February 23rd, 2018 by

Dusky is a name that should be familiar to most dance music fans. Since emerging in 2011 with their debut album Stick By This, released on Anjunadeep, the London doublet of Alfie Granger-Howell and Nick Harriman have come on leaps and bounds, establishing their own platform for emerging artists in the form of 17 Steps, […]

Or:la – the Menagerie, Belfast

February 14th, 2018 by

There has been a substantial buzz surrounding this Twitch event. The crew’s decision to take on the Menagerie, a much smaller venue, as their semi-adopted home is one that, throughout tonight’s proceedings, will prove to pay off. If there’s one thing I love it’s an intimate vibe. Give me fairy lights, an empty room and […]

Jordan..”It all just seems to make sense now”

December 8th, 2017 by

As I enter the Nordic inspired setting of Belfast’s Kaffe-o, Jordan is sat at a table nearby sipping a mug of green tea. He’s an artist on the up, but you wouldn’t think it given his remarkably down to earth nature. Never one to dip the head without saying hello, Jordan stands and hugs me […]

DJ Seinfeld – Time Spent Away From U

November 10th, 2017 by

In recent times, it’s become almost as popular to dislike the term ‘lo-fi’ as it once was to love it. As the sun goes down and rises up again, along with it comes a series of new dance music trends that the popular must abide by. Meme like aliases and television show inspired monikers seem […]

Twitch x Hessle Audio – Mandela Hall, Belfast

October 18th, 2017 by

The Hessle Audio gang have come a long way since bumping into each other in a queue outside London’s Plastic People. A mutual fascination with dubstep was the foundation for David Kennedy (Pearson Sound), Ben Thomson (Ben UFO) and Kevin McAuley’s (Pangaea) cross-pollinated imprint. A decade on and Hessle Audio finds itself at the forefront […]

Black Bones

October 12th, 2017 by

There is always so much debate when it comes to the past and the present. No matter what the art form, a nostalgic battle between the two remains ever present. Time is littered with comments such as, “aye, but it’s not as good as the original.” A concept exists within the urban landscape of Belfast […]

Corbin – Mourn

September 6th, 2017 by

Mourn is an apt title for the debut Corbin album. The artist, formerly known as Spooky Black, is a master of emotion. Early tracks such as ‘Without U’ and ‘Worn’ carry a heavy load. On the latter we hear a tormented soul explode in rage while on ‘Without U’ we hear an almost sympathetic tone, […]

Jayda G – Inside Moves, Belfast

September 5th, 2017 by

Y’know what’s weird? People criticising a DJ for dancing behind the decks. I just don’t understand it. Have we become so dismally depressed as a society that we actually feel we have the right to criticise someone for having fun? I see comments flag up all the time criticising Nina Kraviz’s moves, and as Vancouver-bred […]

Bicep – Bicep

September 1st, 2017 by

“Bicep, unreleased.” Those two words have been popping up quite a lot in the infamous Identification of Music Group of late. Few can boast the level of consistency that Andy Ferguson’s and Matt McBriars’ work maintains. The anticipation for Bicep’s debut eponymous album is rife. It’s a purposeful and artistically arranged body of work. Ninja Tune’s […]

SunflowerFest 2017

July 26th, 2017 by

One of Ireland’s finest local arts and music festivals returns to the enchanting, rural surroundings of Tubby’s Farm this weekend in the form of SunflowerFest 2017. There are few concepts in Ireland that can match the Sunflower gang for diversity. The blend of comedy, music, art, poetry and all round family fun results in a strange […]