2017 was my third visit to Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival and my first since 2011. What has changed in that time is an increase of punters (around 35,000 each night) but also an expanded festival site at Parc del Forum. That meant more room for dance music and more room for the larger stages. And… Read more »

Posted on June 7th, 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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Returning to Stradbally for Electric Picnic every year on the cusp of the seasons is like returning to your hometown at this point. Most things are in the place you expect, others have had a lick of paint and there are new attractions to check out, some gaudy and some just right. Electric Picnic 2016… Read more »

Posted on September 6th, 2016

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Something Brian Eno said recently about the importance of limitations has stuck with me over the last few years. When it comes to the possibilities of music making with digital tools, there are endless iterations of what can occur, which can be a problem. Just because you can produce any type of sound it doesn’t… Read more »

Posted on February 19th, 2015

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For most of his creative endeavours as Jape, Richie Egan has been juxtaposing traditional guitar-based songwriting with electronic synth textures. It’s evident in his first big single ‘Floating’ in 2007, which found a complementary version courtesy of a Prins Thomas remix right up to 2011’s Ocean Of Frequency, where the marriage of both sides of… Read more »

Posted on January 22nd, 2015

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Right, your band have won a Mercury, you book a big arena tour (they play O3 Arena in Dublin on Saturday), you have a sanctioned Miley Cyrus sample in the bag. What do you do next? Use the first album as a formula? Collaborate with Iggy Azalea? Get 2Chainz on a guest verse? No, you strip… Read more »

Posted on September 25th, 2014

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The Dublin-based band Sleep Thieves are a very different proposition from the one that appeared three years ago, so much so that their debut album Heart Waves seems, from cursory searches to have been erased from many of the online stores that once carried it, either by choice or by expiration. Sleep Thieves in 2014… Read more »

Posted on August 6th, 2014

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The LA label Stones Throw has held a high watermark in the quality of its musical output in the world of hip-hop, and in its latter years, beyond the fringes of rap, into punk, electronica, outsider music and jazz. It has been consistently referenced into the fabric of posts on this site, since I started…. Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

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Jon Dark and Julie Chance’s music as Kool Thing to date, has shapeshifted in forms between a range of touchstones: elements of ’80s electronic, ’90s indie, brooding cold electronica and everything in-between. Constant throughout has been the presence of both members’ chanting double vocals; distinctive and hypnotic. The Berlin-based band’s self-titled debut album solidifies the… Read more »

Posted on March 7th, 2013

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When The Cast Of Cheers uploaded their debut album Chariot for free up on Bandcamp in 2010, it was an action that many bands and artists have done before and since without little fanfare. That simple action got them noticed by many, blogs including this one were amongst the first. My post on the album… Read more »

Posted on June 22nd, 2012

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Around 1998, when my music tastes were turning towards the wider world, electronic music was captivating my consciousness. When you’re a 16 year old, your music collection is about as subtle as a Thunderdome compilation but interesting stuff was creeping in: Squarepusher, Boards Of Canada, Aphex Twin, LFO, anything on Warp basically and Rephlex Records…. Read more »

Posted on June 20th, 2012

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It can be very hard to separate the subjective from the objective when it comes to live experiences. Some gigs are great because you feel a connection to the artist playing or the songs performed. Some gigs are great because of atmosphere and occasion. An objective reading on Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch The Throne show… Read more »

Posted on June 11th, 2012

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Italians Do It Better were one of the first record labels to make a significant name for themselves through music blogs in the early days of the format circa 2007 and 2008. The label’s well-maintained blogspot, which is still in effect, became essential reading for bloggers who were interested in obscure heritage and rarely-heard artefacts… Read more »

Posted on May 11th, 2012

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