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

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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

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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

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Cotswold brother and sister Rob and Katy Pearson, Ardyn, appeared earlier late in 2015 with a nice debut EP of smart indie pop music. Then came ‘Over The River’, a song which shared some parallels with London Grammar in tone. Now, the Pearsons have a new four-track EP out called The Valley, which features production… Read more »

Posted on July 28th, 2016

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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

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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

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Heard the one about the Irish musician sell out venues in Dublin, LA, New York, San Fran, London and Toronto without as much of a peep back home? At 20 years of age, Jonathon Lei Ming is EDEN, a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist who has been adding fans in the world of online electronic music for the… Read more »

Posted on June 13th, 2016

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Norwegian artist Klangstof are the latest signing to the US label Mind Of A Genius who gav us ZHU and Gallant. Based in Amsterdam, Koen aka Klangstof was a bass player of Holland’s locally well-known band Moss but on his own, he’s found an atmospheric mix of classic songwriting, indie-rock dynamics and electronics tied up… Read more »

Posted on June 9th, 2016

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Sean Reilly sung live with White Collar Boy on the rocks at sunset at Drop Everything on Inis Oirr on the Aran Islands (#smugwithlife) over the weekend, and he’ll also play with White Collar Boy this weekend at Forbidden Fruit. He’s also in a duo with Cian Tisdall as SHAWN. The pair’s first track ‘Sojourn’,… Read more »

Posted on June 1st, 2016

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Background: Idaho-born musician who studied Jazz at Berklee college in Boston but just started releasing music under his own name on the London-based Aesop label (SOHN, Tala, Klyn). Previous music experience: Played with Ry X, The Acid and Howling’s live band. Sounds in a nutshell? Brittle piano balladry with emotive results. From the artist’s mouth?… Read more »

Posted on May 11th, 2016

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The Dublin five-piece band Flecks dropped their debut EP Girl on Friday and established their credentials for making atmospheric electronic synthpop music in the process. Flecks Freya Monks (vocals, violin), Scott Halliday (keys, guitar), Jay Wilson (keys), Paul Kenny (drums), and Alan Elliot (bass). They are a aseasoned lot with members have previous played with… Read more »

Posted on May 10th, 2016

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aboveDat is a new project brought to you by two of Cork’s brightest music talents – OG Stevie G, DJ, vinyl lover and radio presenter with REDFM and his younger Ian Ring, producer with Young Wonder. Last year, Stevie got into the releasing game on his Soul Jamz label with a track worked on by… Read more »

Posted on April 27th, 2016

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