Cork singer Brian Deady has released his first song since 2015’s album Non-Fiction. ‘Say When’ is a moving song of soul and gospel-leaning proportions about losing someone. Of the artwork, Deady says his mother is the inspiration: The artwork is an image of my mother Lucy’s baking tray which she’s worked hard on for most… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2017

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Diffusion Lab, the production and management house (Irish Times profile ) who have brought us Soulé and Jafaris among others have added another artist to their roster alongside Rushes, Killa Yan and AikJ. DAY_S is a 22-year- old singer-songwriter and his debut single ‘Last Night’ is a soulful slice of electronic pop with a wavy… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2017

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I introduced 1000 Beasts (and the meta music video), Cian Sweeney’s all-encompassing project that will feature guest vocalists on each track. Sweeney is a freelance musician, pianist and producer who has recently worked with Jenny Greene & The RTE Concert Orchestra and Phil Coulter, has now revealed track two – ‘Got This Feeling (remix)’ featuring… Read more »

Posted on September 21st, 2017

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Upcoming Irish singer, songwriter and producer Erica Cody impressed with her debut single ‘Addicted’ and was featured here a while back as a result. Now the song has a video made by Tim Hood that is as slick as the song. Cody is one of a few performers alongside Mango, Jess Kav and Jafaris performing… Read more »

Posted on August 30th, 2017

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With a sound that has been established as a bed of alternative live band R&B or “agrosoul”, BARQ are one of the most unique offerings in terms of new bands to arrive in the last two years. Newest song ‘Optimus Prime’ certainly picks up the chain of “agrosoul” to its logical frenetic sonic conclusion, coming… Read more »

Posted on August 29th, 2017

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Here’s the first offering from a new Dublin-based artist Charlotte Headon. Headon is a relatively new recording artist with three songs on Soundcloud of soulful R&B with a minimal and laidback style. Newest track ‘Hold Tight’ is the most complete of the three and features beats by ntourage. It’s got a freestyle-vibe to it and… Read more »

Posted on August 2nd, 2017

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One of my favourite new artists of the last few years, Kelela has returned with new music. ‘LMK’, which stands for “Let me Know” restablishes Kelela’s clubby R&B sound as heard on Cut 4 Me mixtape and Hallucinogen EP. It’s taken from her album Take Me Apart out on October 6th on Warp Records. ‘Rewind’… Read more »

Posted on August 1st, 2017

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I’ve covered Orange Tree’s first two releases here earlier this year but the success of the just-released third 12″ in the series from the Dublin label is worth noting because a) it’s currently top of the Juno chart in all genres and b) it has two grade A dancefloor bangers that people are really responding… Read more »

Posted on July 25th, 2017

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The latest in Rocstrong’s monthly singles drops is here. ‘Be Cool’ is a breezy track of funk-pop and R&B tones, inspired by Anderson Paak and Lupe Fiasco about the ups and downs of a relationship. Previous singles include ‘Vibes’ and ‘I Gotcha’:

Posted on July 6th, 2017

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One of my favourite songs of last year will feature on a new EP from Fehdah (formerly Feather). Hip Drop Records will release the Like No Other EP featuring the title song and 3 others on August 11th. Fehdah is the futuristic Afro soul music project of Sierra Leonean-born Emma Garnett and a seven-piece band…. Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2017

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Wyvern Lingo have released the first single of their forthcoming debut album. ‘I Love You Sadie’ is a soulful R&B pop song with a very modern sentiment “about loving the feminine qualities of a man, and encouraging him not to worry about fitting into the male stereotype and just to be himself”. Caoimhe Barry, Karen… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2017

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Hare Squead have followed up their Supernormal EP from last year with a new laidback single ‘Pure’. The trio of Jessy Rose, Tony Konstone and Lilo Blues recently feature on Goldlink’s album on a remix of their track ‘Herside Story’ and played support to him in London this week. ‘Pure’ is a low tempo R&B… Read more »

Posted on June 9th, 2017

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Guts is a Jazz / soul / funk / rap producer out of France who I caught at Eurosonic at a great live show in 2016 ‘Want It Back’ was the jam that stood out then. With a full-band in full effect featuring Wolfgang Volburn of The Ephemerals, Mary May, Beat Assaillant, Florian Pellissier, Greg… Read more »

Posted on June 8th, 2017

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The Cork band Shookrah take their sweet music influences from soul, jazz, R&B and electronic music. Recent single ‘Gerascophia’ mixed those sounds with power (watch below) and the six-piece live band’s follow up single ‘On Our Way’ is a platonic love song in a similar sonic vein. ‘Our Own Way is a song in acknowledgement… Read more »

Posted on April 19th, 2017

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Dublin artist Soulé follows up her impactful first two singles ‘Love No More’ and ‘Good Life’ today, with ‘Troublemaker’. The Diffusion Lab-produced track has a Mura Masa-style electronic pop feel and comes with artwork with Soulé wielding a baseball bat. No messing. It’s out now on Streaming services. The song was added to the Nialler9… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2017

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