Donal Dineen and Myles O’Reilly’s This Ain’t No Disco online music show has returned for a third episode and the 50 minute show features Brigid Mae Power, Rusangano Family, Lankum, Peter Broderick, Lisa O’Neill & RSAG. Peat and Lisa O’Neill duet on Irish traditional singer Margaret Barry’s song Factory Girl. Press play up top. First… Read more »

Posted on July 31st, 2017

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Last October, former Halfset members Stephen Shannon and Cillian McDonnell returned to music under the name Mount Alaska. The duo have a long-standing friendship (having met each other the week McDonnell moved to Dublin in 1994) and Mount Alaska allows the pair to indulge in a fully electronic recording process using analogue synths and equipment…. Read more »

Posted on July 31st, 2017

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The Dublin-based musician and producer Djamel Medjy aka neonfrench, has appeared with a full album called half-caste of electronic explorations. With a background in mixing and production, Medjy spent some time in Berlin dealing with depression and bipolar disorder. His music is a release to him (along with running and martial arts) and back in… Read more »

Posted on July 28th, 2017

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Sleep Thieves returned with the noir soiree track ‘Is This Ready’ and now there’s a Spiceburger-directed video for the track out in the world. The video is set in a dystopian world taking inspiration from movies like The Lives of Others, where art, music and creativity are carefully monitored and sometimes forbidden. The songs lyrical… Read more »

Posted on July 27th, 2017

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Last September, Hvmmingbyrd released their first EP as a duo with Deborah Byrne and Suzette Das embracing a more thoroughly pop sound. ‘Gozo’ is their first fresh track since then and the song has a dreamy pop quality to it that is also new to the Hvmmingbyrd name. It was inspired by the a “euphoric… Read more »

Posted on July 26th, 2017

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Headstuff’s No Encore podcast has a series with Kieran McGuinness of the band Delorentos that revisits a year in Irish music since 1980 and asks a panel of guests to weigh up the most notable albums of that year. It can be a fascinating delve into the history of Irish music particularly as a lot… Read more »

Posted on July 26th, 2017

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I’ve covered Orange Tree’s first two releases here earlier this year but the success of the just-released third 12″ in the series from the Dublin label is worth noting because a) it’s currently top of the Juno chart in all genres and b) it has two grade A dancefloor bangers that people are really responding… Read more »

Posted on July 25th, 2017

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Adrian Crowley will release his eighth album Dark Eyed Messenger his fourth for Scottish label Chemikal Underground on October 6th this year. ‘The Wish’ is the lead-track from the album, which over 11 songs finds Crowley ditching his guitar at the suggestion of producer Thomas Barlett (The Gloaming). It was recorded with Barlett in his… Read more »

Posted on July 24th, 2017

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Talos‘ Wild Alee album is one of the best Irish releases of the year. Eoin French’s debut is filled with beautifully-scaped anthem-leaning songs flourished largely with guitar, synths and drums.Bringing it all together is the supple falsetto of the man himself, a brittle, powerful voice that can move between engulfing glacial shades and warm tones…. Read more »

Posted on July 20th, 2017

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With Wicklow rock band Enemies no longer since last year, Eoin Whitfield has turned his attention to his former side project, now main project EHCO. What started out as MAU is now EHCO and there are plans for a 6-piece live band to bring the music to life. ‘Raise It Up’ is EHCO’s first original… Read more »

Posted on July 12th, 2017

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Bitch Falcon are a grunge-leaning rock trio from Dublin. This we know and that they are a class live prospect. Ahead of their Longitude set on Friday, the band’s Lizzie Fitzpatrick has added another string to the band’s bow with a remix of their ‘Wolftooth’ track in remix form as done by Fitzpatrick herself. In… Read more »

Posted on July 10th, 2017

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A new video for a highlight from David Kitt’s New Jackson album, which is one of my albums of 2017 so far. The video features 500 paintings by Galway artist Finbar 247 which were then animated by art art director Brett O’Mahony to match the track. Needless to say, it was a lengthy process.

Posted on July 6th, 2017

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The latest in Rocstrong’s monthly singles drops is here. ‘Be Cool’ is a breezy track of funk-pop and R&B tones, inspired by Anderson Paak and Lupe Fiasco about the ups and downs of a relationship. Previous singles include ‘Vibes’ and ‘I Gotcha’:

Posted on July 6th, 2017

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Upcoming Irish rapper JyellowL just dropped ‘Cold In The Summer’, a seven minute track detailing the issues that effect him as a young man of Nigerian / Jamaican heritage growing up in Ireland. “The title is a euphemism for racism, black oppression, police brutality and death”, he says. “It is an artistic reminder that racism… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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