After years of honing their layered, proggy neo-soul craft, Leeside outfit Shookrah have finally released the debut single from their upcoming debut album. ‘Don’t Wanna Doubt You’ acts a groovy instructional guide to the art of wooing, responding to topical issues of seduction and consent, by imploring the listener to “respectfully woo me”. Vocalist Senita… Read more »

Posted on May 21st, 2018

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Fusing post-hardcore, jazz and the spoken-word, Belfast crew Robocobra Quartet (a quartet in name only, sometimes) have made for a delightfully, wilfully difficult musical experience over the past few years, headed up by spitting, howling drummer-vocalist Chris Ryan. The critical acclaim that debut album ‘Music for All Occasions‘ was met with put a spotlight on… Read more »

Posted on May 11th, 2018

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It’s now been four year since Jungle released their debut album on XL. The self-titled release was proceeded by top class dance-featuring music videos and a couple of marquee singles in ‘Busy Earnin’ and ‘Time’. There were rumblings of new music and festival dates so we knew it was coming. Even over the course of… Read more »

Posted on May 9th, 2018

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists. 1. Maria Kelly – Small Talk Maria Kelly tackles the issue of mental health in her new song ‘Small Talk’. The song is full of subdued beauty. From the earthy quality of the acoustic guitars to the warm… Read more »

Posted on March 29th, 2018

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21-year-old singer, songwriter and producer from Dublin Erica Cody made her musical debut last year with ‘Addicted’. Her latest release ‘Good Intentions’ is the first release from her five-track EP Leoness which is set for release later this year and deals with issues such as finding herself in music, love and being asked ‘Where are… Read more »

Posted on February 8th, 2018

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Onra follows up the third release in his Chinoseries, with a return to his roots of “future funk,” as heard on the 2010 album Long Distance. That album’s late ’80s shimmering synths and New Jack Swing and & ’80s R&B influences return on Nobody Has To Know , his newest album which gets a release… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2018

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21 year-old independent artist and BIMM Dublin student Rob Toal-Lennon or RTL’s new EP Much Love is a body of work built up over the past five years that depicts five definitive moments in his life. “This is an accumulation of five years of planning, writing & recording. A transition of sound/taste over five years…. Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2018

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Cork singer Brian Deady has released his first song since 2015’s album Non-Fiction. ‘Say When’ is a moving song of soul and gospel-leaning proportions about losing someone. Of the artwork, Deady says his mother is the inspiration: The artwork is an image of my mother Lucy’s baking tray which she’s worked hard on for most… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2017

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Diffusion Lab, the production and management house (Irish Times profile ) who have brought us Soulé and Jafaris among others have added another artist to their roster alongside Rushes, Killa Yan and AikJ. DAY_S is a 22-year- old singer-songwriter and his debut single ‘Last Night’ is a soulful slice of electronic pop with a wavy… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2017

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I introduced 1000 Beasts (and the meta music video), Cian Sweeney’s all-encompassing project that will feature guest vocalists on each track. Sweeney is a freelance musician, pianist and producer who has recently worked with Jenny Greene & The RTE Concert Orchestra and Phil Coulter, has now revealed track two – ‘Got This Feeling (remix)’ featuring… Read more »

Posted on September 21st, 2017

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Upcoming Irish singer, songwriter and producer Erica Cody impressed with her debut single ‘Addicted’ and was featured here a while back as a result. Now the song has a video made by Tim Hood that is as slick as the song. Cody is one of a few performers alongside Mango, Jess Kav and Jafaris performing… Read more »

Posted on August 30th, 2017

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With a sound that has been established as a bed of alternative live band R&B or “agrosoul”, BARQ are one of the most unique offerings in terms of new bands to arrive in the last two years. Newest song ‘Optimus Prime’ certainly picks up the chain of “agrosoul” to its logical frenetic sonic conclusion, coming… Read more »

Posted on August 29th, 2017

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Here’s the first offering from a new Dublin-based artist Charlotte Headon. Headon is a relatively new recording artist with three songs on Soundcloud of soulful R&B with a minimal and laidback style. Newest track ‘Hold Tight’ is the most complete of the three and features beats by ntourage. It’s got a freestyle-vibe to it and… Read more »

Posted on August 2nd, 2017

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One of my favourite new artists of the last few years, Kelela has returned with new music. ‘LMK’, which stands for “Let me Know” restablishes Kelela’s clubby R&B sound as heard on Cut 4 Me mixtape and Hallucinogen EP. It’s taken from her album Take Me Apart out on October 6th on Warp Records. ‘Rewind’… Read more »

Posted on August 1st, 2017

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I’ve covered Orange Tree’s first two releases here earlier this year but the success of the just-released third 12″ in the series from the Dublin label is worth noting because a) it’s currently top of the Juno chart in all genres and b) it has two grade A dancefloor bangers that people are really responding… Read more »

Posted on July 25th, 2017

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