The Pursuit of Experimentation – Collate, Belfast

November 25th, 2017 by

“Good music has a psychosocial effect; it has a positive effect on the brain. It makes you think positively and it clears your monkey mind.” The theme of positivity is something that often gets lost within stigmatised mainstream discussions about the electronic music scene, often thought to be synonymous with excessive partying, hedonistic raves and […]

Charles Bradley: Thank You for Helping Us Through the Storm.

September 24th, 2017 by

Charles Bradley’s passing was announced through his social media on Saturday. The sixty-eight year old singer, fondly known to his fans as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” had achieved a remarkable legacy in his autumn years, having faced difficulties for much of his life. The 2012 documentary “Charles Bradley: Soul of America” joins Bradley at […]

Liars – TFCF

August 30th, 2017 by

John Peel once said of the Fall that “They are always different, they are always the same”. It is a sentiment that often holds true for post-punk groups of every variety, whether referring to those that formed during the late ’70s and early ’80s, or those that emerged during the early 2000’s revival. Certainly, when […]

OKNOTOK – 20 Years of OK Computer

July 3rd, 2017 by

“The science fiction of the next five minutes” was an idea popularised by the author JG Ballard in the 1960s and 1970s when he came out with such works as Crash, Concrete Island, and High Rise. A forefather of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, Ballard was fascinated by how humans cope with extreme change, specifically the […]

Listen to two new tracks from LCD Soundsystem

May 5th, 2017 by

The initial release from the first new LCD Soundsystem LP since 2010’s This is Happening has emerged with little warning, ahead of a much-anticipated Saturday Night Live performance tomorrow, 6 May. Preceded by a lengthy, informative statement from James Murphy, explaining the status of the new record and touring plans, this is a knockout return […]

The Pursuit of Experimentation – Disco é Cultura

May 4th, 2017 by

“Vinyl is Culture” Mick Donohoe, Jeremy Murphy and Marina Alves reside over a concept that’s a little different from your standard club night. Disco é Cultura was originally a small label found on Latin American records during the 60s and 70s, and translates to the above quote.  “The Rock’n Roll scene was growing around the world […]

What’s on Other Voices this Week?

March 28th, 2017 by

Having traversed not one, but two excellent SXSW specials, Other Voices returns to our shores for a showcase from Electric Picnic. Great news, indeed, but a double-edged sword in that this episode is the final in a series that has seen some illuminating performances from bands and artists making waves at home and afar. The […]

Drake’s More Life

March 28th, 2017 by

Drake’s More Life “playlist” is either a genre-breaking, experimental musical master class that flips the status quo on its head, or it’s a cheap ploy to distract the listener from the fact that he didn’t actually produce a concise, cohesive project. In fairness, it’s probably both. Reviewing albums is relatively easy; they usually have some sort of […]

What’s On Other Voices this Week?

March 23rd, 2017 by

The dust hasn’t settled quite yet on SxSW, and of course last week’s Other Voices showcased special performances from the Texas multi-venue music extravaganza. But that was only the first part, and tonight there’s more sonic snippets from home and abroad to take in. This, the 15th series of Other Voices, continues to shine a […]

The Pursuit of Experimentation – RESIST, Belfast

March 22nd, 2017 by

“People often criticise electronic music as being soulless or not having emotion, but my experience of it has been totally different. I have left gigs feeling awe inspired to just to get into the studio and create.” Watch a Koichi Samuels live set and you are truly witnessing an artist at work. In his time […]

What’s on Other Voices this Week?

March 9th, 2017 by

Last week saw some tremendous performances from Girl Band, Rusangano Family, Margaret Glaspy, Caoimhin O Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley, and Fangclub, but there’s still more Other Voices ground to cover. Given that this is their 15th series, the quality remains high. Tonight, at 23.25 on RTE2, there will be a special showcase of Irish talent […]

The Art of the Bedroom Producer #3

March 2nd, 2017 by

Over the last few months we have played witness to immense workmanship and a refreshingly inspiring DIY attitude, such is the vast and varied abundance of bedroom producing talent throughout the UK and Ireland. The ingenuity and resourcefulness of the boxed in creative must not be neglected. The opportunity to witness an artist discover, grow and […]

What’s on Other Voices this week?

February 28th, 2017 by

Last week was as exceptional as ever from the Other Voices camp, with performances by Gregory Porter, Sample Answer, Le Galaxie, Pixie Geldof, and Cry Monster Cry. There’s still more to come as the series continues, and State are delighted to be able to preview each new episode before it airs. Tune in to RTE […]

What’s On Other Voices This Week?

February 22nd, 2017 by

As the series continues to showcase the best of Irish and international music, we’re previewing each new episode ahead of its airing. Last week, there were stellar performances (and enlightening chat) from Conor Oberst, Carson McHone, Kojey Radical and Overhead, The Albatross. Some lineup, eh? This week, we have the sensational voice of Gregory Porter to look forward to. One […]