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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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A new artist on the rise in the UK, Starling has debuted with a beautiful slow-moving ballad called ‘Take It Down’, a song which brandishes comparisons to Goldfrapp and Birdy in its style. Starling is signed to Communion Music, home to Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bear’s Den, Tennis and Matthew and the Atlas. She’ll play… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

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The sweet strains of Transviolet’s unnamed singer recall Lana Del Rey at her most LA-sounding until the words are synthesised by effects. The music concocted by the Los Angeles band around the vocals burn with minimalism: booming beats, growing synth lines and a rush of production towards the song’s conclusion. ‘Girls Your Age’ exudes the… Read more »

Posted on July 16th, 2015

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The crossover between the urban underground and the mainstream is something which has happened in the UK frequently with the likes of Skepta, Miss Dynamite and Dizzee Rascal being examples of those who have done it. In Ireland, with a smaller scene and less of an interest, that was never really a possibility but the new reality… Read more »

Posted on July 14th, 2015

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Lakerama is a new project from two musicians with form. On the production end, you have Limerick’s Graeme S, who has made some beats for the first EP for what has now become the best rap group in Ireland, Rusangano Family. In front of the mic, is Senita Appiakarong, South African-born singer based in Cork… Read more »

Posted on July 13th, 2015

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Hailing from Belfast and Derry but based in Dublin, Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre’s project Saint Sister (formerly O Sister) has supported San Fermin, Spies and Will Butler lately and it’s easy to hear why. A folk-rooted duo with a background in the Trinity Orchestra (same as Hozier and others), their harmonic vocal chops feature… Read more »

Posted on July 13th, 2015

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I introduced you to the melodic ambient pop folk New York duo Overcoats recently through their excellent track ‘The Fog’. Just this week, Hana Elion & JJ Mitchell moved to Dublin for the summer, where they will be recording their debut album. New song ‘Smaller Than My Mother’ pushes their sound further into looped vocal… Read more »

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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It’s become increasingly harder for new artists to stand out in the field of R&B, such has the genre become so overwhelmed with a new style that relies on electronic production and the rise and fall dynamics that can be achieved with synth filters and drops. The Los Angeles singer Gallant has been one such… Read more »

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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