Chance The Rapper performs ‘Juke Jam’ from Coloring Book, a specially-written poem and a Stevie Wonder ‘They Won’t Go When I Go’ on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert. Chance The Rapper knew he wanted to try a different approach for his Tiny Desk performance, so he decided to do something he said he hadn’t done in… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Upcoming Irish rapper JyellowL just dropped ‘Cold In The Summer’, a seven minute track detailing the issues that effect him as a young man of Nigerian / Jamaican heritage growing up in Ireland. “The title is a euphemism for racism, black oppression, police brutality and death”, he says. “It is an artistic reminder that racism… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Here’s a more in-depth look at 20 of my 75 already-revealed songs of 2017 so far. Get them in a playlist here. 20. Maggie Rogers – ‘On + Off’ It’s a testament to Maggie Rogers’ songwriting that I considered three of the four songs from her debut EP for this. ‘On + Off’ is the… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Diolmhain Ingram Roche is the young artist behind Wastefellow, a experimental electronic project that has graced these pages in the past. ou can catch his live show this Friday at RHA’s Hennessy Lost Friday Summer Instalment alongside Ships, DJ Hula Hoops and much more. – WIN TICKETS here. Here, he shared his current favourite tracks… Read more »

Posted on July 4th, 2017

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If you’re flying Aer Lingus in July look out for my profiles piece in the Cara in-flight magazine on six new Irish music acts doing the business and likely to continue doing so on planes all month. Featured are profiles of Loah, Rusangano Family, David Keenan, Áine Cahill, Le Boom and Saint Sister. The photos… Read more »

Posted on July 4th, 2017

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Last week, Wyvern Lingo dropped their new single ‘I Love You, Sadie’, a song 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”. Check out a lovely acoustic version of the song performed in the Hellfire Studios in the… Read more »

Posted on July 4th, 2017

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Little One are a new band formed in Dublin calling themselves a “post/indie” group. The band’s MO is atmospheric guitar pop with collaborations at the core of their output with Catherine Smyth (Vernon Jane & Farrah Elle) among the singers. Last week, they played Glastonbury so they may well be a band on the up…. Read more »

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

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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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So we reach the halfway mark of the year and I present to you a list of my 25 most-played and enjoyed records of the year so far. Songs to follow. 25. Sir Was – Digging A Tunnel This debut album from the Swedish musician Joel Wästberg reminds me of Caribou, Bibio and Paul White…. Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 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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Well, well. Arcade Fire are really kicking against the narrative that seems arena rock bands lose their appeal, charm and buzz. So far, the singles from Everything Now have been pretty glorious. We’ve had the Abba-inspired ‘Everything Now’ that started a dance party last week at Body & Soul, the electro-grabbing ‘Creature Comfort’ and now,… Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2017

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St. Vincent’s new single is appearing on streaming services as the world turns to midnight on release day and it’s Europe’s turn. ‘New York’ is Annie Clark’s first song from her forthcoming album and last week she announced a European tour with a Dublin date on sale this morning.. ‘New York’ is a piano-ballad that… 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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1000 Beasts is a new project by Cian Sweeney, who is a freelance musician, pianist and producer who has recently worked with Jenny Greene & The RTE Concert Orchestra and Phil Coulter. 1000 Beasts is less a classical project and more of an intriguing electro-pop one with the idea being that each song in the… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 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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