Archive for the ‘Artist’ Category

Fela Kuti – Everything Scatter (Toby’s Indigo Edit)

I’ve been meaning to put this up since catching yet another brilliant set from Toby Kaar in the Pavillion over the festive period. The man’s an expert at getting people to throw ridiculous shapes on the dancefloor with his eclectic sound. This remix from Fela Kuti is one of the my favourite’s from Toby, it just gets funkier with every listen. His soundcloud page is open for business again so get downloading. Also check out this hilarious interview with Toby from December.

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Fifty Grand – First Lucid Dream

‘First Lucid Dream’ is a demo from Boston-based Fifty Grand whose upcoming EP is due for release in February. A minimal blend of ambient electronics and varied instrumentation combine to make this a chilled out gem.

Clams Casino: Realist Alive

A friend recently suggested that I check out an artist called Clams Casino, guessing that his music would appeal to me, he wasn’t wrong. It is only after reading James Vincent McMorrow’s description of Casino’s music over on Nialler9 that I gave him a try. Mike Volpe is a 23-year old hip-hop producer from New Jersey who performs as ‘Clams Casino’, his raw beats blended with atmospheric effects have laid the foundations for rappers such as Soulja Boy, Lil B and A$AP Rocky to gain acclaim.

Earlier this year he released Instrumental Mixtape for free download. Like Will Wisenfeld of Baths and Aaron Jerome aka SBTRKT, Volpe has, in my opinion, managed to hit the nail on the head in terms of finding the perfect balance of the various sounds currently finding favour among electronic music producers and fans.

Artist: Overhead, The Albatross

I’ve been meaning to write about these guys for yonks. Overhead, The Albatross are a Dublin based post-rock six-piece. If there’s one thing Ireland isn’t short of its post/math rock acts. From international giants like God is as Astronaut and And So I Watch You From Afar to the likes of Halves and Enemies, we’re well stocked when it comes to instrumental rock acts.

What I can’t understand is why Overhead haven’t made a bigger impression. Their debut EP Lads With Sticks is riddled with big cinematic crescendos, the likes of which Explosions In The Sky and This Will Destroy You have championed for years. And having seen them live for the first time when they rocked the Pavilion in Cork earlier this summer, I can vouch for their live presence. The end of ‘Footprints in The Bloodsaoked Snow’ was a genuine hairs standing on the back of your neck moment.

Even if you think you’ve heard it all from the Irish post-rock scene give Overhead, The Albatorss a listen.

Artist – Bingo

So here’s another new Irish artist to add to the list. I have to concede I know very little about Dublin’s Frank Sweeney aka Bingo but this track ‘Bee’ is outstanding. Like MOTHS, Bingo has honed an ultra-contemporary electronic sound. ‘Bee’ includes samples from Destiny’s Child’s ‘Say My Name’ and has more than a hint of James Blake’s post-dubstep anthem CMYK.

Song: Former Monarchs – My Friend Has No Job

Former Monarchs are a Cork based four piece consisting of members from former favourites The Avalanche Effect and Burn Us Both. They’ve wasted little time in getting shows alongside the likes of Axis Of, &U&I and Overhead, The Albatross to name just three and are due to release their first EP this month. Here’s their current single My Friend Has No job, a Foals-esque number with a distinct punk sensibility – a proper rock tune, enough to whet the appetite for the upcoming EP.

Former Monarchs play Dublin’s Twisted Pepper on May 6th and Crane Lane in Cork on May 15th.

Artist: MOTHS

A lot of college work coupled with some unforseen internet complications (which continue, damn you upc) have seen me neglect this auld yoke. Worst of all has been my limited access to the sites and blogs I gleefully waste all my time on browsing for new music. As a result my 2011 has gotten off to a slow start musically, but one artist I couldn’t escape from is MOTHS aka Jack Colleran. A few mentions on Nialler9 as well as other blogs have people talking about this very talented 17-year-old from Kildare. He’s nailed down a sumptuous Baths meets Gold Panda blend of glitch/electronic. Astonishing as his age is, it’d be a disservice to judge his tunes solely within that context, this is just damn good chill out music. Check out his soundcloud for more.

Here’s his hazy remix of Passion Pit’s Little Secrets.