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:
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.
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.
Dara Smith and Ian McDonnell’s have been creating IDM or great deep electronic textured music you can sometimes dance to since before EDM was a twinkle. For their new album on R&S Records, the pair mine techno, house and industrial music that shakes and shudders with a healthy exploration. Some of it even sounds like early AFX.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.