Dublin-based artist Jonny Climax takes influences from traditional and contemporary hip-hop and R’n’B. This track sounds like a class hip-hop anthem, one that triggers powerful nostalgic ’90s vibes.
O Emperor- Make It Rain
The Cork-based alt-rock five-piece have re-emerged and are set to release a string of new music this year. The first release is a delightful mix of afro-disco, funk, soul, and jolly vocals, the perfect ingredients to put you in a hazy groove.
18-year-old Dublin native Joseph McGuirk or Janksy makes music from his bedroom and is building a following for himself on Soundcloud. This track has a certain Gorillaz-esque vibe to it. More from Jansky is on the way this year.
Winter Aid – The Dance
This is Shane Culloty or Winter Aid’s first release from his forthcoming EP Halfland.
“It’s about a few things, but revolves around the way our concept of home changes, as we move and settle somewhere new: the strange feeling of moving past what you thought home was and loving it anew from a distance.”
Brigid Mae Power – Don’t Shut Me Up (Politely)
This track from Galway-based Brigid Mae Power’s new EP The Two Worlds deals with such issues as women being suppressed in society, featuring haunting vocals and lyrics that are fused by emotive guitar riffs and drum beats.
Ciaran Lavery – To Chicago
Northern Irish singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery’s latest track is from his forthcoming third album Sweet Decay which will be released on April 13th. The track is an upbeat, catchy and honest acoustic love song.
After a few years of what the band refer to as “blurblobitude”, Waterford-originating psych-rockers O Emperor are back, and they’re bringing new music.
While details are as yet thin on the ground, we’re told that new single ‘Make it Rain’, the leadoff to their next body of work, is a departure from songcraft and into the realms of improvisation. Taking in inflections of Afro-Disco, the band jammed it out at their headquarters in Cork.
The release of ‘Make it Rain’ on January 29th also leads to the band’s appearance at Cork’s AMP venue for Quarter Block Party on Friday February 2nd, after being one of the first wave of announcements, and a Dublin date at the Bello Bar on Saturday February 17th. These two dates are the band’s first live performances in over two years, and doubtless foreshadow a busy 2018.
The independent festival Knockanstockan announced its first names for its 9th edition to take place on Blessington Lake on July 24th to 25th.
Among the names: O Emperor, Bitch Falcon, The Eskies, Tucan, Contour, Rocstrong, Twin Headed Wolf, Gascan Ruckus, Robocobra Quartet,Kingston, Red Enemy, Syd Arthur, Cult Called Man, Rebecca Collins, Vernon Jane, Leo Drezden, Bunoscionn, New Secret Weapon, Megacone, Interskalactic, Mongoose, Hector Bizerk, Pockets, Bunk, The Witch Trials, Mama Kasbah.
If you’re in Cork this weekend or looking for something to do nearby, then Quarter Block Party is the one you want. Three days of music, theatre and art as presented by Makeshift Ensemble and Southern Hospitality Board is promised from Friday to Sunday this weekend in venues like Triskel Arts Centre, Cork Vision Centre, BDSM and more.
There’ll be music from O Emperor, Shookrah, Adultrock, Women’s Christmas, Brigid Power Ryce, Cian Nugent, Tandem Felix, Hags, Partisan Crowds, Elastic Sleep, Ben Bix, Roslyn Steer and Chris Power.
There’s free events, Banter discussions with Jim Carroll, Young Hearts Run Free, Stevie G presents Vinyl Love 777 and some theatre shows with names like Britney Spears Custody Battle and African Baby & Dirty Donkey.
Well, this is lovely. nice to see an Irish band grapple with an orchestra and benefit hugely from it. O Emperor release this as a single today. The video was produced by Tusk Productions. More info at State. This version is available to buy now.
The final gig of the regular nights of Other Voices in the church and there was certainly a feeling amongst the 55 crew that the end was within sight. They still had to take stage, lighting and sound rig out of the church and there are eight Irish bands recording in McCarthy’s the next day, but the main event was nearly done.
Five artists took to the Church last night. 18 played in that small space in total over four days. The first artist on night four is one of the strongest. Marina & The Diamonds proves why she has magnetised pop over the course of the last two years. Exuding an absolute superstar quality, she was the only performer this series to acknowledge and play to the camera. This is a TV show after all. ‘I Am Not A Robot’, ‘Obsessions’ and solo piano versions of ‘Shampain’ and ‘Numb’ are notably different from those on The Family Jewels album. Her stripped back set removes the electronic elements of her songs and is a perfect vehicle for her voice. (more…)
Maybe it was the plethora of ads on a few sites this week that gave it away but Waterford’s O Emperor have a debut album Hither Thitherout and they’ve finally got a Dublin-based video to show for it (Anyone know who directed it?). I’ve only had a single listen to the album thus far but it sounds like there’s plenty there to like. More listening required though.
Wednesday 30th June – Murmur Presents: 80’s Movie Quiz @ Bernard Shaw (Table of 4, €20) – HWCH launch: At last an Atlas, Squarehead, Nouveaunoise, Enemies @ Twisted Pepper (Free but RSVP required – see comments, 6.30pm – 9pm)
All this week, we’re having guest posts from various people involved in different strands of Irish music – record shop owners, writers, bloggers, promoters, radio presenters, bands and more, telling us what Irish bands or artists they are really into right now.
The last guest post this week comes from fellow blogger Shane Culloty, aka the writer at the helm of Ireland’s best and (I feel under-appreciated) The Torture Garden blog. Play us out Shane.
There are two things the Ambience Affair do spectacularly well. They can take a hook and build a song around it steady and strong, adding to it layer after layer until they have something excellent, as seen on their single ‘Devil in the Detail’. And as if that wasn’t enough, when they get on a stage they can take that same song and tear it to bits with a passion and intensity you don’t generally see from two beardy Irish guys playing acoustic instruments. The Ambience Affair – ‘Parting Patterns’ (more…)
What follows is four pages of my personal picks for artists I’m looking forward to hearing much more of in 2010. Featured artists include RUBIK, Baby Monster, I Am the Cosmos, Two Door Cinema Club, May 68, Sam Amidon, O Emperor, Manus Goan, Jay Electronica, MNDR, Surfer Blood, Lonelady, a host of Box Social-related artists and more. Enjoy.
Practically unheard of before CMJ in October last year, Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss’ punky take on lo-fi dance-rock made an impression with many at that festival. The fact that they are currently working with Diplo gives me hope that they can turn these rough demos into something that’ll translate equally room-shaking yet less abrasive on the ears (i.e – something you can actually play in a club).
A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin.
Maybe I should have waited another week to bring this feature back from its Christmas break. Not much on really apart from Henry Rollins, Neosupervital, Wounds for free, The Jimmy Cake in the Odessa, !Kaboogie’s 4th Birthday bash with Terrah Danjah (above with great tune below) and the weekly clubs. Obviously I didn’t mention Wolfmother cos they are shit.
The results of the poll are ready to be revealed. First up, the Irish songs of the year as voted by readers and commenters of this blog. A staggering 215 different songs were voted for overall from about 150 voters in total and the resulting top 30 sees multiple appearances from some of the following: David Kitt, Villagers, And So I Watch You From Afar, Hunter-Gatherer, Patrick Kelleher and Super Extra Bonus Party. I’ll post the Google Doc showing the number of votes for each song tomorrow along with the album results as well as hopefully contacting the winners of the prizes. Here is how it stacked up from the number one position which was a clear winner by six votes: (more…)