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, […]

Mount Palomar

February 9th, 2018 by

In something of a tasty twist on our usual editorial routine, we’ve handed the reigns over to NI’s premier party-throwers, Twitch, to get contextual with Belfast analog fancier Neil Kerr. Neil, under the guise of his creatively poignant and sonically stirring Mount Palomar project, will support Or:la tomorrow night, Saturday 10th March, in the Menagerie. […]

Django Django’s Vincent Neff

January 31st, 2018 by

  While playing Chicago’s Lollapooloza during the Born Under Saturn tour cycle, Django Django drummer and producer Dave McLean gazed upwards to the sky, his bandmates soon followed suit. A crystallised, swirling red was sweeping across the sky, hanging brightly as the warm winds gently blew around the Great Lakes region beneath. McLean took note, […]

Columbia Mills

January 15th, 2018 by

Hazy indie-pop rockers Columbia Mills are an Irish band to watch out for in 2018. Drenched in heavily reverb-soaked guitars and packed with indelible hooks, the band’s debut LP has met acclaim since its release in late 2017. We caught up with lead singer-songwriter Fiachra Treacey to discuss the band’s upward trajectory. Treacey talks of […]

Algiers..”The only response to fascism is to eradicate it”

December 13th, 2017 by

Atlanta gospel rockers Algiers have had a hectic few months since the release of their second album The Underside Of Power, supporting Depeche Mode across Europe as well as their own headline shows in the U.S. With their sophomore release getting the nod across a slew of Best of 2017 lists, Algiers bring a successful year […]

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 […]

Lisa O’Neill

October 6th, 2017 by

A stalwart of the contemporary Irish singer-songwriter scene, Lisa O’Neill has wielded taut emotion, deft lyricism, and a methodical grasp of melody throughout her career. Latest album Pothole in the Sky affirms this with ease, and ahead of a show in Whelan’s tomorrow evening, we caught up with the Cavan native for a quick Q&A. I’ve seen few artists […]

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 – […]

Foghorn Stringband..”I always loved Irish traditional music”

September 13th, 2017 by

The bar was bustling in Raheen House Hotel after Foghorn Stringband had finished playing. They were rubbing shoulders with people who had been singing along with them half an hour earlier. Gerry Lawless who runs Clonmel World Music was explaining why, after travelling the length and breadth of Ireland to catch bands and attend gigs, […]

Coldcut..”Activism will remain at the forefront”

August 22nd, 2017 by

Matt Black is taking a rare moment to enjoy the fruits of his efforts. All the projects that he was “just not finishing” in recent years have come together at the same time. “As of today I’m feeling like I’ve successfully given birth after a long gestation.” But there’s plenty of work still to be […]