Showcasing Artists 2019
Ailbhe has been making impact since the release of her debut EP 'Hollowed Out Sea' in 2016. This EP's single 'Distrust' garnered critical acclaim and over 2.5 million streams on Spotify. She went on to feature on many major festival line ups in 2017 including Glastonbury, Latitude, Canadian Music Week, The Great Escape, Other Voices, Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Hard Working Class Heroes, and London Folk and Roots Festival. In 2017 she was also featured in season 15 of the prestigious RTÉ show 'Other Voices' Her following EP and singles since have won her critical acclaim from the likes of Line of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, Nialler9, The Irish Times, Record of the Day and Earmilk. As well as coveted spaces on Spotify editorial playlists. She is currently recording her debut album due for release in early 2020.
Alex Gough is a 20 year old Drummer/Producer/Rapper and member of the influential 'Anomaly' collective. Hailing from Waterford, Ireland Gough is one of the most promising artists of the new rising Irish music scene. Drumming since the age of 6, he quickly became a well-respected master of his craft and soon turned his hand to producing while also attending Cork school of music. 2018 saw his first proper outing as a solo artist with the experimental ‘The Infomercial Tape’ EP and hugely popular ‘Afraidofmoney.’ While 'Afraidofmoney' launched Gough’s solo career as a Hip-Hop artist, before that he was well seasoned as a drummer and producer, crossing effortlessly between scenes. First single of 2019, ‘Breakfast’, released in February, is no doubt the standout track to date racking up over 250,000 streams and entering the Spotify Irish viral chart at number 41. It garnered immediate support in high profile playlists such as Spotify’s influential New Music Friday, Free Form and Alternative Hip-Hop along with additions to YouTube Music’s ‘UK Hip-Hop’ and Deezer’s ‘Trending Ireland’.
April is a 20 year old Irish singer songwriter, her music takes inspiration from the new generation of self producing artist such as Gus Dapperton, Kojaque and Clairo as well a drawing from classic jazz and 90's hip hop influences in her own self produced tracks. 2019 will see drop her debut EP and play festivals throughout Ireland.
Autre Monde are a band from Dublin who traverse the boundaries of art-rock, electro-pop and post-punk. Formed by Paddy Hanna, Padraig Cooney, Eoghan O'Brien and Mark Chester in 2017, their debut album The Imaginary Museum is due out on Strange Brew in early 2020. The first single taken from the record, Fever in May, was released in May and its follow-up On the Record will emerge in the autumn. Put together over several sessions with Girl Band's Daniel Fox, the album's 9 songs mark a definitive statement. It is a predominantly dark record, dotted with moments that are islands of purest pop in the icy sonic sea. Though new as a collaborative enterprise, Autre Monde is made up of acclaimed writers and record-makers who have attained cult followings as members of the Popical Island collective and acts like Ginnels, Land Lovers, Skelocrats, No Monster Club and, indeed, Paddy Hanna.
Badhands is the musical project of Dublin songwriter and musician Dan Fitzpatrick. He recently released his critically acclaimed debut album 'Predictable Boy', featuring fellow musicians Tom Cosgrave, Aoife Ruth, Chris Barry and Ken Mooney. Upon release The Sunday Times described it as 'Evoking Nick Cave with it's guttural swagger. It has taken the Dubliner's songwriting to another level.' The record was made album of the week by Dan Hegarty on RTE 2fm and Badhands' first two singles, 'Waves' and 'Monday Morning', both received considerable airplay on national radio, and have been performed live in session on shows such as Arena on RTE Radio 1, and Bobby Kerr's Big Breakfast on Newstalk. The band have been packing out venues in Dublin over the last year, as well as playing some memorable shows around Ireland and support slots such as Vicar Street opening for Michael McDonald. Badhands recently began work on album number 2.
Basciville is made up of multi-instrumentalist brothers Cillian and Lorcan Byrne. Since the release of their debut EP in 2016, Basciville have been working towards solidify their true sound and style. Basciville will release their follow up EP 'For All Lost Youth' on August 09th 2019, with lead single 'Post Youth' garnering over 35,000 streams on Spotify since it's independent release in May 2019. Lead singer Cillian's raw & emotive lyrics, along with his intimate & soaring vocals combined with the R&B and Jazz inspired percussion created by drummer Lorcan showcase the true level of creativity and confidence the pair possess as musicians, performers and songwriters.
Beauty Sleep have earned a stellar reputation for crafting vibrant synth - driven pop music. Known as the indie-pop band who weaves empowering messages into their energetic live performances and lush visuals, Beauty Sleeps particular brand of celebratory pop has culminated in their debut record Be Kind. Released earlier this year via Quiet Arch, the album is 10 tracks to soundtrack being kind to yourself and others. From the mellow and groovy 'The Dark' to the optimistic shouts of 'The Feeling Back,' and the disco like pulses of 'Rainbow Ballroom' it is a captivating record that sweeps you off your feet. Flush with golden vocal harmonies, dazzling synths and ear-worm hooks, Beauty Sleep is a band that will have you swooning and dancing all at once. Having recently graced stages at Electric Picnic, The Great Escape and Other Voices and picked up fans in BBC Radio One, 6 Music, Cool FM and RTE 1, Beauty Sleep are touring Be Kind across the UK and Ireland and it's a party you don't want to miss out on.
Callum first played drums as a teenager. He spent a lot of time playing in the rhythm section of other peoples' bands, like Ailbhe Reddy & Gary O'Neill, but was always iterating on becoming a songwriter as he did so. He performed, produced and released his debut EP "Patchworks & Learning" in a living room in Finglas to learn how songs are crafted and arranged, and how sound is engineered. For his second release "Dawning Throes", he retreated to the inspiring calm of Asta Kalapa studios in Gorey, Wexford with his friend Darragh Nolan and tried to apply what he'd learned, but this time letting the ideas bounce off a more experienced mind. This led to a set at HWCH and Vantasival which was Callum's first foray into the festival circuit. Callum has lots of songs in the back pocket as he gears up to release his third EP in October.
Caoilian Sherlock released his debut EP 'The Faraway' under the moniker Saint Caoilian in 2017, on the back of a year of prestigious support shows with Roy Harper, Ryley Walker, Sean O'Hagan, and a tour around Ireland with Joan Shelley and Nathan Salsburg. Coinciding with this tour were shows at Body & Soul, Another Love Story, Sounds From A Safe Harbour, Quiet Lights and It Takes A Village Festivals. With the release new single 'Shades Of You' forthcoming this in September, and a full length album to follow - he has revoked his own sainthood and made the brave decision to re-enter the world as a mere mortal. Playing guitar and writing songs since the age of fifteen, well worn through years in rock and roll bands his solo material takes considered, yet facetious ramble through the deepest of existential crisis. During live performances he is backed with an electric guitar, a super cool rock band, a sense of entitlement, a degree of casual sombre-ness, a joyous approach to playing music and an overly sentimental view of almost everything.
‘CYNEMA’ (Previously ‘Cinema’) is the alias upon the visually heavy, electronic sounds created by Ireland based Peter Fleming (27). Previously one half of techno project ‘Effy’, he has added synthesised emotive soundscapes, rhythmic guitar lines and sharp vocal hooks to his strong producer roots. It has lead him to high acclaim both within and outside of his native Irish music scene. Having clocked regular mainstream airtime with recent singles, the quality of CYNEMA's live performances have grown accordingly leading to Ireland's biggest festival stages. With a shift towards stronger visual accompaniment in the form of fittingly cinematic music videos and social content directed by CYNEMA himself, the facets of the project continue to grow towards huge heights in 2019.
It took Conchúr White a while to be comfortable with himself. It took him a while to understand the difference between thinking before he spoke and filtering out any unique idea that he may have had. As a consequence of this new found understanding he is now quite literally being himself. After the conclusion of his previous project Conchúr took a 9-5 working with young (er) people and their parents. Those 18 months provided him with more insight into human emotion than all his previous years combined. His new music is heavily inspired by that time and those interactions. Last year Conchúr began working on a collection of ideas between Marcata Recording in New York with Kevin McMahon (Frightened Rabbit and Real Estate) and Oil Tape Studios (Ciaran Lavery & Fatherson) in Belfast. Joined by Christopher Harbinson (Silences) and Matthew Rutherfoord Jones (Blue Americans) he has since managed to record an albums worth of material. Lana Del Rey, Arctic Monkeys, Father John Misty and Leonard Cohen are a few of the artists that resonate with him. He hopes that his songs resonate with you.
delush aims to inspire wonder and illuminate self-knowledge. After 4 years of producing, writing and collaborating with established artists in Berlin, Enda Gallery created his solo project ‘delush’ to share his own truest experiences and realisations (“but also just for the sheer fucking joy of it”). In 2018 delush released 'Don’t Let Me Win' (“The type of song that wheedles its way into your life and never leaves.” - Cerys Matthews, BBC6 Music) and soon reconnected with Limerick, the birthplace of his musical journey, and its thriving hip-hop scene by collaborating with rapper Strange Boy on the follow-up single 'It’s Alright', which made rotation on 2fm, Radio 1 in Germany and the BBC Introducing Mixtape. (“Superb” - John Kennedy, Radio X // “style and substance in spades.” - Nialler9) His next release, The Greatest Gift, features Dublin based soul singer Tolu Makay. delush's debut album is due in 2020.
Active member of London-based Afro-Irish collective Blackfish, and indie band The Notas - DEMIGOSH is now proudly releasing music as a solo act. Whilst Ade has always been involved in collaborative music making and performance, he began carefully crafting his own sound three years ago when he made a critical move from Dublin to east London to pursue a career in music. His creative impulse stems from an urgent need to reconnect with his Nigerian Yoruba roots, and to integrate this rich cultural heritage with western musical perspectives and indie influences afforded to him by his Irish upbringing. Ade has worked to create a sound that remains truthful to his identity and this complex cultural synthesis has resulted in an immersive and individual sound which is at the same time deeply personal, and universally resonant. His politically charged lyrics flow easily between English and Yoruba interwoven with his full bodied and intricate production work to present a post-apocalyptic afro-futurist vision of DEMIGOSH.
Elaine Malone is an Irish psychedelic-folk songwriter. Hailing from Limerick, she currently resides in Cork, where she has carved a name for herself as an idiosyncratic songwriter. Known for her haunting voice and poetic lyricism combined with grunge roots and psychedelic leanings. "For those yet uninitiated, Malone’s blunt style of penmanship is among the most unique and characteristic of any lyricist in the country. It’s poetry for sure, just minus all the bullshit that usually comes with it. Perhaps most telling is the wonderful ‘Vonnegut’, a writer with which Malone shares a unique worldview with. The entire EP plays and sounds wonderful from front to back, detailed with a level and care largely unparalleled in Irish folk this year." - Nialler9. Her recent appearances include Quarter Block Party, It Takes A Village and support slots for O Emperor, David Keenan and Marlene Enright.
ELKAE is an emerging electronic soul/pop artist, songwriter and producer setting out in a genre of her own. She combines funky old-school grooves with bass and synth driven beats, polished off with her powerful, soulful voice and a high energy live show! After launching in Summer 2018, ELKAE played at Electric Picnic, and released her debut single, ‘Sold’, which made it to Spotify playlist “A Breath of Fresh Eire”. ELKAE played to a sold out crowd at her debut headline in The Sound House and was SPIN103.8’s “One To Watch”. She received national/international radio play including 98fm, fm104, 2fm, Bang on Berlin, Play Irish (A List) and has been featured in HotPress, Nialler9, The Irish Times, Remy, IMRO, GoldenPlec & The Last Mixed Tape. ELKAE gained US and UK coverage with "I Feel" and was shared on La Belle Musique (France, 2.2m) She's getting ready to launch her next single!
"Totally stunning" - BBC Introducing. Ellen O’Mahony and Carla Ryan were writing and singing together from the age of 15 before taking their music to a new level as ELKIN. Their debut EP, Bad Habits, was released in May 2018: “Honey, uplifting and brimming with feel good vibes... There's a bit of a Nicks / McVie /Buckingham thing going on too.” – Remy Fronted by Ellen and Carla, ELKIN draw influence from the R'n'B, pop, indie and folk worlds. With bassist Peter and guitarist Conor of Hatchlings, plus drummer Rob, “the band display an eclectic mix of R&B, pop and hip-hop beats, bolstered by alternating female vocals and smooth guitars.” Stephen Porzio, Hot Press In February 2019, ELKIN marked a development in their sound with the single Green Eyes, a collaboration with Æ MAK producer lullahush - 'a sweet-sad pop banger infused with plenty of soul' (Nialler9). After gigs such as Whelan’s Ones To Watch 2019 and Nialler9’s Music Cork Showcase, ELKIN presented new single Cut My Tongue for release June 2019. They will play their headline show in Whelan’s (Upstairs) on October 19th.
Dublin-based four-piece ELM are bringing in a new era of relatable queer pop, sharing their personal experiences as they go along. ELM is made up of Dylan Walsh (vocals), Aidan Clancy (piano and synths), Gary Molloy (cello) and Ca Ahearne (drums). Dylan and Aidan grew up together in Bray, Co. Wicklow. Their adoration of music brought them to Dublin’s BIMM Institute, where they met Ca, their precise and powerful drummer, who they immediately knew would be a perfect fit for the group. The final missing piece came in the shape of Gary, who Dylan instantly befriended when they met one night at a party. “He was like 'I play cello' and I was like 'let's be friends' and ever since it's been a beautiful romance…
Originally formed in 2014 as a duo of Philip Quinn (Girls Names - Captured Tracks/Tough Love Records) and Christian Donaghey (Autumns - DKA Records/Downwards Records), Gross Net has seen Quinn plough forward solo with occasional live guests since 2015. Gross Net has but one modus operandi: 'make new’ oftentimes through marrying a barely there pop sensibility to an electronic avant-garde undercurrent, as a result, each live show is usually somehow different from the last. Following the debut album Quantitative Easing in 2016 and dates both home and abroad with the likes of Hilary Woods, Holy Fuck, Carla Dal Forno, Sean Nicholas Savage,The Telescopes, and Grails, Gross Net releases 2nd album 'Gross Net means Gross Net' via USA based Felte records on 30th August 2019.
Happyalone. are an esoteric outfit hailing from the outskirts of the Andromeda Galaxy. The act consists of Baxter Robot, Slee and North Head. Prepare to be lost in an ethereal soundscape and burgeoning 808’s.
Jamie Adam is a solo electronic pop artist hailing from County Meath. He released his debut album 'Melodic Electronic' in April 2019. His music combines 80's style rhythmic drum machines with synth heavy electro pop, guitars and reverb laden vocals. Think of MGMT meet The XX meet The Pet Shop Boys.. Music to dance to, music to sway to, music to chill out to. He has played headline shows in Whelans, The Bello Bar, McHughs (Belfast) and Odd Mollies (Drogheda) along with featuring on various radio platforms including 2FM, 98FM, BBC Radio Ulster, FM104, 8Radio and BBC Radio Leeds. His live show combines synths, guitars, live drums and Ableton live sounds along with three way harmonized vocals.
Chosen as one of RTÉ's Rising Irish Stars of 2018, and as one of The Irish Times' Irish music contenders ready to break through in 2019, Junior Brother is an Alternative Folk singer from Co. Kerry, Ireland, playing sometimes humorous, sometimes heady tunes. Strange stories, poetic and arcane, unfold with reckless abandon upon an idiosyncratic Guitar and Foot Tambourine accompaniment, taking musical influence from his upbringing in rural Ireland. Junior Brother has been steadily building a fanbase in his current HQ of Dublin, and around the country, winning followers with his unique and powerful live shows. He has turned heads and hearts in iconic venues such as Vicar Street (Dublin), New York (Beacon Theatre), DeBarra's (Cork), The Button Factory (Dublin), The Islington (London), among festival appearances at Other Voices (Dingle), Metropolis Festival (RDS Dublin), Electric Picnic, to name but a few. He has played support for a variety of like-minded acts such as The Proclaimers, Seamus Fogarty and Glen Hansard, opening for Hansard on his June tour of the US.
Born of Jamaican and Nigerian parents and raised in Ireland, rapper JyellowL has drawn on all three aspects of his background to create a sound and vision that sets him apart on the domestic scene. Currently studying politics at UCD, his subject matter explores the social and global problems that intrigue and disturb him - from weighty topics to the lessons taught him by his Jamaican grandmother on how to be himself in a world that wants to force you down one particular path. Following the release of his summer single 'Medusa' and a string of festival dates that included a memorable Longitude appearance, he returned to the fray with the first track from the Me and Me 2 EP. 'Oh Lawd' - featuring a guest turn from UK star Aaron U.N.K.N.OW.N. 2018 came to a riotous close with an Irish tour in support of R&B superstar Nelly, critical acclaim for the aforementioned EP and two stunning shows at Other Voices in Dingle. Live dates for 2019 included festival appearances at Longitude, Forbidden Fruit, Knockanstockan and Body & Soul and he made his London debut at the Macbeth of Hoxton on June 15th. JyellowL is one of 2FM's Rising picks for the year.
Although growing up largely in a classical music environment, Kitt Philippa’s influences have been broad, and their songwriting and performances reflect a craft steeped in contemporary urban and digital soundscapes. In May 2019 they released the ‘You’ EP on Paragon Records, following on from the success of debut singles ‘Human’ and ‘Grace’ coupled with the winning of the Northern Irish Music Prize – Single of the Year 2018. ‘You’ has already garnered UK radio support from Huw Stephens (Radio 1) and Mary Anne Hobbs (6 Music). BBC Entertainment News in their review of The Great Escape proclaimed, “You can instantly hear why Hozier said 'impressive is too weak a word' to describe their music.” Online tastemaker support for Kitt continues to build with support from CLASH, Indie Shuffle, The 405 (‘You’ video premiere), Record of the Day and many more. “Heard ‘Hosanna’ tonight at midnight and downloaded the EP straight away. ’they are extraordinary. I think they are a shining future star’ - Mary Anne Hobbs - [BBC 6 Music] "Northern Ireland's Kitt Philippa has an amazing ability to connect. A soothing voice with astute lyrical ability... Incoming EP 'You' is a bold return." – [CLASH]
Kyoto Love Hotel are an electronic pop duo from Tipperary formed in 2018. The band consists of producer Joe Geaney and vocalist Laura Sheary. Both band members are experienced on the Irish music scene, Geaney having previously performed music under the moniker Floating Ballroom, and Sheary as part of Indie band Staring At Lakes. Their songs meld reflective lyrics with dance-ready, pop sensibilities. The duo have released two singles, ‘Still’ and ‘Shapes That Bond You’ with the latter being described by Clash Magazine as an art-pop venture ‘definitely worth tracking down’. Their next single is set for release during Summer 2019, with a debut EP also in the works.
Dublin songwriter, Laura Elizabeth Hughes released her latest E.P., “Ceremony”, in May 2018. The record captured a journey from darkness to light and showcases the distinctive vocal and writing talent of an artist fast establishing herself among a fresh new group of emerging Irish songwriters. Her unique voice has seen her build a substantial fan base from around the world with her YouTube channel amassing an astonishing 2.5 million views, catching the ear of Grammy nominated R&B star, Joss Stone. 2019 has already seen Laura perform in both London and New York whilst also selling out a hometown headline show at the Vintage Rooms of the Workman’s Club whilst her latest single “In My Defence” has showcased an uplifting new direction but still holds that familiar sound and heart that the songwriter has become known for.
Based in Trim, Co. Meath, 'lilac' are a three piece power-pop group who alternate between crushing fuzz and comforting jangle in an effort to take an innocent melody and put hairs on his chest. With a number of small, sweaty, packed out 2019 headline slots behind them, the band move into the 2019 summer season penciled in for slots at some of Ireland's best festivals. Late 2019 will see the band back performing headline shows with plans of expanding their audiences in Ireland and internationally, supported by further releases towards the end of 2019 and early 2020.
Local Boy is a Dublin artist, producer and singer drawing from a wide sphere of influences, from the off-kilter beat production of J Dilla to the outsider sincerity of Daniel Johnston. Seeking full autonomy in his artistic vision, Local Boy writes, produces and engineers his music from the beginning to the end of the creative process. On the record and through his live band performances Local Boy demonstrates his proficiency for instrumentation and integrates an ever expanding roster of sounds into his music - explored in an ongoing set of releases including the 2018 Local Boy EP and an upcoming EP set for release in August 2019. Championed by the likes of Dan Hegarty and Nialler9, Local Boy has played several high profile support slots such as Open Mike Eagle, Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers and Easy Life as well as festivals such as Electric Picnic. 2019 promises to be a strong year for this Dublin musician who, having recently joined the Burner Records roster and on the foot of a successful single in collaboration with Tebi Rex, plans to release his sophomore EP.
Lydia is a 25-year-old electro-pop artist hailing from Mayo, Ireland. She writes dreamy and sincere pop songs that balance light, airy musicality with deeper and more introspective lyrics. At the age of 9, she picked up the guitar, inspired mainly by her adoration of pop-punk star Avril Lavigne. From there, she began writing and developing her own songs. Moving to Brooklyn in 2016, Ford’s music evolved to take inspiration from her subway rides rather than the green coast of the west Ireland. While the pop elements remain, life experiences and her formative twenties added a bittersweet approach to her lyrics. Taking inspiration from the production of acts like Sigrid and Lauv Lydia incorporates elements of slick electronic production and grittier guitars. Lydia records, produces and releases her music independently, collaborating with producers from LA to Berlin.
Maija Sofia is a songwriter from rural Galway but currently based in Dublin. Blending a dark folkloric style of storytelling with a distinctive poetic voice, her songs are singularly haunting and tender. She has performed at numerous festivals across Ireland and the UK including Other Voices, Electric Picnic, and the London Antifolk festival. She has played support to Mick Flannery, Joan As Police Woman, Julien Baker, Stella Donnelly, Mutual Benefit, and Adrian Crowley amongst others. In spring 2018 her unreleased song 'The Wife of Michael Cleary' was covered by Katie Kim and Lankum's Radie Peat for a one off collaborative performance in the Pepper Canister. Last year's single 'Flowers', named “an essential new release to get obsessed with” by DIY Magazine, was her first release via London imprint Trapped Animal Records, and they will go on to release her much-anticipated debut ‘Bath Time’ this November.
Dublin’s Mango X MathMan are leading figures in the new wave of exciting Irish urban music. Their steadfast approach to innovating and melding established genres such as Grime, UK garage, Rave and Hip Hop has given them a unique sound that blends rave culture and Dublin life. They released their first EP the ‘Wheel Up EP’ in December 2017 which is now available on all streaming platforms. 'Wheel Up' is a collection of uptempo grime and rave tracks ahead of their forthcoming album 'Casual Work'.
Ryan Cullen, otherwise known in the Irish music scene under the pseudonym “Marcus Woods”, is a 19 year old multi-genre producer from Dublin, Ireland with production and sounds ranging from ambient, trap and experimental elements. He is a part of Burner Records, alongside Fynch, ARBU, Sick Nanley and Local Boy. Woods aims to find a middle ground in between ambient, lush sounds and hard hitting drum patterns, giving the listener a feeling of serenity, yet keeping them in check with fast paced drums and 808s fused with the atmospheric sounds and textures. He has gained huge traction from media outlets across Ireland and the UK within the space of a few months such as District Magazine, Notion and Hot Press. He has played at numerous shows across Ireland already, including headline shows, Forbidden Fruit 2019, Longitude 2019, Electric Picnic 2018, and support slots from late 2017 up until now, supporting national and global talents such as Blank Banshee, Milo, Mango X MathMan, Nostrum Grocers, Biig Piig, Cities Aviv and more. Following the release of Saturn V and Ukiyo in 2019, Woods is working on his sophomore release and is lined up for numerous shows and festivals over the course of the year.
Meghan Murray is an Irish R&B Pop singer-songwriter from Belgium. At 17, Meghan moved to Ireland to study music in UCC, where she began writing her own music, leading her to record her debut EP ‘Out of Mind’ in Monique Studios in the summer of 2018.
Her debut singles ‘Space’, ‘Broken Ladders’ and ‘Feeling Blue’ have garnered high praise from the likes of Niall Byrne of the Irish Times, calling her music “sophisticated R&B pop”. Meghan has gotten radio play on RTÉ 2FM, RTÉ Radio 1, Cork’s RedFM, 98FM and Craic Radio Philadelphia as well as being featured on Nialler9’s Best New Irish Music playlist on Spotify.
Hailed as “an artist with a highly stylised sound with a voice to carry it” (Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape), Meghan looks forward to releasing more tracks from her upcoming EP ‘Out of Mind’ later in the year.
Dublin band MELTS were formed in late 2017. The band released their debut single Skyward in 2018 to much critical acclaim, adding their own mix of psych rock and post punk to the capitals diverse and celebrated music scene. After a sold out show in Dublin’s Whelans, the band went on to play numerous gigs across Ireland including dates with Rolling Blackout's CF, Warmduscher (Fat White Family / Insecure Men), TOY and Fontaines DC. MELTS appeared at 2018's Electric Picnic festival performing two blistering sets, recorded an in studio live session for the Paul McLoone show on Today FM, got added to BBC's '6 Music Recommends' playlist and Spotify's 'Hot New Bands' playlist. February 2019 saw MELTS release their sophomore single 'Echoes' in which the video was premiered on STEREOGUM. It also gained a lot of radio play from KEXP. In April of 2019 MELTS returned to the Meadow recording studio to begin work on their debut album.
Since their debut album Moxie have been busy touring internationally. Highlights include their performance at the Hanoi Opera House, Vietnam and tours in Australia, Europe and North America. This year saw them invited to perform their compositions with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in the National Concert Hall. These five young lads with traditional backbones deliver a fresh new brand of Irish music heavily influenced by Indie, Electro, Jazz, House, and Rock putting them at the forefront of Irish music. Delivering an energetic, wild and unique live show, Moxie have been inspiring audiences and musicians with their new palette of 21st century Irish music. The band includes Jos Kelly (button accordion/keyboard), Darren Roche (button accordion/percussion/keyboards), Ted Kelly (tenor banjo/electric tenor guitar) Josh Sampson (drums) & Cillian Doheny (tenor banjo/guitar/electric guitar. The band are currently collaborating with the charismatic Tunisan born vocalist Julia Spanu.
New Pagans create music that is vivid and engaged. The songs have massive riffs and rare dynamics. The lyrics are ready to start conversations and challenge the given ideas. Every release is a throwdown, a provocation, an education. The band is based in Belfast but the band members are drawn from across the north. Lyndsey comes from Enniskillen and is mid-way through a PhD course at University of Ulster. Cahir, her partner, was raised in Derry and has a blazing history with acts like Fighting With Wire, Jetplane Landing and Frank Turner. Drummer Conor McAuley is from Belfast and has served with Balkan Alien Sound. Bassist Claire has been active with Girls Names and Cruising while Allan ran with Rupture Dogs. The band name remembers that the Latin term paganus originally meant villager or outsider. This fits with their mission to stay removed from the city rules and the orthodox. Lyndsey was raised in a climate of religious observance, so her encounters with popular music were furtive and occasional. “It really only started when I was 18,” she says. “I’d heard of Fleetwood Mac but I’d not heard them. As a result, I have a unique way of hearing things.”
Pearly met in an old smoky bar in Co. Meath, where the local scene crackled, melted and sparked and where they discovered their ethereal lush sound and songwriting that would not be out of place in a David Lynch movie set in Glasgow in the late 80s. The last year has seen Pearly move to Berlin, play over 50 shows including the New Creatives showcase at the Irish Embassy in Berlin, Craw Festival, opening for Sacred Bones artist Hilary Woods, Half Waif, Lisa O'Neill, Conor O'Brien, Lisa Hannigan. Their intense 2018 HWCH performance led to them to acclaimed producer Julie McLarnon (Lankum/The Vaselines) with whom they recorded their debut tracks to analogue tape, channeling their influences from the Cocteaus to Radiohead. Vocal harmonies, synths, detuned reverberant guitars abound in a vast yet minimal sound.
People Club was formed in Berlin in early 2018. The five members from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States responded to each other’s ads searching for musicians on the Internet. Early conversations saw Sarah Martin, Ray Sonder, Pete Costello, Drew Deal, and Saxon Gable bond over a shared appreciation of motown and soul. Discussions of the activism and melodic sensibilities so deeply entrenched in the heritage of soul music are a major inspiration for the band.
Postcard Versions write succinct songs about everyday life, record in a bedroom, wear lots of corduroy, and look they're fresh off the boat from 1980s Glasgow. What more could you want? Or put simply: if you like the 3rd Velvet Underground album, then you'll probably quite like Postcard Versions. Listen to their self-titled album on the internet (because the cassette is sold out)
Robert John Ardiff, the Dublin based singer/songwriter, is releasing his first body of work 1 year after his critically acclaimed debut album "Between the Bed and Room." "So Free" is the first release and was written for the upcoming, John Carney-helmed AmazonPrime series "Modern Love." It represents a definite shift in the style of music he has recorded until now; where before his music was recorded in a box-room setting, Ardiff has now matured sonically with a full studio band behind him. Ardiff has performed extensively around Ireland, the UK, Europe, and the US, including performances at Other Voices, Another Love Story, Body&Soul, Knockanstockan, The Green Note Camden, and the Centre Cultural Irlandais. He is also well known or his work as part of the Choice Music Prize nominees Come On Live Long.
Hailed as ‘one of the most unique artists to emerge in recent years’, RUNAH, originally from Manchester, uses otherworldly imagery to tempt you into her realm. ‘Strange’, RUNAH’s debut album is an exploration of the wild woman archetype and a celebration of escapism. Following on from ‘Strange’ RUNAH is already drip feeding her second album ‘Mother’. RUNAH continues to work with producers David Virgin, Rohan Healy and Al Quiff of Beardfire Music, who produced and released her debut album. Based in Dublin, Beardfire have worked with the likes of Nick Cave, INXS, Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua), Mary Black, The Cruel Sea, Cat Power, Billy Bragg and Lloyd Cole. A vivid depiction of magic, nature and an exploration of the human condition will be painted for you within RUNAH’s music.
Rushes is an artist that will instantly catch you with his sound, then encourage you to dig deeper with each listen. The Irish artist developed an instinct for rhythm and melody, blending his craft of songwriting with inventive melodies to produce ambient styles with soulful, silky vocals on an electronic landscape. Having released his debut EP GLIMPSE in March 2019, Rushes has amassed over 1,000,000 combined streams from the EP along with a sold out headline show in Whelan's and an acclaimed Body & Soul performance. Rushes is currently working in Berlin, London & Dublin on a new project set to be released in early 2020.
SINEAD O' BRIEN is an Irish poet and performer based in London. Originally from Limerick 'a kind of grey industrial place with an a certain poetry to it', Sinead's work captures the everyday and the in-between in a way that transcends genre. Her influences can be found in the realism of Mark E. Smith of The Fall and the works of literary icons such Frank O’Hara, W.B. Yeats, Joan Didion, Albert Camus. Her latest release 'Taking On Time' comes as the landmark 30th single release on Dan Carey's Speedy Wunderground label. A mesmerising call-to-arms, 'Taking On Time' is equal parts Mark E and Patti Smith – set against a taut, frenetic bed recalling post-punk underdogs Life Without Buildings and The Slits but with a krautrock groove that is classic Speedy Wunderground. A multifaceted artist, Sinead’s writing has also been published by the esteemed London Magazine whose alumni include T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath and William Burroughs. This unique fusion of spoken lyrics and art rock has piqued the attention of luminaries of both genres, seeing her perform with John Cooper Clarke and Brian Jonestown Massacre at sold out theatres across the UK. Playing live with her band and collaborators; Julian Hanson (guitar) and Oscar Robertson (drums), Sinead’s transfixing performances are placing her at the forefront of a resurgent post-punk wave that is taking the capital and beyond.
With a mere three released singles to his name, Irish singer-songwriter Somebody’s Child is turning heads and catching ears the world over, garnering accurate comparisons to some of the biggest names in rock. In just nine months as an act, he’s gathered quite the collection of accolades. His debut Make You Alright and follow-up single Toes saw national Irish radio play across a multitude of stations, garnering a total of 7.3 million listener impacts. He’s also made a considerable impression online, reaching No. 1 on the Hype Machine chart and earning placements on the coveted Spotify editorial playlists ‘Hot New Bands’ and ‘A Breath of Fresh Eire’. Now performing accompanied by a band, Somebody’s Child has supported Irish rock giants Kodaline and have a summer full of festivals ahead including Electric Picnic and a slot on the BBC introducing stage at Reading & Leeds.
What started off as a solo project by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Nathan Henderson, soon turned into a collective of talented musicians, bringing Dave Murray on board for drums and Ian McGinn on guitar. With a mutual ambition to create something special they merged their wide range of influences and joined forces with Darren Hughes on Bass and Ryan Daffy as third guitarist. What soon would follow is a fresh take on dark-tinged psychedelic indie rock. Having been described as sounding like somewhere between The Jesus And Mary Chain and Ride it's no wonder they are creating a stir. In order to produce an ethereal wall of sound the band employ an arsenal of three guitarists to maximum effect, backed by heavy bass grooves and powerful drums. Their key focus is to capture the sonic assault and fueled aggression of their studio sessions and take it to the people!
Four musicians who first met playing gospel in their local church, Super Silly bring a rare sense of passion and fun to modern RnB and hip-hop. The band made their live debut in 2016 and caught the attention of many thanks to the release of first Irish single 'No Pressure'. They have a live reputation built on memorable shows at the likes of Cork Jazz Festival, Hard Working Class Heroes, Quarter Block Party and Word Up Collective's own Bello Bar gigs, as well as their experience playing alongside Hare Squead. Tipped for great things by the likes of The Irish Times, Nialler9 and The Thin Air, the quartet of Hudis, Glory, Solo The Astronaut and Grvz began a run of releases for 2017 with 'Not Ready To Leave', a track that mixed classic soul and RnB, modern hip-hop and the joyous energy of their gospel roots. It was accompanied by the band's first ever music video, directed by Seán Clancy, and was followed a number of festival and club shows across the country. The summer also saw them collaborate on a remix of 'No Pressure' with Australian producer Odd Mob for their first international release, hitting some of the key Spotify dance playlists and receiving radio support from the likes of Triple J. 2018 brought 'Here', once more marrying the band's influences with a sound that is very much of the moment, and a remix of fellow genre pusher’s Wyvern Ling - as well as deal with Believe Digital. The first results of this came with the release of ‘Hold Your Own’ in March, a hard hitting tale of the perils of drunk texting your ex. The follow up, ‘Hate Dah’ ,is out now and has already made an impact on Spotify in the UK and internationally.
The duality between the duo’s styles is the catalyst to their sound. Max Zanga is the rapper, capable of rhyming over dance rhythms, summer jams and acoustic pop. Matt Ó is his melodic foil, providing earworm hooks and heart-on-sleeve choruses." - The Irish Times Since meeting at a University talent show, and having carved their recognisable sound through the scene, Max Zanga and Matt Ó have received backing from leading Irish media outlets; being listed as Today FM's Homegrown Heroes, and RTE 2FM's "Ones to Watch 2019". The boys' last EP, released in 2018 described their story so far; the best and worst year of their lives - one that saw them release a string of acclaimed tracks that featured on the Viral 50 Ireland, United Kingdom Viral 50, Spotify's Alternative Hip Hop, A Breath of Fresh Éire, Rap IE, and featured on the cover of Spotify’s release of urban Irish music - The New Éire. As well as touring the festival season in Ireland to borderline completion, Tebi Rex are now answering a demand to bring their electric performances oversea in 2019, after a fantastic reception at The Great Escape this year in Brighton.
THUMPER are a noise-pop sextet, delivering bubble-gum psych through a wall of sonic death. ‘Out of Body Auto-Message’ (5 track vinyl released on May 24th) was launched to critical acclaim via an exclusive signing at Tower Records, followed by a sold out show at Dublin’s Lost Lane live music venue. Riding the crest of New Music Friday playlist with the release of their latest single ‘In My Room’ (Featured in Made in Chelsea on E4), and fresh off the back of an industry showcase at Primavera Pro, Barcelona and Music Cork, THUMPER are midway through their extensive Festival Tour including Knockanstockan, Sea Sessions, ITAV, Body and Soul, Electric Picnic and Kaleidoscope festivals. Thumper announce Autumn UK Tour soon! “In Dublin, it’s been thrilling to witness The Murder Capital, Fontaines DC, and THUMPER to see who can be the most viscerally thrilling both on stage and on vinyl” Hot Press Magazine
TOUTS are a three piece punk band from Derry, Ireland. A singer that can't sing, a mod that can't play bass and a drummer that can't see.
True Tides are Cian, Conor and Eoghan MacSweeny. They play energetic pop music with irresistible hooks and layered vocal harmonies at its core. Their single ‘Automatic’ achieved widespread air-play, staying in the Top 20 Irish Radio charts throughout late 2018. They sold out their first headline show at Soundhouse, Dublin, played their first headline tour in 2019 to packed-out venues around Ireland including Whelans, Dublin and played main stage at Indiependence, Cork. They also supported The Coronas, All Tvvins, The Academic and Wild Youth at sold out shows including Independent Park, Big Top Galway, Iveagh Gardens, Opera House Cork and the Olympia. True Tides were included on the 2FM Rising list 2019, headlined 2FM Rising stage at Other Voices and made their national television debut on The Late Late Show. True Tides release their next single soon and 2020 promises to be an explosive year for the 3 brothers.
Uly (think Ulysses) is the moniker of Dublin-based astrophysics graduate-turned multi-instrumentalist Rafino M.J. Murphy. Combining a love of old-school deep soul, jazz, funk, dusty production quality and topped with some pop sensibilities - Uly weaves together sonic threads to make music reminiscent of "a version of the '70s that never happened". Each a result of his own singular vision and craft - Uly's releases have gone strength to strength, both in quality of writing and production - each receiving high local acclaim. Since starting in May 2018, Uly has moved quickly. A string of well-received releases under the belt and fresh live shows (including a sold-out debut headliner!) from April of 2019 has secured him slots at some of the country's bigger and quirkier festivals: Knockanstockan, Electric Picnic, Another Love story, as well as gigs with the likes of Halfnoise, Durand Jones & the Indications to name a few.