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Slyrydes Release ‘Out Patience’

‘Out Patience’ is the third single from Galway based post punk outfit Slyrydes. Slyrydes caught the attention of the Irish music press with their 2019 debut singles Mental Health and Point of view. Known for their honest, passionate and agressive deliveries Slyrydes have a lot to say. 

Recorded by Daniel Doherty (Fontaines DC, Vulpynes, Galants, Murder Capital) in Darklands audio Dublin. 

‘Out Patience’ picks up where Mental Health left off. Ominous pounding bass and drums, swirling chaotic guitars and combative raw vocals. This is a song about running out of time. 

D.Cullen Announces Next Single

It’s going to be alright’ folks, even though the summer is ending, D. Cullen’s latest single will keep the good vibes going. ‘Alright’ is a John Lennon-esque piano ballad with a rousing chorus featuring a choir and a horn section giving it a Motown feel: altogether perfect for those last lazy days of summer. ‘Alright’ was produced by award-winning English producer and singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine (Eddi Reader, The Corrs, Sia), who also plays bass on the track, and is released on September 27th.

D. Cullen is otherwise known as Darragh Cullen, a twenty-four-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Dublin. Despite his young age, D. Cullen has already had significant success in the music business, releasing his first album when he was just fifteen, which lead to him being named Male Solo Artist of the Year 2011 by Jackie Hayden of Hot Press. After two well received solo albums he went on to form a band called The New 52. The quartet released an album, ‘Let Me Sleep’, in 2016 as well as three singles and an EP, with their single ‘I Am’ reaching number 1 on the iTunes Rock Charts in Ireland.

The New 52 went their separate ways earlier this year and D. Cullen refocussed his attention back to his solo career. After all, when you can sing, write, and play piano, bass, guitar and drums, the need for collaborators is not as urgent! ‘The Rising Tide’ was the first single released in February, a brooding string-laden track accompanied by a stunning black and white video featuring impressive drone footage, directed by Ian Whelan. 

‘Alright’ is D. Cullen’s second single and will be featured on his upcoming album, as yet untitled, which is also produced by Boo Hewerdine and recorded by Chris Pepper. D. Cullen will be doing some live shows throughout the autumn (dates below) to launch ‘Alright’ and test out the new material in front of live audiences. D. Cullen already has stacks of experience onstage including a much talked-about barnstorming performance at Electric Picnic in 2012, as well as gigs with HamSandwich and Little Green Cars, so he’s very much looking forward to getting back under the spotlight.

Upcoming Gigs:

Wed 2nd October         Whelan’s Upstairs, Dublin (single launch)
Sat. 5th October           Roisin Dubh Upstairs, Galway
Fri 11th October           Rogue Gallery, Waterford
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Kiruu Shares Two Tracks Ahead of Album Release

Ahead of Dublin-based musician and singer Kiruu’s album release on August 24th, two tracks have been shared.

‘Tibet’ (released 17/08/2019) is an energetic ska/reggae track written in response to the 2008 unrest in Tibet. It features a harmonizing wind section accompanied by a rhythmic accordion, as well as some occasion touches of the melodica. The song talks about activism and resistance.

‘Fading Pain’ (released 21/08/2019) is a thumping rumba and swing combination. With an orchestral intro, soaring trumpet solos and subtle guitar work, the track is a hip-mover which moves between Spanish rumba rhythm verses and a manouche style chorus. Its lyrical theme is recovery and recuperation.

Both tracks are taken from Kiruu’s first full-length LP ‘Super Feo Express’ and were recorded at Hellfire Studios, Dublin. The LP will be released August 24th on digital platforms, and on CD and Vinyl with a live launch concert in Lost Lane, Dublin on September 24th

A “world fusion” offering, the album follows in the footsteps of Manu Chao and Paul Simon, exploring a variety of genres and styles through the medium of different languages, namely English, Spanish, Swahili with sprinklings of French and Irish as well.

Kiruu music is available on itunesSpotifyFacebookTwitterInstragramSoundcloud, BandcampYoutube

Boku Unveiled Debut Single

Having worked extensively all decade with a wide variety of labels and publishers, including Sony, Ultra, Feel Good Lost, Good Soldier Songs, Universal, and Warner, producing music for critically and commercially successful acts such as Talos, Daithí and with Young Wonder, Cork based music producer Ian Ring unveils his debut solo project Boku, with his debut single ‘Rise’, out Friday 16th August,via Soul Jamz Records. 

Introducing Boku, Ian says: “Over the years of producing and writing music for different artists I always found myself moulding my creative mindset to suit the artist and musical realm/genre that they live in.

Boku means “l” and it is music that is personal to me. In essence, I want to create music people can dance too when I DJ but also something that can musically sit on its own outside the world of DJ sets and clubs. The music falls under the electronic umbrella I guess, but I hope my music never really fits into one specific type of genre too comfortably.

‘Rise’ started with a Breakbeat I built, I wanted to create something hypnotic and atmosphere with beats people can dance too, I love that type of contrast. I always try to find something that shouldn’t really work like these slightly detuned synths in rise, I felt it brought a sense of danger and urgency. Music should never sound too clean or perfect in my opinion, it loses character.”

Ian Ring is a Cork-based music producer, who who has just unveiled his debut solo project, Boku, this August.

Ian has worked extensively all decade with a wide variety of labels and publishers, including Sony, Ultra, Feel Good Lost, Good Soldier Songs, Universal, and Warner, producing music for critically and commercially successful acts such as Talos, Daithí and with Young Wonder.

His work has received multiple Choice Prize nominations, and achievements include BBC Radio 1 single of the week, Hype Machine number 1 plus has been used in adverts by the likes of Calvin Klein and MTV. It has also been featured on sites like Pitchfork, New York Times, Pop justice, Brooklyn Vegan and Pigeons & Planes.

He has played support to ALT J at the 02 Shepherds Bush plus other big artists such as Toro y Moi, while other notable live performances include big slots at the Heineken stage at the Electric Picnic, Longitude in Ireland, Latitude in the UK and many more.

The Boku journey begins in August and continues with a number of releases on Soul Jamz records.

Tolu Makay Shares First Release of 2019

Tolu Makay is an independent artist based in Dublin, raised in Offaly, and born in Nigeria. She uses music as an expressive tool to make sense of life around her. Her first single release of 2019, ‘Ocean’, is out now. It fits into an alt pop-soul genre.

Losing someone is hard and the memories that seep through unknowingly is what makes it harder to let go. ‘Oceans’ represents the loop effect of one’s memories. In the music video, directed by NothinToFancy Productions and Tolu, ‘Ocean’ describes memory to be like a scratched vinyl that is in a constant loop. The track is melancholic but masked with an upbeat tempo.

Inspired by the likes of Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Sabrina Claudio, Jhene Aiko, etc. This emerging Soul Alt singer strives to create powerful, emotive songs that will inspire generations to come.

While staying true to the theme of experience, empowerment, and self-love, her two singles released in 2018, ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Reflection’ have become anthems for many young women finding their feet.

Girl Band Share ‘Going Norway’

Girl Band are excited to share ‘Going Norway’ the second single from their new album ‘The Talkies’, out on Rough Trade Records on September 27th.  ‘The Talkies’ is the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut LP ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’, of which Pitchfork wrote, “it’s hard to think of another guitar-based band conjuring fear this exhilarating and volume this rapturous.” Following on the heels of lead single ‘Shoulderblades’, ‘Going Norway’ debuted with a  Bob Gallagher directed music video for the track, and can be found streaming on all DSPs. A 7” vinyl version of the single is also out now. 

‘The Talkies’ was produced by the band’s own Daniel Fox, and recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, a stately manor  on the outskirts of Dublin. “In many ways,” says band member Alan Duggan, “the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the manor home.” The space became Girl Band’s sonic playground as the members worked to adjust to the house’s corners and textures to create the soundscape of the record.”  

Dara comments, “‘Going Norway’ was actually one of the first tracks we finished but the melody actually comes from a track that I wrote about 8 years ago. I saved that melody and brought it up when I didn’t have any ideas left, I was also doing a lot of mindfulness mediation around the time of it, so lyrically I decided not to use any pronouns within ‘Going Norway’ and the whole album – that came about when I came across this quote from the Buddha which was ’Nothing is to be clung to as I, me or mine’ – and I removed all that in a way to kind of find an abstract world to live in.”

‘In Going Norway’, we hear the mimicry of Dara’s vocal to Alan’s guitar coming close to a moan, both simultaneously reaching outside of the confines of Adam’s steady, flitting snare sound: “And Why/ Is the Death/ So Alive?”.  The track pushes and pulls against itself, and the emotion is felt within this combative movement and the elongation of vowels – the intensive repetition to the point of abstraction results in a violent discrepancy between language and meaning, as Dara draws attention instead to the way the mouth moves and how sound is formed.

Album Track List
Going Norway
Couch Combover
Salmon of Knowledge
Prefab Castle

Pre-order/pre-save ‘The Talkies’ here:


Oct 2nd – Chicago – Beat Kitchen 
Oct 4th – Allston, MA – Great Scott 
Oct 5th – Philly, PA – Boot and Saddle 
Oct 6th – Washington, DC – Songbyrd, DC
Oct 8th – Brooklyn, NY – Elsewhere 
Nov 2nd – Manchester – Academy 2
Nov 5th – London – Electric Ballroom
Nov 7th – Brussels – Botanique (Sold Out)
Nov 8th – Utrecht – Le Guess Who? 2019 
Nov 12th – Berlin – Bi Nuu
Nov 14th – Paris – La Maroquinerie 
Nov 22nd – Dublin – Vicar Street (Sold Out)
Nov 23rd – Dublin – Vicar Street 

Photo Credit: Richard Gilligan  

Girl Band Website // Twitter // Facebook // Rough Trade

Daithí Announces New Album

‘L.O.S.S.’ will be released on 18th October and will be available digitally and on vinyl. This is Daithi’s second album, which follows on from a few years of releasing singles and EPs and more recently, the singles ‘Take The Wheel’, ‘Orange’ and ‘Submarines’. The 10 tracks will include contributions from Sinead White, Paul Noonan, Ailbhe Reddy, Orla Gartland, Tandem Felix, Sacred Animals, Ryan Vail & The Sei. Daithi has performed at some big festival slots this summer including All Together Now, Forbidden Fruit, Pride and the Galway Arts Festival.

As Daithi explains of the new single – “’Nobody New Around You’ is the first track I wrote for my album ‘L.O.S.S.’ . I wrote most of the record in the Limousin region of France, and when I first arrived I was really inspired by the countryside. Limousin is a farming area right in the middle of the country, with very little tourism or industry. It’s so rural and quiet, I really felt completely alone out there, and it forced me to really focus on what I was trying to achieve with this new music. ‘Nobody New Around You’ is inspired by that feeling of quiet wistfulness when you’re completely alone, it’s music for self-reflection.”

Long inspired by the sights, sounds and surroundings of Ireland, Daithí traces a more intimate though no less alive collision in his latest work.

The two-time Choice Music Prize nominee builds on a signature unique formation of house music with a series of singles that mark the most ambitious and personal adventure to date.

This latest project was unearthed in isolation in rural France as communication with friends, family, and an all-consuming social media expanse was placed on pause.

Time to breathe.

I became interested in the idea of how people deal with loss, and the different ways that they recover from it,” he notes.

I was at my lowest point, feeling like nothing would ever be okay again, and found myself writing all sorts of melodies and chords as a form of therapy, but at first couldn’t imagine getting to a place where I felt comfortable making songs out of them. This project scared me, but I’m also more proud of it than anything I’ve ever done.”

Blessed with a spellbinding vocal turn from Bell X1 leader Paul Noonan, ‘Take The Wheel’ marks brave territory for Daithí as the track traverses haunting terrain where battered flags once laid down by Cave and Cohen thrash ominously in the distance.

‘In My Darkest Moments’, meanwhile, takes the listener on a more insular journey, with a maze-like build that bursts into a sea of opaque colours. The track was accompanied by a stunning video created in the west of Ireland, winning 3 shark awards and an emerging director award for Lochlainnn McKenna.

‘Orange’, featuring long-time collaborator Sinead White, is an honest open exploration of heartbreak, laid bare in stunning clarity with Sinead’s incredible vocal. 

‘Submarines’ features Irish songwriter Ailbhe Reddy. With its pulsing house beats and the sampling of Irish instruments, it makes for a powerful summer tune, full of energy.


September 19th – Roisin Dubh, Galway
September 21st – Dolans, Limerick
September 28th – Connolly’s Of Leap, Cork

DAY_S Shares ‘Honest’

DAY_S has just released his latest single ‘Honest’. 

“‘Honest’ is a song about trust.

Feeling you had something special with someone and them throwing it all away. Leading you on, thinking it was all going to work out but all they wanted was to keep playing with feelings and run off with someone else, someone you thought you knew. It’s saying “if only you were honest”, I would never have had to go through all this pain. 
That’s how it was for me anyway.

DAY_S introduced himself with a debut single ‘Last Night’ last year followed up by ‘Elbows’. Both releases were met with rave reviews and praised for his distinctive vocals and synth pop production. Since then, DAY_S was picked by GoldenPlec and RTE 2FM Rising list, supported the likes of pop stars Dagny, Soulé as well as All Tvvins on their European Tour.  

Spotify’s & Apple Music early support found DAY_S releases in major Pop and mainstream playlists, accumulating over 3 million streams combined. 

Fintan McKahey to Release ‘The Rebound Effect’

Following on from the success of his latest EP and title track ‘God Games’ Fintan McKahey returns with dark & sultry new offering ‘The Rebound Effect’ set for release on September 8, 2019.

Continuing his exploration of down tempo alt-pop ‘The Rebound Effect’ invites the listener to share in an apocalyptic doomsday landscape. The world is ending after mankind’s greed has led to the exploitation of its natural resources. 

“The sun cries ready to explode

It’s on over load near the end of…

The cliff fades weathers and corrodes

From a land we stole and hold

The steel cracked solace of your soul

As you lose control of it all…”

Fintan wrote the song after a dream about the end of the world. “The song is about Karma really, that the earth is going to kill everyone including itself, because of our actions. In a way we are killing ourselves with our own laziness & greed.” ‘The Rebound Effect’ is dark, sultry and mocking in its appraisal of mankind’s misdeeds and displays Fintan’s ability to capture imagery in his song writing.

Fintan McKahey is the son of Stump drummer, Rob McKahey, and the nephew of Cousteau singer, Liam McKahey. A multi-disciplinary artist, Fintan continues to work as a performer in Ireland, having trained as a classical actor at Kinsale’s amphitheatre and collaborates with artists in film, photography and dance.

‘The Rebound Effect’ was recorded and produced in Fintan’s home studio in West Cork and mastered by Darren Jennings in Woodside Sound Studios. ‘The Rebound Effect’ is out September 8 with a launch show in The Roundy in Cork City.

Tour Dates:
August 20 – Ruby Sessions, Dublin
August 30 – Connolly’s of Leap
September 8 – The Roundy, Cork
September 20 – Molly’s Café, Clonakilty

Sion Hill Announces The Sugar Club Date

Aiken Promotions proudly presents Sion Hill live at The Sugar Club, 3rd December 2019. Tickets €13 inclusive of booking fee, on sale Wednesday from Ticketmaster at 10AM.

Irish artist Sion Hill is proving that Niall Horan and Bressie aren’t the only musical talent to come out of Mullingar.  Singer-songwriter Nathan Johnston began writing and recording music in his teens and started playing with various bands in bars and coffeehouses across Dublin. 

He moved to Berlin in 2016, adopting the name ‘Sion Hill’, as a homage to his Irish roots. 

Now living in London, his new single ‘Fuel Kids’, released via Warner Music Germany, has already been featured on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday UK’ and ‘A Perfect Day’ playlists.

Summer 2019 has seen Sion Hill tour various music festivals across Germany and Ireland, including the recent Indie19 and All Together Now. 

He has also supported the likes of; A-ha, Jim James, St. Paul & the Broken bones, Alice Merton, Lilly Among Clouds & Peter Doherty (of Babyshambles; The Libertines to name a few.

Don’t miss Sion Hill’s highly anticipated return to Dublin, 3rd December 2019

Live at The Sugar Club.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 14th of August and available from Ticketmaster.


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