Dublin experimental veterans The Jimmy Cake today unveil their new album, Tough Love, in full, ahead of its release and launch gigs this weekend. Tough Love is the band’s sixth studio long-player. Written in 2015 as a single longform piece for a once-off performance in Dublin’s now-defunct Joinery venue, Tough Love is, in the words… Read more »

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

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One of my favourite songs of last year will feature on a new EP from Fehdah (formerly Feather). Hip Drop Records will release the Like No Other EP featuring the title song and 3 others on August 11th. Fehdah is the futuristic Afro soul music project of Sierra Leonean-born Emma Garnett and a seven-piece band…. Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2017

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UK indie survivor Domino Records has signed Mayo alt-folk exponent Seamus Fogarty, and released a video for his label debut single ‘Short Ballad for a Little Man’ this morning. A string-laden introduction gives way to drone and synths, serving as an introduction for Fogarty’s creative approach to a bigger audience. Directed by Kieran Evans (Vashti… Read more »

Posted on June 29th, 2017

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The Dublin electro three-piece Sleep Thieves have been quiet the last while since 2014’s full-length You Want The Night but their pulsating synthesiser electronica is very much in tact with their returning track ‘Is This Ready?’. The song has the foreboding noir atmospherics of their established work with vocalist Sorcha Brennan at her most dramatic…. Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2017

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Wyvern Lingo have released the first single of their forthcoming debut album. ‘I Love You Sadie’ is a soulful R&B pop song with a very modern sentiment “about loving the feminine qualities of a man, and encouraging him not to worry about fitting into the male stereotype and just to be himself”. Caoimhe Barry, Karen… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2017

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Slow Place Like Home have gone from Keith Mannion’s bedroom electronic project in Donegal to a fully-fledged live three-piece. As part of the transition phase, he reworked his debut album Romolo and released ‘Tiger Lilly’ as a new single around this time last year. ‘When I See You… Ice Cream!’ is the band’s new single… Read more »

Posted on June 20th, 2017

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The East London duo AGE, made up of Lucan-born Jenny Cosgrave and Australian Gavin Dwight formed last year in Hackney and call themselves an “indie electronic partnership.” They previously played in Good Dangers. AGE have been working with producer Paddy Baird (his bro is in Two Door Cinema Club), Russ Fawcus (Wild Beasts, Noah and… Read more »

Posted on June 19th, 2017

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Quinton Campbell is one of the more interesting and talented dancefloor producers to have emerged from the Dublin scene of late. For me, it began with ‘FM Patterns’, a nine-minute bleeping synth track that set him part from the pack and ended up on my Irish songs of the year list. A winner of 2016’s… Read more »

Posted on June 16th, 2017

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Rusangano Family have debuted the Bob Gallagher-directed video shot in Clare for new single ‘I Know You Know’ which addresses mental health and features Rusangano Family, Naoise Roo, Linda O’Connor, Sarah Joy McDermott, Eamonn Elliot, Elaine Mai, Sam Burton, Lisa O’Flynn, Kate O’Shea, David MacNamara, Aoife O’Donoghue and Eavan Brennan. “The track is about how… Read more »

Posted on June 16th, 2017

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It’s been some ride for Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson, the Belfast lads who started a blog 10 years ago and over time became one of the most in-demand dance duos in Europe with the precision-made percussive electronic tracks. They’ve slayed the festivals and gigs and had two songs of the summer so far. Most… Read more »

Posted on June 15th, 2017

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Modern Irish traditionalists Ensemble Ériu have released some superb music that moves between trad and contemporary in recent years. For their forthcoming album, Stargazer, the band were commissioned to write the release based on the paintings of Jack B. Yeats by the Model arts centre in Sligo in 2014. It was recorded at the same… Read more »

Posted on June 15th, 2017

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Dublin singer-songwriter Rosa Nutty last month gave us a song about “Dublin, Club Lemon and feeling sorry for yourself,” in ‘Fizzy’. Now, the Pips EP, from which that song is taken from has been released and features five tracks. ‘Alternator’ is an understated atmospheric full band cut, ‘Hives’ is a song Nutty wrote for her… Read more »

Posted on June 15th, 2017

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After contributing to a worthy compilation along with Mac DeMarco and Oh Boland last week, Dublin indie-rockers Squarehead have returned with their first new single since 2013’s Respect album. ‘Waves’ is a positive track taken from a forthcoming album and comes with a video by Luke Byrne featuring some rollerskating and the band playing in… Read more »

Posted on June 14th, 2017

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Phare’s newest song ‘Safer Place’ features fellow Kildare man Adultrock (and Lumo boy Gavin Elsted) on vocals. The track has a John Talabot-esque dynamic in its pacing and subtle dancefloor construction. Get the track on Bandcamp. Catch Phare live at Celtronic on July 1st in Derry and Castlepalooza in August. Check out the recent 045… Read more »

Posted on June 13th, 2017

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The Truth About Irish Hip Hop is an upcoming documentary, Directed and produced by Gavin FitzGerald & Mark Hayes, examining the state of Irish hip=hop in 2017 and features interviews with Rusangano Family, This Side Up, Mango & MathMan, Fifth Element & Doublescreen, Jafaris, Ophelia MC, myself and more. The Truth About Irish Hip Hop… Read more »

Posted on June 9th, 2017

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