Photo: Gemma Telfer

I caught a bit of Niamh Regan’s set after the Sing Along Social at Electric Picnic at the start of this month and was taken by the University of Limerick-attending Galway singer-songwriter’s voice. Regan’s voice has the inflections of UK folk music singers like This Is The Kit, to a lesser extent, Laura Marling combined… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2016



Swedish singer-songwriter Albert af Ekenstam has a debut album called Ashes coming on October 14th on Kning Disk. I’m very taken by ‘Made Of Gold’, a track that will feature on it. A melancholy song formed of piano and his consuming voice, the track lifts with a swelling of percussion and strings. According to the… Read more »

Posted on September 15th, 2016


Photo: Ruth Medjber.

The name Caz9 was first spotted on the Electric Picnic lineup and duly highlighted but alas, late stage schedule meant a missed opportunity to check out a fellow particular-numeral loving artist. It wasn’t just the name that jumped out, I often tell new artists that the visual aspect of what they do has to be… Read more »

Posted on September 14th, 2016


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Stefan Murphy was the driving force behind the Mighty Stef band until May when the band closed the journey. Count Vaseline is the newest project from Stef and there’s already an LP called Yo No Soy Marinero ready to go on September 30th on his own imprint OCD-Tapes [Olive-Color-Dream-Tapes] on cassette and digital. The project… Read more »

Posted on August 25th, 2016

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New North London based artists Tender (James Cullen and Dan Cobb) recently signed to Partisan Records (Eagulls, Dilly Dally, Torres) and dropped a smooth electronic synth-cut called ‘Outside’. Reminiscent of Haelos and Glass Animals’ hypnotic rhythms, ‘Outside’ is a fine opening gambit, smouldering with desire. “I will touch myself, guilty of loving you too much/… Read more »

Posted on August 10th, 2016




Kelsey Lu is a North Carolinian cellist and singer/songwriter who has just released an EP (Church) of orchestrally-arranged ambient folk music on True Panther. Comparisons to Alice Coltrane and Bat For Lashes, Lu’s music leans into the avant-garde spectrum yet she has collaborated with artists in the field of pop and R&B like Blood Orange,… Read more »

Posted on July 19th, 2016




The Irish Iranian music duo of Kaveh Ayati and Patrick O’Keeffe first met at a house party in Tehran in Iran. When they met at a London rehearsal space separately, Safe Barracks, their music project was born. Safe Barracks debuted with a leather / S&M featuring video for their moody electro track ‘Headhunter’ last year… Read more »

Posted on June 15th, 2016