The Last Tycoons Free Single Giveaway

Dublin’s The Last Tycoons debut album has been one of the highlights of 2010 – rootsy Americana/indie rock of the highest order (Check the album review here).

They’re about to hit the road once more for and to celebrate they’ve released single ‘Seven Days (Off The Road)’ (irony eh?) as a free download single from their website.

The Last Tycoons play the Salty Dog Stage @ Electric Picnic Sunday 5th September.

The Last Tycoons – Seven Days (Off The Road)

Noisia, Ed Rush & Optical – ‘Brain Bucket’

I’ve really enjoyed both Noisia and Ed Rush & Optical’s most recent albums, news that the pair had ventured into the studio together to work on some form of collaboration was very welcome indeed.

The result of this coming together of two heavy weights? So far we have ‘Brain Bucket’ to sink our teeth into, a pretty outlandish synth straddling drum n bass tune from two parties on top of their game. It’s not clear yet whether there is more to come from this studio incursion but lets hope so.

If you haven’t already done so check out Noisia’s Split The Atom & Ed Rush & Optical’s Travel The Galaxy, two execellent albums.

Noisia, Ed Rush & Optical – Brain Bucket

Yes Cadets – ‘Lies’ (Super Extra Bonus Party Remix)

Super Extra Bonus Party have been pretty quiet of late, by their standards anyway, so I was delighted to receive this gem of a remix from SEBP’s Cormac over the weekend. It’s a crackin’ rework of Belfast band Yes Cadets recent single ‘Lies’ – brimming of glitchy and  ravey vibes.

Yes Cadets play Crawdaddy on Saturday night with support from Funeral Suits and Talulah does The Hula. Tickets are €8 or €10 on the door.

Yes Cadets – Lies (Super Extra Bonus Party Remix)

Tap Tap: An Overlooked Gem

Tap Tap is a side project of Thomas Sanders, lead singer/guitarist for Pete and the Pirates which is now two albums in, Lanzafame (2006) and On My Way (2009).

The fruit of Sanders simple yet effective approach is perfectly crafted quintessentially English jangly indie/folk with touches of 60’s psychedelia – think of a cross between The Beach Boys, Syd Barrett and Mystery Jets. It flips between the melancholic and beautiful, to the rowdy and rousing without ever feeling forced or misplaced, all while being ridiculously catchy. Sanders timeless songwriting of everyday ponderings coupled with his wonderfully soothing vocals makes for a rather special listen and places it head and shoulders above many contemporaries.

Get your ears around new song ‘Dry Dry Land’ and the emotionally charged drunken ponderings of ‘Half Moon Street’ – perfect for relaxing with on a sunny afternoon.

Mp3: Tap Tap – Dry Dry Land

Mp3: Tap Tap – Half Moon Street