My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Part One

  1. Roosevelt – Night Moves
  2. Alt-J – Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)
  3. Oh Wonder – Livewire
  4. Nao – Inhale Exhale
  5. Ben Khan – Zenith
  6. Shamir – Hot Mess
  7. Boot & Tax – Fusci
  8. Hot Chip – Love Is The Future
  9. Hælos – Earth Not Above
  10. The Slits – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  11. Fierce Mild – Small Talk
  12. Girlpool – Ideal World

Part Two 

  1. Mt. Wolf – Hamburg (Turtle Rework)
  2. Fight Like Apes – The Schillaci Sequence
  3. Tame Impala – Eventually
  4. Mac Demarco – The Way You’d Love Her
  5. Tomorrows – Free
  6. Young Wonder – Time
  7. Dornik – Rebound
  8. Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes
  9. Jo Tongo – Jangolo
  10. GL – Won’t You See
  11. Made In Heights -Slow Burn
  12. Klo – Make Me Wonder
  13. Nicolas Jaar – No One Is Looking at U
  14. Lyttet – Saint Etienne

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on May 15th, 2015


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It’s May which means that the number of albums that start to get released go beyond what one person can capably handle (or write about) so as way as recommendation, here are five albums released this week or next I recommend you listen to:

Hot Chip – Why Make Sense

The English band doing what they do best on their sixth album, delivering dance-friendly electronic pop jams with heart and a guest appearance from De La Soul.


Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys

For her first album in eight years, Ms. Murphy doesn’t quite return to dancefloor bangers a la Overpowered. Instead, it’s an avant-garde update that falls somewhere between her two sides – the disco diva and the Matthew Herbert-collaborating experimentalist. Murphy’s nuance and skill around melody keeps the sometimes meandering album, always pleasing.


Young Wonder – Birth

It’s hard to believe Birth is Rachel Koeman and Ian Ring’s debut album such is are the high-quality productions they’ve made together over the last few years. In album format, both shine with Koeman increasingly becoming a lead singer and Ring, who I’ve said before is one of the most talented young producers in Ireland, pulls out an evocative bag of sounds that takes in sparkling synths, big bass, twisted vocal samples and arrangements that grow tall like canyons. Birth suggests these pair are carving their own niche into the electronic landscape.

Shamir – Ratchet (US only)

The Vegas androgynous singer’s debut is a glittering collection of electronic disco funk with some ballad switchups for good measure.


Posted on May 13th, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Part One

  1. The Chemical Brothers – Go
  2. Roosevelt – Night Moves
  3. All Tvvins – Too Young To Live
  4. Pleasure Beach – Go
  5. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  6. Torres – Sprinter
  7. Tame Impala – Disciples
  8. Super Furry Animals – Ysbeidiau Heulog
  9. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone 7″ Remix)
  10. Real Lies – Seven Sisters
  11. Ratatat – Cream on Chrome
  12. Towkio – Involved ft. Vic Mensa (prod. Kaytranada)
  13. Kali Uchis – Rush (prod. Kaytranada / Badbadnotgood)

Part Two 

  1. Kendrick Lamar – These Walls
  2. Shamir – On The Regular
  3. Julio Bashmore – Holding On (feat. Sam Dew)
  4. Braids – Taste
  5. Stealing Sheep – Deadlock
  6. Sylvan Esso – H.S.K.T.
  7. Kelela – Send Me Out (Girl Unit Mix)
  8. St. Germain – Real Blues
  9. Mr Mendel – Who Do You Love?
  10. Boot & Tax – Brace Brace
  11. Phoenix – Lisztomania (Holy Ghost! Loves Paris Remixomania)
  12. Jon Hopkins – I Remember
  13. Lakker – Mountain Divide

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on May 8th, 2015


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Lakker have been a regular name on the Irish electronic scene almost since I first started going to gigs in Dublin put on by Alphabet Set in the basement of a pub on High Street beside Christchurch Cathedral about 13 years ago.

Ian McDonnell (who makes music as Eomac) and Dara Smith have had a good few years that were perhaps encouraged by Aphex Twin playing their tunes in his live set, as he did at Forbidden Fruit in 2011 (the set is on Soundcloud).

Recently, the duo have released singles with Blueprint, Stroboscopic Artefacts and R&S. It’s the latter, the Belgian label which originally released Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and Model 500 which rebooted a few years ago to release the likes of James Blake and Space Dimension Controller, which will release Lakker’s second full length, called Tundra on

There’s a nice interview with the guys on FACT this week and there’s also a track from it to hear – ‘Three Songs’ which in a nice roundabout way, harks back to early Aphex Ambient Works in its playful synth mode, as opposed to the likes of the towering ‘Mountain Divide’ which also features on Tundra.

Tundra is released in May. See a tracklist on iTunes | Pre-order on R&S.

Posted on March 25th, 2015



For the most up to date Irish music playlist, head to the new Irish music weekly.

Last year, you all helped me out with creating a modern Irish playlist for St. Patrick’s Day.

Like, our Paddy’s Day Unlocked event tomorrow in Meeting House Square, the playlist represents the truly current, the young musicians, the modern Irish musicians who are changing the perceptions of our country’s music at home and abroad.

Whether it’s Hozier, All Tvvins, James Vincent McMorrow, Lakker, Girl Band, SOAK or New Jackson, Irish music is about more than the diddly eye and Bono headlines exported around the world.

So, stick this playlist on, press shuffle and let it play. There’s over 100 songs and 7 hours of music here:

Spotify playlist

If you’re looking for something more mainstream, Spotify have created a playlist of the most popular Irish artists on the service.

Posted on March 16th, 2015


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Best of 2014 : Albums | SongsReaders Irish Albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 

Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.

Here’s my favourite list of the year to do: my songs of 2014 All I ask is that if you discover something through it, leave me a comment below and let me know. Listen on Spotify or browse below. I’m taking an extended Christmas break until January 13th. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

Listen on Spotify

Top 100 songs of 2014

1.Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’

2. Future Islands – ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’

3. Jungle – ‘Busy Earnin’

4. Ships – ‘Space Inside’

5. Run the Jewels – ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry

6. Glass Animals – Hazey

7. SZA feat. Chance The Rapper – ‘Child’s Play’

8. Shamir – ‘If It Wasn’t True’

9. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’

10. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’

11. Little Dragon – ‘Paris’

12. Banks – ‘Drowning’

13. House Of Spirits – ‘Holding On’

14. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’

15. Julio Bashmore – ‘Rhythm of Auld’

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Posted on December 24th, 2014


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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlist on Spotify | Youtube | Soundcloud

The chart

  1. Tiga – ‘Bugatti’
  2. Yumi Zouma – ‘Alena’
  3. Tei-Shi – ‘Bassically’
  4. Kleerup – ‘Let Me in’
  5. Dorian Concept – ‘The Few’
  6. Run The Jewels – ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)
  7. Ghostface Killah & Badbadnotgood – ‘Gunshowers’
  8. Ekkah – ‘Last Chance To Dance’
  9. Lapsley – ‘Falling Short’
  10. GL – ‘Take Me Back’
  11. Caribou – ‘Mars’
  12. Gaze Is Ghost – ‘Revolvere’
  13. Talos – ‘Bloom’
  14. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’
  15. Ibeyi – ‘River’
  16. Wildbirds & Peacedrums – ‘Keep Some Hope’
  17. Le Galaxie – ‘Carmen’
  18. Oh Wonder – ‘Shark’
  19. Aquilo – ‘Human’
  20. Silences – ‘Sister Snow’
  21. Tala – ‘Alchemy’
  22. Alunageorge – ‘Supernatural’
  23. Halos – ‘Dust’
  24. Bicep & Hammer – ‘Icebowl’
  25. Daniel Avery – ‘All I Need’ (Roman Flugel remix)
  26. Lethal Dialect x Jackknife-J –’26 Laws’ feat. Jess Kav
  27. Ta’East – ’72’10’
  28. Thrupence – ‘Silk’
  29. Mmoths – ‘Yago’
  30. Lakker – ‘Mountain Divide’

Posted on November 3rd, 2014


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See this page for a Soundcloud playlist of all the tracks.

1. Kleerup – ‘Let Me In’ (feat. Susanne Sundfør)

The Swedish producer who has worked with Lykke Li has a mini-album As If We Never One on the way next wek (we just call it an EP) featuring collaborations with Malin Dahlstrom of Niki & The Dove, Jenny Wilson, Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds and this stonking Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‘Relax’ style beat track with Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør. The video just needs more 80s studio shots.

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Posted on October 3rd, 2014

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Dublin producer Ian McDonnell aka Eomac returns with a five-track EP of “synthy, quirky beats”. McDonnell is one half of Lakker and as you may know Aphex Twin has taken a shine to playing some of their tunes in his live set lately. Their most recently release came out on KilleKill and you can see three visual videos of the tunes at Vimeo. Skirmish Blog interviewed Ian recently.


Posted on February 21st, 2012

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A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments. Tracks can be heard in the full post.

Highlights this week include Plaid, Adebisi Shank, Lorn, Megafaun and Girls.

Tuesday 17th August
– The Ruby Sessions: Maud in Cahoots, Ana Gog, Matt the Electrician, Jess Klein @ Doyle’s (9pm)

Thursday 19th August
– Pick of the Picnic: GoatBoy, Sounds of System Breakdown, Cloud Castle Lake, Friend? @ Crawdaddy (8.30pm, Free)
The !K Club: Lorn (Brainfeeder), Lakker @ Sweeney Mongrel (Free, 10.30pm – 2:30am)

See the full week’s listings »

Posted on August 17th, 2010

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squidge The first vinyl release from !Kaboogie’s label wing features four tracks from 16 Hertz, Thatboytim, Prince Kong feat. Jah Balance and Lakker is out this week via City Discs and Spindizzy. Featuring four “bass-heavy dance-floor wreckers”, if you’re into electronic music, dub or bass, you’ll want to hear this.

The opening track on side B from 16 Hertz is built on a snatch of a brass sample, a half-stepping beat and some nice oozing sub-bass.

You can hear 90 second samples here. Number two in the the !Kaboogie Records vinyl stable is Prince Kong’s Well Sick EP coming soon.

Posted on July 30th, 2009

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Alphabet Set & Acroplane present DISAMBIGUATION. This is a 13-track compilation of Irish electronic artists like T-Polar, Bluefood, Sarsparilla, Filaria, Prince Kong, Herv, Lakker, Startslow and T-Woc. Mary Ann Hobbs played a couple of tunes from the release from Prince Kong and T-Polar last week. Here are two of my favourites to give you a taster.


Bluefood – Slack Miner


Prince Kong – Calamity Dogg


Download it from Acroplane.


Posted on February 14th, 2008


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