This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


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Kestine ft Outsider YP – Heartache

Coming from a religious background, Cork based rapper Kestine has brought a gospel music appreciation into his own style of rap. Here he teams up with Outsider YP on their new track ‘Heartache’ which explores the struggles of being a millennial in Ireland.


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Just Wondering – Worth it

Dublin Just Wondering are a duo made up of Jack O’Shaughnessy and Wale Akande and ‘Worth It’ is a synth-draped ambient pop song that boasts complementary vocals from both sides. A video shot which was shot at a house party adds an extended atmospheric element.


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Nocturnes – Humans

Ambient folk singer Nocturnes‘ new track emphasises Pearse McGloughlin’s powerful vocals and an Irish language version of the track is also offered for added effect. The single launch takes place in The Workmans Club on Thursday November 16th.


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Peter Vogelaar & DJ Madrid – Blues for Roger (feat. Avery R. Young )

Waterford-based producer Peter Vogelaar and Chicago-based DJ Madrid bring you their new collaboration track ‘Blues for Roger’ featuring soulful vocals from singer Avery R. Young. The track will be released this Friday November 10th. Here’s how they met.


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New Pope – Love

Galway-based folk singer David Boland leaves a very nostalgic old time feel with this track ‘Love’ off his second album. The video is edited from a 1961 anti-drug educational film, the latest in a series of videos by New Pope edited from vintage home movies. He is set to release a third album later this month.


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Disconcerting P – My Heart Bursts

‘My Heart Bursts’ from Naas native Padraig McCauley or Disconcerting P soothes you in and brings out his soft toned harmonising vocals in a relaxed fashion. This track offers a great deal of passion that is consistent throughout the entire 8-track album I Love You to Death.

Posted on November 8th, 2017

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From Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes‘ recent album The Soft Animal LP (premiered here) , ‘Serpents’ is a highlight.

Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) has directed a video for the song shot in Sligo in in Strandhill, Edenbaun and Knocknarea.

‘We had a very simple idea…Pearse was to pick up a stone and climb the height of Knocknarea mountain and place the stone on the ancient cairn of queen Maeve. It wasn’t until we began rolling that the epic terra firma that is Sligo began to make the video for us. We did little and Sligo did it all. I’m proud that such an atmospheric piece found a perfect home in the sea, wind and hills of Pearse’s hometown.”….. Myles O’Reilly

The single launch gig takes place at The Workman’s Club Dublin on November 13th with special guest Hilary Woods.

Posted on November 8th, 2016

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Pearse McGloughlin will release his fourth album of music under the name Nocturnes on Friday. The Soft Animal is a self-described “album of refined atmospherics that draws from the things that matter most.” It’s his first album since his collaboration with Justin Grounds as Idiot Songs.

The album is McGloughlin’s first since the birth of his daughter, and is subsequently a more personal work with the album addressing childhood, parenthood and human nature.

‘I wanted to explore what we share as humans: our animal origins, our residence in the natural world. Having my daughter arrive into my life prompted this simple reverie.’

Pearse is given a helping hand by Adrian Crowley who sings on ‘Heikegani’, with instrument help from serial collaborator Enda Roche and Christophe Capewell on violins. The album was engineered, mixed and produced by Darragh Nolan at Asta Kalapa Studios.

Musically, it flits between folk, ambient, orchestral and singer-songwriter styles, underscoring an inquisitiveness and search for something greater within.

The album is jointly released by Sligo’s Bluestack and Urchin Music. Pre-order now at Bandcamp.

A Dublin gig happens in the Bello Bar this Friday with Valerie Francis on support.

Posted on July 25th, 2016

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