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Tribal Dance – Flongo

Math rock makes a return to the Irish music scene! Tribal Dance reminds me of all the Richter Collective gigs, the music of Not Squares and Cap Pas Cap that had a big hold on what was going on in the country 10 years ago. ‘Flongo’ is this Dublin trio’s debut single and features the rhythmic tautness of early Foals with a bassline in a rush to the finish.


Ye Vagabonds – Go Where You Will

Carlow brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn have spent the last few years growing their audience via support slots with Glen Hansard, Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan. Their debut self-titled album was released last Friday and features this gorgeous resonant lilt.


Beauty Sleep – ‘Until We See The Sun’

Belfast dream-pop trio take things up a notch with an indie-disco track that for the second time this week, harks back to indie of another era, this time when Kitsuné reigned the blogosphere.


New Portals – Sober

Ruth and Michael Aicken are a Belfast couple who know how to write a catchy tune. On Sober, they take inspiration from the Sober For October campaign (Ocsober surely?) which advocates abstaining from alcohol for the month and the song is a celebration of the opposite of most pop songs in that regard.


GaniyuTLG x Plant Food feat. Skilyt- ‘Nandos’

The rapper and producer team up again after their excellent ‘Shivers’. Like the chicken restaurant of the title, this is a grimey and experimental joint. Wait, what?


JyellowL – ‘Bulletproof’

The Word Up Collective artist JYellowL impressed with ‘Cold In The Summer’ but ‘Bulletproof’ shows a new artist developing with even more confidence. It’s taken from his new EP launched on Friday.

“The song is a testimony of my own life experiences. Where I’ve shown tenacity and resilience in my everyday struggles and experiences. The EP is intended to inspire strength of will – an attribute I pride myself on. My experiences are a testament to the fact that we will all face hard times, failure and mockery but the way to get through those times is to adopt an bulletproof mentality. It’s not just music, it’s a mindset”.


Laura Ann Brady – Lie

The zither and autoharp-playing musician follows up her tempestuous single Masterpiece with a brighter and beguiling track.


Badhands – ‘Waves’

The solo project of Dan Fitzpatrick came about after the absolution of The Mighty Stef Band last year. Fitzpatrick was previously a member of the Last Tycoons. An album, Predictable Boy is in the can with inspirations drawn from Nick Cave, Arcade Fire, Villagers and Leonard Cohen.

The album’s first single ‘Waves’ is a flourishing folk tribute that is inspired by the experience when Dan and brother Jamie swam out to sea to scatter their father’s ashes near their family home in Glastule. Next gig? Workman’s Club on November 11th.


Elaine Mai – When I Go

A new video from Paul Mahon from the Mayo artist’s recent EP arrived the same week Elaine Mai headlined the Workman’s Club. Of the video Elaine says – “This video was shot at a lake about a ten minute walk from where I grew up in Mayo. It’s an amazing place to get some perspective, reconnect with nature and clear your head. It was the perfect place to shoot the video for this track which is about recognising when you’re not okay and then trying to take the steps to make things better.”


Proper Micro NV – Oblivious

Rory Hall continues his neo-soul electronic journey with a track from his recent EP Colours. I’m looking forward to hearing where this Limerick singer and musician goes next.

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Posted on October 23rd, 2017

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Next Wednesday, Rory Hall AKA Proper Micro NV will make his live debut at Bello Bar, at Future Proof, the first in a monthly series of new music showcases from Nialler9 and Homebeat. Also playing on the night are Come On Live Long and Buffalo Woman.

Rory will be playing with a full live band for the first time. Having released a fine EP earlier this year, he has shared a new track called ‘Do What You Do’, accompanied by a video shot in London.

Buy tickets for Wednesday’s gig.
Here’s Rory’s recent EP.

Posted on March 15th, 2017


Homebeat & Nialler9 in association with O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer proudly present Future Proof – a new series of events showcasing essential emerging and established acts who are weaving themselves into the present and future fabric of the Irish music scene.

Future Proof #1 takes place in the warm surroundings of Bello Bar on Wednesday March 22nd and features three of the most vibrant acts performing on these shores at this moment.

Cheapest tickets from €8 at Eventbrite –


In 2013, Come On Live Long released their acclaimed debut Everything Fall amassing over 5 million Spotify plays along the way. They have toured Canada, Ireland and The UK. The band are based in Dublin and have just released Bones To Break , the first single from their second album “In The Still” which will be released in May 2017.


Neil Watkins and Tim O’Donovan are the pop/synth/funk power duo behind Buffalo Woman. They combine the vocal drama of David Bowie and Scott Walker, the dark synths of Depeche Mode, the funk of Daft Punk, the stacked harmonies of Flaming Lips.


A debut live band show for Limerick’s Rory Hall who has been making some really interesting music in the vein of James Blake over the last few years: electronic neo-soul with minimal productions and bright vocals. Future Proof will be his debut gig with a full live band.

TICKETS : €8 Early Bird / €10 Regular Online / €13 On Door.

DOORS: 8 pm

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About O Hara’s:

Founded by the O’Hara brothers, the brewery has revived a tradition that was once synonymous with the Barrow valley, the traditional heartland of the brewing industry in Ireland. Malted barley and hops were farmed extensively here, supported by the many old malting and grain mills that are still prevalent in the landscape. Records show that by the early part of the 19th Century there were five breweries in operation in Carlow. The last of these closed at the end of the 19th Century. With a dedication to quality reminiscent of the by gone brewers, the Carlow Brewing Co. has gone from strength to strength and now exports beers to a number of countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, Scandinavia and Continental Europe.

Posted on March 11th, 2017


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Here’s a selection of Irish music picked for its greatness, for their ability to excite and sooth, songs from Irish artists that deserve to be heard more, to be championed, to be loved and supported. If you like what you hear, support the artist by going to a gig or buying a release direct from them. Share the love.

I limited this to my 6 favourite tracks of the last month but there’s plenty more to discover.

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Daithí – ‘Falling For You’ feat. Sinead White

Galway electronic pop producer Daithí‘s music has been getting better and better with each release. His newest collaboration with Sinead White ( after ‘Love’s On Top’ and ‘April’) is another repeater, a song featuring deft dance production utilising the sounds of Inch Beach and a wind chime in Achill. A new EP Holiday Home is coming soon.

More from Daithí.

He is playing live.


Toofools – ‘Touch’

If you dig the falsetto soul pop of UK band Jungle, you’ll love this Dublin band’s new single. Toofools, lead by Lorcan O’Dwyer, Steven McCann have delivered a funked-up slice of disco-soul. The band play a headline show on November 24th in Button Factory and an EP is forthcoming.


Saint Sister – Tin Man

Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty’s Saint Sister marries folk textures with Celtic harp and a dusky shade of atmosphere. Their newest released on English label Communion gives us the gently compelling Tin Man.

More from Saint Sister.

Buy their music / See their gigs.


AE MAK – ‘Sing Hey Love’

Dublin duo Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon make upbeat tribal African-influenced pop music in the vein of Merrill Garbus’ Tune-Yards.

From their debut EP released on Monday, ‘Sing Hey Love’ is positive pop that takes its lifeforce from the two singers’ alchemic tones and its simple construction of bassline and percussion. Æ MAK’s music can be a bright light in a world that feels increasingly dark.

[Listen to the full EP]

Buy on iTunes.


Bantum – ‘Voodoo Sweat’

A recent highlight from Ruairi Lynch’s album Move, ‘Voodoo Sweat’ is pure funk pop with vocals by CC Brez and Louise O’Carroll.

Buy Move on Bandcamp.


Proper Micro NV – ‘Flaws’

The Limerick electronic producer Rory Hall aka Proper Micro NV has impressed me with occasional singles and releases. With a second EP It’s Always Raining coming out via Plasmapool records, Hall has shared ‘Flaws’, a sporadically arranged song built on soulful mantric vocals and minimal textures to support it, that is more than the sum of its parts.

The EP is out on December 7th.


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Posted on November 17th, 2016


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The Limerick electronic producer Rory Hall aka Proper Micro NV has impressed me with occasional singles and releases.

With a second EP It’s Always Raining coming out via Plasmapool records, Hall has shared ‘Flaws’, a sporadically arranged song built on soulful mantric vocals and minimal textures to support it, that is more than the sum of its parts.

The EP is out on December 7th.


Posted on November 2nd, 2016


21 year-old Limerick electronic producer Rory Hall AKA Proper Micro NV has recently hit a stride with song-lead atmospheric electronic music that recalls Mount Kimbie and James Blake.

A two-track EP is released tonight and features ‘Revive’ a track that is bright neo-soul electronica with Hall’s own expressive voice lilting in the breeze of the production.

The song/EP is out on iTunes at midnight via Plasmapool Records

Posted on June 22nd, 2016


The 21 year-old Limerick producer Rory Hall has been trying out different electronic styles over the the last couple of years including nu-house, electro ambient and industrial.

For his latest track – ‘Natural Born Forgiver’, under a his mew name Proper Micro NV, the song has a cross-section of ambient and electronic styles, brought together by Hall’s newly debuted singing voice, that gives this song a Mount Kimbie, James Blake or Darkstar feel.

The track is on German label Plasmapool.

Posted on April 20th, 2016

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