In August, you may have seen a video of a band called T.P.M. busking on the streets of Drogheda and playing an original and very catchy song called All The Boys On The Dole, which continues the tradition of Scary Eire’s ‘Dole Q’ about navigating the collection of social welfare except with references to the… Read more »

Posted on October 14th, 2015

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Katie Laffan has been making music for a few years now and received some attention through Hot Press’ Big Break competition two years ago. Now, at age 19, the Dubliner Laffan has just released her debut EP called Dead As Disco. And while these days, disco feels quite alive in various ways, Laffan’s title suggests… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2015

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One of the hits of last weekend’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival, Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre, have an EP coming on November 13th on Trout Records. They’ve impressed live and with the EP’s first track ‘Madrid’. Today we have ‘Blood Moon’, a song which closed their HWCH set impressively with its hook-filled harmonics and… Read more »

Posted on October 12th, 2015

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Yesterday, Galway singer-songwriter Maija Sofia was one of 18 new artists I recommended to check out at Hard Working Class Heroes this weekend. Today, here’s another reason, a track called ‘The Girl Who Pulled The Sun Down’ which flaunts a lo-fi singer-songwriter folk style that draws comparison to one of my favourite Irish acts vocally… Read more »

Posted on September 29th, 2015

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London-based producer and songwriter Harrison Cargill has come up with a doozy for a debut track as Kodiak Blue. ‘Zapusk’ is a spacious club track with percussive veins and undulating bassline which has some nods to the Caribou sound that is so effective. It’s from an EP called Sputnik, out in October, featuring six songs… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2015

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OK, OK. First thing’s first. The cynics among you (and in me) could blast Johnny Stewart (previously featured) as a Hozier follower, that is an artist who has calculated on following a similar path of accessible bluesy rock music. And while I’m not totally sold on this yet, there are signs that Johnny Stewart is… Read more »

Posted on September 11th, 2015

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Los Angeles’ Transviolet have followed up the excellent ‘Girls Your Age’ with ‘Bloodstream’, a more-direct desire hit of pop melodies and electronic beat ambiance. The band had this to say of the track: “Being in love is knowing someone could completely destroy you. It’s a reckless vulnerability.” US Tour Dates (with Mikky Ekko)  Thurs… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2015

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JD Sampson has form in riot grrrl band Le Tigre and the active electro band MEN while Nick van Hofwegen has been known for his soulful R&B jams as Young & Sick and his illustration work. All that experience has been brought to bear on the pair’s new project Sharer. They met when they were… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2015

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The Dublin-based singer-songwriter Rosa Nutty recently successfully completed a Kickstarter for her debut EP Bunny, but I’d wager with more ears on the young singer’s songs, there won’t be a need to crowdfund in the future. Vocal harmonies are front and centre on the six-track EP which has a minimal choral folk feel with some… Read more »

Posted on August 20th, 2015

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20 year-old Limerick producer Rory Hall has been making tracks in various veins of nu-house, electro ambient and industrial since posting his music on Soundcloud. For his new project along with some friends, he’s christened the music NV and the best of the two tracks so far is ‘What Do You Feel?’, which swirls Hall’s… Read more »

Posted on August 12th, 2015

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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 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 of… Read more »

Posted on July 14th, 2015

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