Lakerama is a new project from two musicians with form. On the production end, you have Limerick’s Graeme S, who has made some beats for the first EP for what has now become the best rap group in Ireland, Rusangano Family. In front of the mic, is Senita Appiakarong, South African-born singer based in Cork… Read more »

Posted on July 13th, 2015

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Hailing from Belfast and Derry but based in Dublin, Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre’s project Saint Sister (formerly O Sister) has supported San Fermin, Spies and Will Butler lately and it’s easy to hear why. A folk-rooted duo with a background in the Trinity Orchestra (same as Hozier and others), their harmonic vocal chops feature… Read more »

Posted on July 13th, 2015

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I introduced you to the melodic ambient pop folk New York duo Overcoats recently through their excellent track ‘The Fog’. Just this week, Hana Elion & JJ Mitchell moved to Dublin for the summer, where they will be recording their debut album. New song ‘Smaller Than My Mother’ pushes their sound further into looped vocal… Read more »

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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It’s become increasingly harder for new artists to stand out in the field of R&B, such has the genre become so overwhelmed with a new style that relies on electronic production and the rise and fall dynamics that can be achieved with synth filters and drops. The Los Angeles singer Gallant has been one such… Read more »

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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A criticism I levelled at Jack Garratt’s show at The Great Escape, was one of showboating. The bearded musician was an able multi-tasker playing synth, drums, guitar and singing nearly all at once, which gave his music a scattered and skittery feel. There are no such problems with Garratt’s new single ‘Weathered’, which wisely sticks… Read more »

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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Bear Worship is a new project from the Irish musician Karl Knuttel who quit making music a few years ago. However, inspiration struck once again and Knuttel ended up making an album, with an electronic influence. In his own words? “Bear Worship is a celebration. It’s about positivity and realism, love and friends, passion and… Read more »

Posted on June 11th, 2015

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I’ve been supremely calmed by the music of Newcastle singer-songwriter Jake Houlsby, who formerly called himself Suntrapp. His most recent tracks have had a reflective and harmonic effect that eases you. ‘Yaninna’ with its Graceland-style reverbed-harmonies and plaintive guitar is so at ease, it’s been my wake up song this past week. It features on… Read more »

Posted on June 4th, 2015

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Calling herself Lady Esmerelda Felicity S. Von de Beaks, the singer/musician behind the Northern Irish project called BEAKS prefers to stay anonymous for now. She’s previously covered Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ with an electro pop version and with ‘Good Friday Agreement’, the masked singer releases an original track that has… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

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Niamh Walsh, Niall Cooke, Shawn Brennan and Seán Walsh make up the new Dublin band Silent Interlude who namecheck Daughter, London Grammar and The xx as inspirations. The band’s debut five-track EP Fate or Faith is out this week and has some of those influences in its DNA along with some louder rock sounds. Check… Read more »

Posted on May 25th, 2015

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Overcoats are a New York-based duo who describe their music as “electro-folk-soul”, an accurate descriptor for their melodic ambient pop folk songs so far (that’s mine). The two 21 year olds, Hana Elion & JJ Mitchell, are moving to Dublin next month to write their full-length album, as they came here last year and enjoyed… Read more »

Posted on May 21st, 2015

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There’s a magnetising to the music of Londoner Anna B Savage that draws you in, like a good story. Her songs are personal, her music is intimate. On her debut EP of four songs simply titled in Roman numerals, Anna B Savage holds us close. Sometimes uncomfortably so. On ‘I’ she sings about her body… Read more »

Posted on May 20th, 2015

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The music of London-based duo Lung Dart has a desolate feel to it, as if the pair are kicking back against to their surroundings. London can give you the cold-eye stare and against this, James & Tim of Lung Dart give a warm and bare emotional plea to stay with them. Lung Dart – ‘B… Read more »

Posted on April 28th, 2015

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I had Torres pegged as a Nashville singer-songwriter when she first came around. Mackenzie Scott has returned with a rougher, tougher edge. The American decamped to Bridport in Dorset, England to record her second album and then to Portishead’s Adrian Utley’s studio and PJ Harvey associated Robert Ellis and Ian Olliver The PJ Harvey tie-in… Read more »

Posted on April 28th, 2015

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A rising talent on the Irish music scene, Kildare singer-songwriter Sinéad White will release her debut Finally on May 30th. Her melodic bright style is in full effect on the eminently pleasing ‘Better’, the first song from it, about giving yourself a chance in relationships. The simple guitar picked song is adorned with the lightest… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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Blonde Maze is the musical moniker of Amanda Steckler from New York and judging by this first track, ‘Awake / Asleep’ we’re in bright electronic pop spaces with an almost Balearic sense of possibility, that leaves you dreaming of beaches, sun and shores. The song is taken from Blonde Maze’s forthcoming EP called Oceans which… Read more »

Posted on April 22nd, 2015

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