Shookrah are a Cork-based soul/pop eight-person band who count Senita (as heard on Daithí’s tracks and Stevie G’s Deep Down South Soundsystem) in their ranks. For their debut single ‘W O M A N’, a declaration of feminine fun, the band (who also include Imelda Cormica,  Lasserina Rath, Áine Delaney, Diarmait MacCarthaigh, Daniel Coughlan, Edan… Read more »

Posted on September 12th, 2014




Norwegian producer Lindstrøm has teamed up on a disco stomper with Aussie/Swedish sisters Say Lou Lou called ‘Games For Girls’. It’s nice to hear Say Lou Lou ditch their somewhat jaded sound for a more upbeat dance workout. This one features on the duo’s debut which isn’t out til February. This tune isn’t out til… Read more »

Posted on August 11th, 2014

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Fryars, aka London man Benjamin Garrett last featured here, about this time last year for his excellent ‘Cool Like Me’ single. He sometimes plays with Lily Allen and was notable since for letting a journalist go beyond a “backstage” piece to actually play live in the band. He’s had a few songs since then but… Read more »

Posted on July 30th, 2014



London girl trio Juce! are clearly all about the funky summer jams. On their recent tracks ‘Call You Out’ and ‘(H)ours’ they’ve proved that and their new track ‘Burning Up’ tightens up tighter to the synth-funk pop beat. So thanks Cherish, Chalin and Georgia for your commitment to the good times. The band have just… Read more »

Posted on July 10th, 2014



London production duo Snakehips have teamed up with singer Sinead Harnett, who has collaborated with Disclosure, Ryan Hemsworth and Rudimental, for a head-nodding beat summer jam, perfect for rolled down windows and hot-baked leather arm rests. The single is out on August 22nd but should be rush-released immediately so it can be played in summer… Read more »

Posted on June 24th, 2014

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The stylish English/Irish singer Róisín Murphy, has returned with her first new solo material in quite a while. The Mi Senti EP is a six-track collection of classic Italian pop songs of the ’60s and ’70s, featuring five covers and one original. With Murphy, you come to expect the unexpected. Here are ten highlights from an… Read more »

Posted on June 18th, 2014



Elly Jackson came back to music as La Roux with ‘Let Me Down Gently’, a track from her first album in five years (without partner Ben Langmaid who she no longer speaks to). Here we have the single proper from the album Trouble In Paradise. ‘Uptight Downtown’ has a Talking Heads-style guitar chug to it,… Read more »

Posted on May 28th, 2014



With his debut album coming in September, Hozier is gearing up for more internationally focused touring and press. Last week, he played Letterman, today he plays Ellen but after the focus returns to the UK where Hozier has an extensive tour where many of his dates are already sold out. Irish fans who want to… Read more »

Posted on May 22nd, 2014




Every four to six weeks or so, the guys and gals on BBC NI’s outstanding local music show Across The Line link up with me for an hour of myself and Rigsy playing new music back to back for each other. I’m always impressed by the calibre of range of music coming out of Northern… Read more »

Posted on May 20th, 2014