Kid Karate release remix of Redbone
Apr25

Kid Karate release remix of Redbone

  Review by Bobby Green Kid Karate originally played ‘Redbone’ as part of a live radio session, but after performing it live they went back to the studio to record this slick remake of the Childish Gambino hit. This is a perfect follow up to their pulsating single ‘No Way’ that brought about a sense of freedom for the band with the addition of bassist Ian McFarlane. There’s still chugging bass lines and propulsive drums that their fans expect, but at the heart of this new sound is honest song writing about how they interact with each other and a new sense of effortless groove to the music. This reminds me a lot of when Beck gets all soulful and funky and that’s no bad thing. ‘Redbone’ is dripping with charisma and style and will have you driving around town with the windows down nodding like a pidgin, this could well be your new favourite groove. Listen to ‘Redbone’ below...

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Song of the Day: Marc O’Reilly ‘Graceland’
Apr22

Song of the Day: Marc O’Reilly ‘Graceland’

Marc O’Reilly is setting out on a limited tour in support of his most recent single ‘Graceland’. ‘Graceland’ is taken from his current album ‘Morality Mortality’ which is Marc’s first album on a major label ( Virgin Records Germany ) and showcases him as an incredibly mature writer with a stunning vocal talent. Marc will join a long list of rising Irish talent for the Right Here Right Now festival on April 30 in the Cork Opera House. Marc has a reputation as an exceptional live performer and has played many major festivals in both Europe and the US including Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, Eurosonic, Reeperbahn, Canadian Music Week, Folk Alliance, Greenman, Kendal Calling etc etc On ‘Graceland’ we find Marc’s brand of brooding indie rock and blues at it’s most mercurial, teeming with anticipation and expectation that bass lines gets me everytime. The accompanying video follows the band on tour across Europe and Russia. Marc has just announce an extensive European tour which including a couple of Irish dates and an appearance at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Sun 30th April – Cork, Opera House ( Right Here Right Now Festival ) Thurs 4th May – Dublin, The Sugar Club Watch the video for ‘Graceland’...

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Mad About Music – Featuring The Felonies, The Engineer, Clare Sands, Brian Lalor and The Elation Band
Apr10

Mad About Music – Featuring The Felonies, The Engineer, Clare Sands, Brian Lalor and The Elation Band

Inspired by 90s rave and Drum N Bass Phil Dunne, AKA The Engineer, set out to find an outlet for some guitar ideas that didn’t suit a live band. With these in mind his project quickly grew and embracing the freedom offered by programming beats, processing found sounds and focusing on rhythm, texture and atmosphere he became The Engineer. Listen to his self-released EP First Principles on Bandcamp. Recommended listening “Ice Point” http://theengineer4.bandcamp.com/album/first-principles Wicklow four-piece The Felonies have hit the road running with their debut single release “Repetition” from their EP “Impossible, Impractical”. The single is brimming with Brit Indie goodness, an addictive bass line and anecdotal lyrics “Repetition” and proves why Felonies already have a loyal fan base and caught the ear of the music industry. In case you haven’t heard it The Elation have already been added to more than one summer festival lineup and this new version of the Irish boy band embrace their pop sensibilities and groove sounds. The Cork quartet worked with Andy Whitmore on this follow up to debut single “XO”. Clare blues songwriter Clare Sands has released the title track of her debut EP “Join Me At The Table”. Referencing a host of well known writers and with the strong influence of Janis Joplin Clare Sands is part of a great emerging Blues scene in Ireland and “Join Me At THe Table” is the embodiment of all she represents; sultry, wise, and highly addictive. Brian Lalor has been making music in one way or another for over a decade and has just released his new single “Somehow”. Fans of Damian Dempsey will find something to like here....

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Song of the Day: Jack O’Rourke ‘Naivety’
Mar10

Song of the Day: Jack O’Rourke ‘Naivety’

It really should read “Songs of the Day” with this double sided single release from Jack O’Rourke deserving their own individual attention. While they are simply different versions of the same song they both speak so differently to the listener they may as well be from different eras. Releasing ‘Naivety’ on February 24 Cork Musician Jack O’Rourke is rounding off a phenomenal year. His debut album soaring high in the charts, his singles winning international songwriting awards and his name being dropped by all kinds of music superstars Jack is making a name for himself. The radio edit for ‘Naivety’ is hook laden demonstrating O’Rourke influences from Bowie to Kate Bush with a beat that doesn’t quit and will have you humming it for the rest of the day. The acoustic version (the video of which I have included below) demonstrates minutely Jack’s wit, his transcendental baritone and a undercurrent of double meanings glossed over in the radio edit. Have a listen for yourself below. ‘Naivety’ is out February...

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Video of the Week: Tanjier ‘Cathedral Cloaked in Darkness’
Mar02

Video of the Week: Tanjier ‘Cathedral Cloaked in Darkness’

Dark Synth-pop band Tanjier are back with new single ‘Cathedral Cloaked in Darkness’, released this February. Using personal circumstances of the unimaginable happening and finding inspiration in T.S. Eliot’s ‘Murder in the Cathedral’, as well as the valiant efforts of the Home Sweet Home campaign Tanjier have once again drawn on inner darkness to produce music that demonstrates a lightness of touch in its arrangement and production.   The beaty, morbid single looks at the search for redemption draws the band’s video series together. Tanjier for the past year have used their music videos to focus on mental health and ‘Cathedral Cloaked in Darkness’ connect themes and characters from this series. The single itself shows the evolution of the band and it’s hypnotic beauty draws you in willing or otherwise. With the introduction of strings behind main melodies on vocals, piano and percussion show a band that are growing and maturing and who not afraid of taking risks.   Watch the video for ‘Cathedral Cloaked in Darkness’...

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Single of the Week: Slow Riot with ‘Pink December’
Feb17

Single of the Week: Slow Riot with ‘Pink December’

With a whiff of The Smiths about them art-rock three-piece ​Slow Riot return with new track ​‘Pink December’,released February 13. ‘Pink December’ offers a tantalising glimpse of a new sound being forged in the band’s Limerick rehearsal space. The signature deadpan vocal delivery and motorik driving bass remain, but gone is the athletic, lean post-punk in its place we find layers of dense guitars, tribal drums, and half-heard backing vocals slowly unveiling themselves as the single progresses. Says vocalist Niall Clancy: “Sonically it’s our most satisfying Slow Riot track. At the core of a lot of our songs are some pretty intense themes and rather than just hint at those through the lyrics we wanted to drag them to the surface through the whole atmosphere of the song”. Regular producer ​Kevin Vanbergen (The Pixies, The Maccabees, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The La’s​ and ​Biffy Clyro)was again at the helm of this production, steering the creation of this intoxicating atmosphere. Slow Riot are now in writing material for their debut album, for release later this year. Check out their new website here Listen to ‘Pink December’...

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