Category: music
paddy hanna

Paddy Hanna‘s released my favourite album of the year – so far – in Frankly, I Mutate, his second record under his own name, after spells with No Monster Club, Skelocrats and others. As his festival season continues (he’s playing Galway International Arts Festival on July 22 and Castlepalooza on the August bank holiday weekend), […]


I was back on The Irish Jam on Wandsworth Radio on Sunday repping three great new tunes and chatting with host Niall Jackson. You can listen to the whole show below (about the 35-minute mark) and make sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram. You can hear my three new music picks below.

james vincent mcmorrow me and my friends

Just over a year after the release of fourth album True Care in May 2017, James Vincent McMorrow returns with a standalone single, ‘Me And My Friends’, to coincide with him becoming a father for the first time. It sounds like it’s a time of great change for JVM, who’s posted lots of personal details […]


After making their stomping return with ‘Make It Rain‘ earlier this year, Waterford/Cork band O Emperor return with another late-night tale in ‘New Fish Talk’. It’s more laid back than the previous single, but it’s still compelling, a loungey bassline staying in control while the madness swells around it, the vocals somewhere in the background […]

gaze is ghost

Strabane artist Gaze is Ghost aka Laura McGarrigle has just released the gorgeous single ‘Home’, the second track to be taken off forthcoming album Lapis Cobalt Indigo Blue. This song grabbed me from the off, McGarrigle declaring “I am yours, you are mine, tell me what I must do”. It’s dreamy in that otherworldly way […]

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Watching Conor O’Brien’s musical journey over the last decade-plus as Villagers has been fascinating. He returns with fourth album The Art of Pretending, via Domino, on September 21. ‘A Trick of the Light’ is the first new track we’ve heard from him since his Nico Muhly collab for This Ain’t No Disco, ‘Fortunate Child‘. It’s […]

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Dublin-based four piece Galants return with their first taste of new music since their self-titled EP just over a year ago. ‘In Vain’ is also the opening offering of their forthcoming EP Follow, due for release in the autumn. Citing Ride and the Jesus & Mary Chain, the vocals are coated in echo, the band […]


Funky Cork sextet Shookrah return just in time for the sun with summer jam ‘Don’t Wanna Doubt You’. “I like the way that you tease it out,” sings Senita in this post-#MeToo moment. She says of the track: “I wanted to recapture the excitement and anticipation of an early romance, focusing mainly on that pre-consummation […]

royal yellow

Former Enemies frontman and bassist Mark O’Brien goes for something completely different under his solo guise of Royal Yellow. “I know it’s you that’s gonna kill me,’ he croons soulfully on ‘Hazeldene’ before launching into four minutes of laid-back regrets, with languid sax breezing through. It’s quite the departure from the frenetic nature of Enemies […]

Switzerland the band

If you like your music bathed in languid early-90s vibes – and I do – you’ll love the new track from Dublin’s Switzerland. A four piece, they released a quietly storming debut album in January 2017’s Long Gone. ‘Waste of Time’ is the first we’ve heard from them since, ahead of a show with Silverbacks […]