This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.

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Old Hannah – Find You

This week Old Hannah released ‘Find You’, the second single from their forthcoming debut album. The track is a slow burning folk tune full of yearning. Singer Anthony Mannion half whispers the dreamy vocal melody over a refined instrumental. Operating independently, Old Hannah’s debut album look set to win over the heart of folksters all over the country.

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Slow Riot – Betrayed

Limerick-based post punk group Slow Riot’s new single ‘Betrayed’ was released this week. This broody track shifts between moments of pensive thought and super charged motion a la some excellent guitar work and thoughtful lyrical content. A punchy bass line keeps the track in motion in tandem with a sharp snare sound. The production gives the entire track a wall of sound feel. Fans of groups like Interpol will find much to enjoy here.


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Royal Yellow – Hazeldene

Ex Enemies band member Mark O’Brien came out with one of the stand out Irish releases this week. Performing under the brand new moniker Royal Yellow, ‘Hazeldene’ is a genre defying melancholic song. Listening to the opening lyrics, you’d be forgiven for thinking that ‘Hazeldene’ might be just another lo-fi indie number. Then the track lights up with a stuttered vocal sample and captures the imagination with it. It’s a heart-break tune with all the creativity and nuance of a modern art pop tune.


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Caz9 – Want To Wake

Caz9, having spent the past decade writing and performing under various guises, seems to have found her voice on new track ‘Want To Wake’. Combining elements of r&b with vaporwave style synths to produce a song full of lust and yearning. With an eye-catching video directed by AUTO • MAT, ‘Want To Wake’ is the perfect soundtrack to the neon-filled city cape by night.


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Brian Ring – Big Town Boy Small City Dreams

Irish dance producer Brian Ring has teamed up with French label Les Yeux Orange to bring us the nu disco track ‘Big Town Boy Small City Dreams’. Currently based in Berlin, Ring has clearly taken much influence from the city’s renowned dance music scene. With a focus on gradually building sounds instead of instant drops, ‘Big Town Boy Small City Dreams’ is a superb nu-disco track with minimal techno sensibilities.


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Rosie Carney – Bare

Donegal-based singer songwriter Rosie Carney blends aspects of folk, indie and ambient in her breathtaking new single ‘Bare’. The track’s first half is distinctly folky, with Carney’s hushed vocals over a lone acoustic guitar. However, the track gradually adds tracks of ambience. By its climax, much of the song has been washed away in a sea of reverb, leaving only Carney’s own vocal harmonies to cut through the mix. An emotive track that invites the listener to go on a journey with it.


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Cherym – Take It Back

Hailing from Co.Derry, CHERYM are a three piece pop punk outfit. ‘Take It Back’ is the single from their new EP MouthBreatherz. The track is three minutes of blistering guitar chords overlaid with the group’s vocal harmonies. Full of attitude and swagger, ‘Take It Back’ is a track that demands and earns your attention.



Posted on May 16th, 2018

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Irish producer Caz9 will play an hour-long set as part of Always On – In Association with Moogfest, which will consist of 50 hours of live stream performances from female & non-binary musicians around the world.

She will play her set upstairs in Whelan’s tonight Thursday, 7th December at 1am.

You can watch the live stream at Moogfest.com.

Meanwhile, Caroline Polachek pulled out from Moogfest yesterday after being featured on an all-female & non-binary musicians around the world.

Moogfest issued an apology and said in response:

Dear Caroline,

We apologize for reframing you in a way that takes focus off of your artistry and talent and we regret that you will no longer be taking part in Moogfest 2018.

Today’s lineup announcement was inspired by and coincided with Always On, a celebration of voices that are traditionally underrepresented. Our intention is to showcase an initial lineup that further amplifies those voices while supporting others in a way that challenges the manner in which festival lineups are typically presented.

We believe that using our platform to center women, non-binary and transgender people is an important tool to combat the erasure and invisibility that can occur when these identities are kept on the periphery. Please know that no musician was booked for Moogfest for any reason other than their own unique artistry, and today’s announcement is just phase one of our 2018 lineup. As always, the full Moogfest artist roster will be a diverse lineup of talented performers across a wide spectrum of gender, culture and politics.

Thank you for your honest expression. Thank you for your willingness to hold us to a higher standard. Thank you for starting this conversation.

PS. Moogfest is not curated by a man, it’s curated by a diverse group of people that work together as a team. There is not a single person, nor a single man that’s in charge of curating this event.

Love, Team Moogfest

Posted on December 7th, 2017

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Our planned trip to West Cork this weekend has been affected by Storm Ophelia. Connolly’s of Leap has been left without power, water, comms. Roads closed. So we’re going to reschedule this til 2018. Good luck with cleanup Sam and locals.

After two brilliant years of monthly nights in Dublin’s Tengu, the club night I co-run Lumo is having a couple of birthday bashes in Dublin and Cork. On Saturday October 21st, we’re taking Lumo to West Cork for the first time and Connolly’s of Leap, a haven for music that we’ve been itching to get back to since this epic 2013 party.

Joining us in Leap will be inclusive singing party and commitment-free choir Sing Along Social pop battle roadshow & electro pop stylings of Caz9. Tickets €15 from the Dice.FM app, available for free on iOs or Google Play.

About the lineup:

Lumo Club

Lumo Club is a monthly house party in a club with no restrictions on genre run by DJs Nialler9, Simon Roche and Gavin Elsted. Now celebrating its second birthday, Lumo has been to festivals and venues all over Ireland, from Body & Soul in Ballinlough and Metropolis in Dublin, to Other Voices in Dingle. It’s missoin is to be an open club night where you will dance with friends, old and new. Lumo takes place monthly at Yamamori Tengu in Dublin and at once-off parties at festivals who value fun and dancing.

Expect everything from Arthur Russell to Anderson Paak, Beastie Boys to Bruce Springsteen , Phil Collins to Caribou, Fatima Yamaha to Fleetwood Mac, Grimes to George Michael, Kate Bush to Kraftwerk, LCD Soundsystem to La Bionda, Onyeabor to Outkast, Prince to The Prodigy, Robyn to Ryan Paris, Steely Dan to Soulwax and Talking Heads to Todd Terje.
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Sing Along Social

The Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir hosted by Aoife McElwain, designed for people who can’t really sing. It’s for the singers who were told to mime in other choirs or kicked out of karaoke bars for being off key. You don’t need to practice. You don’t even need to know the words. It’s about caterwauling along to some gas songs in the company of friends and strangers. Good singers welcome, too.They’ll be pitting some pop royals against each other in the ultimate Pop Royalty Battle. Think Whitney vs Mariah, Fleetwood Mac vs Abba and Prince vs Queen. Good singers are welcome, too, but this is more about a collective karaoke of craic than a solo performance opportunity.

Caz9

Caz9 is an electro pop singer-songwriter from Dublin whose energetic live performances have been gaining attention since the launch of her debut EP in early 2017. ‘Phase II’ garnered praise for it’s vocals and production values, with RTE Culture describing it as ‘disco music for modern times’. Caz9 has been busy performing and promoting the EP, live and on the airwaves, throughout 2017. Meanwhile back at the lab, Caz9 has been writing, developing and collaborating on new tracks to bring to the masses in 2018. Having turned to music production little over a year ago, Caz9 has created an electro pop soundscape of heavy synths and layered vocal harmonies which she explores with a sweet sensual voice. Her singer songwriter background is evident in the musicality and poetic lyricism of her songs, but it’s the slow beats and brooding bass lines which make this storytelling to dance to.

Posted on October 12th, 2017

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As featured here last year with the opening track ‘Running’, Caz9 is a new Irish electro-pop artist who just dropped her debut EP Phase II.

Check out the six-track release here, the highlights of which are ‘Everywhere’, the aquatic synth-pop of ‘Want To Wake’ and the lead track.

Posted on February 15th, 2017

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The name Caz9 was first spotted on the Electric Picnic lineup and duly highlighted but alas, late stage schedule meant a missed opportunity to check out a fellow particular-numeral loving artist.

It wasn’t just the name that jumped out, I often tell new artists that the visual aspect of what they do has to be considered these days too as people are seeing your music as well as hearing it, often seeing an identity before a song online. So it forms an impression. Caz’s photos were incidentally done by Ruth Medjber, who will speak about first photographic impressions at the Hard Working Class Heroes panels I’m hosting.

There’s only one Caz9 song at the moment but a backstory suggests some experience as an acoustic singer-songwriter in Ireland and gigs at Body&Soul, Knockanstockan and curiously, the Virgin Atlantic Music Festival, Barbados ’07 & ’08.

Now recast as an electro-pop producer, ‘Running’ is a fine slinking opening gambit. A debut EP is forthcoming in the winter too.

Posted on September 14th, 2016

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