St. Francis Hotel are a new Irish act/producers based in London who have released three songs thus far but have done enough to be noticed by the wider world via KCRW, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, BBC Six Music and Spotify. They previously featured here as producers of the song ‘Writer’s Block’ with Lixo… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2016


Siights is a new duo formed by Toni Etherson and Mia Fitz, the former a chart songwriter from Scotland and the latter, a musician from Dublin who has played live with Hozier for the last two years. The pair decamped to LA recently to work on music together for other artists but and what they… Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2016

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Galway artist Laoise Ní Nualláin came to my attention with a downbeat electro pop cover of Nirvana’s Come As You Are earlier this year. Laoise’s debut EP Halfway is coming in January and ‘You’ the first single ‘You’ mixes Laoise’s flighty vocals with a brooding electronic pop low-end and touches of R&B and pop. Ní… Read more »

Posted on November 15th, 2016


Brendan McGlynn is the former singer of Color//Sound and the current guitarist of the Raglans. As Lovr, his solo project, McGlynn has a series of four EPs coming out over the next year, recorded in home studios. Girls Girls Girls is the first of the EP releases and the first track ‘Ode To The Women… Read more »

Posted on November 4th, 2016

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There’s not much info out there about Wicklow duo Gumshoe, but they sent across this track from their forthcoming from Sun Kisses The Moon release. Shannakie and Yam Faddah’s ‘yom kippur’ is an instrumental track with post-dub ambience and a bubbling percussive feel with a title taken from the Jewish day of atonement, which was… Read more »

Posted on October 17th, 2016



London-based artist and undeniable Kate Bush soundalike Grace Lightman has followed up ‘Faultless’ and ‘White China (Raging Bull)’ with ‘Repair Repair’. The song apparently “started out as a jingle for a fictional weight loss milkshake advert but became a song about people’s fear of change, and the inevitability of becoming robots.” OK. Its mantric synth… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2016


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


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