This is the sound of multicultural Ireland in independent music...
Andre J.P Bangala is the brains behind Rocstrong a band so new that there’s only one song online at the moment. But that song has already turned heads with State and Phantom picking it up. Bangala is a Congo-born Dublin musician who says he’s studied funk and rock music in trying to find his own… Read more »
Posted on March 3rd, 2014
Listen to the pick of the bunch so far - 'Say U Would' and 'Y2K' from the Ryan Hemsworth collaborator.
I haven’t been keeping too close of attention on Mad Decent’s output of late but what I’ve heard from Major Lazer and some other bits and pieces sounds like a full-on assault. So it’s nice to hear something a little less relentless in the form of the label’s latest release LIZ who collaborated with Ryan… Read more »
Posted on February 25th, 2014
R&B-influenced experimental indie sonics from an Oxford band.
When you hear that a band are from Oxford, it’s likely that you’ll think of a well-read bunch like Radiohead or the well-read party types like Foals. Either way, you’re thinking the same ball park – rock bands. Step forward then, Glass Animals, a band who are not easy to pigeonhole and who definitely aren’t… Read more »
Posted on February 21st, 2014
A cross between Kylie and Niki & The Dove with some basement disco and R&B soul influence.
There’s quite a lot R&B influenced electronic production around at the moment so much so that’s it’s definitely “a thing”. Whether it’s American singers like Tinashe, Banks or Kelela or UK singers like Jessie Ware, or Rosie Lowe it’s in vogue. Veiga Sanchez aka Salt Ashes is a 22 year-old Brighton singer who fits into… Read more »
Posted on February 14th, 2014
16 tracks from the world of Irish beats, hip-hop and electronica.
The Loud Mouth Collective’s regular Bandcamp compilations are less definitive compilations than snapshots of where the collected artists are at. Number six in the series is heavy on the beat scene and hip-hop with tracks from Rusty Child, edit:erase, Blake, Eleanor, DJ M-1, Calzone Kelly and Luke B while the world of electronica is represented… Read more »
Posted on February 11th, 2014
Carnal R&B electronic music is the outcome...
Darragh Nolan released a fine EP as Sacred Animals a few years ago but since then the musician has been relatively quiet save for delving into the occasional remix and vocal. From that debut EP to those remixes, it was clear that Nolan’s sound had changed from a singer-songwriter to more of a producer role… Read more »
Posted on February 5th, 2014
A four-piece band from London who may just be about to release one of the best UK albums of 2014.
As published today in the Irish Independent’s Day & Night Magazine. Pick it up to see the column in full. Arthur Beatrice, not the name of a singer-songwriter but a four-piece band from London who may just be about to release one of the best UK albums of 2014. The indie-pop band named after Dorothy… Read more »
Posted on January 31st, 2014
Soulful R&B electronica from a Cornwall duo.
Karen Warner and Mark Morrish are a musical duo from Cornwall called Kinds whose debut track ‘Breathe’ has me hooked with its soulful R&B electronic style. The pair have an EP on the way, keep an eye out on their Soundcloud or Facebook as it happens.
Posted on January 30th, 2014
Love and pain is the subject of this personal EP.
“The heart was made to be broken,” said Oscar Wilde and it sounds like Kool Thing’s Jane Arnison (aka Jon Dark) has poured hers into her latest musical outlet, ATMA, a five-track EP called Remedy in Motion about love and loss. Forgoing Kool Thing’s meld of electronic indie atmospherics, Jane has used ATMA as an… Read more »
Posted on January 28th, 2014