Simon Cullen's slow motion disco project goes deep into the source on debut album Drift.
Ireland’s electronic scene has been enriched of late by artists and musicians exploring the fringes and crevasses of dance subgenres. I Am The Cosmos‘ debut album Monochrome explored moody analogue Italo-style synth-pop, Solar Bears reach for the cinematic stars, Frank B plays with house with soulful vocals, New Jackson gravitated towards vocodered percussive electronica while… Read more »
Posted on October 24th, 2013
Track-by-track impressions of the band's fourth album touches on classic rock influences.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to hear the fourth Arcade Fire album Reflektor in full. What we knew in advance: It’s a double album at 75 minutes long produced by James Murphy, Marcus Dravs and the band with additional recording done in Jamaica with Dravs. The band have been playing with Haitian congo players in… Read more »
Posted on October 20th, 2013
12 bands never featured on this site get a look-in before their set this weekend.
So Hard Working Class Heroes is happening from Thursday to Saturday and 100 Irish bands are playing live in seven different venues at night and some other shops, cafés and restaurants during the day to local music enthusiasts and an international audience of industry people. As a reader of this site, you’ll already know lots… Read more »
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Posted on October 2nd, 2013
John Kowalski shared some of the songs that has been inspiring him and the band's output lately.
Back in April, Solar Bears released their superb second album Supermigration. Since then, Rian Trench and John Kowalski have been touring around Europe with their live band and hatching plans for the future. On Friday October 4th, the band will play a rare Irish date in Whelan’s with support duties handed to Sunken Foal with… Read more »
Posted on September 25th, 2013
A national guide to the free events of note on the 21st.
The annual Culture Night where buildings, museums, galleries and more open their doors to the public for the night is happening this Friday night. Here’s a roundup of all the recommended musical events happening. Free unless stated otherwise. More to be added throughout the week. Full programme plus iPhone / Android apps.
Posted on September 17th, 2013
The Picnic's 10th year in Stradbally as told in animated GIF form.
Last year, Mark Duggan and I did artists portraits at Electric Picnic but this year we wanted to do something more involved in the festival and something a bit different so, here is our series of Animated GIFs of Electric Picnic 2013. Featuring The Knife, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Le Galaxie, Savages, MO, Blondes,… Read more »
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Posted on September 4th, 2013
22 tracks from Electric Picnic artists in just over an hour.
As has become tradition over the years, I usually put together a mixtape of artists heading towards Stradbally for Electric Picnic. This year is a little different. I’ve been DJing a lot lately so I thought the Electric Picnic mixtape would be a good opportunity to do a DJ mix for the occasion. 22 tracks… Read more »
Posted on August 22nd, 2013
Vito picks his favourite Italo-disco track, remix of the moment, his first vinyl purchase and more.
Vito De Luca aka Aeroplane, has been one of the most in-demand DJs at festivals for quite a while now. The Italian/Belgian’s nu disco chops are well established and hasn’t let up since The Magician left the Aeroplane name a few years ago after the release of their debut We Can’t Fly. Vito released In-Flight… Read more »
Posted on August 1st, 2013
The top 25 albums of my year so far along with my 10 favourite Irish records of the year.
I’m off on holidays for the next ten days. Here’s my parting gift, the top 25 albums of my year so far along with my 10 favourite Irish records of the year. A snapshot of where I’m at right now. Back on July 8th.
Posted on June 26th, 2013