AlunaGeorge’s second album I Remember is to be released on September 16th and of course, will feature their smash single ‘Im In Control’ along with the title track and the Zhu-featuring ‘My Blood’. The duo have certainly swerved into a more dance pop mainstream Major Lazer-esque direction but the tunes are good so hard to… Read more »

Posted on July 28th, 2016

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Ciaran Lavery’s Let Bad In is one of the finest Irish albums of the year (more on that later today), and ‘Okkervil River’ is an immediate standout. Let Bad In feels less like a singer-songwriter record and more like an assured and well-arranged version of Lavery’s established craft.  Lavery has also imbued his material with… Read more »

Posted on July 6th, 2016

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Boiler Room’s Dirty Talk : A Journey Into Italo Disco documentary “explores Italo’s seminal influence on early house as it emerged from disco, taking global club culture by storm in the 70s and 80s.” It features very rare interviews with Italo artists of the day: Klein & MBO, Chicago house producer Chip E and La… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2016

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Portishead’s dystopian and brilliantly bleak cover of Abba’s ‘SOS’, from the soundtrack to the movie High-Rise starring Tom Hiddleston, has officially been given a video and a stream. The video ends with a quote from Jo Cox, the UK Labour politician killed last week. “We have far more in common than that which divides us.”… Read more »

Posted on June 22nd, 2016

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Earlier this month, we got wind of We Cut Corners’ first song from their forthcoming album, which is as yet untitled but will feature Villagers’ Conor O’Brien , members of Booka Brass and the Fratres String Quintet. The video for the single out on Friday, features some overhead projected handwritten lyrics and song ideas over… Read more »

Posted on June 22nd, 2016

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If you’ve had a hankering to visit or revisit the beautiful country of Iceland, Sigur Ros spent yesterday showing you the sights of the country through their 24-hour Route One journey live video , essentially a 24-hour dashcam. The time has elapsed and the band, ahead of this Sunday’s date in Dublin with James Vincent… Read more »

Posted on June 22nd, 2016

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As announced last week, Aphex Twin will release a new Cheetah EP on Warp on July 8th. The EP purports to feature “digital sound generation techniques combined with wave sequencing technology to bring you sounds with movement and depth rarely found on records today.” A video for one of the EP’s tracks ‘CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная… Read more »

Posted on June 21st, 2016

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If you caught Girl Band’s main stage performance at Body&Soul, it was yet another reminder that no-one in Ireland or otherwise is making rock music like this: that pulverises the audience with sonics, that uses a guitar to sound like industrial chains, that switches up rhythms and howls with guttural approval. The only pity was… Read more »

Posted on June 21st, 2016

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Mayo singer-songwriter Maria Kelly has been writing music since she was 10, yet she’s just released her first single ‘Before It Has Begun’, a mournful finger-picked acoustic song released late last year. Followup single ‘Black & Blue’ is a melodic acoustic pop song in the vein of a brighter Daughter. It’s out 1st July 2016… Read more »

Posted on June 9th, 2016

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Hundred Waters‘ ‘Show Me Love’ recently got an all-star rework and the Florida band were joined by Chance The Rapper and hteir label boss Skrillex to perform the remix on last night’s Late Show With Colbert. Speaking of Chance, still loving this Coloring Book standout.

Posted on June 8th, 2016

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First, the performance. As he did on Colbert in February, Anderson Paak showed why he’s one of the artists of 2016 with a rousing performance of Malibu stand-out ‘Never Come Down’. Despite a weird fake tantrum (injoke?), Paak’s high-energy performance leaves the biggest impression. The dude is a star. Overshadowing the whole thing is what… Read more »

Posted on May 26th, 2016

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This is a great Prince cover. Neon Indian and friends who include Holy Ghost, Kristin Kontrol, Ejecta, Xenia Rubbings, Adeline from Escort, Hannah Cohen and Midnight Magic perform a faithful but superlative Prince’s ‘Pop Life’. Video co-directed and produced by Alan Palomo and Jim Larson.

Posted on May 24th, 2016

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Donegel musician Keith Mannion aka Slow Place Like Home has released a fine collection of EPs and a rebooted, retinkered debut called Romolo late last year. Today, Mannion releases a new double-sided single of ‘Tiger Lily’ and ‘Friday’ on 10″ vinyl. Watch the video for ‘Tiger Lilly’ set in a van featuring Mannion and his… Read more »

Posted on May 23rd, 2016

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Lisa O’Neill’s new album Pothole In The Sky (stream), her third finds the Cavan singer-songwriter is filled with evocative Irish folk music. ‘Gormlaith’s Grieving’ is a song inspired by Brian Boru’s wife Gormlaith, who was apparently responsible for the Battle Of Clontarf due to her ability to incite jealousy in men. “I’m bad luck Brian,… Read more »

Posted on May 18th, 2016

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