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


Wyvern Lingo – Snow II

This track from the Wicklow trio has melodic and vocal similarities to that of Hiatus Kaiyote, with a soothing mix of bass synths and soft drum beats, written in response to the Simon and Garfunkel song ‘I Am A Rock’.


IAMDDB ft Graeme S – You Don’t Know Me

You should already know who IAMDDB is but if you don’t, she is 21-year-old singer-songwriter Diana Debrito from Manchester. Here, she teams up with Limerick producer Graeme S (also of Lakerama / Hsuan Records). The track is fueled with snappy lyrics from IAMDDB almost freestyling over a mix of screeching sounds and ambient beats. It’s one of two tracks that the pair teamed up on the EP.  IAMDDB plays a headline show in The Button Factory this Thursday.


Maria Kelly – Hollow

The Mayo singer-songwriter continues to deliver delicate melodies and hauntingly emotional lyrics and vocals on her new track ‘Hollow’. The soft tones of violin throughout the track further more add to the emotive tone. You can catch Maria Kelly live this weekend at Other Voices in Dingle.


All Tvvins – Crash

Dublin duo Conor Adams and Lar Kaye have spent the year moving their music from a stadium-centred rock style to a more exploratory pop sound aided by a new relationship with Diffusion Lab (Soulé, Jafaris). ‘Crash’ is notable for its sombre lyrical content: covering traumatic life experiences –  heart attack and cancer. It’s a downbeat and desolate song with Adams’ processed voice not hiding the desolation. The song offers a respite in a chorus that at once, acknowledges the fatalistic but offers hope in its soaring sonics.

All Tvvins play a number of Irish dates in March and DJing at the Lumo Christmas Party on Decemver 15th.


Jake Hurley – Haircut

Everyone feels great after a haircut but Jake Hurley felt so good that he wrote a song about it and a tongue-in-cheek catchy one at that. The video was directed by Zak Milofsky.


Blue Americans – Bull On Venice Beach

Paris/Belfast duo  Daniel Morgan Ball and Kris Platt were former members of Belfast alt-rock band More Than Conquerors. Two years later, they have returned with a very different sound ‘Bull On Venice Beach’ is markedly contrasting in its melodically-coated vocals and bright electro-pop production. A surprising rebirth. They play Bar Sub in Belfast on December 3rd.

‘Enfold You’ showcases a more experimental and developing sound for Wastefellow in comparison to his previous releases such as ‘Wonder’ and ‘Meet Me’. The video was directed and edited by Flann Manning with lighting techniques inspired by the ’60s film Inferno.


Ganiyu TLG & Lui Meme – Vulnerable ft Mike Lawal

Ganiyu TLG started the year with the incendiary track ‘Shivers’ and ends it with this soulful jazzy banger with a video shot in and around the Guinness premises at St.  James’ Gate and includes a local misunderstanding on the carriage.


Inner City Radio – Love

A Limerick-based collaboration between Emøly and Sean O’Mahony, Inner City Radio follow up the digital blues of ‘S.O.S’ with  a soulful live track ‘Love’.

This track by Dublin native Anthony McGeown is a collaboration with Overhead, the Albatross members David Prendergast and Ben Garrett that builds up slowly with a mix of alternative-rock and ambient pop.

Posted on November 29th, 2017


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Graeme S of Hsüan Records and Lakerama has been playing this remix of “darkwave duchess” Abra out lately in his DJ sets and he decided he wanted to share it with the world.

Graeme says:

“I’m a huge fan of R’n’B and for the last few years I’ve tried to incorporate this into my productions, whether it’s my own productions on the label (Hsüan Records) or with Lakerama.

I’m trying to push a different aesthetic forward, a new perspective, like blurring r’n’b with drum and bass or in this case, old rave and Baltimore club music. I don’t want to reinterpret the past and cling to nostalgia.

I have a new EP coming out in early 2017 it’s been a huge effort, particularly in trying to merge these components into a coherent set of tracks, but I’m really happy with the outcome and lucky to be working with some amazingly talented singers and rappers in Ireland.”

Listen and download via Soundcloud:

Abra’s ‘Crybaby’ is my jam.

See also: Grame S – ‘Need U’

Posted on November 14th, 2016

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Limerick’s Graeme S is one half of Lakerama and a producer in his own right, who has worked with Rusangano Family among others and runs the Hsuan label.

On his new track ‘Need U’, a free download below, Graeme says he’s aiming for a “peak time club track.”

His love of footwork and breaks, evident in his other work, is very much at play here too but with an added drum and bass style.

Posted on November 25th, 2015



Dublin bass promoters !Kaboogie kicked off a more electro-orientated club night called People Are Saps this year. Declan aka Sixfoot Apprentice is one of main crew and here he gives us his top 10 tracks of the year. Something good for everyone.

1. Chance The Rapper – ‘Everybody’s Something’ feat. Saba & BJ The Chicago Kid

A stand-out track from the excellent Acid Rap mixtape, which despite being a free release, and not on any label, still managed to do real well in the US charts cos of online plays.

2. Lethal Dialect – ’13 Til Infinity’

An absolute feckin’ Irish hip-hop anthem for that unreal Summer we had. Perfect for yer backyard barbecues ‘n’ bifties buzz.

3. Young Fathers – ‘I Heard’

These Scottish lads have had a great year, and are definitely ones to keep an eye on. Mad variety of tunes outta them, from bass-heavy bangers to the more mellow ones like ‘I Heard’.

4. Richie !Kaboogie & Joni – ‘I Do’

Lush vocal from Joni on this Richie !Kaboogie production. Insanely catchy one, this.

5. Graeme S & MyNameIsJohn – ‘Struggle’ feat. GodKnows

80/160bpm jukey-footwork beats from these two Limerick producers, with GodKnows bringin’ the sick grimey vocals. Powerful stuff.

6. Run The Jewels – ‘Run The Jewels’

I was well hyped when I heard that Killer Mike and El-P were teaming up for a release. Turned out to be one of the albums of the year. Plus the sound feckers gave it away for free. Serious heft in this track, the album opener.

7. Blue Daisy & Unknown Shapes – ‘Used To Give A Fuck’

Definitely one for the dancefloor. There’s no messin’ around with this one. A straight banger from the get-go.

8. K.Flay – ‘Hail Mary’ feat. Danny Brown

Two heads who had a great year. K.Flay with the West Ghost mixtape, and Danny Brown with the Old LP. An odd combo here on this track, but it works real well.

9. Lethal Dialect – ‘Keep It Real’ (Deviant Remix)

Deviant calls this one his “manky” remix. Fairly apt title. This is filthy boom-bap to get the head noddin’.

10. Sophie – ‘Bipp’.

Infectious summer single on the Numbers label. One of the most FUN electronic tunes of the year.

Meanwhile uptown, Richie !Kaboogie has has own Christmas selection mix:

!Kaboogie Xmas Selection Box by Richiekaboogie on Mixcloud

Posted on December 18th, 2013


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