!!! (the world’s only Google-proof band name actually pronounced as Chk Chk Chk) are real outliers of American independent music. They never really fit into any real scene, they were associated with the rise of New York music at the peak of DFA and LCD Soundsystem but they’re from California and their members live all over… Read more »

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

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West of Ireland electro/pop fiddle and button pusher Daithí has been finding his own groove of late with shows at Electric Picnic among the best that he’s played in his career. As a fiddle player, it’s no surprise that Daithí takes inspiration from the past, but his new track ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’ has a personal… Read more »

Posted on October 21st, 2015

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Hivern Discs are releasing a 7″ of edits, one each from Roman Flügel & John Talabot, the former is a squelching lo-fi 80s electronic edit of ‘Divine’s ‘Alphabet Rap’ while the latter is a dusty country-disco track by Master. Sounds good. And they’re only 2 euro each. Only problem is to get the 7″ you… Read more »

Posted on October 8th, 2015

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Stephen Zhu burst into the new music consciousness with his big electronic track ‘Faded’ last year, a song that has over 63 million plays on Spotify as of today. That song had a dark-edged gild to it pulsating glide to it while this new collaboration with AlunaGeorge has a similar glowing atmosphere that is trailed… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2015

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London-based producer and songwriter Harrison Cargill has come up with a doozy for a debut track as Kodiak Blue. ‘Zapusk’ is a spacious club track with percussive veins and undulating bassline which has some nods to the Caribou sound that is so effective. It’s from an EP called Sputnik, out in October, featuring six songs… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2015

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Bicep’s recent siren-synth stomper ‘Just’ found its way into the record bag (or laptop) of the world’s most influential DJs and the hearts of many including me. Here, the Belfast duo flex their muscles with their friend Hammer (Rory Hamilton) on eight minutes of lush piano-house that keeps the groove and hype building. The song… Read more »

Posted on August 19th, 2015

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Maeve is a record label with a global reach but with a thoroughly Irish background. The Berlin-based enterprise is the work of Mano Le Tough, Baikal and The Drifter who are touching down with the majority of the label’s hometown this Saturday for an all-day party in District 8 with RBMA. The showcase will feature… Read more »

Posted on August 5th, 2015

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Chicago rapper Tink has been on the cusp of something bigger for a while now after collaborations with Future Brown and Kelela among others. The 19 year-old might have just pushed over the edge with her newest collaboration with UK producer Tazer. ‘Wet Dollars’ has a similar club-hopping jump attitude to the best material from… Read more »

Posted on July 20th, 2015

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The crossover between the underground and the mainstream is something which has happened in the UK frequently with the likes of Skepta, Miss Dynamite and Dizzee Rascal being examples of those who have done it. In Ireland, with a smaller scene and less of an interest, that was never really a possibility but the new reality of… Read more »

Posted on July 14th, 2015

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