Yesterday, Galway singer-songwriter Maija Sofia was one of 18 new artists I recommended to check out at Hard Working Class Heroes this weekend. Today, here’s another reason, a track called ‘The Girl Who Pulled The Sun Down’ which flaunts a lo-fi singer-songwriter folk style that draws comparison to one of my favourite Irish acts vocally… Read more »

Posted on September 29th, 2015



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



OK, OK. First thing’s first. The cynics among you (and in me) could blast Johnny Stewart (previously featured) as a Hozier follower, that is an artist who has calculated on following a similar path of accessible bluesy rock music. And while I’m not totally sold on this yet, there are signs that Johnny Stewart is… Read more »

Posted on September 11th, 2015

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Los Angeles’ Transviolet have followed up the excellent ‘Girls Your Age’ with ‘Bloodstream’, a more-direct desire hit of pop melodies and electronic beat ambiance. The band had this to say of the track: “Being in love is knowing someone could completely destroy you. It’s a reckless vulnerability.” US Tour Dates (with Mikky Ekko)  Thurs… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2015



JD Sampson has form in riot grrrl band Le Tigre and the active electro band MEN while Nick van Hofwegen has been known for his soulful R&B jams as Young & Sick and his illustration work. All that experience has been brought to bear on the pair’s new project Sharer. They met when they were… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2015

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The Dublin-based singer-songwriter Rosa Nutty recently successfully completed a Kickstarter for her debut EP Bunny, but I’d wager with more ears on the young singer’s songs, there won’t be a need to crowdfund in the future. Vocal harmonies are front and centre on the six-track EP which has a minimal choral folk feel with some… Read more »

Posted on August 20th, 2015



20 year-old Limerick producer Rory Hall has been making tracks in various veins of nu-house, electro ambient and industrial since posting his music on Soundcloud. For his new project along with some friends, he’s christened the music NV and the best of the two tracks so far is ‘What Do You Feel?’, which swirls Hall’s… Read more »

Posted on August 12th, 2015

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The Belfast duo New Portals, appeared on my radar, as Northern Irish bands often do, through BBC NI’s Across The Line‘s New Tune Disco, which I contribute to about once a month (this week’s New Tune Disco is here). New Portals are a new project from  Michael and Ruth Aicken who make folk/pop music as… Read more »

Posted on July 30th, 2015


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I sometimes think of upcoming singers or musicians in categories and Connie Constance fits into the same category as Denai Moore and Sinead Harnett, a singer comfortable in an traditional setting but likely to push forward to more zeitgeist-magnetising sounds. Moore with SBTRKT and Fantastic Mr Fox, Harnett with Disclosure and Snakehips and 20-year-old Constance,… Read more »

Posted on July 29th, 2015

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