Hvmmingbyrd are a Dublin band that recently reappeared as a duo and a new sound with the atmospheric alt-pop song ‘Out Of My Head’. Suzette Das & Deborah Byrne’s new song pushes them further down that new road with a beautifully-executed song which was produced by the band and Aisling Jarvis. It will feature on… Read more »

Posted on July 22nd, 2016

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You’ve all seen Game Of Thrones the ’90s version but what about music? Am I right guys? Canadian based composer and arranger Jerry Shen aka Tronicbox did something amazing with Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean?’ and ‘Love Yourself?’ and turned them into authentically eighties pop hits complete with dripping chords, lo-fi synths and brass… Read more »

Posted on June 17th, 2016

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After waiting so long for new music from The Avalanches, coming back with ‘Frankie Sinatra’ didn’t fill me with much hope. Lacking charm, nuance and substance, the hook-filled sample was enough to lock on to you while Doom and Danny Brown did a fine job with a novelty-sounding beat. In the Zane Lowe interview that… Read more »

Posted on June 16th, 2016

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Anyone interested in new music in Ireland will have been keeping an eye on Hare Squead. It was October 2014 at Hard Working Class Heroes when I first saw Tony Konstone, Jessy Rose and E-Knock play live and their R&B-swerved into electronic pop / rap style was something that has not really existed in Ireland… Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2016

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Shura makes the kind of pop that I can get behind, it’s fun, melodic, it’s got an energy rush and it sounds like its throwback palette is drawn from the eighties. Even the album artwork recalls the carefree swing of that Aha video. Last year’s ‘White Light’ was one of my favourite tunes of 2015…. Read more »

Posted on May 25th, 2016

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Despite all its problems with trying to keep users and labels happy at the same time, Soundcloud is still very good at recommending tracks to me once the track I’m listening to ends. ‘Faultless’ is one of those songs. I know I shouldn’t compare a female artist to Kate Bush as it feels lazy but… Read more »

Posted on May 19th, 2016

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The London-based Cork artist Lyra debut with an impressively polished ambient pop song called ‘Rabbit In The Headlights’ last month that simultaneously recalled Kate Bush, Enya, FKA Twigs and Swedish pop. Last night, Lyra played her debut gig at Communion Music’s night in London and she dropped ‘Emerald’, her second track just before it. That song was largely… Read more »

Posted on May 17th, 2016

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Metronomy are back. It’s hard to believe that Love Letters was released in 2013, such was the constant rotation the album has had on playlists, radio and elsewhere. For their fifth album, Summer 08, out on July 1st on Because Music, Joe Mount took two weeks in Black Box Studios in France on his own… Read more »

Posted on May 12th, 2016

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Well. It was so long ago now that I had forgotten the news but back in 2014, James Vincent McMorrow revealed he had collaborated with Duke Dumont, Tourist and Kygo. Kygo is perhaps the most prominent exponent of tropical house / EDM. Some of the music that made him famous is absolutely offensive in its… Read more »

Posted on April 23rd, 2016

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s newest album Emotion was a  hit with more independent-driven music sites when it came out last year. ‘Run Away With Me’ was one of those songs that brought new audiences through its M83 ‘Midnight City’-style sax dynamics. The album executive produced by Scooter Braun, Bieber’s manager, who has recently been steering the unknown at home young… Read more »

Posted on April 21st, 2016

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Hear the Lyra song from TV Show Striking Out here. Lyra is a new artist who has debuted with an intriguing ambient pop track called ‘Rabbit In The Headlights’ in which you can hear traces of Kate Bush, Enya, FKA Twigs, Swedish pop sensibilities and a strong Irish accent too. The song has big drums,… Read more »

Posted on April 18th, 2016

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You may have heard this tune on my New Music Spotify playlist this past week. From Norway, Kappekoff’s ‘All Day Long’ is a strutting dreamy electronic pop track with funk bass and retro synth action. The band are Rasmus Thallaug & Magnus Falkenberg, augmented by Vebjørn Moen & Jørgen Apeness live. The band are signed… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2016

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Sean & Conor Price are two brothers from Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Conor is 14 and sings. Sean is 16 and plays the guitar, box drum and raps. You may have seen them busking on Grafton Street. They’ve been playing music together for a few years. Here they are over two and a half years ago:… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2016

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Here’s a promising listen to the first single from Dublin singer-songwriter Tim Chadwick. ‘Blindfolded’ is a fine singer-songwriter-style pop song which serves as the Dubliner’s opening gambit. Ben Howard and James Vincent McMorrow have been cited as comparisons. To me, ‘Blindfolded’ sounds like the work of an artist heading for a large radio-friendly audience regardless… Read more »

Posted on April 6th, 2016

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Kiiara was working in in a hardware shop in Illinois when she put her best track ‘Gold’ up online. That track, a modern earworm with production by Felix Snow featured mangled catchy vocals and finger-clicking percussion and It racked up over 7 million plays. As a result, she was one of my artists of 2016… Read more »

Posted on March 22nd, 2016

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