Sonic Whispers @ Whelans sees three bands (Bitch Falcon, Bunoscionn, Wounded Healer) from three different genres (Rock/Indie, Trad, Electronic) take to the stage for a night of music, Q&A and fun including audience participation, improvisation and collaboration.
Friday sees the release of Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics on On-U Sound records. The compilation features classics, unreleased and rare drum-machine-featuring early 80s’ electronic tracks by producer Adrian Sherwood from the On-U Sound vaults chosen by DJ and A/V artist Trevor Jackson including 20 tracks on 3 LPS (with 7 extra on the CD) from Shara Nelson (Massive Attack), Playgroup, Atmosfear, New Age Steppers, Dub Syndicate among others.
Included is ‘Dead Come Alive’, a previously unreleased Neneh Cherry and The Circuit track from 1983 which typifies the early ’80s drum-machine electronic sound.
Adrian Sherwood on ‘Dead Come Alive’ :
“This is one of the first tunes I did with a drum machine, working with Steve Beresford. I think it was a LinnDrum, which they’d just got in at Berry Street studios in ‘83; they were really expensive at the time.
I met Neneh in 1979 because the band I was working with, Creation Rebel, got invited on this ‘Simply What’s Happening’ tour, which was pretty groundbreaking in the way it mixed up different styles of music. It was Don Cherry, Happy House (Lou Reed’s backing band at the time), The Slits, and Prince Hammer. After that me and Neneh ended up squatting a place together in Battersea in 1980, and we’re still friends to this day.”
Bodytonic and Hidden Agenda just threw a spanner in the works for your August bank holiday plans with the reveal of The BeatYard happening in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on August 1st and 2nd.
Music guests include:
Sister Sledge, Lindstrom, Four Tet, Neneh Cherry, Madlib, I Am The Cosmos, Public Service Broadcasting, Barrington Levy, Horse Meat Disco, Midnight Magic, Embrz, RiZA, Craig Charles, DJ Marky, Telephones, Optimo vs. Eamon Harkin (Mister Saturday Night), Sim Simma and more.
There are also a whole lot of food and drink options like 3FE Barista Jam, Big Blue Bus, Teddy’s ice Cream (naturally), Angel Churros, Staple Foods, Suhas Falafel, Brewtonic Beer Hall and Wine-yl Ville.
There’s also Graffiti, The Gamesyard with The Back R.A.G.E and Pinball Parlour; Dub City Sneaks (Dublin’s first sneaker fair), vinyl records, crazy golf and more.
After last year’s GIF marathon, we returned to Stradbally this year with the intention of more GIF action. As captured by Killian Broderick and turned into GIFs by me, this is a selection of what went down at Electric Picnic in moving form featuring St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Outkast, Beck, Sleep Thieves, Portishead, Glass Animals, Girl Band, Clu, Neneh Cherry, Le Galaxie and a lot of festival randomness.
The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour.
Last night’s show was an Electric Picnic special show.
How to enter – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig.
Neneh Cherry will play a rare Irish show next month with Rocketnumber9 in Twisted Pepper courtesy of Bodytonic on Friday February 28th. It’s an early show and tickets are €18 (€17 for members) from Bodytonic, Ticketmaster & Tickets.ie.
Cherry’s new album Blank Project was produced by Four Tet, is her first in 16 and is released the same week as this gig.
Woah. This is something. Four Tet teeming up with Neneh Cherry already happened on a remix of a track from the singer’s The Cherry Thing and I know Four Tet likes his old-school rap so the presence of The Jungle Brothers’ Afrika Baby Bam is explainable too. ‘Nina’ has an old-school vibe too: of ’70s revolutionary black music, of political poet/musicians like Gil Scott Heron, of ’90s rap like Bahamadia. Four Tet provides the African drum engine for this warm and positive song. There are more collabs like this on the way it seems. No release info as yet.
While you were enjoying your weekend (like me at Camden Crawl Dublin), you may have missed a couple of Four Tet related things. Firstly, a new 12″ single will be released on Kieran Hebden’s own TEXT label with the exploratory twinkle of A-side ‘Jupiters’ leading the way before B-side ‘Ocoras’ goes for a more hypnotic dancefloor rapture. My personal favourite of the two.