Since the release of her must-have debut album Empress Of has collaborated with Blood Orange and Pional and released a once-off single that instantly became a personal favourite ‘Woman Is A Word.’ I had written earlier in the year that we were hopeful for a new album this year and new song ‘Go To Hell’… Read more »

Posted on July 12th, 2017

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Nika Roza Danilova aka Zola Jesus has announced her return with a new album on her old label Sacred Bones with the album Okovi, which is dark and electronic like her earlier work on that label. Live bandmate Alex DeGroot, producer/musician WIFE, cellist/noise-maker Shannon Kennedy from Pedestrian Deposit, and percussionist Ted Byrnes help out. Danilova… Read more »

Posted on July 11th, 2017

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Sudan Archives is a 23 year-old self-taught violinist, vocalist and producer recently signed to Stones Throw who has an EP coming out on the label this Friday. Her influences include “Sudanese fiddlers, R&B, West African rhythms, and experimental electronic music.” There’s not much info on her other than that but her first two songs speak… Read more »

Posted on July 11th, 2017

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Bitch Falcon are a grunge-leaning rock trio from Dublin. This we know and that they are a class live prospect. Ahead of their Longitude set on Friday, the band’s Lizzie Fitzpatrick has added another string to the band’s bow with a remix of their ‘Wolftooth’ track in remix form as done by Fitzpatrick herself. In… Read more »

Posted on July 10th, 2017

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists. Nialler9 Weekly playlist 1. Mura Masa – ‘Nuggets’ feat. bonzai After last Friday’s Damon Albarn and Christine & The Queens drops, Mura Masa returns to his old friend, the Irish/London vocalist and makes his best song in a… Read more »

Posted on July 7th, 2017

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With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly. 1. HAIM – Something To Tell You Haim’s debut album exceeded expectations for a new act. The Haim Sisters’ mix Fleetwood Mac-style soft rock, ’60s girl-group… Read more »

Posted on July 7th, 2017

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Mashup of the cast of Sesame Street reenacting “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys. Featuring appearances by Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Super Grover, Bert and Ernie, Telly, Ms. Finch, and more. Video by Mylo the Cat aka Adam Schleichkorn See also: ‘So Whatcha Want’: He’s also mashed up ‘Regulate’ and ‘Crossroads’ Ricky and… Read more »

Posted on July 6th, 2017

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All of these songs either featured in the Irish music section, my regular updated Spotify playlist or my Irish Times Irish music column. 30. Abovedat – ‘Better’ Low-end thriving electronic house-pop single with pitched silky vocal from Cork’s Stevie G and Ian Ring (formerly of Young Wonder). 29. Fionn Regan – The Meeting of the… Read more »

Posted on July 6th, 2017

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A new video for a highlight from David Kitt’s New Jackson album, which is one of my albums of 2017 so far. The video features 500 paintings by Galway artist Finbar 247 which were then animated by art art director Brett O’Mahony to match the track. Needless to say, it was a lengthy process.

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The latest in Rocstrong’s monthly singles drops is here. ‘Be Cool’ is a breezy track of funk-pop and R&B tones, inspired by Anderson Paak and Lupe Fiasco about the ups and downs of a relationship. Previous singles include ‘Vibes’ and ‘I Gotcha’:

Posted on July 6th, 2017

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Chance The Rapper performs ‘Juke Jam’ from Coloring Book, a specially-written poem and a Stevie Wonder ‘They Won’t Go When I Go’ on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert. Chance The Rapper knew he wanted to try a different approach for his Tiny Desk performance, so he decided to do something he said he hadn’t done in… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Upcoming Irish rapper JyellowL just dropped ‘Cold In The Summer’, a seven minute track detailing the issues that effect him as a young man of Nigerian / Jamaican heritage growing up in Ireland. “The title is a euphemism for racism, black oppression, police brutality and death”, he says. “It is an artistic reminder that racism… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Here’s a more in-depth look at 20 of my 75 already-revealed songs of 2017 so far. Get them in a playlist here. 20. Maggie Rogers – ‘On + Off’ It’s a testament to Maggie Rogers’ songwriting that I considered three of the four songs from her debut EP for this. ‘On + Off’ is the… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Diolmhain Ingram Roche is the young artist behind Wastefellow, a experimental electronic project that has graced these pages in the past. ou can catch his live show this Friday at RHA’s Hennessy Lost Friday Summer Instalment alongside Ships, DJ Hula Hoops and much more. – WIN TICKETS here. Here, he shared his current favourite tracks… Read more »

Posted on July 4th, 2017

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If you’re flying Aer Lingus in July look out for my profiles piece in the Cara in-flight magazine on six new Irish music acts doing the business and likely to continue doing so on planes all month. Featured are profiles of Loah, Rusangano Family, David Keenan, Áine Cahill, Le Boom and Saint Sister. The photos… Read more »

Posted on July 4th, 2017

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