I was going to put something really self-congratulatory as the headline but I don’t really need to do much than to tell you that this post has three, very good (great, if you will) contained below. All three have been played loads for the past few days. All three will probably be played plenty more times as next week begins. The first is some Danish pop music, the second is some Irish electro ghost disco and the last is a trio from London. So without further ado…

Oh Land – ‘We Turn It Up’

Everything about this track just makes all your pain go away. It’s pure, unadulterated pop music that ticks every box you want: A chorus that is so simple you will be singing along before it even starts and it comes with a wonderful pre-chorus warning; the accompanying music comes with bells and it just comes as a pre-packaged summer anthem. Oh Land is Nanna Oland Fabricius, the daughter of an opera singer. The self-titled debut album is not out until the middle of summer, though The Line Of Best Fit has a review here and you are bound to find the album somewhere, if you look hard enough.


Oh Land – ‘We Turn It Up’

Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands – ‘Miracle Candle’

Patrick Kelleher is renowned in some Irish circles and unknown in all others. His debut album came out in 2009 and wasn’t nominated for a Choice Prize, which led to the country protesting on the streets and the nation coming to a standstill. it also resulted in recession that still grips Irish households (if my short-term history is correct). And he will return, with his Cold Dead Hands and second album in tow, in June. The album is called Golden Syrup and if ‘Miracle Candle’ is anything to go by, expect lots of lo-fi electronic histrionics. Think Kraftwerk but less 1970s and more Irish.


Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands – ‘Miracle Candle’

Is Tropical – ‘The Greeks’

Jim Carroll over at On The Record beat me to featuring this track, but that’s okay. I’ll get over it. Eventually. Is Tropical were signed by Kitsune (home of Two Door Cinema Club) last year and featured on The Point Of Everything back in October with ‘South Pacific’. ‘The Greeks’ does bring to mind Klaxons, but the good side of the band, before they disappeared up their own bums for four years after spending some time smoking drugs and being cool in South America. Hopefully Is Tropical will be able to sustain the hype better than the nu-rave three-piece that preceded them. ‘The Greeks’ is a galloping synth driven number that led to Jim proclaiming it “radio-friendly”. Still can’t imagine Ireland’s ‘premier music stations’ getting on this any time soon though.


Is Tropical – ‘The Greeks’

I think you will agree that Oh land, Patrick Kelleher and Is Tropical have all produced (wait for it) three great songs. Enjoy the royal wedding tomorrow…