Jessy Rose is a prolific 22 year old songwriter who grew up in Dublin to parents of Congolese descent. Signing to Columbia Records in 2016 with his band Hare Squead, Rose went on to front the band as they amassed over 50 million streams, collaborated with Goldlink, supported Dua Lipa on her European tour, and performed at festivals across Europe.
In 2017 things took an unexpected turn however as Jessy suffered a mental health crisis which precipitated his exit from Hare Squead. Following treatment and a period of self reflection, Jessy is returning to music fully focused. The Blanchardstown native has experience in the studio with producers like Hoskins, SG Lewis, Jazz Purple, Hoost, Marc Dowding, and Felix Joseph, as well as co-writing Mahalia fan favourite ‘Sober’.
Jessy’s first solo foray, a feature on Ben Esser’s introspective RnB single ‘Daily’, was released on April 10th this year and was added to the influential Spotify playlist Butter, with over 500k followers. The track has racked up over 200k streams across Spotify and Apple Music in six weeks, with Jessy’s characteristically catchy hooks proving as popular as ever.
Finally ready to emerge in 2020, the young Dubliner has found inner peace and is eager to tell his story, with exciting new music and a compelling tale of redemption and rebirth to share. ‘Bloom’, Jessy’s first proper solo release, is a powerful ballad which showcases his extraordinary voice.
Darragh O’Dea has just released his single ‘Lost Dog Loyal’.
Darragh O’Dea is a songwriter known for his narrative lyrics and idyllic poetry on life in an ever-changing Ireland. Hailing from Tuam, Darragh’s songs capture the moods and elements of his surroundings and are delivered with an alluring honesty.
Darragh has taken the stage of Lost Lane (Dublin), The Harrison (London) and at Claremorris Folk Festival, performing with the likes of John Spillane and The Whileaways.
The track was recorded and produced between Sunstreet Studios & The Stables, Tuam, Co. Galway by Kenny Ralph & Mixer Connolly. Supporting Darragh’s vocals and guitar is the brilliant violin, piano and guitar of Ciara Finan, bass, keys and backing vocals of Rory Donellan, and the percussion and guitar of Mixer Connolly.
All proceeds from the sale of ‘Lost Dog Loyal’ will go to Cope Galway, to support individuals dealing with domestic violence or homelessness and our vulnerable elderly. The track can be purchased here.
A music video has also been created where people have submitted videos of themselves at home dancing during the lockdown. ‘Lost Dog Loyal’ is a song about being dedicated and loyal to a relationship, whilst growing and developing together.
MuRli is set to release his ‘Till The Wheels Fall Off’ EP on July 3rd.
“This is a special release for the fans. Those who have helped made my dream come true and continue to make me dream every day. I wanted to give them something exclusive, something we can live and grow with, together. In many ways, this is still the start of our journey so I decided to go against the grain and release the full experience of ‘Till The Wheels Fall Off’ EP on CD and Cassette only. It can be previewed on Bandcamp where the CDs and tapes can also be ordered but it will not be released to streaming platforms. Inspired by Hip Hop.” – MuRli
MuRli is a rapper, producer and songwriter from Limerick, Ireland. Best known for his work as part of Rusangano Family, he’s been writing lyrics since the age of 13 after being put onto rap by a classmate while in secondary school. He went on to hone his skills over the following decade, culminating in his well-received debut EP, Surface Tension featuring the single ‘Both Sides’ which earned him plays on the BBC, Indie Shuffle and features in the Irish Times, Hotpress and Nialler9 and endorsement by the legendary photographer Brian ‘B+’ Cross who incidentally, shot the Artwork photo.
In early 2015, MuRli joined forces with producer mynameisjOhn and fellow MC, God Knows to form the band Rusangano Family and hit the studio to record the ‘Let The Dead Bury The Dead’ album. The album was awarded Best Irish Album of 2016 at the RTE Choice Music Prize Awards the following year.
As part of Rusangano Family, MuRli has shared stages with local and international acts such as Girl Band, Snoop Dogg, Slow Moving Clouds, Run The Jewels and BadBadNotGood among others. In the summer of 2018, he was invited to take part in the PEOPLE festival and residency at the FunkHaus studios in Berlin alongside 200 artists from all around the world, an experience he credits as the motivation he needed to go and work on his solo debut album due in 2020. In the meantime, he dropped ‘The Intangibles’ in November 2019. A mixtape that showcased his production skills and confirmed his position as one of Ireland’s most gifted artists.
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Miles Graham shares his brand new single ‘Give It Up Now’ ahead of the release of his EP ‘All The Right Things’ – out on the 10 July.
Miles Graham’s latest track ‘Don’t Change’ resulted in him performing the single live on BBC Radio 5 and a stunning version of Dido’s ‘Thank You‘, and picking up further airplay from BBC Introducing. It accelerated a fresh stage in the Irish singer-songwriter’s career, having previously scored international dance hits alongside Don Diablo and L’Tric, as well as being playlisted on BBC Radio 2 for his breakthrough moment ‘I Can’t Love You Again’.
Fans who admired ‘Don’t Change’ now have more of his creative world to explore as he shares his new EP ‘All The Right Things’, which features the new track ‘Give It Up Now’- a bittersweet piano ballad laced with lush string arrangements and sky reaching vocal harmonies.
Miles explains, “‘Give It Up Now’ is about being free of the turmoil that comes with antagonism. It has conversational lyrics that give a fly on the wall incite to break-up, the EP is an emotional narrative within my very dynamic journey. The freedom of letting go ‘It could be better for all you know..’ is perhaps a teasing lyric in the song to some kind of better life ahead, but is ironically ambiguous in it’s positive/negative balance.“
The ‘All The Right Things’ EP was recorded in London with producer Paul Herman (Emeli Sandé, Dido, Corinne Bailey Rae), with string arrangements from the renowned Sally Herbert (Plan B, Usher, Duffy,Ellie Goulding, Florence + The Machine). The EP showcases his soul-baring songwriting and top-quality sound: a genre-blurring blend of retro-soul and fresh yet timeless pop. The EP unfolds in brilliantly original sonic flourishes—heavy grooves, bright beats, laid-back guitar tones—each song elegantly spotlights Graham’s spellbinding voice. Graham closes the EP with ‘Sunbeam’- an intricately textured and heart-melting tribute to his young daughter.
Channelling his experiences into sound has been a cathartic experience for Miles Graham. It has also ignited a deeper, more emotional quality within his songwriting. It’s a natural development for an artist who has been committed to developing his talents since childhood. He took time out to focus on family in 2018 and now he’s back, more accomplished and set to soar.
- All The Right Things
- Don’t Change
- Give It Up Now
A collective of Irish female artists have come together to raise desperately needed support for Safe Ireland, helping women and children living in crisis.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a 25% rise in domestic violence calls to An Garda Síochana reported in Ireland.
Irish Women In Harmony are some of Ireland’s most talented and accomplished musicians, together amassing over 200 million Spotify streams.
Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and producer of this cover version RuthAnne, came up with the initiative and said, “There are so many amazing trailblazers and emerging female artists and musicians in Ireland. In what sometimes seems like a male dominated industry in this country, we feel like it’s important to inspire the young girls of today by showcasing all of the incredible women in Irish music. More importantly, we wanted to come together as the Irish Women in Harmony to raise awareness and funds for a charity close to all of our hearts, Safe Ireland, who support domestic abuse victims and survivors. During lockdown the rates of reported abuse have risen by a frightening 25% and we want to help in whatever way we can. We are covering an iconic song, ‘Dreams’ by The Cranberries. Dolores was an influence and inspiration to all of us so we wanted to pay homage to her. Having all of us coming together, women supporting women is exactly what’s needed and we hope this movement spreads far and wide and inspires others.”
A huge thank you to Kevin Cassidy and his team at Document Films for editing the beautiful video for Dreams by Irish Women In Harmony.
All proceeds made from the release of Irish Women in Harmony’s cover of ‘Dreams’ by The Cranberries will go to Safe Ireland.
Sharon O’Halloran, Co-CEO of Safe Ireland, the national policy and service hub for 39 frontline domestic violence services around the country said,“Safe Ireland is honoured that the gifted team involved in this beautiful song has come together in support of our work to protect women and children from abuse and violence. As our country begins to open up, our services are expecting that many more women and children who have been living in intolerable situations with their abusers for weeks now will reach out for support and safety. The funding generated by Irish Women in Harmony will go directly to women and children through our services, to help them find the safety and freedom they need and deserve.”
Safe Ireland is the national social change agency working to end domestic abuse and coercive control in Ireland. They collaborate in their work with 39 specialist frontline domestic violence (DV) services throughout Ireland, who are Members of Safe Ireland. Together, they support the development and provision of critical lifelines to an average of 13,500 women and children every year (DV National Statistics 2018).
Since early March, Safe Ireland has been working closely with its 39 members throughout Ireland, to problem-solve complex and newly emerging issues arising in DV frontline service provision as a result of Covid-19. DV services are classified as essential services under the current Covid-19 National Emergency.
Initially, of critical importance to the sector was the need to limit the opportunity of the coronavirus to spread in emergency refuge settings many of which are communal and have limited facilities for self-isolation or to practice safe physical distancing. Safe Ireland members had to quickly reconfigure and develop creative, safe ways to ensure that women knew that they were open and operating, that they could be reached easily in a variety of ways and to help find alternative accommodation.
During Covid-19, many women and children have been locked down with their abusers behind closed doors, for over three months now. Many survivors have reported that their aggressors have used the virus as a weapon of control and that they have found it difficult to find the time and space to reach out for support. As the country opens up and people return to work, services are now experiencing an increase in calls and needs, particularly for women with multiple children, who are concerned about the double damage that lockdown alongside abuse may have had. Many services are saying that in reality, this is only the beginning.
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Italian/Irish trio Sinking With Love are proud to announce the release of their debut EP ‘Far From Where?’. Written and recorded in 4 different countries – they’re no strangers to making music separately.
Mixed and mastered in Berlin where they met for the first time at the start of 2020, it very much reflects their varied musical influences to create indie, Celtic and psychedelic pop. With additional Eastern European sounds courtesy of violinist Flora Pop along with traditional Irish concertina from the young Riona Hely, they have created a truly global sound.
‘Shimalay’ is the latest single to be taken from A Band Called Paul’s debut album ‘Primero’ (2019). The track has been remixed and edited for this release.
Prior to breaking into full-on stadium rock at the second verse, the track starts with a wild assortment of unusual sounds to establish the groove including drumming on the steering wheel of a car, the rattling of a key ring, body percussion and an array of close-mic vocal sounds.
In the accompanying one-take music video shot during lockdown, Paul manages to not blink from the start of vocals until the end of the second verse. At 78bpm, that’s uncomfortably long and the effect – as intended – is intense.
Based in Dublin, Ireland, A Band Called Paul is the creation of former orchestral percussionist, soundtrack composer and session musician Paul McDonnell. The band’s music reflects the variety and depth of Paul’s musical career with deft lane changes between hard rock, latin jazz, electronica and world music.
A Band Called Paul released their debut album, ‘Primero’, in February 2019. They have released three singles from the album to date – the latin jazz ‘Hero Two’, the darkly electronic ‘Freefall’ and the upbeat 60’s-influenced indie rock ‘In It For Money’.
The band’s sound has been described as if Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, The The and Beck were to collaborate.
Fergal Edward is no stranger to the music industry. Since his 2017 solo debut, the indie-folk singer-songwriter has captured hearts and ears with blissed out singles that melt all your worries away. Now, he makes his return with the beautiful ‘Californian Sun’ taken from his new EP ‘The Light Of Everything’. The track makes you stop and take a moment to think about your life, asking yourself, what does your life mean? What do you want to have done by the time it ends?
‘The Light Of Everything’ is released June 19th on all platforms.
JYellowL, The 21-year-old artist, dynamic in his lyricism and fueled by political conviction, will deliver his highly anticipated debut album ‘2020 D|vision’ on 4th December 2020, with the first single ‘Jewels’ out this Friday, 19th June 2020.
Speaking about the record JYellowL explains the narrative of the track:
“’Jewels’ is a celebration of our multifaceted nature, as well as the complexity of the human condition. It’s about recognising our worth and understanding that we are all inherently valuable and that our value may just manifest itself in different realms.”
JYellowL learned from his Jamaican grandmother how to be himself in a world that wants to force you down a particular path. Born of Jamaican and Nigerian parents and raised in Ireland, the Dublin-based rapper has drawn on all three origins to create a distinctly powerful sound that is radically individual.
A leading voice emerging out of the fierce juggernaut that is Ireland’s rap scene, this debut follows two groundbreaking EPs and a string of headline performances, both in Ireland and internationally. His standout track ‘Ozone’ has surpassed 1.5 million views on Spotify and the single ‘Oh Lawd’, featured on the soundtrack of the ‘Normal People’ TV series, has already surpassed 1 million views. A self-driven artist and entrepreneur, his newly established JYellowL Records Ltd quickly landed a distribution deal with the international distribution company IDOL.
The lyricism JYellowL delivers cuts to the heart of issues that are at once deeply personal and urgent on a global scale, driving political change right now. With a degree in politics from UCD University in Dublin, he explores the social problems that both intrigue and disturb him, from international conflict to economic inequality, unafraid to tackle subjects like racism in his music early on. In 2020, as protests erupted across the world, he spoke to a crowd of thousands at a Black Lives Matter in Dublin, envisioning a future Ireland that is radically inclusive and anti-racist.
As far back as 2017, his track ‘Cold In The Summer’ addressed the international crisis of racial injustice and the legacy of slavery, while voicing a defiant demand for change. VICE Magazine profiled him as a leading voice of Irish rap in their 2017 Music Issue, “on the crest of a wave of young artists in Ireland with an increasingly political bent”.
It didn’t take long cutting his teeth in Dublin’s burgeoning rap scene to make his rise. By 2018, JyellowL had released his groundbreaking debut EP ‘Bulletproof’ and was supporting Rap superstar NELLY on a 3-date Irish tour that November, followed by a sold out Dublin show with ‘Money Trees’ hitmaker Jay Rock.
In 2019, his highly acclaimed ‘Me N Me 2’ EP followed, coming out at the same time as he took on a headline Irish tour, his first headline show in London, and performed a headline international concert at Steck Poppodium in The Netherlands.
Named as one of RTE’s 2FM Rising acts for 2019, he released two singles – the catchy ‘Ozone’ and hard hitting ‘Tek Time’, the latter of which featured on Spotify’s influential Who We Be playlist. Endorsements from Spotify solidified his position as one of Ireland’s most influential young artists, featuring on a plethora of editorial playlists.
JyellowL made his stamp on the Irish festival scene that summer with a series of knockout performances including Longitude, KnockanStockan, Body & Soul, Band On The Strand Festival, Red Bull Gaff Party, and an international headline slot at Delft Jazz Festival in Holland. He ended that summer on a high with a coveted headline slot at the ‘3 Made By Music Stage’ on the Saturday night of a sold-out Electric Picnic, one of the pinnacles of the Irish festival circuit.
This game-changing performance led to the next and most exciting part of 2019, with JyellowL’s single ‘Ozone’ selected to feature on the in-game soundtrack for the mammoth EA Sports FIFA 20. The curated playlist placed his track on the same level as hits by Anderson Paak, Major Lazer, Hot Chip and Skepta to name but a few. The success of 2019 peaked with a live performance and broadcast of ‘Ozone’ on Ireland’s biggest broadcast event of the year, RTÉ’s NYE party.
The new decade kicked off with JYellowL performing in the church at Other Voices Ballina, a unique space that artists travel to Ireland from around the world to perform.
His hard-hitting 2020 anthem ‘On The Estate’ released is another bold step forward in developing his sound while a string of wide-ranging collaborations have showcased the versatility of JYellowL’s sound and craftsmanship. He has worked with long-time collaborator Aaron Unknown on ‘Asylum’, American based wordsmith Mac Irv on ‘No Rivals’, as well as Irish RnB artist Aik J and Ari Noir on ‘Last Flight’ remix and ‘Alone’. He also made the soothing ballad ‘Blue Skies’ with electro pop duo Siights and a thumping club banger ‘shock Em’ with Irish hip hop artists Evan’s Junior and Jordan Adetunji.
With the release of his long awaited debut album ‘2020 D|vision’ JYellowL will embark on his busiest yet thrilling year yet.
Like the rest of the planet, when the members of Dublin band HAWKE that are Richard Power & Eoghan Mac Mahon found out that life was going to be different for quite a while – they didn’t know what to do with themselves. So they resolved to create their most experimental project to date. Faced with the reality of the evaporation of every live gig in the books, and with newfound time on their hands, they diverted their energy into creating a 5 track audio diary to record a living sonic memory of the strange times we inhabit.
The COVID Diary’s 5 tracks bring the listener on an auditory journey, featuring various voice notes received by the band from their friends, family & followers, carefully weaved through instrumentals that seek to capture the air of an unprecedented age, as well as the inclusion of two previously unreleased tracks (recorded with London/Italian based producers Marco Rinaldi & Antonio Esposito) that pushed their way to the fore by the apt nature of their relevance to the global pandemic.
Hailed as “the next big thing” and “ones to watch” by Irish rock legends Aslan, ‘HAWKE’ are a band formed in March 2019 behind the Guinness brewery in Dublin’s south inner city.
Combining their anthemic rock influences (Coldplay/The Verve) with contemporary sounds, lead singers Richard Power & Eoghan Mac Mahon offer a hopeful, anthemic flavour of indie pop.
After recording their first home demos in Richard’s bedroom, they sent the tracks to two London based producers and within days were recording their first releases in the famed Abbey road & Metropolis studios in London.
The first track from their London sessions ‘What About Love’, was subsequently chosen out of 500 other artists entries in a publicly announced competition to support Aslan in Dublin’s 6000 capacity Iveagh Gardens, and following in the footsteps of artists such as Gavin James and Damien Dempsey, they opened for Aslan on July 13th 2019.
Hawke made their debut UK performance at Hit the North festival in England’s North East in May 2019, alongside the likes of Tom Grennan and Jake Bugg. For this young Dublin band, the journey is just beginning.
The COVID Diary releases Friday 19th June 2020, and HAWKE’s next Dublin gig is October 17th 2020 at The Underground Venue.
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