There was a lot of snorts and retorts from the old guard in dance music noticed names like Ross From Friends, DJ Seinfeld and DJ Boring appeared on the scene with a sound that was co-opted and coagulated as “lo-fi house”. Essentially, house music roughed up and anything but pristine and clean, the sound was… Read more »

Posted on November 3rd, 2017

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Sorca McGrath and Simon Cullen have been making music as Ships for the last five years. As both a creative duo and real-life partners, they have imbued their synth-disco music with genuine exploration of human feeling. The ‘Ships’ in the title also represents some suffixes using the title – ‘relationships’, ‘friendships’, ‘scholarships’. There’s connection at… Read more »

Posted on April 28th, 2017

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Migration, the sixth album from Simon Green AKA Bonobo reaches new heights in his already distinguished discography by being his best record yet. Building on 2013’s The North Borders and live shows which saw a cast of 12 musicians bringing his downbeat and ambient electronica to life, Migration manages to conjur up a nomadic sense… Read more »

Posted on January 19th, 2017

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How you feel about the xx’s third album depends on what attracts you to their music. Is it the minimal space they afforded much of the music they made on their first two records? Is it the awkward teenager vocal bond between Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim? Is it the minimal and considered spatial… Read more »

Posted on January 12th, 2017

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El-P and Killer Mike’s partnership continues at full clip with the release of their third album. When they first joined together as producer and rapper on Killer Mike’s RAP Music album and the subsequent RTJ mixtape, the thrill and novelty of two very different rappers from two different sides of the U.S. was a big… Read more »

Posted on January 5th, 2017

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It’s been a clusterfuck of a week by any standards, even a year which has given us so much terrible news in music alone. 2016 continued dumping on our spirits this week with a Trump presidency in the US and the death of Leonard Cohen this morning. A respite is needed. With all the turmoil… Read more »

Posted on November 11th, 2016

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Four years on to the month, Cork producer Ruairi Lynch, Bantum, follows up his debut album Legion with a 7-track mini-album called Move. The catalyst for the album’s formation, ‘Take It’, featuring impressive vocals of Dublin / Sierra Leonean Sallay-Matu Garnett AKA Loah also serves as the blueprint for guest vocalists. Bantum’s production is more… Read more »

Posted on October 21st, 2016

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Solange Knowles’ new album A Seat At The Table, which was surprise released at the end of September arrived at a bitter time in the U.S. where race relations are at boiling point. Where in the election to lead the country, hate, misogyny and racism are spouted all too frequently (and accepted and tolerated). Where… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2016

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After its neverending goal post shifting release date since Frank Ocean first announced the retitled Boys Don’t Cry in April 2015, the hype and expectation had reached fever pitch more than once. Deadlines passed. No music came. The expectation was for songs that would resonant to the same level as ‘Thinking About You’, ‘Swim Good’… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2016

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Summer weather can’t be relied on, one day it can be scorching, one day torrential. I’m a big believer in surrounding yourself with things to encourage your mood and music to soundtrack the season. Just because the weather isn’t playing ball doesn’t mean your tunes can’t lift you. Which is where Marius Lauber’s escapist debut… Read more »

Posted on August 19th, 2016

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A Chicago band formed by guitarist Max Kakacek (ex-Smith Westerns) and singing drummer Julien Ehrlich (ex-Unknown Mortal Orchestra), Whitney’s debut has all the hallmarks of a classic Americana rock’n’roll record – The Band, Neil Young, Steely Dan. At a zippy 30 minutes, this debut album is full of pastoral rock music that harks back to… Read more »

Posted on June 10th, 2016

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Five more years. That was the time period that Radiohead needed to step out of their own shadows. The weight of expectation and interest in the band’s music since 1997’s OK Computer has never dissipated. The run of great albums that went OK Computer, Kid A, Amnesiac, Hail To The Thief and In Rainbows that… Read more »

Posted on May 11th, 2016

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MynameisjOhn, MuRli and God Knows first appeared in 2014 with an album called Rusangano / Family , an LP title that laid out where the collective exist and where they’ve come from: Ireland, Zimbabwe and Togo; Clare and Limerick. The title is the same word in two languages. It suggests two heritages, different cultures united… Read more »

Posted on April 8th, 2016

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This weekend, and part of the next week, The Gloaming will take up a sold out five-night residency in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. Arriving just in time for those performances, is album number two from an international band with an Irish heart, a trad band with a contemporary worldview. Together, fiddlers Martin Hayes… Read more »

Posted on February 24th, 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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