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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Solar Bears‘ John Kowalski has delivered his third annual Amour Mix of love songs. The 35 minute mix features music from Gene Clark, Broadcast, The Focus Group, Serge Gainsbourg, Beth Gibbons And Rustin Man among others. Tracklist The Focus Group – Let’s Listen Broadcast – Winter Now A.R. Luciani… Read more »

Posted on February 12th, 2016

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They might have a generic name and not much of a presence but the music of LA/Minneapolis R&B trio King, made up of twins Paris and Amber Strother and Anita Bias leaves a dreamy lasting impression. As it turns out their name has a meaning: “We named the group ‘KING’ because in a business where… Read more »

Posted on February 12th, 2016

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played on the most recent show. Listen: Part One | Part Two. Part One Holy Ghost! – Crime Cutz Jay Dee aka J Dilla – Nothing Like This Kelela – Rewind Bantum & Loah – Take it Daithí – Love… Read more »

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I’ve always been interested in the background players of the music industry. John Hammond, most recently the subject of the new Guinness Made Of More ad campaign, is one such somewhat under-appreciated influencer. As a producer, critic, A&R scout and label man, Hammond was instrumental in the establishment of careers of some serious music legends:… Read more »

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I’ve spent the entire week walking up to the sound of a web-downloaded compilation from 2007 or so called Donuts Originals featuring the original songs as sampled on J Dilla’s seminal Donuts album. There were tracks from Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye, Dionne Warwick, the Jackson 5, Isley Brothers and Raymond Scott. So I decided… Read more »

Posted on February 11th, 2016

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I first heard ‘Love On Top’ at Daithí’s incendiary Body&Soul Electric Picnic set last year. At that time, Dublin singer-songwriter Sinead White was known for a pleasant debut album of bright songs. Paired with Daithí’s electronic pop sensibilities though, White’s voice became a powerhouse on that day, in a dance music context. I’m delighted that… Read more »

Posted on February 11th, 2016

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Forbidden Fruit just revealed its first names for the festival in Royal Hospital Kilmainham on June Bank Holiday weekend June 3rd- 5th. It includes: Tame Impala, Underworld, Jungle, Flume, Groove Armada [DJ Set], Tale Of Us, Kiasmos, Âme [Live], Maya Jane Coles, Jackmaster, Tiga [Live], Battles, Bondax, George FitzGerald, HNNY, DJ Deece Nice. Weekend tickets… Read more »

Posted on February 9th, 2016

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The upcoming Women’s Work Festival in Belfast at the Oh Yeah Centre from March 4th – 8th will highlight, celebrate and showcase women in music, as well as facilitate discussion with industry and artists on the issues surrounding the debate. The festival has announced more details including that the keynote speaker will be music writer… Read more »

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Little Green Cars 2016

One of the supreme attractions to the music of Little Green Cars is the powerhouse voice of Faye O’Rourke. On the band’s debut album on songs ‘My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me’, ‘The Kitchen Floor’ and ‘Please’ O’Rourke brought a strong feminine vocal and a dramatic urgency to those songs… Read more »

Posted on February 9th, 2016

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