Haelos have been slowly insinuating themselves into the heads of music fans with their singular atmospheric harmonic indie. The London band released a super EP earlier this year that features ‘Earth Not Above’ which was followed by ‘Dust’. Both are quality songs. Haelos are releasing an album next year on Matador so in the meantime,… Read more »

Posted on October 29th, 2015

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West of Ireland electro/pop fiddle and button pusher Daithí has been finding his own groove of late with shows at Electric Picnic among the best that he’s played in his career. As a fiddle player, it’s no surprise that Daithí takes inspiration from the past, but his new track ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’ has a personal… Read more »

Posted on October 21st, 2015

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Katie Laffan has been making music for a few years now and received some attention through Hot Press’ Big Break competition two years ago. Now, at age 19, the Dubliner Laffan has just released her debut EP called Dead As Disco. And while these days, disco feels quite alive in various ways, Laffan’s title suggests… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2015

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The Bray trio of Caoimhe Barry, Saoirse Duane and Karen Cowley aka Wyvern Lingo have been itching to get some new music out into the world, so much so that we gave you a live version of ‘The Worst Light’ back in June. In the meantime, the band have been playing with the Hoze and… Read more »

Posted on September 23rd, 2015

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Madonna’s ‘Into the Groove’ begins with the pop star flaunting her moves in her bedroom, wishing and hoping she can find someone else to dance with outside that sanctuary. Belfast-based duo New Portals explore a similar theme with their new song ‘Groove Boy’ so much so that the lyric intentionally or unintentionally echoes Madonna’s line… Read more »

Posted on September 14th, 2015

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Maud in Cahoots‘ music has been growing in stature over the last year or two, buoyed by an increase in artistic ambition that saw them perform their music in conceptual stage show as part of the Fringe Festival. Their style, an orchestral chamber-pop take on a Scandinavian-style pop music, has also grown more refined as… Read more »

Posted on September 14th, 2015

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Los Angeles’ Transviolet have followed up the excellent ‘Girls Your Age’ with ‘Bloodstream’, a more-direct desire hit of pop melodies and electronic beat ambiance. The band had this to say of the track: “Being in love is knowing someone could completely destroy you. It’s a reckless vulnerability.” US Tour Dates (with Mikky Ekko)  Thurs… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2015

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The Belfast duo New Portals, appeared on my radar, as Northern Irish bands often do, through BBC NI’s Across The Line‘s New Tune Disco, which I contribute to about once a month (this week’s New Tune Disco is here). New Portals are a new project from  Michael and Ruth Aicken who make folk/pop music as… Read more »

Posted on July 30th, 2015

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Cork’s Brian Deady has proved himself to be a fine vocalist, and one with variety as recently demonstrated by his a capella doo-wop covers and his original soulful music. For his newest track ‘A Darkness’, there’s a change afoot. Deady is delving deeper, and coming up with the heartfelt goods. Check out the track which… Read more »

Posted on July 27th, 2015

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A new artist on the rise in the UK, Starling has debuted with a beautiful slow-moving ballad called ‘Take It Down’, a song which brandishes comparisons to Goldfrapp and Birdy in its style. Starling is signed to Communion Music, home to Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bear’s Den, Tennis and Matthew and the Atlas. She’ll play… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

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That ‘Waterfall’ is ice cool is no surprise. Vök, the three piece band who made the song are from Hafnarfjörður in Iceland, and are surrounded by the stuff. Their band name literally means ‘hole in the ice’. The synths on ‘Waterfall’ sound like the fjords moving in the darkness, the landscape breathing in our absence,… Read more »

Posted on July 15th, 2015

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A criticism I levelled at Jack Garratt’s show at The Great Escape, was one of showboating. The bearded musician was an able multi-tasker playing synth, drums, guitar and singing nearly all at once, which gave his music a scattered and skittery feel. There are no such problems with Garratt’s new single ‘Weathered’, which wisely sticks… Read more »

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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Lianne La Havas has followed up the swirling single ‘Unstoppable’ with another fine track that suggests her forthcoming album Blood will be one to behold. ‘What You Don’t Do’ moves with a near-Motown soul swing. The song was produced by Aqualung’s Matt Hales, as was her debut. The video is by Leila & Damien de… Read more »

Posted on June 23rd, 2015

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I remained largely immune to the music of Shura, the BBC Sound of 2015 shortlisted artist. I had sort of dismissed her music as lacking and more about industry hype – her songs thus far fit into the trend for gossamer beautifully-sounding R&B but didn’t catch. ‘White Light’ shatters that perception for me. It’s a… Read more »

Posted on June 11th, 2015

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Rudi Zygadlo was one of the producers I encountered at the Red Bull Music Academy in 2013 on my visit there. Even then, Rudi had already released music with Planet Mu and was making a name for himself as a leftfield experimental producer. ‘Symphathies Scrapbook’, the Scottish producer’s first single, since releasing with Mad Decent,… Read more »

Posted on June 11th, 2015

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