It takes time to build and Katie Laffan is taking the time she needs. At just twenty years of age, the Dubliner has shone in the spotlight for a few years already but the sense that the musician is still on her way is still there. Last years debut EP showcased a funky indie pop… Read more »

Posted on September 23rd, 2016

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Hvmmingbyrd are a very different proposition from the alt-folk pop band they formerly traded as. Now, a duo of Deborah Byrne and Suzette Das, the new lineup found a new sound and energy on alt-pop of ‘Out of My Head’ and a radio rotated big track ‘If Love Was Enough’. Tomorrow marks the release of… Read more »

Posted on September 15th, 2016

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Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn have returned as Sylvan Esso with their first bit of new music since their debut album in 2014. ‘Radio’ is the lead track of the new 12″ release on Lomo Vista along with ‘Kick Jump Twist’, a bouncy synth-pop of a track. It’s released in November physically and digitally tomorrow.

Posted on September 1st, 2016

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New North London based artists Tender (James Cullen and Dan Cobb) recently signed to Partisan Records (Eagulls, Dilly Dally, Torres) and dropped a smooth electronic synth-cut called ‘Outside’. Reminiscent of Haelos and Glass Animals’ hypnotic rhythms, ‘Outside’ is a fine opening gambit, smouldering with desire. “I will touch myself, guilty of loving you too much/… Read more »

Posted on August 10th, 2016

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​Matt O’Baoill and Max Zanga are Tebi Rex an alt hip-hop duo from Maynooth, Kildare whose styles take in pop, acoustic and dance as part of its sound. is the lead single of the Ducks-To-Position EP which was released on Bandcamp on Sunday. Tebi Rex are part of the Word Up Collective, a new hip-hop… Read more »

Posted on August 9th, 2016

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The second song from Banks’ forthcoming album The Altar (September 30th), ‘Gemini Feed’ is a cross between ’90s-era R&B (Brandy and Monica’s ‘The Boy Is Mine’ has the same marimba style) and the heady synth style that producer Sohn brings to the table. First single ‘Fuck With Myself’ was a little close to FKA Twigs… Read more »

Posted on August 3rd, 2016

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Cotswold brother and sister Rob and Katy Pearson, Ardyn, appeared earlier late in 2015 with a nice debut EP of smart indie pop music. Then came ‘Over The River’, a song which shared some parallels with London Grammar in tone. Now, the Pearsons have a new four-track EP out called The Valley, which features production… Read more »

Posted on July 28th, 2016

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Skott is a new artist out of Scandinavia (who apparently “grew up in a remote small town forest commune run by ‘outcast’ folk musicians”) whose debut single ‘Porcelain’ was featured as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World and was approved by Lorde. Grand job. Her second single, ‘Wolf’ is a finger-clicking-assisted composition of bright… Read more »

Posted on July 27th, 2016

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Having recently released a reworked collection, VCR & Chill of their electro-pop project New Portals’ songs on an EP in the style of the alt-folk pop band The Jepettos, Ruth and Mike Aicken are back focusing on New Portals‘ music. The Belfast couple continue their run of fine electronic pop with ‘Cage’, a song influenced… Read more »

Posted on July 25th, 2016

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Hvmmingbyrd are a Dublin band that recently reappeared as a duo and a new sound with the atmospheric alt-pop song ‘Out Of My Head’. Suzette Das & Deborah Byrne’s new song pushes them further down that new road with a beautifully-executed song which was produced by the band and Aisling Jarvis. It will feature on… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2016

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You’ve all seen Game Of Thrones the ’90s version but what about music? Am I right guys? Canadian based composer and arranger Jerry Shen aka Tronicbox did something amazing with Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ and ‘Love Yourself?’ and turned them into authentically eighties pop hits complete with dripping chords, lo-fi synths and brass… Read more »

Posted on June 17th, 2016

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After waiting so long for new music from The Avalanches, coming back with ‘Frankie Sinatra’ didn’t fill me with much hope. Lacking charm, nuance and substance, the hook-filled sample was enough to lock on to you while Doom and Danny Brown did a fine job with a novelty-sounding beat. In the Zane Lowe interview that… Read more »

Posted on June 16th, 2016

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Anyone interested in new music in Ireland will have been keeping an eye on Hare Squead. It was October 2014 at Hard Working Class Heroes when I first saw Tony Konstone, Jessy Rose and E-Knock play live and their R&B-swerved into electronic pop / rap style was something that has not really existed in Ireland… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2016

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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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