“A singer that can’t sing, a mod that can’t play bass and a drummer that can’t see.” That’s how the Derry band Touts, Matthew Crossan, Jason Feenan and Luke McLaughlin like to introduce themselves the their byline. Of course, the city they hail from his a history of punk with the Undertones the most notable… Read more »

Posted on April 4th, 2017

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Jules Shawe used to play in the Die Hard-referencing Belfast band Nakatomi Towers and 2017 has seen her debut her new project Paths. Debut single ‘Neoprene’ was a charming indie-pop song with looped guitars and lo-fi beats and Jules has a visual-lead live show to boot. You can catch Paths live at @ Generator, Smithfield… Read more »

Posted on March 9th, 2017

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Sylk are a new Irish electronic duo who are set to release their debut EP in May. Bebhinn Mc Donnell (producer) and Taylor Doyle (vocals) introduce themselves with ‘Am I Alone’, a brooding electronic track with pitched vocals that rolls around like a cross between Massive Attack and FKA Twigs. It’s only the beginning but… Read more »

Posted on February 22nd, 2017

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Gráinne Dee is a musician who played with Irish post-punk band Cap Pas Cap several years back. Today, she returns with news of a solo project as Hostess and an album A Simple Life, recorded with Stephen Shannon in Experimental audio out in Summer 2017 on After the Quake Records. ‘Valentine’ , despite arriving on… Read more »

Posted on February 14th, 2017

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Outsider is an Irish multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter from Galway who has found some immediate success with his debut song ‘Late Night Radio’, when it was featured on US TV showShadow Hunters last night. ‘Late Night Radio’ is a chugging Springsteen-esque rock song with guitar lines brandished like The Edge doing post-punk. Another song ‘Miol… Read more »

Posted on February 7th, 2017

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As introduced earlier in the month, St. Francis Hotel are a production duo from Ireland based in London. ‘Stay As You Are’ is a new track from the duo. Unlike the a soulful psychedelic groove of ‘You’d Gotta Be Alive’, ‘Stay As You Are’ revels in a suspended atmosphere of creepy synths, tense rhythm and… Read more »

Posted on January 31st, 2017

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Lorne is a brand new artist based in London whose debut single ‘Bread Alone’ offers more than many can muster for their first song. The pianist, singer and songwriter takes his name from the word ‘lorn’ and there is a suitable melancholy at play on this debut track, which is also inspired by the biblical… Read more »

Posted on January 31st, 2017

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Galway artist Laoise is set to build on her Nirvana cover and the release of the brooding slow-moving electro-pop ‘You’ with the release of her debut EP Halfway shortly. Til then, please enjoy a live version of ‘You’ recorded with her live band at South Studios and shot by Éamonn McManus. The song now has… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2017

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Hotly-tipped 22-year-old singer, producer and musician Maggie Rogers has dropped a third song from her debut EP Now That The Light Is Fading. ‘On + Off’ was first premiered last night as BBC Radio 1’s Hottest Record. After ‘Alaska’ and ‘Dog Years’, it suggests Rogers’ Pharrell-approved ascension will be fruitful, ‘On + Off’ is classy… Read more »

Posted on January 17th, 2017

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There’s an undeniable influence on Reuben James‘ impressive new track ‘What You Want’. The flow of Kendrick Lamar looms large in the voice of James, a young Dublin MC whose main claim to fame is that he came first in The Step Inn’s Step’s Got Talent competition and he has songs with Hare Squead’s Jessy… Read more »

Posted on January 4th, 2017

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The Dublin beatmaker Plant Food dropped a fine EP of Brainfeeder-style beats late last year, that suggests a talent yet to be fully explored. Meanwhile, Ganiyu TLG is an Athy, Kildare-based emcee and member of MASSAI313 hip-hop society whose music has moved between rap, grime, electronic and dance music, trying out different styles (more heard below)… Read more »

Posted on January 4th, 2017

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Bodies is a music project by David Anthony Mc Geown with an album called Drench on the way. The project’s brooding first song ‘Nightmoves’ for which you can see the Eddie Jackson-starring (Game Of Thrones) video below. I’m interested in the remix by Kobina (Check his Sentinel Island EP ) of ‘Nightmoves’, which lends the… Read more »

Posted on December 9th, 2016

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The music world moves fast. Thousands of songs are competing for your attention every day so it takes something special for a full-length album to not only get your attention in the first place but keep you coming back for more. I found 2016 to be one of the most testing and taxing times for… Read more »

Posted on December 8th, 2016

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St. Francis Hotel are a new Irish act/producers based in London who have released three songs thus far but have done enough to be noticed by the wider world via KCRW, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, BBC Six Music and Spotify. They previously featured here as producers of the song ‘Writer’s Block’ with Lixo… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2016

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Siights is a new duo formed by Toni Etherson and Mia Fitz, the former a chart songwriter from Scotland and the latter, a musician from Dublin who has played live with Hozier for the last two years. The pair decamped to LA recently to work on music together for other artists but and what they… Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2016

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