SOnance HOtel – Don’t Look Behind You

SOnance HOtel is the brainchild of Dubliner Brian Gallagher, probably best known for his drumming duties with Humanzi. Conceived in Berlin and shaped on return to Dublin, Don’t Look Behind You is quite a different beast from his previous work but is no less compelling.

Don’t Look Behind You is full of life, love and spirit unfolding in a haze of keyboards and subdued beats. While shrouded in a murky veil of melancholy it is a gentle, uplifting and beautiful blend of lush 90′s style indie as the melodies and guitars shimmer through the mist.

Playing like a first cousin of The Charlatans underrated masterpiece Us and Us Only opener ‘A Feeling of Time’ meanders into ‘2 Dimensional’ a masterpiece of swirling swagger while ‘Your Eyes Tell It All’ and its pulsating groove really sets the scene for what follow.

It is with repeated plays which reveal the true depth and captivation of this record of breathtaking songwriting and arrangement. So much so that it is hard to believe this is virtually the work of one man, with all the material being composed, arranged, performed and produced by Gallagher. Easily one of the best and most impressive Irish albums of 2011 so far.

 SOnance HOtel – Living Is For Dreaming

SOnance HOtel – Your Eyes Tell It All

Introducing: By The Sea

Merseyside arguably boasts one of the most famous and rich music heritages in the world. The area has produced a long line of superb bands, artists etc.  Hailing from the Wirral, 6-piece By The Sea are the latest to shine.

There’s is shimmering heart warming indie-goodness. Steeped in 60′s psychedelia they channel in very different ways parts The Byrds, The Coral and Shack with a joyous amalgam of lush breezy harmonies and summertime haziness. 

By The Sea have just released their debut single, ‘Old Coasts’ on London label, ‘The Great Pop Supplement’. ‘Old Coasts’ is a warm and delicate country-flavoured gem, it sums up where the band are right now.

Download: By The Sea – Old Coasts

Download: By The Sea – Always An End

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Metronomy – The Bay (Clock Opera remix)

Clock Opera have been entrusted with remix duties for Metronomy ‘s latest single, ‘The Bay’, taken from the Mercury Prize nominated album, The English Riviera. 

The rework retains the chilled feeling of the original but adds a touch of energy, tempo and ‘Nightrider-esque’ bass/beats. Everyone’s been telling me to listen to Metronomy’s debut album but this remix will get me through the weekend anyway.

You can catch Clock Opera playing at Castlepalooza next weekend.

Download: Metronomy – The Bay (Clock Opera remix)

Introducing: Tracksuit Warrior

Tracksuit Warrior is the new project from former beat maker and tennis racket wielder with Super Extra Bonus Party, Mike Donnelly (DOI: He’s a good friend).

Having left SEBP to pursue other interests Mike now resides in London and has just released Naff Naff Jack It EP. Since first hearing about this project I’ve been extremely excited to see what the outcome would be.

Naff Naff Jack It sails between an astonishing array of electronic styles, from the hazy and ambient ‘I Hope Your Happiness’ and ‘Square One’ to the dark slow building minimal atmospherics of ‘Cold Sweat’. ‘Suit Up And GO’ adds some shimmering sparkle, oozing with a carefree and feelgood ambiance of Screamdelica proportions. ‘Travelling’ Feat. Harry J deserves special praise; magnificent beats, guitars and glorious trumpets kicking into gear for an astonishing climax, spectacular!

Tracksuit Warrior’s Naff Naff Jack It EP is certainly worthy of a few quid but it’s available for FREE from Bandcamp now! 

Download: Tracksuit Warrior – Travelling (Feat. Harry J)

Download: Tracksuit Warrior – Suit Up And GO

Tracksuit Warrior – Cold Sweat

Simian Mobile Disco – Gizzard

‘Gizzard’ is the fifth release in the series of 12″ on Simian Mobile Disco‘s new imprint Delicacies. 

‘Gizzard’ is a deep dark beast of slow burning techno with hard-edged analogue beats, building to climactic finish. It is a quite similar formula to ‘10,000 Horses Can’t Be Wrong’. The 12″ also features a guest remix from Irish producers Psycatron , a tasty and lively take on the original.

‘Gizzard’ out now on limited edition 12″ vinyl and will get a digital release on July 25th.

 Simian Mobile Disco – Gizzard

 Simian Mobile Disco – Gizzard (Psycatron Remix)