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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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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Here’s a promising listen to the first single from Dublin singer-songwriter Tim Chadwick. ‘Blindfolded’ is a fine singer-songwriter-style pop song which serves as the Dubliner’s opening gambit. Ben Howard and James Vincent McMorrow have been cited as comparisons. To me, ‘Blindfolded’ sounds like the work of an artist heading for a large radio-friendly audience regardless… Read more »

Posted on April 6th, 2016

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Kiiara was working in in a hardware shop in Illinois when she put her best track ‘Gold’ up online. That track, a modern earworm with production by Felix Snow featured mangled catchy vocals and finger-clicking percussion and It racked up over 7 million plays. As a result, she was one of my artists of 2016… Read more »

Posted on March 22nd, 2016

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The music of Anthony Gonzalez, M83, over his discography has transformed from ambient electronic pop to the kind of large-scale electronic compositions that work well juxtaposed with Hollywood blockbusters. Sitting in between, was an 80s-inspired synth electronic pop that brought the former to the latter. Nostalgic grandiosity has always been key to M83’s music. On… Read more »

Posted on March 2nd, 2016

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Update: Charli XCX has announced this is being released on her own label Vroom Vroom on Friday. The label “focuses on experimental and futuristic pop music”. Sounds like a compromise between the label and artist (she calls it “my favorite music i’ve ever made”) so that she keeps making big pop tunes for a while yet…. Read more »

Posted on February 23rd, 2016

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With each passing song, Wyvern Lingo show a new facet of their developing sound, especially on their forthcoming EP release on March 4th through Rubyworks. ‘Letter To Willow’ has them giving a Dirty Projectors-style vocal to a 90s-style song, ‘Subside’ also recalled a 90s feel, specifically the work of Fiona Apple with a jazzier influence…. Read more »

Posted on February 22nd, 2016

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I first heard ‘Love On Top’ at Daithí’s incendiary Body&Soul Electric Picnic set last year. At that time, Dublin singer-songwriter Sinead White was known for a pleasant debut album of bright songs. Paired with Daithí’s electronic pop sensibilities though, White’s voice became a powerhouse on that day, in a dance music context. I’m delighted that… Read more »

Posted on February 11th, 2016

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Bray three-piece Wyvern Lingo have a new EP out called Letter To Willow on March 4th. The EP’s title track harks back to a 90s pop/rock sound and vocals akin to the expressive power of the Dirty Projectors. The video for the song by Simon Eustace just dropped and it’s a simple yet effective one-shot… Read more »

Posted on January 28th, 2016

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The 20 year-old English producer Sunil Heera aka XO introduces himself with a sweet headnodding beat that ushers in some piano stabs and the soulful voice of Sydney James Chatburn on ‘Divine Disaster’. The song develops an Kaytranada R&B beat style swing and things continue to seep in from there, sounding like a popper bouncier… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2016

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Katharine Philippa is one of my favourite Irish artists and one of the most talented I’ve seen play live. She’s created an excellent mashup cover before this one takes four of Bieber’s songs from his new album Purpose, ‘What Do You Mean’ / ‘Love Yourself’ / ‘I’ll Show You’ / ‘Sorry’ and turns it into… Read more »

Posted on January 19th, 2016

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Ellie and Louise McNamamara, Heathers, are back with a new song from a the followup to their second album Kingdom. ‘November’ is a slow-moving song that addresses loss and the suitable video was made by Shaun & Jeff at Crooked Gentlemen Films. The song is on iTunes. Here’s an acoustic version of the track:

Posted on January 15th, 2016

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The new Belgian artist Tsar B released her first track ‘Escalate’ late last year. The song’s chopped and screwed atmospheric electronic style has an Middle Eastern influence with FKA Twigs-style scattered minimal pounding beats. Today, a video shot by Maximiliaan Dierickx in Lisbon accompanies the song. “The hunt of the dark creatures and the fearlessness… Read more »

Posted on January 7th, 2016

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