Since appearing with Tethered Bones, an emotional electronic ballad three years ago, Cork man Eoin French aka Talos has been refining and developing that style with every release. Now, on his debut album, produced by Ross Dowling, French makes the case that patience is a virtue for building slow-moving anthem-leaning songs flourished largely with guitar,… Read more »

Posted on April 21st, 2017

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Artwork: Donough O’Malley/The Public House for Nialler9. Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record shops and its stock returns on Saturday April 22nd  There are the usual list of exclusive once-off releases that may feature in the shops. Here’s a full list of records stores participating in Ireland and below you’ll find the special events and… Read more »

Posted on April 19th, 2017

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Super Extra Bonus Party were a party band when there was a dearth of such things in Ireland. They didn’t care about genre, they mashed indie with hip-hop, with electronics, with folk with whatever. They put on high energy live shows with an MC rapping in Portugese and made on a dancing sesh happen at… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2017

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I’ve been listening to EL-P since the days of Rawkus Records (and subsequently famously denounced the label), since the days of SoundBombing compilations, since Cannibal Ox, since he ran Def Jux, through his solo material and of course, his crowning relationship with his cohort Killer Mike, as Run The Jewels. They have an alchemy that… Read more »

Posted on March 30th, 2017

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St. Patrick’s Day is a time for celebration. Sure, we all know that. It’s also a time to have a look around and see where we’re at. Rather than rely on the usual diddlyeye that does the rounds when those with Irish heritage like to don a leprechaun hat and drink green beer, I believe… Read more »

Posted on March 16th, 2017

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There’s something truly special going on with The Blaze. It’s about time too. We were due an artist or two artists in this case, who was equally involved in the visual as well as the music and The Blaze feels one of the most complete and cinematic examples of that yet. The French producers and… Read more »

Posted on March 14th, 2017

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The electronic A/V musician Sal Stapleton aka Bad Bones broke through with a series of singles in early 2016 that showcased an eerie electronic pop style with dark tones and hypnotic rhythms. Equally interesting was Stapleton’s visual aesthetic that accompanied each track – a monochrome-filtered collection of imagery that reinforced the track’s twisted vocal-featuring vibes…. Read more »

Posted on March 1st, 2017

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The Grammys took place last night and the winners list is here, though it must be said, the Grammys have repeatedly shown themselves to be culturally irrelevant in the winners of the awards. Adele’s OK album winning over Beyoncé’s for album of the year continues the problem that a black artist has in winning one… Read more »

Posted on February 13th, 2017

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At a time of great turmoil, every thing else can feel insignificant. Spending all your time listening and digesting music feels trivial. Writing about it even more so. But music, like all artforms, is a gateway to another place, to other people, to understanding, reflecting and solidarity. It’s also an outlet for anger and frustration which… Read more »

Posted on January 31st, 2017

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There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017. Alt-J Possible Date: Summer… Read more »

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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In a bid to encourage myself to run more regularly, I’ve been focusing more on the soundtrack to my fitness while running. So in effort to increase the commitment, here’s the start of a new Spotify playlist series, the Running Mix. It’ll be updated monthly (or as often as possible). It’ll feature music that is… Read more »

Posted on January 11th, 2017

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Now we’ve kicked 2016 to the curb, it’s time to look forward. January is all about freshness, so here are 20 acts from around the globe who I reckon you’ll be hearing much more of this year. Some will be familiar to you but I expect to make an even bigger splash and some, I… Read more »

Posted on January 5th, 2017

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Eve are a Dublin-based female DJ collective host all-female parties of electronic music in the city, increasing the presence of women in an all too male-dominated scene. Lauren, Micu and Jessica Eve are three Dublin DJs who are throwing good parties under the Eve name and they picked three tunes each and one all together… Read more »

Posted on December 30th, 2016

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Colm K is a Cork DJ and producer who is among our best. He has a love of soul, house and jazz music, he’s a former RBMA attendee, a regular at Sunday Times parties in Cork and monthly radio shows on NTS. Here’s his latest release. is known for his considered sets of soul and… Read more »

Posted on December 30th, 2016

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Phil Boyle aka Ghostboy is a DJ resident at Mother in Dublin and a producer and remixer. Catch him on NYE at Mother’s Femme Ball. See all the top 10 tracks of 2016 guest selections. 1. Underworld – If Rah It will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me that a new Underworld… Read more »

Posted on December 30th, 2016

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