Neil O’Connor AKA Somadrone returns to with his sixth album Wellpark Avenue in November after his collaborative work on the soundtrack for the Irish horror film Without Name with Gavin O’Brien and Music For 18 Machines and last album Oracle. For the first single from the album, O’Connor is joined by Margie Lewis on ‘The… Read more »

Posted on September 14th, 2017

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Amy Rose Esdale AKA May Rosa is a new Belfast artist dealing in electronic pop tones who was living in London and performing in cabaret and fringe theatre shows last year. After enrolling in a production night class, Esdale moved home to Belfast to pursue the music and write with producer Ryan McGroarty. Her debut… Read more »

Posted on September 1st, 2017

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With a show coming up on Saturday at Electric Picnic this weekend, Rusangano Family dropped a new track out of the blue which extols the virtues of a good cup of tae. The track is a darker, grimier production than we’re used to from the Limerick / Clare group and references Skepta and DJ Mustard…. Read more »

Posted on August 31st, 2017

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Upcoming Irish singer, songwriter and producer Erica Cody impressed with her debut single ‘Addicted’ and was featured here a while back as a result. Now the song has a video made by Tim Hood that is as slick as the song. Cody is one of a few performers alongside Mango, Jess Kav and Jafaris performing… Read more »

Posted on August 30th, 2017

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With a sound that has been established as a bed of alternative live band R&B or “agrosoul”, BARQ are one of the most unique offerings in terms of new bands to arrive in the last two years. Newest song ‘Optimus Prime’ certainly picks up the chain of “agrosoul” to its logical frenetic sonic conclusion, coming… Read more »

Posted on August 29th, 2017

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Here we go. Two of my favourite Irish acts combine on this remix of Ships‘ ‘None Of It Real’, the most recent version of which featured on the Nialler9 highly-recommended debut album Precession. Kildare duo Mix & Fairbanks have been knocking it out of the park of late on the remix front and last week… Read more »

Posted on August 29th, 2017

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Aoibhín is a new 19-year-old musician and host of an Irish music show on Raidió na Life. For her newest track ‘My Choice’ addresses the struggle of the personal and was inspired by the Repeal the 8th campaign. In Aoibhín’s words: The song mainly reflects being shut out by society, and the main inspiration for… Read more »

Posted on August 23rd, 2017

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Soft Boy Records came on my radar via a mixtape of beats featuring label founders Kojaque and Kean Kavanagh along with Wastefellow, Brame. Brién and Matt Finnegan. Their latest release introduces a new Dublin-based artist Henry Earnest, who has operated under the name Dr. Duloc and with the banf Ro Gang. ‘Good Day’ is a… Read more »

Posted on August 22nd, 2017

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Welcome back And So I Watch You From Afar. The Belfast band will release their fifth album The Endless Shimmering on 20th October 2017 through Sargent House. ‘A Slow Unfolding Of Wings’ is the first taste of that material and on the surface it harks back to the band’s earlier work, with the band guitarists… Read more »

Posted on August 21st, 2017

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Known as a DJ and producer, Robbie Kitt is marking himself apart from his well-known brother David of late with original tracks and a great Afro Edit on Orange Tree. His newest release is on All City’s new sublabel Pear focusing on house music and you can hear two of these Kaleidoscopic house tunes on… Read more »

Posted on August 17th, 2017

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Music from I Am The Cosmos, the electronic project of Ross Turner and Cian Murphy is always welcome around these parts. ‘Making Me Wait’ is the lead track from the duo’s forthcoming EP Nothing But Love, their first since the one-off 12″ ‘Letting It Go’ last year. The EP is released on Sligo label Art… Read more »

Posted on August 17th, 2017

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Wyvern Lingo superb’s new song ‘I Love You Sadie’ which addresses male realness now has video. Following the Wicklow trio’s acoustic video, here’s the full music video directed, edited and animated by the very talented Louise Gaffney (also of Come On Live Long) and the very talented DOP Albert Hooi, who recently directed this great… Read more »

Posted on August 9th, 2017

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Peadar Kearney is the Kildare man behind the production moniker Phare and I’ve shared a number of his hypnotic dancefloor productions over the last year here including his recent 045 Recordings compilation track and his remix of Bantum. For the Higher EP, out next week on 045, Phare will release two originals and two remixes… Read more »

Posted on August 9th, 2017

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Following the news that he had signed to Domino and the sharing of a song about the giant Irishman Charles Byrne, Seamus Fogarty has revealed a second song from his album The Curious Hand out October 6th. ‘Carlow Town’ recounts a night spent sleeping in a church in Carlow with Fogarty’s most immediate production yet… Read more »

Posted on August 8th, 2017

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