It’s festival bank holiday weekend and that means there are 3 major music festivals happening in Dublin, Cork and the Midlands (four if you count the smaller Arcadian Field in Bellurgan). Here are 10 recommendations for acts and performances I would see if I was at all of Beatyard, Castlepalooza & Indiependence.



The Beatyard, Sunday

The soundtrack to the end of the chillout phenomenon when Moon Safari, the band’s debut of French electronic pop was released in 1998, this French duo went on to create a body of work that incorporated ’80s synth experimentalism and a very particular retro French style of studious songwriting. They’ve not played here in a long time (last reference I can find is from 2001) so this will be a rare sight. To a lesser extend, see Morcheeba who play before them.


Shit Robot

Sunday @ Castlepalooza

Marcus Lambkin is known as the Irishman who disco infiltrated DFA Records and there’s a good reason for that. The man has talent in creating propulsive electronic music that crosses the boundaries between disco, house and techno and still has a pop edge.


Le Boom

Saturday @ Castlepalooza, Sunday @ Indiependence

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Christy Leech & Aimie Mallon are a party band who make music that moves between house, pop and electro and they’ve been building a great live reputation in the past year. They are one of the hottest tickets on Irish festivals so it’s no surprise with only one single out, they’re playing at the late end of the festival bills this weekend.


Wild Beasts

Friday @ Castlepalooza, Sunday @ Indiependence

One of the best live bands to come out of the UK in the last 10 years. Their albums may vary but they are a singular proposition, creating intricate imaginative indie-rock. Live, their drummer is one to watch as he’s a subtle master.


Larry Heard

Saturday @ Beatyard

Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers is an electronic music pioneer and this is his first ever live show in Ireland so that counts for something. Most recently, he was sample by Kanye West on ‘Fade’.



Saturday @ Beatyard, Sunday @ Indiependence

BARQ are seasoned musicians having played with Hozier, Kodaline, Monster Monster, Damien Dempsey, Loah, Lethal Dialect, Ryan Sheridan and Zaska in the past and are establishing their own rap-tinged soulful R&B jazz sound under a genre they’ve coined as “agrosoul.”


Romare (Live)

Saturday @ Beatyard

A full live band set from a producer who has mined American folk music for sampling purposes but has worked them in a more textured way than Moby. His two recent Love Songs albums were excellent releases and the prospect of a full live band has the potential for a Bonobo-style live show.


Sing Along Social

Saturday @ Beatyard

Full disclosure. The ringmaster of Sing Along Social is my wife Aoife but I’m not the only one who agrees that Aoife has hit upon a great concept that as you can see below works very well at a festival. Sing Along Social like karaoke en masse but there are no stars showing off, it’s a guilt-free choir where everyone sings together, it’s a singing party where you could be singing Mariah’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ in June, TLC, ABBA, Enya, Beach Boys or Journey. At Beatyard, the theme is Seaside vs. the City. And watch out for the craic attack of Bingo Loco before hand.



Sunday @ Castlepalooza


A rising talent from my hometown of Newbridge, CO. Kildare, Peter Fleming’s electronic project left a mark with a full album of instrumental cosmic electronica but he’s since been embracing a sound draws from more upbeat tempos, retro electronic pop styles and vocals.



Saturday @ Indiependence

This young Cork lass based in the UK makes pop music in the vein of Florence and keeps her accent intact. Combining Scandinavian pop dynamic productions with her Emerald hear made for some suave pop. I put her on the TV show Striking Out earlier this year in my other job as music supervisor and that got her a lot of traction if I do so so myself. Live, she’s a charmer too.

Posted on August 3rd, 2017


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Whoop. Beatyard, the festival by the sea just announced its headliners for the August bank holiday weekend in Dun Laoghaire and they include a rare live set from Air and a Mark Ronson Dj set.

Here is how the lineup looks including previously announced artists.

  • AIR
  • Mark Ronson [ DJ Set ]
  • Bananarama
  • Toots and The Maytals
  • Candi Staton
  • Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers Live
  • Mood ii Swing
  • Romare [ Full Live Band ]
  • Rusangano Family
  • Katie Kim
  • Kíla
  • Horse Meat Disco
  • Fish Go Deep
  • BARQ
  • Mama Kasbah
  • Famous Eno
  • Venus Dupree
  • Sing Along Social
  • Mike Black
  • Steve Egri
  • Conor L
  • Drawing with Don Conroy

Festival areas

Eatyard Dublin’s favourite street food market with 50+ food areas, demos, food competitions, workshops and the Bernard Shea Flea Market in there too.
Gamesyard Board games, computer games, & real life sports & games for adults & kids
Brewtonic Bars dedicated to craft beer, whiskey, rum, gin & fine wines.
Banteryard with Jim Carroll – Talks, Panels & Debates
Studioyard Art, Design, & Tech Installations.
Boatyard Get your Nautical boogie on, literally, on the water with  boat parties. Lineups TBA….
Kidsyard – Dedicated Arts, Design, Music & Games Area for Parents & Kids. And a Daddy nappy changing contest.


Tickets are down to the last 1000 for 2 for 1 price which means €30 per day or €89 for the weekend.

Posted on March 16th, 2017


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Back just before Air released their hugely popular Moon Safari album in 1998, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel put together a promo mix that ended up on 4 CDs and broadcast as a mix on BBC Radio One’s Essential Mix in two parts.

The mix was eclectic featuring classic rock’n’roll like Bowie, Prince, Beatles and Velvet Underground; artists of the era like Beck, Beastie Boys, Money Mark, French artists of all stripes: Thomas Bangalter, Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Polnareff, Jacques Dutronc, Brigitte Bardot, Francis Lai and Air themselves, along with some psychedelia, balladry, electronic curios and funk and soul.

Stereogum introduced me to the promo mix way back and the track info is on Discogs in two parts but I’d only just heard the Essential Mix recently which is blended so here it is for your mix of the week.

The sound of Air? Well here’s what made the classic album ‘Moon Safari’ (1998) sound the way it did, this limited edition CD is part one of a mammoth 4 hour journey through the personal record collections of former architect Nicolas Godin and mathematician Jean-Benoit Dunckel. Artists include Pink Floyd, Horace Andy, Brigitte Gardot, Prince, Beastie Boys, Iggy Pop, Rolling Stones and more. * Please note the back cover states this is for ‘Promotional Use Only’. This was intended for select radio stations throughout Europe. Polystars. 2002.

As many of the songs as I could find are on this Spotify playlist too.

Mixcloud Part One


1.01 David Bowie – Speed Of Life (1:32)
1.02 Beatles, The – The End (1:00)
1.03 Beck – Lloyd Price Express (3:05)
1.04 Rollerball – Executive Party Dance (1:45)
1.05 Dopplereffekt – Pornographic Movies (2:07)
1.06 M.A.S.H. – Suicide Is Painless (2:35)
1.07 Quincy Jones – Summer In The City (3:40)
1.08 Serge Gainsbourg – En Melody (2:58)
1.09 Soft Machine – The Soft Wead Factor (2:21)
1.10 Michel Polnareff – Computer Dream (3:51)
1.11 Minnie Riperton – Loving You (3:42)
1.12 John Lennon – How Do You Sleep (4:54)
1.13 Jean-Jacques Perrey – Flight Of The Bumblebee (2:08)
1.14 Beastie Boys – Car Thief (3:03)
1.15 Ween – Roses Are Free (4:37)
1.16 Cure, The – In Your House (2:54)
1.17 Sly Stone – In Time (5:45)
1.18 Frank Sinatra – Water To Drink (2:34)
1.19 Prince – Crazy You (1:52)
1.20 Kraftwerk – Statovarius (3:31)


2.01 Small Faces – Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (2:11)
2.02 Beck – Electric Music & The Summer People (3:38)
2.03 Air – Malfunction (1:07)
2.04 Velvet Underground, The – Ocean (3:57)
2.05 Money Mark – Pinto’s New Car (2:39)
2.06 Richard De Bordeaux – La Drogue (2:56)
2.07 Stanley Cowell – Travelling Man (4:12)
2.08 Supergrass – Lose It (2:36)
2.09 Funk Factory – Rien Ne Va Plus (5:15)
2.10 Brian Eno – On Some Faraway Beach (3:04)
2.11 Michel Polnareff – Polnareve (1:09)
2.12 Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talking (0:35)
2.13 Francis Lai – Generique FR3 (3:18)
2.14 Phoenix – City Lights (3:19)
2.15 Pharcyde, The – Passin’ Me By (remix) (4:55)
2.16 Chic – At Last I Am Free (6:15)
2.17 David Bowie – The Man Who Sold The World (3:57)
2.18 Beck – Deadweight (4:50)

Mixcloud Part Two

Disc II

1.01 Pink Floyd – More (2:44)
1.02 Jacques Dutronc – Le Temps Des Copains (3:52)
1.03 Horace Andy – Spying Glass (5:10)
1.04 Lou Reed – Lady Day (3:26)
1.05 The Rolling Stones – Fingerprint File (4:10)
1.06 AIR – Remember (David Whitaker Version) (2:21)
1.07 Parliament – I Just Got Back (4:35)
1.08 The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows (2:55)
1.09 Brigitte Bardot – Contact (2:40)
1.10 Dusty Springfield – The Look Of Love (5:49)
1.11 Etienne De Crécy – Prix Choc (2:56)
1.12 Iggy Pop – Dum Dum Boys (7:14)
1.13 Thomas Bangalter – Ventura (5:16)
1.14 Prince – Papa (2:38_
1.15 AIR – Summer Love (Demo Version) (4:09)


2.01 The Beatles – The Word 2:10
2.02 Funkadelic – No Head No Backstage Pass 2:36
2.03 AIR – You Make It Easy (Demo Version) 3:49
2.04 Dick Hyman – Give It Up Or Turn It Loose 3:32
2.05 Shirley Bassey – Light My Fire 3:33
2.06 Prince – The Ballad Of Dorothy Parker 5:04
2.07 Château Flight – Monorama 3:36
2.08 Serge Gainsbourg – Cannabis 2:29
2.09 Michael Jackson – Ben 2:53
2.10 The Beach Boys – Don’t Talk 3:24
2.11 Money Mark Trust – 2:39
2.12 Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gz And Hustles 4:14
2.13 Beastie Boys – Transitions 1:53
2.14 Prince – Bob George 4:47
2.15 Scratch Pet Land – Post It
2.16 Jimi Hendrix – Up From The Skies
2.17 Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together
2.18 Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness

Posted on August 10th, 2016



French band Air, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, introduced me and many others to music that was cosmic, electronic, retro and studious.

Their enlightening and insanely popular debut 1997 album Moon Safari, which featured ‘Sexy Boy’, ‘All I Need’, ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’ and ‘La Femme D’Argent’ became a classic and helped reintroduce chillout and retro music palettes to music.

Proceeding album 10 000 Hz Legend and delved into a unique electronic pop hybrid. Their soundtrack for Sofia Coppolla’s Virgin Suicides made the movie. Talkie Walkie returned to old ground and found breathtaking music in tracks like ‘Alone In Kyoto’ and ‘Cherry Blossom Girl’. The band’s sound fell out of favour but they continued working on worthwhile albums (2012’s Le voyage dans la Lune) and solo material following.

This June 10th, Warner Music will release a retrospective of the band’s music (with limited ssuper deluxe versions to follow on CD/LP on July 22nd). Collecting the best of the band’s music, remixes and some unreleased material, TwentyYears, chosen by the band themselves, is an anthology of their own considered greatest work.

From the second disc, I have an exclusive first listen to ‘Indian Summer’, a track that was originally featured on the Japanese 4LP edition of Love 2, which was limited to 1000 copies.

Air – TwentyYears – Tracklisting

CD 1 Best-Of

1. La Femme D’Argent
2. Cherry Blossom Girl
3. Kelly Watch the Stars
4. Playground Love
5. Sexy Boy
6. Venus
7. All I Need
8. Alpha Beta Gaga
9. Moon Fever
10. Don’t Be Light
11. How Does it Make you Feel
12. Once Upon A Time
13. Alone in Kyoto
14. Talisman
15. Run
16. Le soleil est près de Moi
17. Land Me

CD2 Rarities

1. Planet Vega
2. Flowerhead
3. Crickets
4. The Duelist featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg & Jarvis Cocker
5. High Point
6. Au fond du rêve doré featuring Françoise Hardy
7. Danger Zone
8. Indian Summer
9. The Way You Look Tonight
10. Roger Song (Previously unreleased)
11. J’ai dormi sous l’eau (live BBC 1998)
12. Remember (David Withaker version)
13. Trente millions d’amis (live KCRW 1998)
14. Adis Abebah (Previously unreleased)

CD3: Remixes

1. Ollano – Latitudes
2. Crustration – Purple (La Femme d’argent Mix)
3. Neneh Cherry – Kootchi (Air Remix)
4. Depeche Mode – Home (Air ‘Around The Golf’ Remix)
5. David Bowie – A Better Future (Remix by Air) (4:56)
6. Beck – Heaven Hammer (Missing Remixed by AIR)
7. MGMT – It’s Working (Air Remix)
8. Nosferatu (Remix by The Flower Pistols)
9. Money Mark – Rock in the Rain

Posted on May 12th, 2016



Taking place the week after Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Primavera Porto has a similar if scaled-down vibe.

This year’s festival takes place from June 9th to 11th and features headliners Air, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Beach House, Brian Wilson, Moderat, Animal Collective and more among them. No Radiohead or LCD Soundsystem as Barcelona but that was to be expected.

Tickets are €90 now and I will say Porto is a lovely city to visit if you need an excuse.

Primavera Porto lineup 2016

Air (FR)
Algiers (US)
Animal Collective (US)
Autolux (US)
Bardo Pond (US)
Battles (US)
Beach House (US)
The Black Madonna (US)
Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds (US)
Car Seat Headrest (US)
Cass McCombs (US)
Chairlift (US)
Deerhunter (US)
Destroyer (CA)
Dinosaur Jr. (US)
Drive Like Jehu (US)
Empress Of (US)
Explosions In The Sky (US)
Floating Points (live) (UK)
Fort Romeau (UK)
Freddie Gibbs (US)
Holly Herndon (US)
Julia Holter (US)
Kiasmos (IS)
Linda Martini (PT)
Loop (UK)
Manel (ES)
Moderat (DE)
Mudhoney (US)
Mueran Humanos (DE)
Neil Michael Hagerty & the Howling Hex (US)
Parquet Courts (US)
PJ Harvey (UK)
Protomartyr (US)
Roosevelt (DE)
Royal Headache (AU)
Savages (UK)
Sensible Soccers (PT)
Shellac (US)
Sigur Rós (IS)
Titus Andronicus (US)
Tortoise (US)
Ty Segall and The Muggers (US)
U.S. Girls (US)
Unsane (US)
White Haus (PT)
Wild Nothing (US)

Posted on February 4th, 2016


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I spend most of my day listening to music of all tempos and styles, so when I get close to the night, and bed is calling, I rarely put on music. I used to fall asleep with headphones in my ears but those times are gone and sleep is more precious. Occasionally, my head will be buzzing too much with work and plans that I can’t relax. Music can help then.

Here’s a 3-hour Spotify playlist featuring music for such an occasion, for sleep-inducing, quiet times, for background noise, for night-marches into a deep consciousness or whatever you’re having your self.

It features music, ambient, atmospheric and minimal from Aphex Twin, M83, Brian Eno, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Jon Hopkins, Ebauche, Burial, John Foxx, Julianna Barwick, Tangerine Dream, Air, Stars Of The Lid, Boards Of Canada, Harold Budd, Laraaji, Arca, Nils Frahm and more. It will be updated again in future so subscribe. In the meantime, press shuffle and drift off when appropriate.

Next up on the themed playlists? Halloween, Running, morning time or something else? Let me know.

Listen to the ambient playlist

Nialler9 on Spotify.

Posted on October 22nd, 2015


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The best of new album streams this week in A-Z form. See recent album streams in the category page.

Air – Le Voyage Dans la Lune
Bonobo – Black Sands remixed
Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
Errors – Have Some Faith In Magic
Field Music – Plumb
See the full A-Z list…→

Posted on February 13th, 2012

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Super Extra Bonus Party ALT. A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin.

Shows from Girls, Hockey, Air, Jesca Hoop, Valerie Francis amongst others this week. The State Social #2 takes place downstairs in the Shebeen Chic and a mega-lineup for a fiver takes place in Andrew’s Lane on Friday with Super Extra Bonus Party, Rubberbandits, Nakatomi Towers, The Cast of Cheers and Enemies. Poster above. Sample MP3s below too.

Tuesday 23rd February
Air @ The Olympia Theatre (€49.20)
Trashed (Indie/Electro club) @ Andrew’s Lane Theatre (10.30pm, €5)
C U Next Tuesday (indie/electro/pop/dance) @ Crawdaddy (11pm, €3/5)

Wednesday 24th February
The State Social #2 with Talulah Does the Hula @ Downstairs, Shebeen Chic (Free)
Air @ The Olympia Theatre (€49.20)
Antics with Wounds live (indie club @ Crawdaddy (€5, 11pm)

Thursday 25th February
Soundcheck @ Spy (7pm, Free before 11pm/€5)
PANDAmonium! @ Shebeen Chic (Free)
Choice Cuts: The Beatdown – T-Woc, Handsome Paddy, DJ Scope @ The Pygmalion (Free, 10pm)
The Mighty Stef and The Streetgang Sound – Whelan’s (€14)
Jesca Hoop @ The Academy 2 (€12)
Groove Armada @ The Olympia Theatre (€33.60)
Vyvienne Long @ The Sugar Club (€18)
MUSIK @ The Button Factory (10.30pm, €6)

Friday to Monday’s Listings »

Posted on February 22nd, 2010


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Au Revoir Simone
have a remix album of The Bird of Music out on November 11th called Reverse Migration which features remixes amongst others from Jean-Benoît Dunckel of Air, Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, The Teenagers, Best Fwends and this gratifying Ruff and Jam remix of ‘Lark’. The band are currently working on a follow-up to The Bird of Music.

Au Revoir Simone – Lark (Ruff and Jam remix)

Posted on October 22nd, 2008


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What an amazing picture! If you look closely at the screen, she’s playing with FRACTALS! What a trippy office!

Anyway, here are nine songs for your bank holiday weekend.

Another high-quality Four Tet remix, I’ve become convinced he can turn his remix hand to any genre and we will come out spoiled. This track is a 9-minute menacing synth-driven opus that allows intricate Battles guitar lines to satellite an ever-pulsing beat.

Battles – Tonto (Four Tet remix)


Diplo remixing THE DECEMBERISTS!?! That doesn’t sound right and truthfully this remix is fairly weak by Diplo’s standards. I’ve included it more out of curiousity than quality. There are other remixes for this single from Junior Boys and Rob da Bank also.

The Decemberists – The Perfect Crime (Diplo remix)


The elusive bonus track from Happy Birthday rears its head finally.

Modeselektor – I Can’t Sleep (Without Music) feat. Maximo Park


Posted on October 26th, 2007


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