It was a mega bill in The Pavilion last Thursday, June 13. Feel Good Lost, the video production pairing of Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson, was celebrating its second birthday. They’ve made around 50 videos over the two years, including for Slow Magic and Giraffage, who were returning the favour in Cork. It was Slow Magic’s third time in Cork and each has, by all accounts, been more exciting than the last. The US musician knows how to get a crowd largely unfamiliar with his music excited, jumping into the crowd with his floor tom twice, never missing a beat. For the 45 or so minutes he plays, he’s never anything less than engaging, concocting a swirly mess of dance beats from under his SBTRKT-like mask. While I enjoyed his theatrics, I preferred the music of Giraffage, which featured guest drumming from Slow Magic. The San Fran artist doesn’t do much, bar intensely looking at his keys. He lets the tunes do the talking, and oh man do they SHOUT! It’s so much louder than usual in the Pavilion tonight. (There were also a fair few hipsters around. I maintain that Nialler9, on DJing duty for the night, brought them down from Dublin. My favourite was the guy with Dre Beats around his neck for the whole night. You’re going out, dude! Leave the €250 headphones at home!) I came straight from work though, so was pretty tired just watching Giraffage. The whole work thing meant I missed out on Slow Skies‘ first outing in Cork. Ending the night was Signal, a new dance project from Young Wonder’s Ian Ring. He’s grown in confidence over the last year, as has YW. I don’t think he could’ve done Signal back then but Ring now looks so comfortable bouncing behind the decks. He’s joined by Senita for the closer, ‘Golden Blush’. Expect to hear that track soon. And Here’s to Feel Good Lost’s third birthday, yeah? All photos after the jump by Brid O’Donovan.

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