Here’s a selection of Irish music picked for its greatness, for their ability to excite and sooth, songs from Irish artists that deserve to be heard more, to be championed, to be loved and supported. If you like what you hear, support the artist by going to a gig or buying a release direct from them. Share the love.

I limited this to my 6 favourite tracks of the last month but there’s plenty more to discover.

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Daithí – ‘Falling For You’ feat. Sinead White

Galway electronic pop producer Daithí‘s music has been getting better and better with each release. His newest collaboration with Sinead White ( after ‘Love’s On Top’ and ‘April’) is another repeater, a song featuring deft dance production utilising the sounds of Inch Beach and a wind chime in Achill. A new EP Holiday Home is coming soon.

More from Daithí.

He is playing live.


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Toofools – ‘Touch’

If you dig the falsetto soul pop of UK band Jungle, you’ll love this Dublin band’s new single. Toofools, lead by Lorcan O’Dwyer, Steven McCann have delivered a funked-up slice of disco-soul. The band play a headline show on November 24th in Button Factory and an EP is forthcoming.


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Saint Sister – Tin Man

Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty’s Saint Sister marries folk textures with Celtic harp and a dusky shade of atmosphere. Their newest released on English label Communion gives us the gently compelling Tin Man.

More from Saint Sister.

Buy their music / See their gigs.


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AE MAK – ‘Sing Hey Love’

Dublin duo Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon make upbeat tribal African-influenced pop music in the vein of Merrill Garbus’ Tune-Yards.

From their debut EP released on Monday, ‘Sing Hey Love’ is positive pop that takes its lifeforce from the two singers’ alchemic tones and its simple construction of bassline and percussion. Æ MAK’s music can be a bright light in a world that feels increasingly dark.

[Listen to the full EP]

Buy on iTunes.


5.

Bantum – ‘Voodoo Sweat’

A recent highlight from Ruairi Lynch’s album Move, ‘Voodoo Sweat’ is pure funk pop with vocals by CC Brez and Louise O’Carroll.

Buy Move on Bandcamp.


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Proper Micro NV – ‘Flaws’

The Limerick electronic producer Rory Hall aka Proper Micro NV has impressed me with occasional singles and releases. With a second EP It’s Always Raining coming out via Plasmapool records, Hall has shared ‘Flaws’, a sporadically arranged song built on soulful mantric vocals and minimal textures to support it, that is more than the sum of its parts.

The EP is out on December 7th.

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Posted on November 17th, 2016

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Press Record is an online video performance series conceived by 98fm’s John Barker with producer Robin Ball which has featured live sessions from Irish musicians numbering 90 including Jape, Le Galaxie, All Tvvins, The Minutes and Fight Like Apes among them.

Today, Press Record announce the release of an album – Press Record #1 featuring 11 of the performances in one. The live album is available to today for €10 with all proceeds going towards future Press Record videos.

To coincide with the release, Press Record have released a video of new Irish band TooFools performing ‘Torn’ and a single by O Emperor performing ‘Trash Club’.

Press Record Tracklist

  1. O Emperor – Trash Club
  2. TooFools – Torn
  3. Daithí  – Crosshair
  4. Come On Live Long –  For The Birds
  5. Jape – This Chemical Sea
  6. Kid Karate  – A Hard Life
  7. Meltybrains? – Soup Or Synth
  8. The River Fane Project – La Bamba
  9. Fehdah – Kathmandu
  10. Zaska –  In Your Own Sweet Time
  11. Garr Cleary  – Fisherman

Press Record also have a Patreon for further support.

Posted on November 11th, 2016

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new music from Dark0, The Chemical Brothers, Ciaran Lavery, Ekkah, Alyss and more. Follow the playlist here.

This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.

Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud & Spotify playlists.


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Daithí – ‘Falling For You’ feat. Sinead White

Galway electronic pop producer Daithí teamed up twice last year with Sinead White on ‘Love’s On Top’ and ‘April’.

It proved a fruitful partnership so the pair are at it again on the lead song from Daithí’s forthcoming EP Holiday Home, due in March. Holiday Home came about when Daithí bought a field recorded and began recording the sounds of the west of Ireland in an attempt to build a unique library of sounds.

‘Falling For You’, his collaboration with White, uses sea sounds from Inch beach in Cork and bell sounds from a wind chime I found in an Air Bnb in Achill. White recorded the vocals on Valentia Island.

Watch the video, also suitably set in the West of Ireland by Feel Good Lost.

First posted.


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Toofools – ‘Touch’

In a short time, TooFools, a band brought to us by Lorcan O’Dwyer, Steven McCann and their big gang of friends have made a splash on the Dublin music landscape.

They introduced themselves with a live video by Christian Tierney of Insanity.

Now, nearly a year later and with much live experience under their belts, ‘Touch’ is an indication of what comes next – a disco-funking electronic soul stomper that recalls Jungle in its backdrop and falsetto.

The band play a headline show on November 24th in Button Factory and an EP is forthcoming.


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Saint Sister – ‘Tin Man’

The atmosfolk duo Saint Sister, Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty have established themselves as one of the best new Irish bands of the last year and a bit.

The pair have now released two new songs to keep us sated.  ‘Tin Man’ and ‘Corpses’ are two songs recorded with Alex Ryan which are released through Communion Music’s Singles Club.

Communion have a habit of illuminating breaking folk artists and these two songs by the band, while they very much fit their harmony-folk aesthetic, there’s more atmosphere at play in the arrangements than before.

[First Posted]


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Bonobo – ‘Kerala’

Bonobo has a new album called Migration and a Dublin date as part of a European tour.

Migration is Simon Green’s sixth album and he says it’s “the study of people and spaces.”

“It’s interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and effect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of places evolve.”

‘Kerala’ from it features a sample of Brandy. The video was directed by Bison and features Gemma Arterton.

[First posted]


5.

DJ Shadow – ‘Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt’ (Salva remix)

DJ Shadow touched down in Dublin on Thursday for a rare live set at Metropolis. A producer with such a revered first album often struggles to stay modern in what follows (Shadow addresses that weight here). Luckily, his latest album The Mountain Shall Fall has some peaks on it (most notably Run The Jewels) but it’s a recent remix album of Entroducing featuring remixes by contemporaries like Hudson Mohawke, Teklife, Lee Bannon, Prince Paul and Clams Casino that attempts a reimagining of the seminal first album. Most successful of the lot is Salva’s footwork remix of ‘Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt’, which Shadow incorporated into his set at Metropolis.


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Funeral Suits – ‘Chariot’

It’s hard out here for bands, particularly alternative rock bands. With the closure of TXFM, there’s barely any outlet for such music in Ireland. Last week Fight Like Apes called it a day. The same week, Dublin band Funeral Suits announced that their forthcoming album would be their last.

Which is a pity when they are knocking out songs like ‘Chariot’.


7.

Roosevelt – ‘Teardrops’

Recent album of the week beneficiary Roosevelt delivers a fresh take on dancefloor classic Womack and Womack’s ‘Teardrops’. He’s on a European tour, though no Irish date.


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Posted on November 7th, 2016

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In a short time, TooFools, a band brought to us by Lorcan O’Dwyer, Steven McCann and their big gang of friends have made a splash on the Dublin music landscape.

They introduced themselves with a live video by Christian Tierney of Insanity.

Now, nearly a year later and with much live experience under their belts, ‘Touch’ is an indication of what comes next – a disco-funking electronic soul stomper that recalls Jungle in its backdrop and falsetto.

The band play a headline show on November 24th in Button Factory and an EP is forthcoming.

Posted on November 3rd, 2016

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Groove Festival takes place in Killruddery House, Co. Wicklow on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July (same weekend as Castlepalooza), and while the headliners aimed at an older audience than most with the likes of The Blades, The 4 of Us, Ocean Colour Scene and Neville Staple Band playing, Turning Pirate have put together a stage of newer acts worth checking out.

The Hop House 13stage will feature sets from David Kitt, TooFools, Sample Answer, Planet Parade, The Young Folk, Barq, Zaska, Swords and Anderson among them.

The Academic and Elm are also playing the main stage. Tickets from €49.50 for a day pass + fees.

More info on the festival at the Groove site.

Posted on April 18th, 2016

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TooFools are a new band from Dublin brought to you by Lorcan O’Dwyer and Steven McCann with the help of Michael Hopkins (in Planet Parade with McCann) and vocals from Remy Naidoo and Ciara O’Connor along with four other musicians: Cian Hanley on Drums, Kevin Corcoran on Keys, Andrew Lloyd on Synth/Guitar and Oisin Murtagh on Sax.

It looks like the band had a lot of fun recording a live track in Volt Studios recently with Stephen Robinson in a video captured by Christian Tierney. From the sound of their debut track ‘Insanity’, the band trade in cool soulful R&B pop music with harmonies to the fore.

You can catch TooFools in the flesh at the Turning Pirate Mixtape at Vicar Street on New Year’s Eve. Their debut single ‘Touch’ drops in January.

Posted on December 24th, 2015

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