The RTÉ Choice Music Prize have announced the 10 albums shortlisted for Irish album of the year today as revealed on Tracy Clifford’s 2FM show by Choice chairman Tony Clayton-Lea.
The winning album will be revealed at Vicar Street on March 8th after a judging panel deliberation.
The 10 albums shortlisted by the judges for Irish album of the year are:
Come On Live Long – In The Still (self released) Marlene Enright – Placemats and Second Cuts (self released) Fangclub – Fangclub (Universal) Lankum – Beneath the Earth and the Sky (Rough Trade) James Vincent McMorrow – True Care (Faction Records) New Jackson – From Night to Night (All City) Otherkin – OK (Rubyworks) Fionn Regan – The Meetings of the Waters (Abbey Records) Ships – Precession (Ships Music) Talos – Wild Alee (Feel Good Lost)
A very strong list this year. Great to see Ships, Talos, Come On Live Long, Marlene Enright and New Jackson in there – many of which were featured in my Irish albums of the year. We live in a deluge of new music so for those albums to get even to judge’s ears now is no mean feat, not least make an impression. Independently-released albums have to swim upstream and rely on sites like this, word-of-mouth and hard graft to make a lasting impression beyond the week of release in the first place.
Missing from the list? Northern Irish acts didn’t get a look in once again. The NI Album of the Year from Joshua Burnside doesn’t feature, nor does the brilliant debut album from Bicep or And So I Watch You From Afar most notably. It seems the NI / ROI divide remains even if it has certainly improved in recent years.
2017 wasn’t a year that many Irish major label acts released an album save for U2, Van Morrison, Niall Horan, The Coronas and The Script. The Script was pretty much panned across the board and U2’s Songs Of Experience received mixed reviews. It’s December release date may not have helped.
One notable act whose huge success didn’t translate to a Choice Music Prize nomination? Picture This. They may be able to sell out big venues all over the country but this award is for album alone and the critics didn’t pluck for the Kildare boys.
No room for trad acts like Cormac Begley or Martin Hayes and Damien Dempsey fell short of the judges.
About the Choice Music Prize
The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award. RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners.
RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2017
The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2017 will be announced on Wednesday 31st January 2018. A special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin’s Tramline venue that evening.
Choice Live Event – tickets
Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event on March 8th in Vicar Street are available from Ticketmaster and priced €28 plus fees.
RTÉ 2FM Radio support
RTÉ 2FM will celebrate the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule throughout the day with All Irish Music All Day from 6am to midnight. Louise McSharry will present a two-hour special programme on this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017 shortlist from 8-10pm this evening. RTÉ 2FM will continue to mark the announcement of the shortlist this week and beyond through a mix of airplay of tracks from the shortlisted albums, interviews with this year’s shortlisted artists and live performances.
Live event broadcast on RTE radio and TV
As part of the partnership with RTÉ, the event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize TV programme, approximately one week later.
Kate Brennan Harding – Today FM Martin Byrne – Music Consultant Stephen Byrne – Golden Plec Tracy Clifford – 2fm Alan Donovan – Red FM Dave Hanratty – Freelance journalist & broadcaster with NO ENCORE podcast Hugh Linehan – Irish Times Culture/Arts/Ticket Editor Ann Marie Shields – BIMM Lilian Smith – RTE Radio 1 Danny Wilson – Totally Dublin
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.