patten..”It’s full 360. It’s everything we do”

October 4th, 2017 by

The threat of pigeonholing was after patten from the start – an idiosyncratic approach to club-primed sounds, cultivated by the same iconic label that gave the world Aphex Twin, Autechre and Boards of Canada, a fascination with arcane symbols, a refusal to never reveal too much of their personal lives beyond what’s absolutely necessary – […]

Dekmantel 2017

August 15th, 2017 by

Walking onto the wrong travelator at Schiphol and booking accommodation without realising it was in the Red Light District notwithstanding, my experience at this year’s Dekmantel festival in Amsterdam was marked by its smoothness. Short queues, barely noticeable security, an easily navigable site unburdened by sound bleeding from one stage to the next, the fifth […]

Dekmantel 2017

July 18th, 2017 by

Though Ireland’s selection of great, lovingly assembled festivals is nothing to sniff at, the pilgrimage to the continent to take in slightly more leftfield or uniquely regional events is an important part of considering the summer calendar for any music obsessive. For those who like their music repetitive and bleepy, the main draw has long […]

Toro Y Moi – Boo Boo

July 17th, 2017 by

It’s rarely a good look for an artist to base a new project on the trials and tribulations of being famous. This goes doubly so for those whose fame is of a more modest quality than the stadium-filling pop stars of the world: there’s an unmistakable whiff of freshly-huffed Kool Aid, right before woe betide […]

Forbidden Fruit – Saturday – Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

June 9th, 2017 by

The main thing that has been recurring in my mind since attending this year’s Forbidden Fruit is the level of pressure involved in contrast to other festivals of its scope. Though thousands of people pass through the Kilmainham site each year, it’s never hard to get a good spot for a particular artist, with no […]

Forest Swords – Compassion

May 15th, 2017 by

Matthew Barnes started work on his latest album Compassion with the idea of combining the gruff imperfection of organically played instruments with the gloss of electronic, grid-mapped sounds. The two methods are intertwined so tightly that by the time the album was finished he could no longer tell which sounds were artificially produced or not. […]

Joe Goddard – Electric Lines

April 27th, 2017 by

Around nine years ago, Hot Chip co-frontman Joe Goddard appeared on the BBC’s then Simon Amstell-fronted quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks. His big moment came towards the end, during the round where Amstell read a lyric and it was up to the team to finish. Goddard answered every line without hesitation and with the […]

Arca – Arca

April 10th, 2017 by

Arca deserves to be used as a control for synesthesia experiments. Alejandro Ghersi’s productions are a Beksiński painting dashed with warmth and light, befitting the contortions and bizarre shapes pulled by the figures on his album artwork and music videos. Xen and Mutant sounded like transmissions from an alternate dimension that wanted you to put […]

Pulled Apart By Horses – The Haze

March 30th, 2017 by

Pulled Apart By Horses burst onto the stage with a refreshing combination of post-hardcore’s hefty riffage, punk’s speed, and indie’s chorus-is-king mentality coupled with tongues superglued to their cheeks. After years of intrepid questing for piss to take (aping The Who’s Live At Leeds album cover, naming songs ‘E=MC Hammer’ and ‘I Punched A Lion […]

Soulwax – From Deewee

March 27th, 2017 by

Soulwax pulled off a pretty interesting feat for a relatively young band, where they achieved their greatest successes and sustained a 12 year period of touring, production and high profile remixes all without releasing any original music of their own. As 2manydjs moved from fun side-project from the indie rock circuit to cultural phenomenon, the […]

Nathan Fake – Providence

March 27th, 2017 by

Towards the end of a five-year break beset by writer’s block and creative frustration, Nathan Fake admitted that once he cracked the direction of his new album Providence the writing came together very quickly. The album doesn’t sound like it – the onetime Border Community mainstay has swapped uplifting beauty for muddy rumbles, with all […]

Depeche Mode – Spirit

March 23rd, 2017 by

Artists being embraced by the political movements they most oppose isn’t a recent phenomenon, but you’ve got to feel for Depeche Mode. Right before the release of their fourteenth album, Richard Spencer, the leader of an American white nationalist think-tank, proclaimed that the left-leaning electronic icons were the “official band” of the so-called “alt-right”, a […]

Artefakt – Kinship

February 28th, 2017 by

Since their formation, Artefakt’s Robin Koek and Nick Lapien took a patient approach when it came to releasing their luscious, hypnotic techno. In the three years since releasing their first track, they have more than made up for lost time, releasing three excellent EPs along with split singles and various online mixes. They’re part of […]

The xx – I See You

January 16th, 2017 by

There’s loudly announcing a new direction, then there’s the opening seconds of The xx’s third album. There’s going to be few listeners who won’t wonder if they accidentally got the wrong album when ‘Dangerous’ begins with horn blasts. Up to this point, a song by The xx was an intimate conversation held in a quiet […]