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Shura makes the kind of pop that I can get behind, it’s fun, melodic, it’s got an energy rush and it sounds like its throwback palette is drawn from the eighties. Even the album artwork recalls the carefree swing of that Aha video. Last year’s ‘White Light’ was one of my favourite tunes of 2015…. Read more »

Posted on May 25th, 2016

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Despite all its problems with trying to keep users and labels happy at the same time, Soundcloud is still very good at recommending tracks to me once the track I’m listening to ends. ‘Faultless’ is one of those songs. I know I shouldn’t compare a female artist to Kate Bush as it feels lazy but… Read more »

Posted on May 19th, 2016

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The London-based Cork artist Lyra debut with an impressively polished ambient pop song called ‘Rabbit In The Headlights’ last month that simultaneously recalled Kate Bush, Enya, FKA Twigs and Swedish pop. Last night, Lyra played her debut gig at Communion Music’s night in London and she dropped ‘Emerald’, her second track just before it. That song was largely… Read more »

Posted on May 17th, 2016

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Metronomy are back. It’s hard to believe that Love Letters was released in 2013, such was the constant rotation the album has had on playlists, radio and elsewhere. For their fifth album, Summer 08, out on July 1st on Because Music, Joe Mount took two weeks in Black Box Studios in France on his own… Read more »

Posted on May 12th, 2016

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Well. It was so long ago now that I had forgotten the news but back in 2014, James Vincent McMorrow revealed he had collaborated with Duke Dumont, Tourist and Kygo. Kygo is perhaps the most prominent exponent of tropical house / EDM. Some of the music that made him famous is absolutely offensive in its… Read more »

Posted on April 23rd, 2016

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s newest album Emotion was a  hit with more independent-driven music sites when it came out last year. ‘Run Away With Me’ was one of those songs that brought new audiences through its M83 ‘Midnight City’-style sax dynamics. The album executive produced by Scooter Braun, Bieber’s manager, who has recently been steering the unknown at home young… Read more »

Posted on April 21st, 2016

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Lyra is a new artist who has debuted with an intriguing ambient pop track called ‘Rabbit In The Headlights’ in which you can hear traces of Kate Bush, Enya, FKA Twigs, Swedish pop sensibilities and a strong Irish accent too. The song has big drums, an underlying electronic production and a big ethereal chorus with… Read more »

Posted on April 18th, 2016

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You may have heard this tune on my New Music Spotify playlist this past week. From Norway, Kappekoff’s ‘All Day Long’ is a strutting dreamy electronic pop track with funk bass and retro synth action. The band are Rasmus Thallaug & Magnus Falkenberg, augmented by Vebjørn Moen & Jørgen Apeness live. The band are signed… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2016

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Sean & Conor Price are two brothers from Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Conor is 14 and sings. Sean is 16 and plays the guitar, box drum and raps. You may have seen them busking on Grafton Street. They’ve been playing music together for a few years. Here they are over two and a half years ago:… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2016

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