This weekend sees the fifth year of Body & Soul’s own festival that started as an enclosed area at Electric Picnic. Every year, reports from Ballinlough Castle in Westmeath have been positive and mostly, sunny.
Here’s the 10 essential tracks from the festival lineup this year with some extra in the playlist for the late-night crew.
1. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’
The newest track from Dan Snaith, is the sound of lush electronic music with a psychedelic bent. As proved over the years, Caribou sets are often the highlights of festivals and Body & Soul have saved the best to last on Sunday night.
2. Darkside – ‘Paper Trails’
An excuse to get down to the festival on the Friday night, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s electronic art-rock blues show with its giant mirror backdrop is one of the best shows of the year. Don’t miss.
3. John Grant – ‘Pale Green Ghosts’
A humble bear with an addictive past, John Grant has redeemed himself through his art and his searingly honest and often, funny songs.
4.Goldfrapp – ‘Ride A White Horse’
While the newest Goldfrapp album Tales Of Us is all downbeat and lush, it’s the older electro dance tracks that do the best live, like this stomper from 2005’s Supernature.
5. Max Romeo – ‘Chase The Devil’
When the sun shines and the vibe is right there’s nothing better than bouncing to a bit of nice discerning reggae. And who better than the Jamaican legend who was sampled by The Prodigy on ‘Outer Space’?
6. Gary Numan – Metal
Somehow a man singing a song about about an android who wishes to be human at a festival called Body & Soul makes some sort of perverse sense.
7. Jon Hopkins – ‘Open Eye Signal’
From last year’s Mercury Music Prize nominated album comes this dazzling eight-minute slice of organic breathing digital dance track.
8. Lasertom – ‘No Play’
Dubliner Simon Cullen’s space-disco project is a perfect 4pm stage opener on the Saturday. Time to boogie.
9. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’
Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Lanza collaborated with producer Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys on an album of ethereal R&B electro. Keep Moving is the most upbeat track from it, perfect for a Ballinlough Castle setting.
10. Mount Kimbie –’Made To Stray’
One of the best tracks of 2013, the skittering percussion-featuring ‘Made To Stray’ manages to walk a fine line between sprawling electronic epicness and headphone ambience.
Listen to the playlist on Spotify with 10 extra tracks from artists playing.
As featured in the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine every Thursday.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.