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Introducing: WU LYF – Manchester, mystery and ulterior motives?

“We want WU LYF to be more than a band, in the same way FC Barcelona is ‘more than a club’”. The ubiquity of new artists trying their hand at the mystery game is beginning to get a little tiresome. So in that light, it’s hard to tell whether WU LYF’s self-imposed obscurity is a [...]

Adele x John Legend – ‘Rolling In The Deep’ (Error Operator Remix)

John Legend’s cover of Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ last week was sweet but as an acapella version, it was begging for a remix. Error Operator duly obliges. Download: Adele x John Legend – Rolling In The Deep (Error Oper…

Video: Bibio – ‘K Is For Kelson’

I wrote about this tune last week describing it as a summer jam which should wake everyone up in the morning. It’s now got a suitably ’80s TV show video to go with it. Bibio plays an electronic set on Friday night in the Button Factory. Download: Bibio – K is for Kelson (taken from [...]

Holy Ghost! – ‘Wait & See’ & album stream

Following on from the dancefloor-fillling ‘Do It Again’ (the second tune on Podcast #35), Holy Ghost!’s latest drop from their fulfilling self-titled debut album is the bass-pumping disco pop of ‘Wait & See’. Eminenty repeatable. Holy Ghost! is released this Friday 7th in Ireland (11th – UK / 12th US) through DFA Records. Download: Holy [...]

Star Slinger plays The Bernard Shaw on April 29th (Bodytonic Beatyard & Nialler9 show)

Bodytonic’s Beatyard, in association with Nialler9 are bringing Star Slinger over for his debut Irish show on April 29th at Scribble in The Bernard Shaw and it’s FREE. Support on the night comes from All City DJs. More info here. This is the same night as Baths and Solar Bears in The Workman’s but Star [...]

Introducing: Body Language – Laid back Brooklyn dance-pop

I am totally smitten by Body Language. The Brooklyn band are a silky smooth mix of dance, neon pop, disco, catchy melodies and hooks. It’s an instant mind cleanser. They released a 7″ on Double Denim last year and a remix-bolstered version of their Social Studies EP is available now (as well as the original [...]

How to write an “internetspeak” rock hit

“Baby let’s abbreviate tonight… “ Now that LOL and OMG are in the English dictionary song-writers can feel free to use them in their compositions right? Well, no. Modern audiences don’t want songs made up of slang words, it’s gimmicky. It was cringeworthy when Britney Spears did it, when Brittney Cleary did it with ‘I.M. [...]

Introducing: The Weeknd – Skewed R&B FTW!

R&B is not my usual bag around here but there’s something intriguing about The Weeknd that makes we want to explore more. It’s R&B but skewed beyond in focus and genre. Not much is known about the Toronto act but we do know that Jeremy Rose produces and Abel Tesfaye sings on the The Weeknd’s [...]

Album stream: Yeh Deadlies – The First Book Of Lessons

Yeh Deadlies release their debut album The First Book Of Lessons on April 8th through Popical Island. If Popical Island’s modus operandi is to make “bockety pop” then Yeah Deadlies might just be the label’s flagship band (in addition to some of their founding members). At the heart of the band is married couple Annie [...]

SXSW 2011: Baths, Clock Opera, Grimes, The Dodos, Delicate Steve, Prince Rama, Braids & more

Here’s a roundup of all the other bands and artists worth writing about I caught at SXSW. But first.. one of the benefits of attending SXSW is the stuff you get to check out afterwards after word of mouth recommendations. Acts I missed: Big Boi, TV On The Radio, Generationals, Hunx & His Punx, Oh [...]