​Matt O’Baoill and Max Zanga are Tebi Rex an alt hip-hop duo from Maynooth, Kildare whose styles take in pop, acoustic and dance as part of its sound. is the lead single of the Ducks-To-Position EP which was released on Bandcamp on Sunday. Tebi Rex are part of the Word Up Collective, a new hip-hop… Read more »

Posted on August 9th, 2016

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The second song from Banks’ forthcoming album The Altar (September 30th), ‘Gemini Feed’ is a cross between ’90s-era R&B (Brandy and Monica’s ‘The Boy Is Mine’ has the same marimba style) and the heady synth style that producer Sohn brings to the table. First single ‘Fuck With Myself’ was a little close to FKA Twigs… Read more »

Posted on August 3rd, 2016

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Cotswold brother and sister Rob and Katy Pearson, Ardyn, appeared earlier late in 2015 with a nice debut EP of smart indie pop music. Then came ‘Over The River’, a song which shared some parallels with London Grammar in tone. Now, the Pearsons have a new four-track EP out called The Valley, which features production… Read more »

Posted on July 28th, 2016

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Skott is a new artist out of Scandinavia (who apparently “grew up in a remote small town forest commune run by ‘outcast’ folk musicians”) whose debut single ‘Porcelain’ was featured as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World and was approved by Lorde. Grand job. Her second single, ‘Wolf’ is a finger-clicking-assisted composition of bright… Read more »

Posted on July 27th, 2016

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Having recently released a reworked collection, VCR & Chill of their electro-pop project New Portals’ songs on an EP in the style of the alt-folk pop band The Jepettos, Ruth and Mike Aicken are back focusing on New Portals‘ music. The Belfast couple continue their run of fine electronic pop with ‘Cage’, a song influenced… Read more »

Posted on July 25th, 2016

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Hvmmingbyrd are a Dublin band that recently reappeared as a duo and a new sound with the atmospheric alt-pop song ‘Out Of My Head’. Suzette Das & Deborah Byrne’s new song pushes them further down that new road with a beautifully-executed song which was produced by the band and Aisling Jarvis. It will feature on… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2016

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You’ve all seen Game Of Thrones the ’90s version but what about music? Am I right guys? Canadian based composer and arranger Jerry Shen aka Tronicbox did something amazing with Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ and ‘Love Yourself?’ and turned them into authentically eighties pop hits complete with dripping chords, lo-fi synths and brass… Read more »

Posted on June 17th, 2016

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After waiting so long for new music from The Avalanches, coming back with ‘Frankie Sinatra’ didn’t fill me with much hope. Lacking charm, nuance and substance, the hook-filled sample was enough to lock on to you while Doom and Danny Brown did a fine job with a novelty-sounding beat. In the Zane Lowe interview that… Read more »

Posted on June 16th, 2016

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Anyone interested in new music in Ireland will have been keeping an eye on Hare Squead. It was October 2014 at Hard Working Class Heroes when I first saw Tony Konstone, Jessy Rose and E-Knock play live and their R&B-swerved into electronic pop / rap style was something that has not really existed in Ireland… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2016

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Shura makes the kind of pop that I can get behind, it’s fun, melodic, it’s got an energy rush and it sounds like its throwback palette is drawn from the eighties. Even the album artwork recalls the carefree swing of that Aha video. Last year’s ‘White Light’ was one of my favourite tunes of 2015…. Read more »

Posted on May 25th, 2016

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Despite all its problems with trying to keep users and labels happy at the same time, Soundcloud is still very good at recommending tracks to me once the track I’m listening to ends. ‘Faultless’ is one of those songs. I know I shouldn’t compare a female artist to Kate Bush as it feels lazy but… Read more »

Posted on May 19th, 2016

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The London-based Cork artist Lyra debut with an impressively polished ambient pop song called ‘Rabbit In The Headlights’ last month that simultaneously recalled Kate Bush, Enya, FKA Twigs and Swedish pop. Last night, Lyra played her debut gig at Communion Music’s night in London and she dropped ‘Emerald’, her second track just before it. That song was largely… Read more »

Posted on May 17th, 2016

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Metronomy are back. It’s hard to believe that Love Letters was released in 2013, such was the constant rotation the album has had on playlists, radio and elsewhere. For their fifth album, Summer 08, out on July 1st on Because Music, Joe Mount took two weeks in Black Box Studios in France on his own… Read more »

Posted on May 12th, 2016

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Well. It was so long ago now that I had forgotten the news but back in 2014, James Vincent McMorrow revealed he had collaborated with Duke Dumont, Tourist and Kygo. Kygo is perhaps the most prominent exponent of tropical house / EDM. Some of the music that made him famous is absolutely offensive in its… Read more »

Posted on April 23rd, 2016

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s newest album Emotion was a  hit with more independent-driven music sites when it came out last year. ‘Run Away With Me’ was one of those songs that brought new audiences through its M83 ‘Midnight City’-style sax dynamics. The album executive produced by Scooter Braun, Bieber’s manager, who has recently been steering the unknown at home young… Read more »

Posted on April 21st, 2016

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