Time to look into the internet crystal ball and see who may (and who may not) release an album for our ears in 2018. Will Robyn finally release another album? Before we answer that, here’s some we know are on the way…


Tune-Yards

Release date: January 19th

Tune-Yards have announced that their fourth album I can feel you creep into my private life will be released on January 19th. They will be touring the US and Europe from February. Surely, an Irish date is imminent.


Nils Frahm

Date: January 26th

Nils Frahm’s new album All Melody is out on January 26th and was recorded in his custom-built studio in Funkhaus in Berlin. He also announced a world tour which starts on January 22nd in Berlin and lands in Dublin for a sold out show on Monday 26 February.


Frank Ocean

Possible Date: 2018

It’s been nearly a year and a half since the release of Frank Ocean’s album Blonde (add another week for Endless too). In November, he posted on Tumblr that he had finished a new album writing – “’Well I️ made the album before 30. I️ JUST AINT PUT THAT BITCH OUT!’ -quotes from an interview I️ haven’t given haha”. He also posted a picture on his Tumblr wearing a hat saying ‘If you likes 2017 you’ll love 2018. Frank was practically prolific in 2017 by previous standards with songs like ‘Provider’, ‘Chanel’ and ‘Biking’ released and first premiered on his Apple Music radio show Blonded.


Grimes

Possible Date: 2018

Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was reportedly halfway there in April 2017. Claire Boucher posted on Instagram in August 2017 that she needed two more months before finishing the new tracks. Last month she replied to a fan on Twitter regarding the new album saying ‘just played label new music they rly dig it so hopefully smthn soon’. Two days later on Instagram she said that she has all the tracks but needs to vox and drums on pretty much all of them. Signs are good.


When asked by Pitchfork about a new album release for 2018 Kevin Shields from the band said “Oh, we one hundred percent will,” he also gave details on the album stating “Basically, the record started off as an EP, and I realized it has to be, like, a mini-album, because it’s going to be at least 40 minutes long. So it’s going to be an album, but I don’t really know how many tracks it’s going to be. It’ll probably be seven or eight, by the looks of it.” He also stated that they will be touring this summer. This album will mark five years since the release of their third studio album MBV in 2013.


Franz Ferdinand

Date: February 9th

The Scottish indie rock band will release Always Ascending on February 9th a follow up from their fourth album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action which was released in 2013. The title track and some Galway/Dublin dates were previously announced.


Chromeo

Date: Spring/Summer 2018

The fourth album Head Over Heels from Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo is on its way this year, a follow up from White Women which came out in 2014. They released a tralier for the album back in November as well as new track ‘Juice’.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Spring/Summer 2018

In a post on Facebook in May last year Jon thanked fans for being patient while he worked on his new album and left us with a cover of Laura Palmer’s Theme tune for Twin Peaks. He later stated that the album is nearly finished, or to be more accurate – “nearly fucking finished.”.


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Spring/Summer 2018


The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and set for release this year and former Fight Like Apes’ singer May Kay, who joined the band full-time, is set to feature on six tracks.. They released the first track off the new album ‘Pleasure’ in May last year but the album was delayed as the band signed a US deal for its release in late 2017.


Arctic Monkeys

Possible Date: Summer/Autunm 2018

The follow up to the Artic Monkey’s 2013 release AM is on the way. According to an interview with motorcycling magazine bassist Nick O’Malley said if the album isn’t out by 2018 ‘We’ve got problems’. Let’s hope that means the new album is on the way soon.


Blood Orange

Possible Date: Spring 2018

Last summer Blood Orange or Dev Hynes announced that he was writing new material via a post on Instagram. Last month he posted a video on his Instagram showing off some of the new material. The album will be a follow up to his 2016 release Freetown Sound.


The Good, The Bad and The Queen

Possible Date:Summer 2018

It’s been 11 years since Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Simon Tong and Tony Allen released an album under The Good, The Bad and The Queen name. According to NME, Damon Albarn reveled details on the new album hes’s been working on with Tony Visconti to radio DJ Zane Lowe: “We’ve got pretty much all the songs and recorded all the backing tracks but I’m just emoting over it at the moment. I can hear what I’m saying kind of, a bit, but it’s still a bit unintelligible.” He also stated that the album is “inspired by Brexit”.


David Byrne

Possible Date: March 2018


The former Talking Heads man has announced some live dates for this summer and that fact along with an apparent leak of the album title as American Utopia by an online retailer and a March date, more than suggest an album is on the way. His last album was his collaborative album with St. Vincent.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP and the release of new song ‘Good To Love’ in February 2017. Last year she confirmed that an album was on the way but would not be released in 2017 . According to NME she performed three new songs at Lastochka Festival in Moscow last summer. Could this mean that 2018 is the year for a new album release?


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Spring/Summer 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which premiered at Sundance in 2017. In November 2017 he released a video for new track ‘Post Requisite’ and on January 1st this year he tweeted a mix from Brainfeeder which includes a new track ‘Quarantine’. No date for the new album has been released but there are a few telling signs that its on the way soon.


Empress of

Possible Date: 2018


Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best To You’. She released a new track ‘Go To Hell’ in July. In Demcember, she dropped a cover of Lana Del Rey produced by DJ Dodger Stadium. Hopefully, her new album is finally on the way.


Vampire Weekend

Possible Date:Summer 2018

It’s been five years since the New York City band released Modern Vampires of the City and according to a tweet reply from frontman Ezra Koenig in September last year, 2018 could be the year of their long awaited return. Later in the year he explained to fans via Instagram that he spent 2017 working on the new album saying “we gotta take our time’. This album with be the bands first without Rostam Batmanglij.


Robyn

Possible Date: 2018/2019


It’s been almost eight years since Swedish singer Robyn has relesed an album. Last year her track ‘Honey’ featured on girls which she stated as being selected by Lena Dunham from music that she has been working on. In January last year she released a track with Mr Tophat but it may be nine years before she returns. 🙁


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

This time last year Daniel Avery was in studio hopefully that means a new release for 2018 is due to follow up from his superb 2013 album Drone Logic. It’s been too long already.


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It’s a case of incremental creeping excitement when December and Other Voices approaches Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December.

Today, OV have announced 3 new artists to play the church itself:

Mount Kimbie
Wyvern Lingo
Dermot Kennedy

and there are 3 more to be revealed for the church, that is the main stage for the TV broadcast (while it is livestreamed to the pubs). Here’s who’s already playing it.

As for ancillary entertainment, available for all  – The IMRO Other Room was announced:

  • Joshua Burnside
  • Le Boom
  • Maria Kelly
  • Katie Laffan
  • Katie Kim
  • Rosborough
  • Pillow Queens
  • Slow Riot

there’s also new reveals on the Music Trail, including myself, as I’m playing in An Droichead Beag on Friday night, a repeat of last year’s fun.

Added to the trail are:

  • Caitlin Nic Gabhann & Ciaran O Maonaigh
  • Cinema
  • Emmet Condon (DJ)
  • Frankenstein Bolts
  • Joshua Burnside
  • Nava
  • Our Krypton Son
  • Pursued By Dogs
  • ROE
  • Tanjier
  • Touts
  • Alex Seel
  • Bitch Falcon
  • David Keenan
  • Hiva Oa
  • Josienne & Ben
  • Laoise
  • Molly Sterling’
  • Malojian/Mark McCausland
  • Nialler9
  • Sorcha Richardson
  • Remedy Club

Here’s who’s previously announced.

This Greedy Pig and Heineken are also presenting After Dark featuring Eclair Fifi, Cáit and Move Slow in The Hillgrove Hotel.

Posted on November 21st, 2017

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With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


1.

The National – Sleep Well Beast

Two weeks since it’s release, Sleep Well Beast is developing into The National’s most interesting and rewarding album yet, with a sense of reinvigoration in their template and songcraft that embraces their core characteristics while adding new digital textures. Matt Berninger’s lyrics about his relationship with his wife (who co-wrote the words) goes deep and real, while musically, they do things with the indie-rock template that feels fresh (Bryan Devendorf’s drumming adds so much too).

Listen on Spotify


2.

Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives

Moving away from post-dubstep sound that they made their name with, Mount Kimbie’s third album delves into electronic 80s-inspired post-punk territory, with guests Micachu, King Krule and James Blake adding new shades to an album that sounds inspired by Broadcast and krautrock. There are depths in these layered songs to revel in.

Listen on Spotify.


3.

Bicep – Bicep

A belated shout out for the Belfast house music duo’s debut full-length which after a series of regular dancefloor bangers that are starting to reach classic status, finds the pair creating 12 original tracks that pare back the bombast in favour of quietly-epic tightly-arranged dance music in the vein of Orbital updated for the 21st century.

Listen on Spotify


4.

Hundred Waters – Communicating

No-one quite brings together acoustic sensibilities with electronic arrangements in as a delicate manner as Hundred Waters and their third album feels like they’ve scooped out the inside of a valley and cocooned themselves and their music into the landscape as the aura borealis shimmers above. I’m still in discovery mode with the album but there’s comfort in their music for sure.

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5.

Nosaj Thing – Parallels

The fourth album from LA electronic producer Jason Chung is his most cohesive album thus far. Having provided beats for Chance The Rapper, Kid Cudi and Kendrick over the years, it’s great to hear Chung’s imaginative productions working so well with guest vocalists from Blonde Redhead and Steve Spacek adding focus to these ambient-infused electronic tracks.

Listen on Spotify


6.

Indian Wells – Where The World Ends

Another career best, this time from Italian producer Pietro Iannuzzi on the LA Friends of Friends label. As is that label’s hallmark, this is considered and full-realised electronic music concerned less with sample ingenuity but with isolation and the borders that govern our globe informed by Iannuzzi’s existence near the Italian mountains. As such, the album has moments of glowing vistas and awe in its running time that stands on its own.

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Posted on September 25th, 2017

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Mount Kimbie are back with new music ahead of an upcoming North American tour and they’ve enlisted James Blake as the vocalist on ‘We Go Home Together’.

The short song is a continuation of the atmospheric vibe of Cold Spring Fault Less Youth (which came out in 2013 and was my album of that year) and features Blake in a higher register uncharacteristic of his timbre.

It’s accompanied by a short film directed by collaborator Frank Lebon. Mount Kimbie have an NTS residency, starting this week and to include interviews and guest appearances from Julia Holter, James Blake, Actress, Oumou Sangare, Connan Mockasin, Savages, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Moses Sumney and Ash Koosha amongst others.

North American tour dates:
Sun 28 May – GEORGE, WA, Sasquatch Music & Arts Festival
Mon 29 May – DETROIT, MI, Movement Music & Arts Festival
Tue 30 May – SANTA ANA, CA, Constellation Room
Wed 31 May – SAN DIEGO, CA, The Music Box
Thu 1 June – LOS ANGELES, CA, El Rey Theatre
Fri 2 June – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 1015 Folsom
Sat 3 June – SACRAMENTO, CA, Harlows
Mon 5 June – SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Urban Lounge
Tue 6 June – BOISE, ID, The Reef
Wed 7 June – PORTLAND, OR, Star Theater
Thu 8 June – VANCOUVER, BC, The Imperial
Sat 10 June – BETHEL, NY, Mysteryland Music & Arts Festival
Sun 11 June – BOSTON, MA, The Sinclair
Mon 12 June – WASHINGTON, DC, U Street Music Hall
Tue 13 June – BROOKLYN, NY, Warsaw
Thu 15 June – MONTREAL, QC, Theatre Fairmount
Fri 16 June – TORONTO, ON, Velvet Underground
Sun 18 June – CHICAGO, IL, Thalia Hall

NTS Broadcast dates:
5th April 2-4pm (PST) from LA
19th April 3-5pm (GMT) from London
3rd May 2-4pm (PST) from LA
17th May 5-7pm (GMT) from London

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There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017.


Alt-J

Possible Date: Summer 2017

It’s been three years since the Leeds band released their second album This Is All Yours, so time is ripe for another in 2017. Last August, drummer Thom Sonny Green told NME, the band had loads of ideas, which wasn’t exactly – “songs are written, we’re recording them and they’re sounding awesome,” but after a period where Green released a solo record, bassist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café in east London and singer Joe Newman featured on a Clams Casino track with Lil B, there are rumblings.

The band have posted pics from the studio including ones at Abbey Road where they were recording strings only last week.The band have announced festival dates this summer so a good guess would be around the time of June, when they start.


Caribou / Daphni

Possible Date: Late 2017 but more than likely 2018

Three years on from a career apex record Our Love and a song which dominated the summer and the rest of the year. Dan Snaith is DJing as Daphni a lot this year including Coachella so a new album from Caribou doesn’t feel likely at this moment (maybe a Daphni 12″ / single release though?)


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017


After last year’s DJ Kicks, 2017 looks to be the year that Daniel Avery follows up his superb 2013 album Drone Logic, according to this tweet.


Empress Of

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best Of You’, as well as one with Pional, so I really want a followup in 2017. This is more hopeful than concrete, though signs are good.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP. Last week, though a Nike ad directed and made by her featured a new track produced Oneohtrix Point Never suggested something isn’t far away, tweet replies to fans suggest it won’t be til 2018. 🙁


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Late 2017 but looking like 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which will premiere at Sundance this year. He also scored a short too. It looks like we’re getting V, a Captain Murphy record some time this year, as ‘Crowned’ featured in the recent Adult Swim Singles club. As for Fly Lo, a Kuso some songs on the soundtrack may be all we get.


Future Islands

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Three years on from their breakthrough album Singles, things are heating up with some dates at festivals like Bonaroo, Panorama and Coachella. Last year, Sam T. Herring collaborated with Badbadnotgood. Their last music was single ‘The Chase’ in 2015. An album is definitely on the way very very soon.


Grimes

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017


Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was halfway there last April ( “more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”) and in a November interview, she said it would be “slow and reflective”.

“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she explained. “I feel like my work has always been fast paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy.”


Grizzly Bear

Possible Date: Spring 2017

Come on already. The Grizzlies’ last album was 2012’s Shields and a few years before, Jay Z and Beyoncé were showing up to their shows and a lot has changed in music since American indie folk was the dominant genre of choice, However in October, a tweet saying “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it,” was posted. Any day now?


Haim

Possible Date: Summer 2017

Another album long overdue now. The LA sisters’ self-titled debut Days Are Gone dropped in 2013 and they even cancelled their appearance at music festivals last summer to finish it. It arrives this Summer.


Holy Ghost!

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

DFA Records’ disco dons Holy Ghost! will surely followup last year’s Crime Cutz EP with a third album, a followup to Dynamics. Alex Frankel released a solo EP last year too. I’ve a soft spot for these two.


Hundred Waters

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Gainesville Florida band Hundred Waters have made two stunning albums of folk and electronica thus far in their career and it looks like 2017 will see their third released. On Christmas day they posted (with a Neil Young cover) that they were finishing the album. Last year, they made a big remix with their label boss Skrillex and Chance The Rapper among others.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Summer 2017


The followup to 2013’s Immunity is due this year according to Jon’s reply to a fan on Twitter. Yes. In the meantime, Hopkins plays piano on a track on the new Bonobo record.


Kelela

Possible Date: Spring 2017

A followup to 2013’s Cut For Me mixtape after 2015’s Hallucination EP is on the cards (check out this Song Exploder about ‘Rewind’). In an interview with Dazed, Arca, Jam City, and Bok Bok are to be reprising their role as co-producers and Kelsey Lu, one of my picks for new artists of 2017 guests.


LCD Soundsystem

Possible Date: Summer or Autumn 2017

After last year’s triumphant live return, that promised LCD Soundsystem album is indeed on the way as James Murphy told someone on Facebook this weekin response – “Sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and it likely to get a worldwide releasearound September time. Former Fight Like Apes’ singer MAy Kay is set to feature on six tracks too.


Little Dragon

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

The followup to Nabuma Rubberband from 2014 looks to be coming this year from the Swedish band. They are playing Coachella so that’s a good sign.


Mount Kimbie

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Mount Kimbie played some new songs at Metropolis Festival in November so it’s a safe bet a new one is coming to followup the brilliant 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.


St. Vincent

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Annie Clark promises “the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done” on her new record which is inspired by the topsy-turvy world events of the last year. “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint,” he told Guitar World (while managing to get a dig in on the cover). The last St. Vincent album came out in 2014.

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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Metropolis Festival have announced another rake of artists to play the festival in the RDS from November 3rd to 5th.

New additions are:

Jack Garratt, Paul Kalkbrenner, Cyril Hahn, Jessy Lanza, DJ Deece, White Collar Boy and Superpoze.

Mount Kimbie will play the opening party alongside DJ Shadow.

That adds to recent additions.

Ticket info.

Garratt has a new song with Little Simz today:

Posted on September 14th, 2016

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After last week’s first announcement for the Forbidden Fruit lineup which included Wu Tang Clan, Fatboy Slim, Run The Jewels, Booka Shade, Joey Bada$$ and more…

Today, the festival have added:

Richie Hawtin
Jamie xx
Groove Armada (DJ set)
Waze & Odyssey
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons,
Mount Kimbie (DJ set)
Kelela
Disciples
Booka Brass Band

Sweet. Particularly excited about Mount Kimbie, Kelela’s Irish debut and Jamie xx is always a good bet. Ticket info.

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Posted on September 30th, 2014

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I was on an actual holiday last week and of course, now that festival season is over, there were buttloads of shows announced in that time. Here’s an overview of the new prospects for nights out. All prices are without fees.


Hidden Agenda celebrate their third birthday with two gigs the weekend of Friday October 3rd / Saturday October 4th. Friday sees Cyril Hahn play Button Factory. Late show 11pm. €15. Saturday sees a double DJ sets from Mount Kimbie & Darkstar at Opium Rooms. Another late gig. 11pm @ €10.

Royal Blood play The Academy on Monday October 27th. Tickets €20.

Slow Skies @ The Sugar Club – Wednesday October 8th. €8

Sean Nicholas Savage plays Whelan’s on Friday October 10th. €12

Kormac’s Big Band  @ The Button Factory Saturday October 11th. €18. New album launch.

We Cut Corners @ The Academy – Thursday October 16th. €15.

My Brightest Diamond returns to Dublin for a show at The Workman’s Club on Friday October 31st.

 

Morrissey with support Anna Calvi @ what was the O2 Arena which is now 3Arena on Monday December 1st. €59.50.

The Blades return for a December show @ The Olympia Theatre on Friday 5th December. €20.

Nick Mulvey plays Whelan’s on Tuesday December 9th. €15.

Delorentos play Vicar Street on Friday December 12th. Tickets €12.

Gruff Rhys with guest Martin Carr (The Boo Radleys) plays @ The Pepper Canister Church on Tuesday 16th of December.

Brassland are returning to the National Concert Hall this December with two new shows across two nights. Saturday December 13 features This is The Kit, Sounds of the South featuring Frazey Ford, Matthew E. White with members of Megafaun and Fight the Big Bull performing music collected by American folklorist Alan Lomax, Buke & Gase and Crash Ensemble performing the music of Bryce Dessner.

Sunday December 14 sees the European debut of Doveman’s Burgundy Stain Sessions featuring Glen Hansard (Swell Season, Once, The Frames), Paul Noonan (Bell X-1) and Lisa O’Neill. More info & tickets.

 

David Gray announced a December tour. Fri Dec 5th, Cork Opera House / Sat Dec 6th, Killarney INEC / Sun Dec 7th, Dublin BGET / Tues Dec 9th, Belfast Waterfront.

Sting & Paul Simon are playing together in 3Arena (formerly The O2), april 7th 2015. €39.05 on sale Friday.

And.. Billy Idol is playing Vicar Street on Friday November 7th.

Posted on September 8th, 2014

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Body & Soul is the most beautiful festival in Ireland. It helped that the weather made everything and everyone look their best but beyond that, the attention to detail in the stage construction, the installations, the random sculptures, the Midnight Circus stage; everything was made with love or set in a place like the walled garden that was previously made with love and craft.

Musically, there was plenty to get enthused about. My personal highlights from almost a full two days there?

God Knows & MyName IsJohn were a late addition to the festival who wasted no energy translating the best Irish rap album you may hear all year onto a limber and frenetic stage. Jape played a set of mostly new songs from walking the line that suits him between singer-songwriter and electronics, Mount Kimbie – Kind of bizarre to see the band with what felt like a heaving 4,000 capacity tent but all the same, their set was a mix of their newer jam-band electronica and the older post-dubstep stuff. Older material left the biggest impression but I still found the Cold Spring Fault Less Youth dear to my heart. Buraka Som Sistema took their Portugese Angolan dance music to the late-night main stage for some perfect late-night stomping and Ships continued worming their slinky disco-electronica into my heart and feet. Special shouts to the Wonderlust stage which was a mind-feeding haven for the weekend, Arbutus Yarns cottage and Reckless In Love, where the party never stopped in the glitter and confetti-covered woods.

Seeing as you probably didn’t use Instagram at the coverage-shielding site down at Body & Soul, Colm Moore has the evidence from Ballinlough Castle.

Posted on June 25th, 2014

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This weekend sees the fifth year of Body & Soul’s own festival that started as an enclosed area at Electric Picnic. Every year, reports from Ballinlough Castle in Westmeath have been positive and mostly, sunny.

I’ll be there Saturday, at 2pm for the State of Music talk FYI with these sound folks. Here are the latest stage times.

Here’s the 10 essential tracks from the festival lineup this year with some extra in the playlist for the late-night crew.

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1. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’

The newest track from Dan Snaith, is the sound of lush electronic music with a psychedelic bent. As proved over the years, Caribou sets are often the highlights of festivals and Body & Soul have saved the best to last on Sunday night.

2. Darkside – ‘Paper Trails’

An excuse to get down to the festival on the Friday night, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s electronic art-rock blues show with its giant mirror backdrop is one of the best shows of the year. Don’t miss.

3. John Grant – ‘Pale Green Ghosts’

A humble bear with an addictive past, John Grant has redeemed himself through his art and his searingly honest and often, funny songs.

4.Goldfrapp – ‘Ride A White Horse’

While the newest Goldfrapp album Tales Of Us is all downbeat and lush, it’s the older electro dance tracks that do the best live, like this stomper from 2005’s Supernature.

5. Max Romeo – ‘Chase The Devil’

When the sun shines and the vibe is right there’s nothing better than bouncing to a bit of nice discerning reggae. And who better than the Jamaican legend who was sampled by The Prodigy on ‘Outer Space’?

6. Gary Numan – Metal

Somehow a man singing a song about about an android who wishes to be human at a festival called Body & Soul makes some sort of perverse sense.

7. Jon Hopkins – ‘Open Eye Signal’

From last year’s Mercury Music Prize nominated album comes this dazzling eight-minute slice of organic breathing digital dance track.

8. Lasertom – ‘No Play’

Dubliner Simon Cullen’s space-disco project is a perfect 4pm stage opener on the Saturday. Time to boogie.

9. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’

Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Lanza collaborated with producer Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys on an album of ethereal R&B electro. Keep Moving is the most upbeat track from it, perfect for a Ballinlough Castle setting.

10. Mount Kimbie –’Made To Stray’

One of the best tracks of 2013, the skittering percussion-featuring ‘Made To Stray’ manages to walk a fine line between sprawling electronic epicness and headphone ambience.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify with 10 extra tracks from artists playing.
As featured in the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine every Thursday.

Posted on June 19th, 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’

Soundcloud playlist

Posted on April 4th, 2014

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Goldfrapp, Caribou, John Grant, Darkside, Jon Hopkins, Mount Kimbie, Buraka Som Sistema, Nick Waterhouse, East India Youth, Young Wonder, Jessy Lanza, King Kong Company.

That’s the first perfectly formed lineup for the Body&Soul Festival’s fifth year on Summer Solstice Weekend June 20th-22nd, 2014 Ballinlough Castle in Meath.

Tickets

Camping tickets are in 5 price-tiers this year with the first 3 now sold out. Limited tier 4 tickets are €129.50 fees included.. Tier 5 tickets will be available from 31st March at €139.50 plus fees included.

Full ticket links are here and combined event and bus tickets, Sunday tickets, easy installment and travel tickets are available from March 31st.

Posted on February 27th, 2014

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Artwork by Fatti Burke.

Of all the annual Best Of Lists, top tracks is the most fun to compile. You’ll find my 100 favourite songs of the year below and playlists come in three flavours: Youtube, Spotify and Soundcloud. Capping this at 100 was hard but then that’s what the blog is for. Check out my albums, remixes, Irish releases and videos of the year. Readers’ Poll results coming next week…

Top 100 songs of 2013

  1. Disclosure – ‘White Noise’
  2. Mount Kimbie – ‘Made to Stray’
  3. Drake – ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ (feat. Majid Jordan)
  4. New Jackson – ‘Sat Around Here Waiting’
  5. Daniel Avery – ‘Drone Logic’
  6. Sophie – ‘Bipp’
  7. The Knife – ‘A Tooth For An Eye’
  8. Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’
  9. John Grant – ‘Glacier’
  10. Todd Terje – ‘Strandbar (Disko)’
  11. A$AP Ferg – ‘Shabba’ remix feat. Busta Rhymes, Migos and Shabba Ranks
  12. HAIM – ‘The Wire’
  13. Lorde – ‘Royals’
  14. Run the Jewels – ‘Banana Clip’ feat. Big Boi
  15. Disclosure – ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ feat. London Grammar
  16. Jon Hopkins – ‘Open Eye Signal’
  17. Holy Ghost! – ‘Dumb Disco Ideas’
  18. Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’
  19. Kelela – ‘Guns & Synths’
  20. Autre Ne Veut – ‘Play By Play’
  21. Ikonika – ‘Beach Mode (Keep It Simple)’ feat. Jessy Lanza
  22. Chromeo – ‘Sexy Socialite’
  23. Busta Rhymes – ‘Thank You’ ft. Q-Tip, Kanye West, Lil Wayne
  24. Kate Boy – ‘The Way We Are’
  25. Glass Candy – ‘The Possessed’
  26. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Cavalier’
  27. Nadia Ksaiba – ‘Virtual Lover’
  28. Pedestrian – ‘Hoyle Road’
  29. Shit Robot feat. Reggie Watts – ‘We Got A Love’
  30. Daithí – ‘Chameleon Life’ feat. Raye
  31. Kanye West – ‘Black Skinhead’
  32. Polica – ‘Chain my Name’
  33. Come On Live Long – ‘Little Ones’
  34. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Do I Wanna Know?’
  35. Mount Kimbie – ‘You Took Your Time’ feat. King Krule
  36. Not Squares – ‘Simpler Vibe’
  37. Sampha – ‘Too Much’
  38. Lone – ‘Airglow Fires’
  39. FKA twigs – ‘Water Me’
  40. The Knife – ‘Full of Fire’
  41. I Am The Cosmos – ‘Leaving/The Shift’
  42. Pusha T – ‘Numbers On The Boards’
  43. Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’
  44. Ghostpoet – ‘Meltdown’
  45. SZA – ‘Julia’
  46. Future Brown – ‘Wanna Party’
  47. Zomby – ‘Soliloquy’
  48. Glasser – ‘Shape’
  49. Katy B feat. Jessie Ware – ‘Aaliyah’
  50. Zebra Katz – ‘Y I Do’
  51. Haim – ‘Let Me Go’
  52. Majical Cloudz – ‘Childhood’s End’
  53. ScHoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar – ‘Collard Greens’
  54. Daft Punk feat. Panda Bear – ‘Doing It Right’
  55. Valentina – ‘Wolves’
  56. Blondes – ‘Elise’
  57. MØ – ‘Waste Of Time’
  58. King Krule – ‘Easy Easy’
  59. Four Tet – ‘For These Times’
  60. Janelle Monáe – ‘Primetime’ feat. Miguel
  61. MMOTHS – ‘All These Things’ (feat. Holly Miranda)
  62. Arcade Fire – ‘Afterlife’
  63. Dana Falconberry – ‘Please Sparrow’
  64. Young Wonder featuring Sacred Animals – ‘Time’
  65. Daughter – ‘Smother’
  66. Julia Holter – ‘Maxim’s I’
  67. Jai Paul – ‘Str8 Outta Mumbai’
  68. Shit Robot – ‘Feels Real’ featuring Luke Jenner of The Rapture
  69. James Blake – ‘Retrograde’
  70. Lightning Dust – ‘Diamond’
  71. Bicep – ‘Stash’
  72. Gramme – ‘Fascination’
  73. Bonobo – ‘Cirrus’
  74. Holden – ‘Renata’
  75. Jessie Ware – ‘Imagine It Was Us’
  76. Rhye – ‘The Fall’
  77. Dancing Suns – ‘The World’
  78. Woman’s Hour – ‘To The End’
  79. Villagers – ‘Passing A Message’
  80. Mano Le Tough – ‘Please’
  81. Austra – ‘Home’
  82. Space Dimension Controller – ‘The Love Quadrant’
  83. Factory Floor – ‘Fall Back’
  84. Hot Natured – ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ feat. Egyptian Lover
  85. London Grammar – ‘Strong’
  86. Sam Amidon – ‘My Old Friend’
  87. Thundercat – ‘Oh Sheit It’s X’
  88. Solar Bears – ‘Love Is All’
  89. Disclosure – ‘F For You’
  90. Lion Babe – ‘Treat Me Like Fire’
  91. Four Tet – ‘Kool FM’
  92. Adultrock – ’Chants’
  93. Foals – ‘My Number’
  94. Charles Bradley – ‘Strictly Reserved For You’
  95. Melt Yourself Down – ‘Fix My Life‘
  96. Darkside – ‘Golden Arrow’
  97. Jacques Greene – ‘On Your Side’ Feat. How To Dress Well’
  98. Toro y Moi – ‘Say That’
  99. inc. – ‘5 days’
  100. Vondelpark – ‘California Analog Dream’

Posted on December 20th, 2013

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Cork dance act Generic People whose members are iProv & Ant along with new member Ronin have turned in a nine-minute rework of Mount Kimbie’s ‘Blood & Form’ from one of my favourite albums of the year Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.

The original was a woozy lo-fi cut and the Cork band have reworked it for a dancefloor putting some funk and electro production to the track. Mount Kimbie are playing Button Factory on Saturday night and it’s SOLD OUT.

Generic People’s own recent single ‘Powder Flow’:

Posted on November 5th, 2013

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