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12 new songs from Irish artists you should hear

12 new songs from Irish artists you should hear

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A lot of Irish and Northern Irish music comes Nialler9’s way and there’s little time to feature everything we think is worthy of a thumbs up or more ears. Every week, we collate the new songs from emerging artists that deserve to be heard by you.

For more extensive Irish and new music coverage, follow our Spotify playlist or hit up the Irish section for individual track features.


1.

Negro Impacto


Lockdown Syndrome

Well. Big fan of this Dundalk duo Negro Impacto’s debut song, a tune with verve and swing and lovely vocal vibes and beats.

Negro Impacto are producer StrangeLove and Chi Chi on the vocals.


2.

Fay’d

Cloud 9

Fay’d is the Irish drill rapper who did a remix of Leaving Cert poem An Spailpín Fánach and ended up performing for Other Voices’ Ireland’s Edge and on TG4

He’s back with a lighter summery new track.


3.

The Wha

Abandon Ship

Kilkenny indie youth The Wha lean in a more wavy upbeat psychedelic direction with new song ‘Abandon Ship’.


4.

Notion

Found Love (Feat. Carrie Baxter)

London-based Irish singer Carrie Baxter provides the vocals on this clubby banger from Bristol producer Notion that makes me want to run directly into club lights and fog in a late night.



5.

Rachel Mae Hannon

Closer

Monaghan-born Dublin-based Rachel Mae Hannon continues her run of airy and bright R&B pop singles with ‘Closer’, a song about the desire for actual physical contact during a pandemic. The track was produced, mixed and mastered by Cian Sweeney (1000 Beasts), and features guitar from David Joyce and bass from Chris Walsh.


6.

Alan Finan

Warmest Year Yet

Songwriter Alan Finan has just released a new EP called The Dwelling, produced by Darragh Nolan (Sacred Animals). The EP is informed by a novel thing at the moment, travel – between Iceland, Germany and England, and settling down in those places.

‘Warmest Year Yet’ comes a few days after an actual heatwave and addresses climate change with Ben Howard-style folk atmospherics.

The EP track ‘Sunshine State’ was featured here recently.


7.

Somebody’s Child

Crazy

Cian Godfrey’s Somebody’s Child five-piece band returns with a new single from a forthcoming EP Staying Sane out September 17th. ‘Crazy’ is about the worry of that you are going a bit off the rails.


8.

Modernlove.

come over x

Modernlove. recently signed to UK labelAkira Records, and have a new EP out September, and I like how this new song ‘come over x,’ sounds like a cross between early 90s shoegaze and modern The 1975-esque pop.

It’s a song about trying to sneak your partner into your parent house, presumably because you can’t afford your own place due to the housing crisis.


9.

Cheesmore

Suffocating

22-year-old producer and songwriter from Dublin Cheesmore has featured here on collaborations with Grubby and Greg Tisdall, and on his own solo track‘Suffocating’, there’s a somnambulist quality to the tune, a sleepy vibe which is awoken by the flourishing dynamic production.


10.

Outsider Yp

Overdose 11

Cork MC Outsider YP takes things to a celestial plane on his new song.

11.

Patrick Saint James

Begging

An electro-pumping pop song from Manchester-based Irish artist Patrick Saint James, ‘Begging’ teases the artist’s debut EP to come on Lovers Music later this year.

“‘Begging’ explores the personal struggles I face as a result of my bipolar disorder. It details the self-destruction it causes, as well as the strains it can often put on my relationships. It speaks of my desperation to hold those relationships intact. I’m literally ‘Begging’ those closest to me, not to give up on me. Pleading with them to see me for who I am, despite my flaws.”

12.

Meljoann

I Quit

Meljoann’s corporate office and anti-capitalist-themed album H.R. is long-awaited around here, and it’s finally coming out on Friday!

‘I Quit’ is a perfect encapsulation of the Brighton-based Irish artist’s sound – drippy hazy R&B and electronic textures combine with wailing guitars and gospel-leaning backing vocals on a song about giving up the day job.

The album also starts with a song called ‘Assfuck The Boss’. Fair play.