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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A criticism I levelled at Jack Garratt’s show at The Great Escape, was one of showboating. The bearded musician was an able multi-tasker playing synth, drums, guitar and singing nearly all at once, which gave his music a scattered and skittery feel. There are no such problems with Garratt’s new single ‘Weathered’, which wisely sticks… Read more »

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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Lianne La Havas has followed up the swirling single ‘Unstoppable’ with another fine track that suggests her forthcoming album Blood will be one to behold. ‘What You Don’t Do’ moves with a near-Motown soul swing. The song was produced by Aqualung’s Matt Hales, as was her debut. The video is by Leila & Damien de… Read more »

Posted on June 23rd, 2015

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I remained largely immune to the music of Shura, the BBC Sound of 2015 shortlisted artist. I had sort of dismissed her music as lacking and more about industry hype – her songs thus far fit into the trend for gossamer beautifully-sounding R&B but didn’t catch. ‘White Light’ shatters that perception for me. It’s a… Read more »

Posted on June 11th, 2015

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Rudi Zygadlo was one of the producers I encountered at the Red Bull Music Academy in 2013 on my visit there. Even then, Rudi had already released music with Planet Mu and was making a name for himself as a leftfield experimental producer. ‘Symphathies Scrapbook’, the Scottish producer’s first single, since releasing with Mad Decent,… Read more »

Posted on June 11th, 2015

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Bear Worship is a new project from the Irish musician Karl Knuttel who quit making music a few years ago. However, inspiration struck once again and Knuttel ended up making an album, with an electronic influence. In his own words? “Bear Worship is a celebration. It’s about positivity and realism, love and friends, passion and… Read more »

Posted on June 11th, 2015

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Calling herself Lady Esmerelda Felicity S. Von de Beaks, the singer/musician behind the Northern Irish project called BEAKS prefers to stay anonymous for now. She’s previously covered Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ with an electro pop version and with ‘Good Friday Agreement’, the masked singer releases an original track that has… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2015

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Isaac Hayes’ ‘Ike’s Rap II’ is the source sample of two of the best British tracks of the nineties in Portishead’s ‘Glory Box’ and Tricky’s ‘Hell Around The Corner’. The Portishead version is itself flipped by 18 year-old Ontario singer-songwriter Alessia Cara on ‘Here’ (although it interpolates the original’s intro), basically an opportunity for Cara… Read more »

Posted on May 19th, 2015

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Andre J.P Bangala is back with another slice of funky rock music from his Rocstrong music project. This one harks back to the Congo-born Dubliner’s debut ‘Go Head’. ‘Hold Ya’ is further proof of a developing new Irish talent. Hear also: Limits. You can catch Rocstrong at Forbidden Fruit.

Posted on May 11th, 2015

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What I really like about the music of Marius Lauber AKA Roosevelt is his ability to inject his self-produced music with some serious disco verve. It makes sense that he’s signed to Greco-Roman, the label who make dance music with an indie sensibility. ‘Night Moves’ has a disco beat at its heart but it also… Read more »

Posted on May 6th, 2015

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Pleasure Beach are a new band from Belfast, who formed in a Belfast coffee shop in January (speaking of Belfast coffee shops – I recommend Established – where I’d bet these guys and gals formed). Their members’ names are Lisa, Rachel, Kat, Alan and Richard and their debut single has some pop swing to it…. Read more »

Posted on May 6th, 2015

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Moullinex makes music that is fun, summery dance with a disco flavour and the new track ‘Take A Chance’ from the Portuguese dude Luis Clara Gomes is pure summer holiday music. It’s from his new second album Elsewhere out on18th May through !K7 and his own label Discotexas. Tracklisting: 1. Trip Advisor 2. Take a… Read more »

Posted on April 27th, 2015

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