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.
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.
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.
New Jackson feat. Margie Lewis – There Will Always Be This Love
Following events in London, NYC and Austin, Other Voices travelled to Berlin last week for its first German excursion as part of Tech Open Air interdisciplinary festival. The evening took place in Kreuzberg’s renowned Riverside Studios, just a stone’s throw away from the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. The studio is the working environs for over twenty musicians including Booka Shade, Pan Pot and Victor Van Vugt.
Other Voices Berlin was kickstarted by Talos‘ aptly titled tune ‘Odyssey’.
Following dreamy, atmospheric indie-rock from the Cork band, audience members were introduced to a new group by the name of Them There. The band comprised of industry stalwarts Craig Walker (Power of Dreams) and Pheobe Kildeer (Nouvelle Vague), both of whom live and work in Berlin. The duo recently penned a track called ‘Fade Out Lines’, which has already reached the number one spot in Germany, Spain and Hungary, to name a few.
Attendees were guided into ‘The Piano Room’ for intimate sets from Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Berlin-based Tom Adams. Caoimhín is no stranger to German crowds having played the country’s biggest philharmonic concert halls with The Gloaming, but there was something very special indeed about hearing his spellbinding music for solo violin in a small room right on the banks of the river as evening fell.
Tom Adams sat down at the piano to perform music from his debut album Silence, including standout tracks such as ‘Come On, Dreamer’. Adam’s falsetto voice and delicate, minimalist piano made for a simply beautiful performance that would no doubt appeal to fans of Nils Frahm, with whom he shares a manager.
The excitement surrounding Soulé was electric as she arrived in Berlin for her first international gig. Her infectious energy and upbeat tunes such as ‘Good Life’ and ‘Trouble Maker’ got everyone on their feet and judging by the audience’s reaction this won’t be her last booking outside Ireland.
Just before New Jackson, Ambassador Michael Collins took a moment to say a few inspiring words on Creative Ireland and the importance of supporting and encouraging our brightest talents on the global stage.
Finally, giving a nod to the city which was once home to David Bowie and its thriving electronic scene – New Jackson brought the evening to a close with a sample of ‘Sound & Vision’ and tunes from his excellent new album ‘Night to Night‘. A memorable gig from a producer and musicians who has gone from strength to strength in recent years.
From Night To Night, the debut full-length album from David Kitt’s New Jackson project arrives on All City officially tomorrow.
The 11 songs featured here were created very much at home in Dublin. Specifically Kitt’s bedroom, overlooking Dublin bay in the small hours of the morning.
These analogue night-time constructions have a graceful intimacy to them. The title track could have started on an acoustic and reworked as a rolling synth house number; ‘Put The Love In It’ is loose electronic pop happy to bop along, ‘Found The One’ and ‘Sp2’ represent the dance-workout side while ‘Anya’s Piano’ and the DJ Shadow-referencing ‘After Midnight In A Perfect World’ are both muted headphone electronic that could work at a loud volume.
David Kitt’s New Jackson project drops his album From Night To Night officially this Friday on All City and he’s shared another taster from the album “a ten-minute plus modular and SP 1200 workout and sci fi hyperballad with a spiritual nod to DJ Shadow’s mid-90s masterpiece. Hear ‘Anya’s Piano’ also from the record.
Body&Soul has added some names to the festival for June 23 – 25 2017 in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath.
Joining the main lineup today is: Bonobo, Talos, Skott, DJ Bambii, New Jackson.
The Bulmers Lounge will host Stephen James Smith, RED PILL Poetry Collective, John Cummins, The Tullamore Rhymers Club, Moth & Butterfly, and MissElayneous & DJ FunkTom, The Jimmy Cake, Fixity, Cranky Face, Percolator, The Ocelots, SYLK, Character Development Cypher, Liam & Hajime with Stephen Heffernan, and The Bonny Men.
Theatrical performances: Waterford playwright Conor Clancy’s ‘Will It Fit In A Van?’ about a poorly run drug distribution in a small fictional town delves into kidnappings, murder, biscuits, beloved horses, the clergy and a very important chipper!; while ‘Fizzy Drinks with Two Straws’, a play for anyone who has ever been told “you’re too young to understand”, comes to Body&Soul from Scene & Heard Festival and Theatre Upstairs.
Wonderlust’s line-up of live music, performance, conversations, talks and workshops in the walled garden will include Katie Kim and Crash Ensemble, while Women on Walls brings its movement to Ballinlough where Accenture’s Eithne Harley, Royal Irish Academy’s Pauric Dempsey and TCD’s Professor Lydia Lynch will discuss how underrepresentation of women in the RIA’s official portraits led them to take positive action and commission several female portraits now on permanent display at Academy House.
new to this year: The Library of Progress is a positive subversion of The Library of Congress, the United States’ repository of some of humanity’s greatest works and the largest library in the world. Highlights include Beats and Rhymes with Emmet Kirwan, a blitz of spoken word and hip hop performances and FACTION, hard-hitting political debate with Blindboy BoatClub of Rubberbandits.
David Kitt will release his debut New Jackson album From Night To Night on All City Records on May 15th but before that there’s been other releases to attend to. We’ve had the David Bowie-referencing split release on Fort Romeau’s Cin Cin label and here, on ‘Anya’s Piano’ 12″, we get three songs of late-night vibing textures, the title track of which sits on the album to come.
The three tracks here are certainly suggestive of a process that included Kittser recording the music into the night on headphones in his bedroom studio overlooking Dublin Bay while his housemates were asleep. These nocturnal house tracks have a gentle muted force to them, as if they’re made to get lost in.
In the creation of From Night To Night, David said getting a bank loan to get a hold of an SP 1200 sampler, one often used in early hip-hop was a gamechanger.
“It’s a sound I’ve tried to get close to for almost half my life now and the only way to really nail it was to get the machine itself. It’s featured on so many of my favourite records by the likes of Premier, RZA, MF Doom, Daft Punk, Moodyman and Theo” My first love when it comes to samplers and drum machines is hip-hop and I’ve often wondered what kind of house Pete Rock or J Dilla would make. I like to think the record reflects that a bit.”
His work as NJ has always been informed by his experience, his record-collecting, his love of synths and electronic music as a culture. A debut album will arrive this year, AFAIK, but until then, Kitt has a song on a new release on Fort Romeau’s Cin Cin label (with Ali Tillett) worthy of our attention.
Cin Cin’s previous release was a split between Romeau and Bezier and features the standout track ‘Korgs’.
As featured on Thump this week, the new release is a split between New Jackson and Elliott Lion, with Jackson’s ‘Electric Blue’, itself uses David Bowie’s lyrics for the largely instrumental ‘Sound And Vision’ from 1977’s Low as a jumping off inspiration point.
It’s a track that allows itself to grow, to seep into you, as some of the best dancefloor music does.
Yesterday, I revealed the full lineup of acts for the church at Other Voices, now here’s the full music trail list of acts, which are the events that are free and open to the public throughout the day and after the main gigs.
The previously announced artists are below. New are:
Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers)
Moon Looks On
Nialler9 DJ set
Search Party Animal
Stephen James Smith
We Were Giants
+ Special guests
Yes, that’s a lot and it adds to the existing acts below. All Free. I’ll be DJing on the Friday night after the main event.
‘Is There No End’, from Shit Robot’s newest album is a song that is narrated by Jayson Green ( singer of piunk bands Orchid and Panthers). in a stream-of-consciousness at the club who rambles to the party, isn’t let back into the club, leaves his jacket inside and drifts off into the ether.
New Jackson’s remix of the track, to be released alongside a remix by Khotin this Friday, takes a different tack.
His trademark waspy vocoder replaces the excited mumblings and the rhythm goes deeper, more of a comedown than a come-on lad.
I’ve made an Electric Picnic DJ Mix every year since 2008. It’s always been a blast to make and a highlight of the site for me personally. 2016’s mix features 22 artists on the Electric Picnic lineup over 20 songs in just under 55 minutes.
It’s for bumping for your festival prep for the next week or in the car on the way down to Stradbally. Last year’s mix.
Red Bull will move out of the forest at Electric Picnic and into the main arena with their new Red Bull Tropical Garden arena. Lined up to play are: Mr Scruff, New Jackson, myself Nialler9, Donal Dineen, Hubie Davison, Colm K, Discotekken, Fish Go Deep, This Greedy Pig, Timmy Stewart, Sim Simma, Dave McCabe, James Hannan, Ciara Brady and KC.
There’ll also be cocktails and of course, the Red Bull bar.
Friday, 2nd Sept:
Fish Go Deep, Colm K, Timmy Stewart, Discotekken, Galactic Beat Club, Ciara Brady, KC
Saturday, 3rd Sept:
Mr. Scruff, Phil Boyle, Nialler9, Sim Simma, This Greedy Pig, James Hannan
Sunday, 4th Sept:
New Jackson, Billy Scurry, Stevie G, Donal Dineen, Hubie Davison, Mr. Ray, Dave McCabe
David Kitt aka New Jackson will release his debut electronic album on Dublin’s All City Records in early 2017.
To celebrate that fact, the label asked Kittser to do a mix and he duly obliged with a three-hour mix of all-sorts of tracks. It runs the gamut from hip-hop to house to electro to 80s boogie to rock and beyond. 40 tracks over 3 hours.
1. Skimore Osborne Surman – Calypso 2. Master Wilburn Burchette’s Mind Storm – Ceremony Within 3. Suzanne Ciani – Lixiviation 4. Bob Stewart – The Leaves of Life 5. Baden Powell + Janine – Atu-eu 6. Dr. Octagon – Blue Flowers(Prince Paul’s So Beautiful Mix) 7. Madlib – The Comeback 8. Eddie Finley and the Cincinnati Showband – Treat Me Right Or Leave Me Alone 9. K.M.D. – Mr. Hood At Picalles Jewelry/Crackpot 10. D.J. Cam – Return Of The Jedi(Original Mix) 11. Jay Electronica – Exhibit C 12. Trans Am – A Single Ray of Light on an Otherwise Cloudy Day 13. Quincy Bright – Stomp Down 14. Brenda Ray – Krazee Music 15. Michael Rother – Feuerland 16. Brian Briggs – Aeo 17. Omar S – The Lost Albatross 18. Dam Funk – Raindrops 19. Batsumi – Mamshanyana 20. Hard Meat – Free Wheel 21. War – I’m The One Who Understands 22. Letta Mbulu – There’s Music In The Air 23. Devin The Dude – What A Job 24. The Lonesome Organist – Departing The Sturdy Ship 25. Big Bill Broonzy, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee talk the Blues 26. Sunken Foal – Dutch Elm 27. Tortoise – The Equator 28. Joao Bosco – Alferes 29. Tom Ze – Ma 30. The Other People Place – Sorrow & a cup of Joe 31. Larry Heard – Missing You(Instrumental Version) 32. Compassion Crew – Struggle Wood(OhMy Mix) 33. Neu – Elanoizan 34. Philip Lynott – King’s Call 35. 213 – So Fly 36. Cocteau Twins – Sultitan Itan 37. Antenna – To Climb The Cliff 38. Wendell Stuart and the Downbeaters – My World Is Empty Without You 39. Fever Ray – Keep The Streets Empty For Me 40. Prince – If I Was Your Girlfriend 41. Traffic – Dream Gerrard 42. Roger Davy – Brumes Sur Mars 43. Habib Mohebian – Maadar 44. Arthur Russell – Platform On The Ocean 45. Burning Spear – Down By The Riverside