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The music of Montreal via Calgary band Braids has often been characterised by skittering digital production, synthesizer sprawls and pastoral folktronic sounds. It was often pretty but difficult to feel any great affinity to – the kind of thing you’d enjoy in passing but rarely seek out for repeated listens. Third album Deep In The… Read more »

Posted on May 1st, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour. Part One Julio Bashmore  – Holding On (feat. Sam Dew) Future Islands  – The Chase Hot Chip  – Burning Up Towkio  – Reflection (prod. Kaytranada) Jungle  – The Heat (Creange Remix) Jape  –… Read more »

Posted on May 1st, 2015

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Towkio has dropped his free-download WAV. Theory mixtape which is a solid collection of electronic-infused rap with great guests like Chance The Rapper, Kaytranada, Vic Mensa and FKJ, some of which are childhood friends of his. Standouts include the club disco-inflected ‘Involved’, the Chance The Rapper uplifting closing track ‘Heaven Only Knows’ and the bumping… Read more »

Posted on April 30th, 2015

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Bridie Monds-Watson was asked by Rookie Magazine to cover St. Vincent which she did in her own inimitable way and they interviewed her about it and her music as part of it: So much of that song, and what Annie Clark has said about it, is about her disdain for internet culture and people broadcasting… Read more »

Posted on April 30th, 2015

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With a run of singles that include ‘Rhythm Of Auld’, ‘Kong’ and ‘Simple Love’, Julio Bashmore’s debut album Knockin’ Boots might be the dance album of the summer when it arrives on July 10th. More evidence presents itself in ‘Holding On’ a French-electro-inspired summer jam with Sam Dew on vocals. Hot damn. 1. Knockin Boots… Read more »

Posted on April 29th, 2015

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I had Torres pegged as a Nashville singer-songwriter when she first came around. Mackenzie Scott has returned with a rougher, tougher edge. The American decamped to Bridport in Dorset, England to record her second album and then to Portishead’s Adrian Utley’s studio and PJ Harvey associated Robert Ellis and Ian Olliver The PJ Harvey tie-in… Read more »

Posted on April 28th, 2015

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Celtronic, the Derry festival of electronic music, happens from Wednesday June 24th – Sunday June 28th

 this year and the lineup was revealed a few days ago. The lineup includes Mano Le Tough, Ripperton, Derrick May, Objekt, Move D, Henrik Schwarz, The Drifter, Fort Romeau, Clark, Recondite, Francesco, Tristano with more to be revealed at… Read more »

Posted on April 28th, 2015

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Skip to day: Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon  Ticket giveaways: Friday: Matthew Dear & Matt Tolfrey @ Opium Rooms (€10-€15, 11pm) Sunday: Jeff Mills @ Button Factory (€20-€25) How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your… Read more »

Posted on April 27th, 2015

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A rising talent on the Irish music scene, Kildare singer-songwriter Sinéad White will release her debut Finally on May 30th. Her melodic bright style is in full effect on the eminently pleasing ‘Better’, the first song from it, about giving yourself a chance in relationships. The simple guitar picked song is adorned with the lightest… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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