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Energetic pint-sized Vegas singer Shamir has dropped the second single from his upcoming album Ratchet on XL coming in May. ‘Call It Off’ debuts with a great puppet video for the eminently danceable electro-pop single about giving someone the heave-ho.

Posted on March 24th, 2015

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Good things happen to good people sometimes. Nile Rodgers is one of them. Today, the musician and his band Chic have revealed their first new song in 22 years. ‘I’ll Be There’ is built on an old unreleased song that Rodgers, after beating cancer, resolved to make into something new from old analogue recordings, with additional percussion by The Martinez Brothers.

The video similarly takes archive and current footage and ties it up with Karlie Kloss in her pants.

The song is on Spotify.

Chic are playing Dublin and Cork this summah.

Posted on March 20th, 2015

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Despite the questionable one letter name, the London-based trio R have a lot going on. There’s the Irish connections in Marc O’Reilly, himself an establishing artist with an acclaimed album being one of three alongside brother Pierre, who is a film composer and Konstantine Pope who is one half of dubstep duo Standard & Push, impressed us where it matters, with the tunes.

Their debut moody electro single ‘Change’ in 2013 started that. Here the band return with ‘Bubble Gum Geisha’, a song which “explores the contrast between the refined beauty of a geisha and the sordid world she frequents.”

The song is an atmospheric groover; keys, hushed vocals and drum machine beats. It’s released April 17th on Salt & Shake Records.

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Every year for the last three, I’ve been a judge of Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent competition. It’s a bit of a music gauntlet, to listen to 140 or so various songs and make notes about them, then choose your top three. Each of the judges’ top three have been announced by the festival now and one of my three (along with Zaska and LSBV) is Surrey’s Princess Slayer.

The duo have a debut EP coming out called Living in April, and ‘Passion Alley’ is an 8-bit video game-inspired piece of bright pop music, much like Kero Kero Bonita. Check out the new video:

Posted on March 10th, 2015

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Melbourne trio Broadway Sounds‘ new song ‘Sing It Again’ is described by the band as “Psych Afro Rock at 138 BPMs,” and that’s about as distilled as it can get for this summery afro-beat funk-pop jam, which will have the likely effect of making you want to break out in a conga line or do the cha-cha-cha. Fast funky music will do that to you.

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After teasing How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, her new album with an intro title song that came with a video of her dancing with a clone, Florence + The Machine has debuted ‘What Kind Of Man’, her first single from the album due on Friday May 29th (ireland), June 1st (UK) on Island Records.

The somewhat NSFW video for the song a dramatic, long affair, directed by Vincent Haycock. The song is a good old-fashioned Florence stomp with Welch delivering an impassioned vocal at her strongest with some brass uplifting the passion (on the record they are arranged by Will Gregory of Goldfrapp).

The album was produced by by Markus Dravs who has recently worked with Arcade Fire and Little Green Cars. Contributions also come from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill.

The song is available for download, the album is on pre-order.

Posted on February 13th, 2015

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VANN MUSIC have been releasing songs that fall between synth-pop, ’80s-rock and electro since they appeared on the Irish scene.

With a new EP on the May on March 7th called Running, ‘Boy’, a new track from that release finds the band find a new pace in their music that is slower, more anthemic and definitely the kind of song that could perk up the ears of Kodaline fans along with the cooler kids.

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Andreya Triana is a name you’ll recognise from her vocal collaborations with Flying Lotus Bonobo and Lapalux. The Londoner is a former RBMA attendee and has been biding her time over the last few years since releasing her debut album Lost Where I Belong on Ninja Tune. Now she’s ready for her second album, Giants, out in May.

The lead single ‘Gold’ is a stomping soul track that puts Triana’s voice in a poppier context than before. Check out that and a Fort Romeau remix too:

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You may have see Buffalo Woman, or the name at least, on the odd event bill from Body and Soul to Drop Everything to Hard Working Class Heroes.

My Buffalo Woman baptism was at Drop Everything, the biannual event on the Aran Islands where the pair of Tim O’Donovan and Neil Watkins, lifted tired limbs to the air and benches to dance in a beer garden overlooking the Atlantic on the Sunday afternoon.

The exuberance they imparted carried well into the night after the set with O’Donovan continuing to DJ until the sun went down for at least, a couple of hours after their set.

O’Donovan is the controller, formerly of Neosupervital, and a fine partystarting and partykeeping DJ while Watkins, is perhaps best known for his drama, in self-confessional personal play The Year Of Magical Wanking, as Heidi Konnt, a former winner of Alternative Miss Ireland, or that guy who works in the Fumbally café.

As Buffalo Woman, the former’s production prowess combines with Watkins’ theatricality to create an electro/pop/synth/funk power duo. On their first public track, ‘U Make Me High’, they now have a song with enough sonic heft and earworm quality to match those exciting live shows.

They play State’s Faces of February next week.