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I introduced the music of Algiers, an Atlanta “doom soul trio” here three years ago but the band went very quiet after that initial appearance. Glad to hear then that the band are back and about to release an album on Matador Records in June and that they’ve re-recorded the song ‘Blood’ that got my… Read more »

Posted on February 25th, 2015

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Hare Squead are a trio of Tallaght-based rappers who I became familiar with at Hard Working Class Heroes last year where I interviewed the band and who I then saw put on a confident full band show that drew on soul, hip-hop and pop. It’s the latter that’s at play on Jessy Rose and Tony… Read more »

Posted on February 4th, 2015

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David Blaney is Cat Palace, a new Dublin music project which will get a debut EP release on Saturday night in the Bello Bar. On evidence of these two tracks, there is something interesting going on. ‘Cage’, is an unassuming song that snakes its way under your skin with some simple band instrumentation and lyrics… Read more »

Posted on February 4th, 2015

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inca

That there’s not much info on a singer called INCA is probably a good thing at this point, because her debut song ‘Wake Me Up’ does much with little. The song is built from quiet keys, brooding string instruments and minimal electronics underpinning INCA’s expressive yet not full voice. It’s as if she’s whispering lines… Read more »

Posted on February 3rd, 2015

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bramehamo

Brame and Hamo are two young Sligo guys now living in the electronic music hub of Berlin who make house music with a funk edge drawing influences from hip-hop. Splendor & Squalour 001 is the the new release from the pair on their label that features a collaboration between them and a track from each… Read more »

Posted on January 28th, 2015

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I was recently on panels for the Guinness Amplify workshops around the country in Galway, Belfast, Dublin and Cork along with some people who have found themselves working in the music industry from people in labels, festivals, managers, radio, publishing, digital strategy and more. The workshops were set up so that musicians could ask the… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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villaincrew

Some old school rap vibes are in full effect on ‘We Out To Get The Money’, the new track from Los Angeles rap crew Villain Park. It was produced by Smoke Dawg. The track is a free download, and will be on the rising crew’s upcoming release Same Ol Shit. Ones to watch. Villain Park… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2015

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vallisalps

Thanks to the popularity of acts like London Grammar, there’s been a succession of suavepop R&B acts that have deliberately or otherwise, followed a similar imprint: yearning, rich vocal tones; warm minimal electronic R&B backing and on-point production techniques. Think of The Hics, Mansionair, Aquilo, Klo, George Maple, Wet and Halos to name but a… Read more »

Posted on January 13th, 2015

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