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10 Irish songs you should hear this week

10 Irish songs you should hear this week

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A lot of music from Ireland and Northern Ireland comes our way and every week, we listen through it all, sift the list down to a manageable list and share the best new tracks from emerging artists and some more established acts that deserve to be heard by you.

For more extensive Irish and new music coverage, follow our Spotify playlist or hit up the Irish section for individual track features.

Featuring: Problem Patterns, Marini, Alyxis, Captain Moonlight, Fya Fox, Lushed, Def Nettle, Datqidexcel, AC3, Elaphi.

1.

MARINI

Smitten

Dublin-based producer Rob Marini has released a fine EP called Winter Moon of electronic productions, on the label Midnight Movement’ (which is named after a Larry Heard track).

‘Smitten’ is the EP’s opener, a jazzy-house groover.

2.

Alyxis

Grip

Get a grip.

The Irish A/V non-binary artist Alyxis continues exploring digital realms through music and self-created visuals.

‘Grip’ explores ” intimate expression in the context of “temporary escapism through wellness apps and digital resources.”

3.

Lushed

U

Galway electronic producer Lushed comes through with a warming lush shimmering track.

4.

Problem Patterns

Pity Bra

A 98-second highlight from Belfast queer feminist punk band Problem Patterns’ new album Blouse Club, recounts the time the band attended a Sleater Kinney gig through the on-stage banter of Carrie Brownstein at the gig in Dublin that night.

5.

Captain Moonlight

I Want To Fight The Taoiseach

Kilkenny MC Captain Moonlight won’t take no for answer. He will fight the Taoiseach, Leo, Micheal, Bertie, whoever.

Moonlight has form in such topics.

Bandcamp discography.

6.

Datqidexcel

Daily Thoughts


Datqidexcel (dat-kid-excel) is an the 18-year-old Limerick rapper that has dropped the notable new single ‘Daily Thoughts’, which features a beat by West London’s Jaden JDN Fitzgerald and production by Luke Culhane.

“It apprises the ambitions and goals I aspire to reach before I can truly say I’ve made it. The aim behind this song is to show people I’m not the same person I was when I made ‘Time Will Tell’, my debut single. I don’t care for what’s trending anymore. From now onwards when I make music, I want it to be on my terms,”,

DATQIDEXCEL

YOUTUBE // INSTAGRAM // TIK TOK 

7.

Fya Fox

Duvet Day

The Irish singer-songwriter Fya Fox introduces the bright chilled pop of ‘Duvet Day’ with influences coming from the style of HAIM.

“This track is about anxiety, all those little voices, little fears and worries creeping in making you want to crawl up like a caterpillar in your duvet hiding from the world. I wanted to take back control and for anyone feeling like this, this is that hairbrush anthem they can sing to”.

Fya Fox: Insta | Spotify | Tik Tok

8.

AC3

Arms Of Another

‘Swerve’ from Dublin 18 year-old rapper AC3 is recommended listening for anyone who vibed with Sello’s Gaelic drill style.

Previously: ‘Dublin Not London’

9.

Elaphi

Diamond Walls

Robust indie alt-rock from Dublin band Elaphi and the song ‘Diamond Walls’

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‘Diamond Walls captures the overwhelming surge of thoughts and emotions that flood our minds and hearts when we are faced with a difficult predicament, specifically when it revolves around the profound sensations of love and loss’

Elaphi launch the song with a gig at Whelans Upstairs on Friday November 17th.

Elaphi are Dublin based four-piece band founded in 2021 by songwriter and guitarist Sara Barberio, along with Jacopo Stofler (guitar), Federico Camici (bass), and Grim Nordahl (drums).

Elaphi: Insta | Spotify

10.

Def Nettle

Boat Race

Following in the footsteps of Roots Manuva who also has a song referencing ‘Boat Race’ ( a term meaning well and truly beaten), Glen Brad’s Def Nettle punk-funk band releases the first single from a forthcoming album DN001, out February 9th 2024.

‘Boat Race’ features the vocals of Brady and Lisa Doyle-Taafe, and takes inspiration from Stiff Little Fingers and The Undertone.

Brady and Doyle-Taafe are joined by Ely Siegel on bass, drummer Jay Oglesby and guest guitarist Greg Earl, Californian punk rock guitarist with the band Cement Eater (and screen printer for skateboard collective, The N-Men)

“I’ve worked with a lot of genres of music in my life and I’ve learned much of what I know about making music from a variety of very talented people and it feels like this album is a summation of all of those genres and the knowledge that I’ve been lucky enough to have been given through the skills of all of my teachers and collaborators. It’s a personal expression of my experiences but it owes a debt to everyone who has been part of my musical journey.”

Def Nettle front man Glen Brady.

For more extensive Irish and new music coverage, hit up the Irish section for individual track features

For this and more Irish songs, follow the Nialler9 New Irish Spotify playlist.

This week’s playlist updates includes the songs above along with new additions:

  • Pillow Queens – Suffer
  • Rachael Lavelle – Travel Size
  • Sarah Crean – The Subtle Art of Past
  • Rudy – Lily pad
  • Blimp – For The Both Of Us
  • Rory Ryan – In The Future
  • KhakiKid – Who’s That Girl
  • The Line – The World Told No Lies
  • Róisín McKeown – Get On Fine
  • Abbacaxi – Delivered – Abbacaxi remix
  • Kojaque – LARRY BIRD
  • John Francis Flynn – Kitty
  • Big Sleep – Fingerlickin’ Goodness
  • CABL – Shoelaces

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