The band in Heaven – Seven Minutes in Heaven

The last time we checked in with The band in Heaven they had teamed up with Weird Wives ( 3/5 of Surfer Blood) for a split release EP.

They are back, this time on their own to release a brand new cassette, Seven Minutes in Heaven.

It’s as you were really. ‘Sleazy Dreams’ is the sort of snarling, high energy rock that would make Black Rebel Motorcycle Club proud and the second track ‘If You Only Knew’ is a much slower shoegazey affair with a touch of middle eastern flair.

Two great tracks and the band are generously giving the later away as a free download.

 The band in Heaven – Sleazy Dreams

Download: The band in Heaven – If You Only Knew

Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl (Allure Remix)

Remember Parisian whizz kid Allure who was responsible for the sensational remix of The Beatles classic ‘And I Love Her’? Well, he’s gone and done it once again.

This time he’s returned with a brand new remix of Jamiroquai’s ‘Cosmic Girl’ and it has been given a glossy lick of paint. It is smooth, elegant and sounds quintessentially french with added urgency and thumping beats.

Allure’s debut album French Kiss is out now and can be streamed on Soundcloud. You can stream his ‘Cosmic Girl’ remix below or download it here.

 Jamiroquai – Cosmic Girl (Allure Remix)

Echo & The Bunnymen :: The Olympia Theatre :: Sept 23

It’s been a while since Echo & the Bunnymen were in Dublin. On Friday (September 23rd ) they returned to The Olympia Theatre to perform1984 album Ocean Rain in it’s entirety, with an orchestra and in style.

Backlighted for effect and engulfed by dry ice, the band appeared silhouetted on stage, the perfect setting for both them and their songs. It is quite unusual to be at a seated show but this was quickly forgotten as sheer atmosphere in The Olympia took over as they launched into an opening set which included ‘Pride’, ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘Bedbugs & Ballyhoo’, ‘Never Stop’, ‘Dancing Horses’ and ‘Rescue’. One of the Bunnymen’s biggest assets is lead singer Ian McCulloch, who in his signature sunglasses and long, dark coat and in full swagger his vocals are immaculate as he croons and wails through the classics. That’s not to mention some sharp witty scouse banter between songs.

Following a short break for a ‘bevie’ McCulloch & Co. returned for the centre piece of the night, aided by a superb orchestra performing Ocean Rain in full and how. Renditions of ‘Crystal Days’, ‘The Yo-Yo Man’, ‘Seven Seas’ and ‘Ocean Rain’ were unforgettable and the opening notes from ‘The Killing Moon’ alone send a shiver down the spine. It was magnificent! 

All of this would have been perfectly fine but they then returned to the stage and to finish with a final encore of ‘Nothing Last Forever’, ‘Lips Like Sugar’ and ‘The Cutter’, heralding a scene akin to a rowdy classroom with punters clamoring over now long vacant seats. It was a triumphant return to Dublin for The Bunnymen and with a show clocking at around two and half hours, no one can feel shortchanged. Lads just don’t leave it so long next time.

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Download: The Narcoleptic Dancers – Rastakraut

The Narcoleptic Dancers captured the imagination last year with the release of their EP, Not Evident.

The half brother and sister duo, Anton Louis Jr and Melody Van Kappers return with new single ‘Rastakraut’ and album, Never Sleep. The single sees them continue to compose sweet melodic songs that are that are gentle, fresh and light. It is easy to see how their catchy indie folk hybrid has already been compared to Slow Club, Nouvelle Vague and The Moldy Peaches.

Their debut album Never Sleep is out today (September 26th) via Bleepmachine & Capitaine Plouf. I’m looking forward to giving it a proper spin.

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Download: The Narcoleptic Dancers – Rastakraut

 The Narcoleptic Dancers – Not Evident

Video: Kai Fish – My Anima

Best known for his bass playing duties with Mystery Jets, Kai Fish, has written and recorded a debut solo LP called Life In Monochrome.

‘My Anima’ is the second track taken from his forthcoming solo album. It is a brooding track with a real emotional undercurrent of romantic yearning and the beautifully shot video warmly compliments the songs sentiments. Previous number, ‘Cobalt Cheeks’, is and emotion choked pop song which opens slowly (almost Coldplay-esque) but comes to thrashing crescendo.

It is a lot different to the Mystery Jets and signals the arrival of a new songwriter and performer in his own right

The debut album, ‘Life in Monochrome’ is released 26th September

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 Kai Fish – My Anima

Kai Fish – Cobalt Cheeks

The Strange Boys – ‘Me And You’

The Strange Boys will release their third album, Live Music, on October 25th via Rough Trade.

The Austin band have made their name on timeless and refreshing blues influenced rock n’ roll fuzz. However, the first single and video from the new album, ‘Me and You’, sees a move toward a more upbeat ditsy piano direction. It’s a decidedly more polished sound from 2010′s Be Brave but no less engrossing.

You can make up your own mind on the new (‘Me and You’) and the old (‘Be Brave’) below.

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 The Strange Boys – Be Brave via Ribbon Music

Mp3: The Strange Boys – Me and You via Friends With Both Arms

Video: Toddla T – ‘Streets So Warm’ feat. Wayne Marshall & Skream

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If you been reading this blog for a while you’ll know I’m a massive fan of the prodigious talent that is Toddla T.

The Sheffield producer’s second album, Watch Me Dance is one of the finest records this year, so it’s hardly surprising that news of one of it’s standout tracks, ‘Streets So Warm’, being released a single is greeted with jubilation.

‘Streets So Warm’ features Wayne Marshall and Skream and is out 17 October w/ remixes from Zed Bias, Ross Orton & Pipes and Serial Killerz.