The Cork, now London-based producer Toby Kaar has followed up his debut EP from last year with a new track ‘Promises’.

The song is a robotic vocal-lead track that sounds like a mangled rip of an Italo vocal with a booming beat production. Like Daft Punk and Panda Bear’s ‘Doing It Right’ in a way. “What happened to our love? We used to be best friends / Where did it go wrong? I just want to know,” the lyrics go.

Kaar is playing a gig in London next month.

Posted on April 18th, 2017


I’ve made an Electric Picnic DJ Mix every year since 2008. It’s always been a blast to make and a highlight of the site for me personally. 2016’s mix features 22 artists on the Electric Picnic lineup over 20 songs in just under 55 minutes.

It’s for bumping for your festival prep for the next week or in the car on the way down to Stradbally. Last year’s mix.

I’m DJing at the Red Bull Tropical Garden at EP on Saturday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Download links:

More? Here’s an Electric Picnic Spotify playlist with a song from every artist playing

Nialler9 Electric Picnic Mix 2016

  1. Lynched – Father Had A Knife
  2. Toby Kaar – Snapdragon
  3. Nao – Inhale / Exhale
  4. Muro Masa – What If I Go?
  5. Glass Animals – Youth (Instrumental)
  6. John Talabot & Pional – Destiny (Dubtool)
  7. Jessy Lanza – Keep On Moving
  8. Todd Terje – Alfonso Meskedunder (Deetron remix)
  9. Prince Rama – Bahia
  10. Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes (Hercules & Love Affair remix)
  11. New Order – Tutti Frutti (Tom Rowlands Chemical Brothers remix)
  12. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Prins Thomas remix)
  13. Shit Robot – End Of The Trail
  14. New Jackson – Shoot Out The Lights
  15. Daniel Avery – Knowing We’ll Be Here (KiNK remix)
  16. LCD Soundsystem – Home (Loving Good mix)
  17. Gene Dudley Group – Inspector Norse
  18. Super Furry Animals – Wherever I Lay My Phone (That’s My Home)
  19. Animal Collective – Brother Sport
  20. Broken Social Scene – Pacific Theme

Posted on August 26th, 2016


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It has been a long time coming. I first saw Toby Kaar’s live show, this week, FIVE years ago. Today, comes the news that  the Cork producer Toby Kaar will finally release his debut EP with Dublin label Music Is For Losers on the 18th of March.

The Gumbrielle EP features four tracks and its sound will be familiar to those who have seen Kaar play live over the intervening years. ‘SnapDragon’ the first song from the EP features Kaar’s emotive cut-up electronic beat style and sounds like a playful Hud Mo track.

According to the press release, The EP was produced on “a broken nine year old computer” and features “an eclectic mix of samples ranging from jazz blogs to Asian supermarkets”.

Here’s a teaser of all of the tracks on the EP:

The EP is released on 12″ and digital download. Pre-order.


A1 – Snapdragon
A2 – Fowl

B1 – One for Bogie
B2 – Like Sapphire

Posted on January 12th, 2016



Toby Kaar might have gone very quiet on the live front in the last while and while we wait for the Cork producer to produce tracks to the public that match his reputation in front of an audience, the man has turned his hand to his first remix of a band since last year.

Kaar turns the song, ‘Every Thief’, from We Cut Corners’ recent Think Nothing album into a slow-moving six-minute long mood piece punctuated by the lyrics “Every thief needs an alibi, I’ll be yours, will you be mine?,” goes the song, and Kaar’s production is complicit.

We Cut Corners play a headline show at The Academy tomorrow night with support from Jennifer Evans and Spies, and they will be joined on stage by Booka Brass Band who have sold out their own show on Friday night.

Posted on October 15th, 2014

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Break Bread is a fortnightly beat cypher challenging numerous producers to make a beat with set samples, limitations and rules.

The idea is simple. Every two weeks, a contributing producer sets the ground rules and picks the samples that everyone else must use. After two weeks, the finished tracks are posted online for all to hear and to download.

SertOne and Monto came up with the concept originally while on the Lightbox tour last year. “Myself and Monto wanted a challenge to force us to practice our craft and push ourselves outside our normal parameters hence the rules,” says Sert. “The rules and sample(s) are set by a different member every edition, in the hope that this forces creativity and for everyone to try something new.”

Posted on April 26th, 2013


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Kool Thing

Kool Thing
Berlin-based duo Kool Thing have teamed up with Dublin’s Fatty Fatty for the first release on new label Laser Guided Melodies. Lead track ‘Plan.Life.Go’ starts with a 2 minute bluesy guitar solo walk before unfurling into a hypnotic second half which builds into a propulsive synth workout led by the pair’s floating vocals.

The 12″ also features remixes from Toby Kaar and Reid. Hear the first one after the more. Plan.Life.Go is out on vinyl (NSFW warning – there are boobs on the cover ! 🙂 ) this week and digitally next week. If you’re in Berlin this week, they play Saturday night.

Posted on June 29th, 2012

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Funeral suits
Funeral suits

Funeral Suits‘ long-awaited Stephen Street-produced debut album Lily of the Valley gets set into the world on June 1st and it’ll be streamed exclusively via State next week. ‘All You Friendly People’, ‘Health’, ‘Florida’ and ‘Colour Fade’ are the tracks you will have heard from it and in-between the Irish band inject a traditional British indie sound with shots of dense propulsive instrumentation, art rock flourishes, sharp guitar lines and a lot of melody. It’s an imaginative and slightly claustrophobic debut which the band have already claimed will be bettered by album number two which they are already working on.

Before next week though, the band have given me two remixes by two of Cork’s brightest, both of ‘Colour Fade’. Toby Kaar’s take on things loops some of the glossy guitar and matches it with a laid-back atmosphere and pitch-shifted vocal effects that give off that “army of mice singing in unison” from a Disney movie (you know what I mean) that the likes of The Avalanches have used so well in the past.

REID meanwhile turns the track more into one of his own with compressed and clipped bass with a floating reverbed vocal vibe.

Posted on May 23rd, 2012

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The Nouveaunoise track ‘Cinnte’ is an old favourite around these parts. Toby Kaar has chopped and screwed it into a “cloudy” mix.

Nouveaunoise – Cinnte (Toby Kaar’s Cloudy Mix) by TobyKaar

Kaar really impressed me at Whelan’s Ones To Watch festival in January aided by a monome-style device and a set that reminded me of Jamie xx and Mount Kimbie. I think I tweeted something along the lines of “Holy shit! Toby Kaar’s set in Whelan’s is making me want to get tore up and fight a chair. Amazing.”

That reaction may just happen again as Toby Kaar is playing Upstairs in Whelan’s on Saturday March 5th with support from another impressive Cork producer Coherx and Junior85. Tickets €10 incl booking fee available from WAV Tickets [lo-call 1890 200 078], &

Posted on February 23rd, 2011


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Cork’s long-standing instrumental trio Ten Past Seven have turned in a new EP called Bothar Buí featuring a new 7-minute uncharacteristically ambient track featuring Katie Kim along with heavy remixes of tracks from from Laura Sheeran, Toby Kaar, Molotov Ape and Kevin Blake. The EP was inspired by the poetry of Seamus Heaney (Their secondary school English teacher will be proud) and recording in Kenmare, Kerry.

The EP is available in a limited production of “slates” , each with an individual image and mounted with the EP or digitally for €3 via Bandcamp stream below. The launch gig sounded like a good one.

Posted on December 2nd, 2010


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All this week, there will be guest posts from various people involved in different strands of Irish music – record shop owners, writers, bloggers, promoters, radio presenters, bands and more, telling us what Irish bands or artists they are really into right now.

Aoife Barry is a Cork journalist, based in Dublin who blogs under the name Sweet Oblivion, has a radio show at 5pm every Thursday under the same moniker on 2XM, contributes to and has a weekly column ‘Adventures in Veg’ in the Irish Independent Weekend magazine about veggie food with a food blog here.

1. Squarehead

This young Dublin fella is a member of the Popical Island collective and his utterly AMAZING song ‘Fake Blood’ will feature on their brilliant compilation, which will be out very soon. I swear, this dude should be best friends with Best Coast, surfing with the Beach Boys, writing with Thurston Moore and hanging with TuneYards. His music is so fun and fresh and yet reminds me of so many classic pop bands. So, so good. If you like handclaps and pop hooks then you will love this. Can’t wait to hear more by him. Altogether now, ‘Awoooooo…’


Posted on April 19th, 2010


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