i am niamh – Wait Until The Morning Comes

May 6th, 2016 by

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An artist who operates in her own unique world, i am niamh’s 2015 debut album was quite the twisted pop delight. The latest single from the album certainly enhances that sense of joy, and is yours to download now if you too are looking to brighten your day.


Laura Mvula – Phenomenal Woman

May 6th, 2016 by

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Exciting soul sensation Laura Mvula has just released the new video for her latest release ‘Phenomenal Woman’. The new track is the second single to be taken from Laura’s forthcoming album The Dreaming Room which is set to be released on June 17th. Here’s a State first look at the video for new single ‘Phenomenal Woman’.  



Conor O’Malley – Song for the Others

May 4th, 2016 by

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Irish artist Conor O’Malley needs to be celebrated. Having performed across the Dublin and London scenes for over 15 years, he is a well accomplished soundsmith and lyricist, composing beautiful pieces of folk balladry absolutely littered with depictions of urban observation which we hopelessly ignore in our daily lives. This latest single ‘Song for the […]


Huva – Prize My Soul

May 3rd, 2016 by

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Sent our way by Dah Jevu, Huva is cut from a similar cloth to the ever rising hip-hop duo. His debut track ‘Prize My Soul’ has a dark swagger to it, a feeling enhanced by the claustrophobic video – complete with a Fela Kuti cameo. We’re very impressed, see for yourselves below.


Gold Panda – Pink & Green

May 3rd, 2016 by

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Following on from ‘In My car’, the video for which featured Gold Panda’s grandmother and a jaunt around his home town, comes new track and video ‘Pink & Green’, taken from forthcoming album Good Luck and Do Your Best (out May 27th via City Slang). Filmed in Japan, the ‘Pink & Green’ video shares footage of the experiences and […]


Courtney Pine..”You should reflect your life”

April 29th, 2016 by

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A relentless innovator on the jazz scene for over three decades now, multi-instrumentalist and composer Courtney Pine hits Belfast this May 5th as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.  Pine has been a regular visitor to Belfast since the early 1980s when he played as a horn-for-hire with a reggae band. His parents had immigrated […]


Sample Answer – Collision

April 28th, 2016 by

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‘Collision’ is the latest single release from promising new Irish act Sample Answer. The new song, which is also the title track from the his third EP, sees the artist take on a new dreamy, hypnotic sound, as opposed to some of his other recent tracks which veer more towards unique folk rock with an urban twist. Having already […]


Groove Armada..”there’s no need to feel constrained”

April 27th, 2016 by

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Ahead of a string of festival performances, including one at Forbidden Fruit, and with a new Fabric mix release in the pipeline, State catches up with Tom Findlay of the legendary duo Groove Armada to talk influences, learning to play dance music on stage, and of course, Andy Cato’s “massive arms”. You’ve been making music […]


Let’s Eat Grandma – I, Gemini

April 26th, 2016 by

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I, Gemini is the debut album from East Anglian art-pop duo Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth (aka Let’s Eat Grandma) . The band’s style, focusing on soaring harmonies, spiky electronics, and whimsical melodies, has been described as “witchy and playful” and will likely strike a chord with fans of Kate Bush and Bjork. Released on the 17th of June via Transgressive records, I, Gemini showcases the […]


The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock – The Bullet in the Brick

April 26th, 2016 by

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What finer way to engage with and celebrate the calendar centenary of the Easter Rising than by penning a song of immersive, emotional depth and theatricality – all tied together with SOTTL’s signature knack for progression and melodic charm. ‘The Bullet in the Brick’ features the same electric guitar orchestra used in ‘Lockout’, the band’s multi-movement work […]


The Slow Readers Club..”Things have kept building”

April 23rd, 2016 by

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Ahead of tonight’s sold-out show at Dublin’s The Workman’s, State’s James Glynn chats to Manchester indie outfit the Slow Reader’s Club about their latest record, comparisons to the Manchester greats and the support they’ve greatly received so far. With the release of your second album, followed by plenty of touring and airplay, would it be […]


Prince – Pop Matters

April 22nd, 2016 by

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“He’s filthy,” my Mam sneered watching him on Top of the Pops joyfully cavorting his tiny body over a woman whose face was covered by a diaphanous scarf. We were transfixed – embarrassed but curious. Growing up, Prince meant SEX. The rude word – but not in a way that we were used to, it […]


Prince – A Reflection

April 22nd, 2016 by

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In the summer of 1984 I spent every Sunday afternoon listening to Kasey Casem running down America’s Top 40 on Radio Nova. It remains my favourite summer. First girlfriend, first year in secondary school, and the first year I can say I became truly obsessed with pop music. It was also the year I first […]