The Spiegeltent is a great venue for the kind of collaboration offered by Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and Steve Reid. Reid plays spectacular Jazz drumming the likes of which I’d never seen live before. As soon as he took to the stage, he appeared to enter a delirious trance, eyes closed, knowing the position of… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2006

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I realized that Fujiya and Miyagi were from not Japan when I heard the lyrics to the first song – “Like pixelated scraps of jazz mags in your head lights“. It turns out they are from Brighton. It doesn’t matter.Their music is a delightful mix of bass and synth lead pop songs with some soft… Read more »

Posted on September 19th, 2006

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You may have seen Justice warm up for Daft Punk in Marley Park a few weeks ago, but there’s no doubt that the perfect setting to see French DJs is a sweaty club. Lucky then, that they are playing Limerick next Friday the 22nd and Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin Saturday 23rd (€15). Justice remind… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2006

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Hip hop inspired by P.E., DJ Premier, Kraftwerk, J Dilla, Dr. Dre; the sonic result of music realized in methods using drum machines, synths and step sequencing; the sonic pallette of new wave, electro, early industrial dance, synthie funk, and digi-dub – many of which were popular among skateboard youth and the air waves of… Read more »

Posted on September 12th, 2006

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New video for The Knife’s “Like A Pen” directed by long time The Knife collaborator Andreas Nilsson. The Knife – Like a Pen It’s good but the last two are hard to beat. The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health The Knife – Silent Shout All songs are taken from the stupendous Silent Shout… Read more »

Posted on September 12th, 2006

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From a Dutch electropunk compilation – Some Tunes released by Basserk. Ladies and Gentlemen – the rabid sounds of Aux Raus. Sounds like something Shitmat would come up with… Check out the video of the band playing a private concert for their parents. [Myspace | Basserk Site | Official Site] MP3s Aux Raus – This… Read more »

Posted on September 11th, 2006

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OK, so it seems it’s Electric Picnic week on the blog, so I thought I would put up some music from bands that are playing the festival this year. We alll know what most of the headline acts are we want to see so this post is going to highlight some of the smaller acts… Read more »

Posted on August 30th, 2006

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Top Dublin band Channel One are offering a free five track EP for anyone who signs up to their mailing list on their site. The EP is a collection of tunes from their two recent EPs on the Sound Foundation Recordings. They make quality electronic-infused rock music – think M83 jamming with Depeche Mode and… Read more »

Posted on August 22nd, 2006

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I’m sure by now, you are all aware of Jamie Lidell’s Multiply album from last year. It was definitely an album that caught me unawares, full of sun kissed rhythms and soulful vocals from a knob twiddler from England. You can hear strains of Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye throughout the record. Essentially Multiply… Read more »

Posted on August 17th, 2006

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Next weekend sees the Mantua Lives Festival take place in Ballinagare, Roscommon. It’s a small festival run by a local art collective. There will be 4 stages of quality music as well as live visual art installations and a sculpture arena. There’s a main stage with a bit of everything including Luke Vibert, God is… Read more »

Posted on August 15th, 2006

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Through the myriad libraries of Chicago, Detroit and New York house and techno, for me one name has kept cropping up; Green Velvet aka Cajmere, or Curtis Jones. Like many DJs/producers who began making tunes in the late 80’s, Jones initially messed around with cheap drum machines, samplers and four-tracks in his bedroom. His first… Read more »

Posted on August 9th, 2006

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“Basically we record famous people and make it sound like they’re talking about sex or drugs. It’s a winning formula.” So say Cassetteboy, a largely anonymous (Mike and Simon) and very talented duo from Essex, UK. Casetteboy’s wonderfully skewed recordings are not only an astonishing exercise in sampling, but captivating and highly entertaining compilations too…. Read more »

Posted on August 5th, 2006

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Ah where to begin with the mighty Godfathers of Electronica? I’m 100% certain the musical landscape would be a lot different in 2006 if it hadn’t of been for their pioneering work in electronic instrumentation in the last 35 years. Personally, they gave me one of the most memorable gigs of my short 23 years… Read more »

Posted on August 4th, 2006

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Much of the reason I listen to music is for that primal/cerebral moment when a piece of music captures you for a few intense seconds when nothing else matters or could possibly hold your attention at that point in time. These moments are usually accompanied by feelings of ecstasy and can lead to uncontrollable smiling…. Read more »

Posted on August 1st, 2006

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My favourite discovery this past week is CSS or Cansei se der Sexy (“Tired of Being Sexy” in Portugese). It’s great electro indie-pop party music from Sao Paolo, Brasil with silly lyrics and baffling song titles like ‘Fuck off is not the only thing you have to show’ or ‘ Music is my hot hot… Read more »

Posted on July 31st, 2006

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