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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Foreign Air is a new American band from, Jacob and Jessie Clasen (second names unknown) who collaborated between the real world (in New York, North Carolina, California and DC) and online via Dropbox. For their debut single, the pair have hit upon a sound that is close to the muted indie R&B of Glass Animals… Read more »

Posted on December 1st, 2015

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Haelos have been slowly insinuating themselves into the heads of music fans with their singular atmospheric harmonic indie. The London band released a super EP earlier this year that features ‘Earth Not Above’ which was followed by ‘Dust’. Both are quality songs. Haelos are releasing an album next year on Matador so in the meantime,… Read more »

Posted on October 29th, 2015

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West of Ireland electro/pop fiddle and button pusher Daithí has been finding his own groove of late with shows at Electric Picnic among the best that he’s played in his career. As a fiddle player, it’s no surprise that Daithí takes inspiration from the past, but his new track ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’ has a personal… Read more »

Posted on October 21st, 2015

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Katie Laffan has been making music for a few years now and received some attention through Hot Press’ Big Break competition two years ago. Now, at age 19, the Dubliner Laffan has just released her debut EP called Dead As Disco. And while these days, disco feels quite alive in various ways, Laffan’s title suggests… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2015

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The Bray trio of Caoimhe Barry, Saoirse Duane and Karen Cowley aka Wyvern Lingo have been itching to get some new music out into the world, so much so that we gave you a live version of ‘The Worst Light’ back in June. In the meantime, the band have been playing with the Hoze and… Read more »

Posted on September 23rd, 2015

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Madonna’s ‘Into the Groove’ begins with the pop star flaunting her moves in her bedroom, wishing and hoping she can find someone else to dance with outside that sanctuary. Belfast-based duo New Portals explore a similar theme with their new song ‘Groove Boy’ so much so that the lyric intentionally or unintentionally echoes Madonna’s line… Read more »

Posted on September 14th, 2015

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Maud in Cahoots‘ music has been growing in stature over the last year or two, buoyed by an increase in artistic ambition that saw them perform their music in conceptual stage show as part of the Fringe Festival. Their style, an orchestral chamber-pop take on a Scandinavian-style pop music, has also grown more refined as… Read more »

Posted on September 14th, 2015

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Los Angeles’ Transviolet have followed up the excellent ‘Girls Your Age’ with ‘Bloodstream’, a more-direct desire hit of pop melodies and electronic beat ambiance. The band had this to say of the track: “Being in love is knowing someone could completely destroy you. It’s a reckless vulnerability.” US Tour Dates (with Mikky Ekko)  Thurs… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2015

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The Belfast duo New Portals, appeared on my radar, as Northern Irish bands often do, through BBC NI’s Across The Line‘s New Tune Disco, which I contribute to about once a month (this week’s New Tune Disco is here). New Portals are a new project from  Michael and Ruth Aicken who make folk/pop music as… Read more »

Posted on July 30th, 2015

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Cork’s Brian Deady has proved himself to be a fine vocalist, and one with variety as recently demonstrated by his a capella doo-wop covers and his original soulful music. For his newest track ‘A Darkness’, there’s a change afoot. Deady is delving deeper, and coming up with the heartfelt goods. Check out the track which… Read more »

Posted on July 27th, 2015

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A new artist on the rise in the UK, Starling has debuted with a beautiful slow-moving ballad called ‘Take It Down’, a song which brandishes comparisons to Goldfrapp and Birdy in its style. Starling is signed to Communion Music, home to Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bear’s Den, Tennis and Matthew and the Atlas. She’ll play… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

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That ‘Waterfall’ is ice cool is no surprise. Vök, the three piece band who made the song are from Hafnarfjörður in Iceland, and are surrounded by the stuff. Their band name literally means ‘hole in the ice’. The synths on ‘Waterfall’ sound like the fjords moving in the darkness, the landscape breathing in our absence,… Read more »

Posted on July 15th, 2015

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