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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below.

The songs

  1. Grimes – ‘REALiTi’
  2. Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’
  3. Tame Impala – ‘Let It Happen’
  4. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Very First Breath’
  5. Girls Names – ‘Zero Triptych’
  6. Villagers – ‘Hot Scary Summer’
  7. Sufjan Stevens – ‘Should Have Known Better’
  8. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Alright’
  9. Shamir – Call It Off
  10. The Hard Ground – ‘Pucker’
  11. Jamie xx – ‘Gosh’
  12. Hælos – ‘Earth Not Above’
  13. Little xs for eyes -‘Logical Love’
  14. Fight Like Apes – ‘Pretty Keen On Centerfolds’
  15. Sauce 81 – ‘Natural Thing’
  16. Yumi Zouma – ‘A Song For Zoe & Gwen’
  17. Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail -‘ The Colour Blue’
  18. Oh Wonder – ‘Technicolour Beat’
  19. SertOne – ‘Lost and Found’ 
  20. Kelela – ‘A Message’
  21. Florence + The Machine – ‘St Jude’
  22. Young Wonder – ‘Enchanted’
  23. Evvol – ‘Your Love’
  24. Rusangano Family – ‘Wasteman’
  25. Action Bronson – ‘Baby Blue’
  26. Courtney Barnett – ‘Depreston’
  27. Teleman – ‘Strange Combinations’
  28. Ghostpoet – ‘X Marks The Spot’
  29. Hystereo – ‘Aquarium’
  30. Spies – ‘Quincy Morris’

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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlist on Spotify | Soundcloud

The songs

  1. Hot Chip -‘Huarache Lights’
  2. All Tvvins – ‘Thank You’
  3. Father John Misty – ‘The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apartment’
  4. Portico – ‘101’ feat. Joe Newman of Alt-J
  5. Fort Romeau & New Jackson – ‘Not A Word’
  6. Julio Bashmore – ‘Kong’ feat Bixby
  7. Florence + The Machine – ‘What Kind Of Man’
  8. Oh Wonder – ‘Lose It’
  9. Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’
  10. Villagers – ‘Courage’
  11. Action Bronson – ‘Terry’
  12. Kendrick Lamar – ‘The Blacker The Berry’
  13. Lindstrøm & Grace Hall – ‘Home Tonight’
  14. Meltybrains? – ‘Donegal’
  15. Wax Stag – ‘Sparkling River’
  16. Roisin Murphy – ‘Gone Fishing’
  17. Sufjan Stevens – ‘No Shade In The  Shadow Of The Cross’
  18. Murlo – ‘Deep Breath’ feat. Gemma Dunleavy
  19. Bob Moses – ‘First To Cry’
  20. Young Wonder – ‘Intergalactic’
  21. Chromatics – ‘Yes’
  22. Goodtime – ‘Did You Even Notice?’
  23. Blooms – ‘Fall’
  24. Young Fathers – ‘Rain Or Shine’
  25. Coldplay – ‘Fix You’ (Four Tet remix)
  26. Florence + The Machine – ‘What Kind Of Man’ (Nicolas Jaar remix)
  27. Diet Cig – ‘Scene Sick’
  28. Cinema – ‘Retrograde’
  29. Hare Squead – ‘Bop With It’
  30. Ibeyi – ‘Weatherman’

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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlist on Spotify | Soundcloud

The songs

  1. MuRli  – ‘Both Sides’ (feat. God Knows)
  2. Vallis Alps – ‘Young’
  3. Jonnie Common – ‘Crumbs’
  4. Oh Wonder – ‘The Rain’
  5. Jape – ‘Séance Of Light’
  6. Buffalo Woman – ‘U Make Me High’
  7. Bitch Falcon – ‘Wolfstooth’
  8. Jessica Pratt – ‘Jacquelyn in the Background’
  9. Skelocrats – ‘Lyin’ Eyes’
  10. Bjork – ‘Stonemilker’
  11. Tobias Jesse Jr – ‘Hollywood’
  12. Joey Bada$$ – ‘Teach Me’ feat. Kiesza
  13. Doomtree – ‘Gray Duck’
  14. Kanye West / Paul McCartney – ‘Only One’
  15. Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – ‘Ray Gun’
  16. Aphex Twin – ‘Sams Car’
  17. Fort Romeau – Insides’
  18. Seven Davis Jr. – ‘Wild Hearts’
  19. Shlohmo – ‘Buried’
  20. Future Brown – ‘Room 302′ feat. Tink
  21. How to Dress Well x TALA – ‘The One’ (HTDW version)
  22. Purity Ring – ‘Begin Again’
  23. Kaytranada feat. Vic Mensa – ‘Drive Me Crazy’
  24. Marika Hackman – ‘Animal Fear’
  25. No Monster Club – ‘I’ve Retired’
  26. Courtney Barnett -‘Pedestrian At Best’
  27. Come On Live Long – Trough’
  28. Honningbarna – ‘Prinser Av Sarajevo’
  29. The Staves – ‘Steady’
  30. Laura Groves – ‘Dream Story’

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Here’s my favourite list of the year to do: my songs of 2014 All I ask is that if you discover something through it, leave me a comment below and let me know. Listen on Spotify or browse below. I’m taking an extended Christmas break until January 13th. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

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Top 100 songs of 2014

1.Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’

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Here are the final Readers Poll results for this year. Thanks for all your votes.

Readers’ favourite Irish gigs

  1. Arcade Fire @ Marlay Park, Dublin
  2. Future Islands @ Vicar Street, Dublin
  3. Adebisi Shank @ Whelan’s, Dublin
  4. Caribou @ Vicar Street, Dublin
  5. BadBadNotGood @ Dolans, Limerick
  6. Caribou @ Body & Soul, Meath
  7. Chic @ Electric Picnic, Laois
  8. Flight Facilities @ Vicar Street, Dublin
  9. Snarky Puppy @ The Sugar Club, Dublin
  10. St. Vincent @ Electric Picnic, Laois

Readers’ favourite club night / promoter

  1. Somewhere? - The Workmans Club, Dublin
  2. Mother – Copper Alley, Dublin
  3. Hidden Agenda – The Button Factory, Dublin
  4. Strange Brew - Roisin Dubh, Galway
  5. Choice Cuts @ The Sugar Club, Dublin

Readers’ favourite Irish videos of 2014

  1. Squarehead – ‘2025’ (Director:  Domhnall Gleeson)
  2. Hozier – ‘From Eden‘ (Director: Henry & SSong)
  3. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’ (Director: Conor Finnegan)
  4. little xs for eyes - ‘Love Gets Lost’ (Director: Alan Butler)
  5. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’ (Director: Feel Good Lost)
  6. So Cow - ‘Sugar Factory’ (Director: Rory Walsh)
  7. We Cut Corners - ‘Blue’ (Director: Antoni Sendra Barrachina)
  8. The Riptide Movement - ‘All Works Out’ (Director: Thomas Hefferon and Johnny Han)
  9. Talos – ‘Bloom’ (Director: Feel Good Lost)
  10. Clu – ‘Mirrors’ (Director: Kevin Freeney)

Readers’ favourite remixes of 2014

  1. Lorde – ‘Tennis Court’ (Flume Remix) 
  2. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’ (Mano le Tough & Tale of Us Remix) 
  3. Ellie Goulding - ‘How Long Will I Love You’ (Embrz Remix) 
  4. Hozier - ‘From Eden’ (Jack Steadman Remix) 
  5. Kanye West – ‘Bound 2′ (Sigma Remix) 
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My favourite albums of the year features a sixth album career highlights from a psychedelic mathematician, a fourth album breakthrough for a rubbernecking sweat-drenched band, the return of Aphex Twin, a Wicklow man who seemed to take over the music world, two great Irish rap albums, an album about an imagined trip through China, two very different R&B debut albums, lounge-time electronica from Norway, Annie Clark’s continued ascension through ambition, a collaborative effort from Iceland and the Faroe Islands and a marquee buddy rap album that said more about the state of America than anything else this year and had a brash kick-ass time doing it.

There’s a Spotify playlist available for it all but click down to get some context for each album from 10 to 1. Top 100 songs of the year tomorrow.

Spotify Best Albums of 2014 playlist


30. Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
29. Ratking – So It Goes
28. Shabazz Palaces –  Lese Majesty
27. The Bug – Angels & Devils
26. Lone – Reality Testing
25. DJ Dodger Stadium – Friend Of Mine
24. Flying Lotus – You’re Dead
23. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell
22. Lethal Dialect x Jackknife J – 1988
21. Hozier – Hozier
20. Warpaint – Warpaint
19. The Gloaming – The Gloaming
18. Fatima Al Qadiri – Asiatisch
17. Sinkane – Mean Love
16. Dorian Concept – Joined Ends
15. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
14. Fatima – Yellow Memories
13. Todd Terje - It’s Album Time!
12. Alt-J – This Is All Yours
11. St Vincent – St. Vincent


10. Aphex Twin – Syro

AFXRichard D James’ first album in 13 years.

“We know now that the contents of Syro is just some of the material recorded in the intervening years in one of James’ many studios. The oldest track stretch back six or seven years, using a massive 138 pieces of musical equipment (all listed in spiral on the artwork).

“What appears before it also echoes the heavier side of Druqks but repeated listens reveal new textures, new moods, new avenues explored by James. The trademark eeriness of melody and general cheeky humour is still evident throughout but the greatest part of a new Aphex Twin record is that is truly allows you to get lost in its puzzle, a completely different musical terrain even when there are expected imprints of ambient works, electro, acid, jungle and squiggly funk.

“The 10 minute experience of ‘XMAS_EVET10 [120][thanaton3 mix]’ feels different every time with environmental listening experiences changing the focus and feel (headphones, outdoors, late-night) as all the best electronic music can do. Syro still offers much to explore, many repeat listens in.

“And that is the key to why Aphex Twin is pored over so minutely, because he goes into such detail in his music. James’ intricate compositional skills remains his biggest asset. While his sounds have been copied over the years, his brain is still peerless.”

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Stevie G is a DJ, radio presenter and all-round legend from Cork; a lover of soul, hip-hop, disco and R&B, a maker of tracks, a mentor, a promoter and label owner. Here are his 10 favourite tracks of the year.


1. Gregory Porter – ‘Musical Genocide’ (Ludovic Navarre mix)

This one crept by virtually ignored but it was a very significant record in some ways. A limited 7 inch dropped from the sky on Record Store Day, and a guy even more reclusive than D’Angelo managed to submit a remix. Ludovic Navarre is the man behind St Germain and some amazing jazz, soul and house music, but he has been out of the spotlight for over 10 years. Gregory Porter is one of the finest jazz singers and writers of his generation and the original of this was a good example of a great artist who has something important to say too. The remix uses subtle bits of the Roy Ayers produced “Daylight” by Ramp (a hip-hop staple since the days of A Tribe Called Quest), and it’s a beautiful combination.


2. Saun & Starr – ‘Hot Shot’

We are always slaves to the past but soul music, like jazz, is producing great new artists and music too. These two have backed Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings live but their debut single on Daptone is an irresistible brass infected jam that is typical of the label. I was inspired by labels such as Daptone in starting my own Soul Jamz record label this summer and we released “Deep Down south” with Christiana soon after, hopefully the first of many singles. Shookrah are another Cork band worth mentioning here, but in truth, there’s loads of good soul music out there if you dig.


3. D’Angelo & the Vanguard – ‘Prayer’

“I believe that some day we will rise”. It could have been almost anything from this album; a stunning reminder that he’s still got it. And then some. Soul music probably needed this shot in the arm, as it will throw more light on many of the other artists doing very good stuff. Sonically it is incredible and it keeps up an impressive record of one great record every decade!


4. Ilovemakkonen – Tuesday’ (Drake remix)

I played this for weeks and weeks before it got any bites, but that moment when it hit home was special. I actually play every Tuesday night, to a young student crowd, and they are very open to newer hip-hop and r&b so it works out. This, the Rae Sremmurd singles, Future, Tyga, Schoolboy Q, Young Thug, Tinashe and many more were all big for me in quite a productive year for low slung throwaway minimal music.


5. Run the Jewels – ‘Love Again’ (Akinyele Back)

“I think I’m in love again”.

Many hip-hop fans are reluctant to move past the ’90s; but if there’s one group capable of waking them from their slumber it’s Run the Jewels. El-P and Killer Mike are pretty much veterans of the game at this stage, but their two albums together have helped ensure things are still going on an upward trajectory. They’ve got a lot to say, and were among the most vocal rappers after a turbulent year which included tragedies such as Ferguson. Special shouts to Danny Brown and Dej Loaf for great singles as well.

In Ireland, we had some great hip-hop too. Mynameisjohn, Lethal Dialect and Corkman Trigger all coming out with impressive albums, while the likes of Deviant and Naive Ted, Spekultiv Fixtion, Jimmy Penguin and others continued to represent prolifically for the underground. Also, domestically, a few of us helped set up anam recordings to release music from Tommy KD, a recovering addict who has enlisted the legendary Hazo and DJ Mek in his team and who is already causing a stir too. Keeping it real for 2014.


6. Lorde  – “Tennis Court” (Flume Remix)

I’m a big fan of this track in it’s original form, but this remix bangs and brings back some great memories of 2014, particularly my set at Body and Soul Festival in June. SertOne’s remix of Hannah Diamond’s ‘Pink and Blue’ is another that killed it in 14.


7. Flying Lotus featuring Kendrick Lamar – ‘Never Catch Me’

Lots of the best jazz these days is made by electronic artists, or even hip-hoppers who grew up discovering jazz through sampling and rap. We now have jazz artists covering hip-hop classics and it’s all gone full circle, as bands like BadbadnotGood have shown really well. FlyLo’s jazz credentials are in his family tree, but his Brainfeeder label showcases some amazing music from Thundercat, who is an essential element of the FlyLo sound, as well as Ras G and more. Taylor McFerrin made one of the jazz albums of the year on Brainfeeder, with the long awaited “Early Riser”, while FlyLo’s latest opus did not disappoint either. He managed to once again get big names like Snoop and Herbie Hancock to compliment his sound, and this track with Kendrick offers a big hint of what is to come from the Compton rapper, as he prepares to deliver one of the most eagerly awaited rap albums in years in the the next few months


8. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘When I Leave

Beautiful track, which he released on soundcloud, and which is on the bonus version of “Post Tropical”. Also worth mentioning Talos here. He released a couple of great singles on Feel Good Lost and there’s plenty more where that came from.

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Niall D’Arcy is a DJ you will know from residencies at Hidden Agenda at weekends and the Somewhere? club in The Workman’s  on Wednesday nights. Both club were voted top of the best club nights in last year’s poll so Niall and company are doing something right. The Newbridge, Kildare man continues to embed himself behind decks in the city and if you want to see him play over the Christmas and New Year, you can see him support Krystal Klear on Stephen’s Night and Frank B on NYE, both in Opium Rooms.


Jack J – ‘Looking Forward To You’

This is my track of the year. Jack J, who is also one half of Pender Street Steppers, put this out on Mood Hut back in August, and I’m pretty sure I’ve played it in every DJ set since I got my hands on it. Smooth as silk bassline and vocal, and works as well at 2am as it does at 10pm, which is always the sign of a great house record.


Leon Vynehall – ‘It’s Just (House of Dupree)’

This guy keeps getting better and better. We’ve had him play Hidden Agenda a couple of times, and he’s one of the best DJs/Producers around at the moment, as well being a very nice guy. This track is from his mini album entitled “Music For The Uninvited”, and it samples an old Isley Brothers track called “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)”, which is a sample you might also recognise from the J Dilla track “So Far To Go”. This track uses that sample just as effectively, and the result is a fantastic, peak time club track.


Zanzibar Chanel – ‘Drunk At The Jazz Dub’

Two Australian dudes, who make insanely catchy dance music. They came to my attention after I watched their Boiler Room last year, and I’ve
been hooked ever since. A producer + singer duo who essentially make very well put together party music. This track is from the recently released “Drunk At The Jazz Club EP” and is one of their standout tracks.


Adultrock – ‘Chants’

Another one that I’ve been playing out a lot this year. Released on Bodytonic at the end of March this year, this one finally, and well deservedly put fellow Newbridge man, Gavin Elsted, on the map. It’s been played out by the likes of James Holden, John Talabot, and Pional, so it must be doing something right. This track has a gorgeous Italo feel to it, with big synths stabs building up to a massive, hands in the air, last 90 seconds or so.


Young Thug – ‘Stoner’

I nicked this one from Kaytranada after his set at Electric Picnic, and I’ve been playing it every Wednesday in the Workman’s ever since. Massive low end, a super catchy bass melody, and a guy rapping about being a stoner. What more could you possibly want?


Mac DeMarco – ‘Chamber of Reflection’

This track has probably been brought to a lot of peoples’ attention recently due to Wiz Khalifa putting out a version of it with him rapping over the instrumental. The original is much better though, so just stick to that. The best track, from the best album of the year in my opinion. I’ve listened to this album at least once a week since it came out back in April. It’s got this haunting synth line to just reels you in. Stellar stuff from Mac.


Perfect Pussy – ‘I’

Probably the biggest curveball on this list. This is a hardcore punk rock track. Definitely the rawest thing I’ve heard this year. It was released on Captured Tracks, a label that has a knack for putting out great music (see Mac DeMarco track above). This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I fucking love how heavy and raw it is.


Jay Daniel – ‘Royal Dilemma’

A close runner up to that Jack J track for track of the year. Released on Kyle Hall’s label, Wild Oats, back in February, this is another one that works at 10pm, and works just as well at 2am. A hypnotic bassline, with an intricate beat underneath it, and a hint of some hip-hop influences too. There is a moment in the track about 5 minutes in where the bassline stops for a couple seconds and then drops back, and it makes me weak every time. So good.


Telephones – ‘Lotus Land’ (Sunset Mix)

A beautiful piece of mid tempo disco house music, that racks in just under the 10 minute mark. This is track is full of melodies, sounds, and textures that all fit together perfectly, and is best listened to on a big system with your eyes closed. A track to get lost in.

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The results of your favourite Irish songs are in.  It was a breakthrough year for a few Irish acts this year namely Hozier (duh),  The Riptide Movement, EMBRZ and God Knows + MynameisJohn. Established acts or artists who have been around a while like James Vincent McMorrow, The Riptide Movement, Girl Band, SOAK, Cloud Castle Lake and Le Galaxie stepped it up.

The addition of ‘Cavalier’, ‘Red Dust’ and the ubiquitous ‘Take Me To Church’, which placed highly last year were a result of their mainstream success. You might have heard it online last year but the latter in particular was everywhere, becoming the most virally streamed track on Spotify of 2014 in the entire world.

2014 has shown that Irish acts through their deals in the industry have forged paths and made careers for themselves while writing great tunes. This can only be a good thing for 2015 as the world continues to look to this small Ireland for music. The only thing needed now is more governmental recognition of this talent. How about it?

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Readers’ Top 30 Irish songs of 2014

  1. Hozier – ‘From Eden’
  2. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  3. James Vincent McMorrow - ‘Cavalier’
  4. Talos - ‘Tethered Bones’
  5. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  6. Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’
  7. James Vincent McMorrow - ‘Gold’
  8. Villagers – ‘Occupy Your Mind’
  9. Jape – ‘The Hearts Desire’
  10. The Riptide Movement - ‘All Works Out’
  11. The Gloaming – ‘The Sailor’s Bonnet’
  12. Ships – ‘Space Inside’
  13. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’
  14. James Vincent McMorrow - ‘Red Dust’
  15. SOAK - ‘Blud’
  16. Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’
  17. All Tvvins – ‘You Better’
  18. Cloud Castle Lake – ‘Sync’
  19. little xs for eyes – ‘Love Gets Lost’
  20. EMBRZ - ‘Slow Down’
  21. We Cut Corners - ‘Best Friend’
  22. Le Galaxie feat. May Kay - ‘Carmen’
  23. I Have A Tribe – ‘Yellow Raincoats’
  24. Paddy Hanna - ‘Join The Army’
  25. R.S.A.G. - ‘I’ll Be There’
  26. Daithi – ‘Have To Go’ feat. Jesse Boykins III
  27. Delorentos - ‘Show Me Love’
  28. God Knows & Mynameisjohn – ‘Standard’
  29. Adebisi Shank – ‘Big Unit’
  30. SlowPlaceLikeHome – ‘She Comes In Colour Stereo’

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