What Survives finds them moving away from post-dubstep towards kraut and electronic textures. I love this instrumental that falls somewhere between the middle with cheap car horn sounds, noise rock and intertwining synth lines.


Every time I listen to this, It confirms my gut feeling that Dermot Kennedy is going to be absolutely huge.


5.

LCD Soundsystem – ‘Other Voices’

My current favourite from James Murphy’s American Dream. Their 3-night residency in Dublin’s Olympia confirms the vitality of a reformed band that ironically make their reputation from being jaded. Murphy is the ultimate micromanager, changing bass amp settings, loosening the cymbal and memorably, scrubbing out a song with a black marker on every member of the band’s setlist.


Maximalist Irish electronica with dark shades from a Hard Working Class Heroes highlight for many.


7.

IDER – ‘Learn To let Go’

London duo recently signed to Glassnote making sweet comforting Maggie Rogers-esque pop.


Just great rock’n’roll with a Dublin accent.


9.

Lilla Vargen – ‘Hold On’

The Northern Irish artist has since been developing her music with the support of Cork label Feel Good Lost. The just-released Hold On is the first public sign of that development, an emotionally resonant song written produced by Nick Raynor with a delicate chorus line.


10.

New Jackson feat. Margie Lewis – There Will Always Be This Love

A post From Night To Night track from Permanent Vacation’s new 10th anniversary collaboration.


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Posted on October 4th, 2017

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Neil O’Connor AKA Somadrone returns to with his sixth album Wellpark Avenue in November after his collaborative work on the soundtrack for the Irish horror film Without Name with Gavin O’Brien and Music For 18 Machines and last album Oracle.

For the first single from the album, O’Connor is joined by Margie Lewis on ‘The Howling Infinite’. The song has a live band Boards Of Canada feel before diverting into Lewis’ string-assisted psychedelic and synthesizer passages. ‘The Howling Infinite’ is a cozy dreamspace to occupy.

Buy the song on iTunes.

The song also features on my regular-updated new Irish music playlist:

Posted on September 14th, 2017

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Having recently revealed some of the smaller goings on at the festival on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle including Wonderlust, Myles O’Reilly’s Arbutus Yarns Theatre, Body Holidays 1970’s style holiday camp, Pagoda Stage, Port Royal Jamaican village and more, today Body & Soul revealed Tree Haus, a new stage curated by Homebeat for the festival on the summer solstice weekend of June 19th to 21st.

Focusing on the best of contemporary Irish music and culture, you can expect performances from My Tribe Your Tribe, Buffalo Woman, Carriages, Planet Parade, Liza Flume, Ghosts, Slowplacelikehome, Hilary Woods, Skelocrats, Little Xs For Eyes, Elephant, Hare Squead, Bantum, Nubus, Justin Grounds & Pearse McGloughlin (Idiot Songs), Sea Legs (Ciaran Lavery x Ryan Vail), Hare Squead, Nova Collective, Feather and Ben Bix, Participant, I Have A Tribe, Nubus, Margie Lewis, SignA, Idiot Songs, Skelocrats, Tomorrows, Taste DJs, Somadrone, Lyttet, Leo Drezden and Lasertom.

Also featuring on that stage, kicking off the Saturday and Sunday will be Vinyl Love, where DJs and musicians alike will be playing selections from their 7″ collection.

Posted on May 28th, 2015

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Homebeat and Happenings’ Another Love Story was a small festival success story last year so it’s back this year from August 21st to 23rd in  the indoor spaces, ballroom, woods and parlour rooms of Killyon Manor, Kinnegad Co. Meath.

Announced so far are:

VERY SPECIAL GUEST, Loah, Leo Drezden, Come On Live Long, I Have A Tribe, Valerie Francis, Attention Bébé, Buffalo Woman, Margie Lewis, Ye Vagabonds, Tandem Felix, Paddy Hanna, Elephant, Tomorrows, SignA, Sun Collective, Anna Mieke, Kiruu & More tba.

DJs :

David Kitt (Permanant Vacation), Neil Flynn (Lossless), Sally Cinnamon, Andrew Kearny, Tim O’ Donovan, Nialler9 , T/A/S/T/E , Dj Hula Hoops , Glammo, Chuck & Will, ALS Djs , Vinyl Love

Occurrences and Corners :

Talks , Walks , Yoga , Qui Gong , Theatre , Roland’s Cinema D’amour , Glitteration Station by The Cat’s Meow , Guerilla Aerial , The Love Summit , The State & Of The Nation , The Deepest Darkest Woods Stage , The Teenage Crush Bar , The Library , The Parlour Room & MORE!

Weekend tickets start at €85+fee and there are limited day tickets. Dogs go free too. More info.

Artwork by Steve McCarthy.

 

 

Posted on May 25th, 2015

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Ticket giveaways this week:

How to enter to win – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 3pm latest for weekend gigs.


Tuesday April 29th


Wednesday April 30th

  • The Amazing Snakeheads @ Whelan’s Upstairs (€15)
    [Rock] Snarling Glasgow Begbie psychedelic rock.
  • Joan As Policewoman @ Button Factory (€20)
    [Pop/rock] Joan Wasser has returned with a more soulful set.
  • Yuck @ The Workman’s Club (€16,.50)
    [Rock] London based, shoegaze noise rockers

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Posted on April 28th, 2014

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Ticket freebies this week:

How to enter – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig.


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  • Watch Game Of Thrones and Mad Men?

 

Posted on April 22nd, 2014

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Our LGBT brothers and sisters are the focus of lots of attention at the moment, between retrograde homophobic attacks and the constitutional amendment to extend rights to same-sex couples. With important steps towards progress, there are still steps backwards. Being a young person is hard enough, being one who is seen as different from the majority is even harder. Which is why places like Outhouse are really important. The Capel Street centre in Dublin city offers support to the LGBT community. Last year 25,000 people visited the centre for advice.
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Posted on April 17th, 2013

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If you’ve been following Ruairi Lynch’s productions as Bantum in the last few years you will perhaps have noticed a natural progression. While his early EP sounded like the work of a musician finding his feet and his sound, with every passing remix or EP, that sound has got more distinctive, and there’s no better time than on a debut album for that to really ring true right?; As this 11-track collection of all-new impressively self-produced songs shows.
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Posted on October 4th, 2012

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Photo credit:  Deadl.ie

After releasing four EPs over the last few years on Bandcamp and a few fine remixes, Ruairi Lynch aka Bantum is almost ready to release his debut album Legion on October 12th through Eleven Eleven.

The album will feature guest vocals from R.S.A.G., Logikparty’s Benni Johnston, Owensie and Eimear O’Donovan (ex-KVX). Here’s the title track featuring the ethereal tones of frequent collaborator Margie Lewis. Bantum is peaking at the right time. A launch night takes place in the 12th in the Workman’s with support from REID and Ghosts and if you’re in Cork this Saturday, he’s supporting Le Galaxie.

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Posted on September 27th, 2012

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