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Jon Dark and Julie Chance’s music as Kool Thing to date, has shapeshifted in forms between a range of touchstones: elements of ’80s electronic, ’90s indie, brooding cold electronica and everything in-between. Constant throughout has been the presence of both members’ chanting double vocals; distinctive and hypnotic. The Berlin-based band’s self-titled debut album solidifies the… Read more »

Posted on March 7th, 2013

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Around 1998, when my music tastes were turning towards the wider world, electronic music was captivating my consciousness. When you’re a 16 year old, your music collection is about as subtle as a Thunderdome compilation but interesting stuff was creeping in: Squarepusher, Boards Of Canada, Aphex Twin, LFO, anything on Warp basically and Rephlex Records…. Read more »

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Posted on June 20th, 2012

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Italians Do It Better were one of the first record labels to make a significant name for themselves through music blogs in the early days of the format circa 2007 and 2008. The label’s well-maintained blogspot, which is still in effect, became essential reading for bloggers who were interested in obscure heritage and rarely-heard artefacts… Read more »

Posted on May 11th, 2012

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In attempting to gather my thoughts into a coherent piece after experiencing Tomorrow In A Year, The Knife-soundtracked Charles Darwin opera which was performed in the Cork Opera House over the weekend, I must dispense an obvious caveat straight away: I know almost nothing about opera. It may be a centuries old artform but I… Read more »

Posted on June 28th, 2011

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It’s Dingle time. Season 9 of Other Voices in the town of Dingle, Co. Kerry is a music enthusiast’s haven from the world for five days. Thankfully the snow was left behind, but we’ve brought with us a great sense of expectation for what’s to come. And how could we not? The National (who have… Read more »

Posted on December 5th, 2010

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