Dioscó na mBó – ‘Tea Song’

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Sligo natives Dioscó na mBó have been turning heads and filling floors with their insanely catchy, extremely addictive and pretty brilliant mix of funky, disco inspired electronic jams for a while now.

In short, the pair, now based between Dubai and Madrid, make music designed and destined to make people dance. ‘Tea Song’ strides into view, strutting its funky wares like a beautiful love child of Mr Scruff and Public Service Broadcasting. Skipping along a contagious groove, arm in arm with big banging beats, exquisite electronic flourishes cascade and delight as ‘Tea Song’ utilises some old-time, PSB style samples explaining the secrets behind a perfect cup of tea. An astonishingly infectious and flamboyant big beat beauty – without sounding hyperbolic, this is one of the best tunes from 2018.

Listen to ‘Tea Song’ below and make up you own mind – also, heed the message, if you can make a decent cup of tea, you will go far in Ireland.

Yuksek & JD Samson – ‘Don’t Even Try’

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Yuksek and JD Samson have joined forces for a formidable floor-filling new single ‘Don’t Even Try’; one of the best dance tracks you’re likely to hear this summer.

Shifting through a flurry lively drum rhythms and an undeniably danceable groove; ‘Don’t Even Try’ makes for an incredible, irresistible and glorious disco house cut with empowering vocals. It is a funky edged fusion that brings the party, stomping its way onto the dance floor. High on energy, highly infectious and danceable; this is almost five minutes of deliciously vibrant, disco-edged house groover with a deep irresistible groove and big bangin’ beats. If there is any justice at all, ‘Don’t Even Try’ will be lighting up a dance floor near you soon.

You can listen to ‘Don’t Even Try’ below.

Wild & Free – ‘Ferns And Stuff’

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Los Angeles duo Wild & Free – comprised of producers, vocalists, and multi-instrumentalists Drew Kramer and George Cochrane – are readying the release of their much anticipated debut album, entitled Shapes On Shapes and penned in for November 17th.

The LP promises to deliver, across 11 tracks, lackadaisical deep house vibes, infused disco, tropical pop and Balearic. Ahead the forthcoming record comes ‘Ferns and Stuff’ – proof of their credentials for crafting addictive sounds. ‘Ferns and Stuff’ is a colourful confection, layered with an an enchanting groove, chugging bassline, beautiful synthesizers, airy vocals – matched by a chilled, atmospheric vibe. As chilled-out as it is, this is electronic music that makes you want to dance; through the combined power of a seductive groove, live percussion and organic instrumentation. A finely tuned and exquisitely crafted track, ‘Ferns and Stuff’ is a sensation.

‘Ferns and Stuff’ is below and complete satisfaction awaits; and remember, Shapes On Shapes is out on November 17 via Discotexas.

Monuson – ‘Firm Grip’ (feat. Kami Diser)

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Scandinavia is famed for it’s quirky, eccentric and forward-thinking music steeped in all manner of experimental tendencies.

Swedish producer Monuson is no exception to this assertion, especially given the evidence provided by his sublime debut single ‘Firm Grip’, Monuson. This one here is a slow churning, gently building, moody and deeply atmospheric blend of downtempo house meets disco. ‘Firm Grip’ is hypnotic, gripping and transportive, it slowly moves through the gears with dark and groovy electro beats toward a climactic build up. Kami Diser’s vocals flit between dazed and dreamy to euphoric vitality, perfectly complimenting Monuson’s craft, who provides brief chinks of light provided by the fluttering samples and stabs of synth to elevate the hazy house vibes. A captivating intro as you’re likely to cross paths with and on this evidence, both Monuson and Kami Diser are names to look out for.

‘Firm Grip’ (feat. Kami Diser) is out now, you can listen to it below.

Session Victim Release New EP; Listen to ‘Up To Rise’

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Session Victim are currently putting the finishing touches to their third album, but while we await its release, we’re treated to some surprise new material from the Berlin/Hamburg duo.

The German pair have a new EP, Matching Half out this week, and from which we have ‘Up To Rise’. It is 7 minutes plus of deliciously vibrant, instrumental, disco-edged Balearic house. Sifting through a warm and fluffy haze of soft but lively drum rhythms, jazzy samples, Balearic vibes and undeniably danceable groove;  ‘Up To Rise’ makes for an incredible and irresistible, one track sure to engulf any dance floor in euphoria. This one will leave you in a sort of slo-mo state of blissful hypnosis and utterly content.

You can sample the superb ‘Up To Rise’ below, while you can get all the necessary details for Matching Half here.

Electric Picnic 2016: 8 Recommended Acts to See

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Electric Picnic takes place in Stradbally this weekend (September 2 – 5) and there are no shortage of reasons to be excited. Tasty propositions abound, especially among the bigger names – Super Furry Animals, LCD Soundsystem, Daniel Avery, The Chemical Brothers to name but a few.

Aside from the attention grabbing bigger names, there’s plenty of quality among the smaller, perhaps lesser known acts. There really are some absolute gems amongst this year’s line-up so here are 8 highly recommended acts worthy of your attention this weekend.

Nialler9 has the full line-up here, if you haven’t seen it yet and there is a very handy, printable Clashfinder here too. Dead handy & does not require batteries. 

New Pope (Friday, 17.30-18.00 @ Earthship Stage)

New Pope is the Galway-based project fronted by Dave Boland who deal in truly beautiful, timeless and carefully crafted acoustic folk sounds. Passing with a whisper rather than a roar, New Pope’s songs are delivered with warmth and tenderness, as Boland’s distinctive vocal creates warm and lush atmosphere – and an overwhelming sense of sense of nostalgia. Yet to see them in the flesh but, on the evidence of last year’s splendid YOUTH EP & LP, they should be quite the proposition. Check out the layered, lush and beguiling beauty of ‘Love’ below:

The Altered Hours (Friday, 22:00 – 23:00, Body & Soul Main Stage)

For some time now, The Altered Hours have been eliciting much, and well deserved, praise for their frenetic and freewheeling psych/post-punk heroics. Everything they have done thus far has been gold – including debut album In Heat Not Sorry – and are reliable reputed to be one of Ireland most exciting live acts. For a glimpse of what mind-melting stuff Altered Hours are capable of, check out ‘Way of Sorrow’; a thrilling two-and-a-half-minute blast of turbulent post-punk influenced, driven, menacing and hazy swirl of psych-rock goodness.

No Monster Club (Saturday 18:00 @ Trailer Park: My Lovely Ranch Stage)

Easily one of the most reliable, inventive and brilliant bands in Ireland, No Monster Club bring their utterly lovable, rough-around the edges, lo-fi indie-pop hi-jinks to Stadbally. Live or on record, NMC never disappoint, there is just a infectious about everything they turn their hands. These fun-filled indie-pop adventures are just so damn endearing and guaranteed to brighten up your day.

Phare (Saturday, 01:00 – 02:00 am @ Oxjam)

Known for his work as one half of atmospheric duo Lyttet, Phare is the new solo-project from Peadar Kearney. On the clubbier side of things, Phare gracefully floats in an ambiguous hinterland between subtly euphoric and vaguely ambient, sustaining the rhythm and protracting the promise of a euphoric climax, while captivating through repeated propulsive beats and swirls. Check the hypnotic, twinkling crystalline grandeur of Kearney’s debut single, ‘UP’.

Slow Place Like Home (Sunday, 18.00 – 18.45 @ Body & Soul Main Stage)

Slow Place Like Home – the musical moniker of producer/musician Keith Mannion – has been treating us (and our ears) treating us to rich electronic sounds, crafted carefully from his Donegal base in the North-West of Ireland. Always inventive, imaginative and seductive compositions, Slow Place Like Home has already released a series of EPs and debut album Romola, to date. Now with a full band, 2016 saw the release brand new double A-sided singles ‘Tiger Lilly / Friday’, as they gear up for album number two next year. Another act who’s live shows have remained elusive, until this weekend hopefully.

The Dead Heavys (Sunday, 21:30-22:00 @ Body & Soul Main Stage)

The Dead Heavys are no strangers to receiving praise around these parts. Longstanding favourites, the Waterford five-piece are a great, great band, and an especially exciting live proposition. Their psych-tinged indie-rock is tempered with a catchy pop sensibility, rendering it utterly infectious for all and sundry. You can sample some of The Dead Heavys now characteristic combo of keys, guitars and vocals, anthemic surges and infectious sing-a-long moments, in ‘Liquidator’ – a bright, upbeat and rocking-groover that is very easy on the ears indeed.

ADULTROCK (Sunday, 21:25 – 22:10 Earthship Stage)

Under his ADULTROCK guise, Gavin Elsted (Super Extra Bonus Party & fellow Newbridge compañero) uses it as a vehicle to flex his dance music muscles, crafting magnificent dancefloor-ready, hypnotic and melodic electronic jams. His most recent EP Push and Pull came out in June through Bodytonic Music, and it is excellent. For a taste of it and Sunday’s service, check out the EP’s title track below. An enticing proposition.

Exmagician (Sunday, 22:00 – 22:45 Jerry Fish Side Show)

Exmagician is the latest musical adventure from long-time collaborators Danny Todd and James Smith; the musical partnership behind Cashier No.9. More urgent and rockier than their previous incarnation, still present, is their preference for shimmering psychedelics, echoed instrumentation and melodiousness. Falling somewhere between BRMC, Supergrass and yes, their previous band Cashier No. 9, ‘Kiss That Wealth Goodbye’ finds a band in fine form with its anthemic and quite cool vibe, amid a whirlwind of swirling melodies and catchy groove – as good a reason as any to catch them this weekend.

 

Jagwar Ma Confirm New Album Details, Share ‘Give Me A Reason’

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Jagwar Ma‘s new album must surely be one of the most hotly anticipated new releases of the year – such was the sheer brilliance of their debut. So with that in mind, the Aussie electronic-psych-pop outfit have announced their forthcoming second album Every Now & Then will be out on October 14 via Future Classic.

After sharing lead single ‘OB1’ earlier this summer, Jagwar Ma have bestowed upon us, new track ‘Give Me A Reason’. A sprawling and enthralling seven minutes, ‘Give Me A Reason’ gradually unfolds, revealing layer upon layer of euphoric joy. Channelling everything and anything, it descends into a hazy, feel-good tunnel of dubby Madchester and acid-house inspired melodies and deep house grooves. Emphatically brilliant and utterly irresistible, ‘Give Me A Reason’ will have you coming back for more, again and again.

Listen to the groovy as ‘Give Me A Reason’ below. The new album is out on October 14.

Every Now & Then Tracklist:

01. Falling
02. Say What You Feel
03. Loose Ends
04. Give Me a Reason
05. Ordinary
06. Batter Up
07. O B 1
08. Slipping
09. High Rotations
10. Don’t Make It Right
11. Colours of Paradise

Introducing: Asa Moto

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Asa Moto are the Ghent-based duo of Olivier Geerts and Gilles Noë.

The Belgian pair recently released their very first EP on DEEWEE, the label created by the Dewaele brothers – you might know them better as the men behind 2ManyDJs and Soulwax. This excellent effort features two incredible, irresistible tracks. Firstly – ‘Wanowan Efem’ blends touches of disco and house into a nice neat package with an undeniably danceable groove. It draws it’s unearthly, cosmic powers from a funky analogue bassline, bongo-infused beat shuffle and polished off with a ‘Wanowan Efem’ vocal chant. ‘Stay Awake’ meanwhile, harnesses a much more down-tempo rhythm. Combined spaced-out synths, phased drones and metallic percussion, with a sort of slo-mo state of hypnosis and a groove that reaches into the realms of late ’80s / early ’90s Balearic acid house. Two highly danceable tunes that captivate entirely, from two rather promising producers to key an eye on.

Asa Moto’s debut EP ‘Stay Awake’ / ‘Wanowan Efem’ is out now and it comes highly recommended. Check it out below and buy it here.

Introducing: Kinship

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Kinship is the moniker of Vancouver based producer Thom Klob.

Since 2014, Klob’s sound has been exploring elements of UK garage, house and more left-field electronica, with a strong focus on manipulated vocal snippets and bright melodies. And how. Having recently teamed up with Vancouver collective ‘El Cheapo’, Kinship released ‘Skinhead’ a stellar intro, and one that’ll surely get you moving. ‘Skinhead’ builds from a fanfare opening with layered fuzzed out electronics, backed by a pulsating beats and other pin-point percussives, brought together with vocal samples. Take Kinship’s brand new single, ‘Eh’ too, it is a dusty sounding house tune, incorporating all the aforementioned attributes, with a swooning, irresistible groove and plenty of bounce. This is spectacularly good, just like ‘Skinhead’. Now, we could continue with me waxing lyrical but hey, your own ears are the best judge here. So, sit back, relax and prepare for some magic.

You can sample some choice sounds from Kinship below, you will not be disappointed.

Allure – ‘Divine’

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Parisian producer ALLURE (aka Lorris Piasco) is planning to release a brand new EP in early in the year, ahead of which, he’s unveiled ‘Divine’.

‘Divine’ is the second track taken from the aforementioned EP, following ‘By Surprise’, last month. It is hard to resist the ‘allure’ of this one, a bouncy, playful and funky manifestation of pulsing electro house. ‘Divine’ is bright, upbeat, espousing a joyful union of crisp beats, infectious synth and an irresistible groove, all tempered with a sort of frosty elegance. Allure’s more recent work has somehow eluded my gaze, an excellent re-introduction with the Paris-based producer & a choice tune to boot.

‘Divine’ is below for your listening pleasure and the new EP is pencilled in for release early this year. Keep your eyes peeled.