Limerick-born and Cork-based, Elaine Malone has spent the better part of the last two years tirelessly plying her psych/folk-laden trade around the city’s venues, becoming something of a fixture on gig billings around the city. This weekend, she’s the opening act of this year’s Quarter Block Party festival, and to mark the occasion, has released… Read more »

Posted on February 1st, 2018

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists. 1. Johnny Climax – Mood Dublin-based artist Jonny Climax takes influences from traditional and contemporary hip-hop and R’n’B. This track sounds like a class hip-hop anthem, one that triggers powerful nostalgic ’90s vibes. 2. O Emperor- Make It… Read more »

Posted on February 1st, 2018

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Limerick’s post-punk four-piece Slow Riot’s new double A-side ‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’ is out tomorrow February 2nd via Straight Lines Are Fine. ‘Burn in the City’ is a catchy hypnotic journey with a sentimental tone and droning melody. The artwork in the video is by Darragh Dempsey, inspired by Francis Bacon’s ‘Study after Velazquez’s Portrait… Read more »

Posted on February 1st, 2018

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Ballymena artist Lilla Vargen (the name means Little Wolf in Swedish) really came into her own last year with the songs ‘Hold On’ and a cover of Majical Cloudz’ ‘Downtown’. For her first song of 2018, ‘Believe Me’ addresses a messed-up relationship that happened at the wrong time in her life but had a lasting… Read more »

Posted on January 30th, 2018

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Orange Tree Edits has released the fourth instalment in the Dublin label’s edit series and the two tracks on this one come from label boss Jimmy Rouge. ‘Dorian’ is a slight departure from the Afro edit sound that the series has embraced with a more exotic, possibly Asian disco flavour at play. ‘Clock’ meanwhile, is… Read more »

Posted on January 29th, 2018

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At the Shane McGowan 60th Birthday concert at the Nationaal Concert Hall this month, amidst a bewildering conveyor belt of high-profile artists who came out to sing, one of the highlights were Dublin folk-tradsters Lankum who did an acapella version of The Pogues’ ‘The Old Main Drag’. The band have now recorded a video with… Read more »

Posted on January 26th, 2018

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Kojaque’s ‘WifiCode’ marked an artist who was growing increasingly comfortable being a publicly visible artist after a few years of hiding in the Youtube and Soundcloud shadows. It was also his most direct tune. For his latest project on affiliated label Soft Boy Records, Deli Daydreams, Kojaque takes it back to the laid-back sound of… Read more »

Posted on January 26th, 2018

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Cork singer-songwriter Brian Deady has released a series of great singles drawing from Americana, gospel, blues and soul with tracks like ‘Say When’ and his album Non-Fiction. ‘Eloise’ is another marquee stomper from the man who has been growing into his own role with confidence. “Eloise is about following your heart, about pursuing your dreams… Read more »

Posted on January 26th, 2018

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Kildare-based alternative hip-hop duo Tebi Rex‘s new track tells the story of the band so far and the ‘best and worst year of their lives’, following the success of previous tracks such as ‘She Hated Love Songs II’. Their EP, Welcome To The Darkest Year Of Our Adventures will be released on Saturday, January 28th…. Read more »

Posted on January 25th, 2018

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Dublin-based four-piece Pillow Queens’, one of Nialler9’s artists to love in 2018, new EP State Of The State will be out on 16th March on Specialist Subject Records. The first release ‘Favourite’ is a thrilling introduction to the EP, with distinct lead vocals that are enhanced with harmonies and embedded with catchy guitar riffs, amounting… Read more »

Posted on January 25th, 2018

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists. 1. Majia Sofia – Flowers Galway singer-songwriter Majia Sofia’s new track bears a more joyous and poppy tone to her previous releases, despite dealing with issues such as trauma and violence. This is also the first track that… Read more »

Posted on January 25th, 2018

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After being announced this week for It Takes A Village festival, Ghostking Is Dead, a project led by Corkonian musical polymath Matthew Corrigan, has dropped its latest extended-player, Sweet Boy, led by dry-humoured, reverb-laden pop highlight ‘Cast Iron’, streaming as part of the EP below. The release treads new ground for Corrigan, after doing the… Read more »

Posted on January 25th, 2018

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It’s a cold Wednesday evening in early January, a quiet time typically reserved for staying in and weathering the January blues, But outside The Sugar Club on Dublin’s Leeson Street, there’s a palpable sense of early year excitement as a throng of people that snakes around to St. Stephen’s Green waiting for the venue’s door… Read more »

Posted on January 24th, 2018

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Come On Live Long singer Robert John Ardiff has released his debut album Between The Bed and Room. It was recorded in various locations including the boxroom of his own house, the Cultural Centre Irlandais in Paris and in Little Gem recording studio with Andy Walsh. Mixing on the record was done by Ken McCabe…. Read more »

Posted on January 23rd, 2018

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Paddy Hanna has shared new track ‘Toulouse The Kisser’ from his album Frankly, I Mutate which will be released on March 2nd. The track stays true to the unique Paddy Hanna sound on previous releases such as ‘Bad Boys’ and ‘Mario Lanza’, upbeat and joyous packed with strings and playful lyrics. “It’s a travelogue of… Read more »

Posted on January 18th, 2018

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