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DISCO. POP. One of the tunes of the year so far?

Ships, the Dublin duo Simon Cullen and Sorca McGrath, are one of my favourite new bands in the last couple of years. There aren’t many bands capable of turning a deep knowledge of music past into something as effective and fresh as Ships, whose electronic synth-pop, embraces classic disco and vintage electronic wholeheartedly but make… Read more »

Posted on March 19th, 2014

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The Galway musician continues his forays into house-pop.

Daithí’s last two singles were dance-pop arrows aimed at the charts. Versed in house, pop, trad and electronic, Daithí’s music is edging ever closer to a more accepted form of UK pop. On ‘Have To Go’, with impressive vocal collaborations from soul singer Jesse Boykins III, that pitch is more obvious than before, mainly due… Read more »

Posted on March 19th, 2014

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Plus FKA Twigs, Kaytranada and Jungle get their first Irish gigs.

Electric Picnic has announced their first names for 2014 and it is impressive. Hitting Stradbally this year from Friday 29th – Sunday 31st August 2014 is Outkast! for starters plus: Portishead, Outkast, Beck, Foals, Pet Shop Boys, Paolo Nutini, Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers, Lily Allen, St. Vincent, Simple Minds, London Grammar, Metronomy, Slowdive, Laura Mvula,… Read more »

Posted on March 19th, 2014

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Presenting a non-definitive overview of Irish music in the last five years

What song best represents Modern Ireland to you? What current singer/musician has a strong Irish identity you’d like to share with the globe? If you were sending a song out to the rest of the world and saying – “Listen to this not only is it Irish but it is awesome,” what would one track… Read more »

Posted on March 14th, 2014

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Plus, a report from her first festival show at SXSW last night.

Last night was the first official night of SXSW Music and Capitol subsidiary Harvest Records put on an impressive night of their artist roster including Young & Sick, Arthur Beatrice, Glass Animals and The Preatures. Most of the crowd present were there for Jillian Banks’ and her brooding atmospheric R&B. Her set was damn impressive…. Read more »

Posted on March 12th, 2014

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What song best represents modern Ireland to you?

I was recently asked some questions for an US site around their Irish St. Patrick’s Day coverage and it includes a request for some suggestions for an Irish Paddy’s Day playlist, which got me thinking about the idea of a St. Patrick’s Day playlist for this site too. I want to do a playlist this… Read more »

Posted on March 11th, 2014

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Highlights: Paddy's Weekend, R.S.A.G., Greenhouse, Metronomy, Gregory Porter, Moodymann, Ben Sims, Trailblaze

If you’re looking for tickets to sold out Dublin gigs try #ticketfairy on Twitter. Skip to day: Tues | Wed | Thurs | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon Tuesday March 11th Beyoncé @ The O2 (€82-€100 with fees) [Pop] The Mrs. Carter World Tour. She might be Queen Bee but those tickets are expensive. … Read more »

Posted on March 11th, 2014

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Tom Krell continues his quest to inject old-school R&B tones with new forms.

“This song for me is about love, trust, commitment… and what happens to these things and, like, what happens to really real love when sentimentality is so co-opted and ruined. What remains of true love in this world of simulations?” Beautiful brittle new R&B electronic track from How to Dress Well who sounds like he’s… Read more »

Posted on March 8th, 2014

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It's always good to hear a new Soulwax remix.

Metronomy’s Love Letters was one of the better albums to come out last Friday. The band’s fourth album displays their trademark deft touch in making sparse melancholic pop that is completely out on its own. The two pre-released songs, ‘Aquarius’ and ‘Love Letters’, are probably more the most upbeat tracks on a lithe and at… Read more »

Posted on March 8th, 2014

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