‘Why Are We Waiting’ is the new powerhouse single from Stephanie Rainey in collaboration with John Gibbons out 11th September. A hard-hitting slice of contemporary pop-dance, co-written by Kilkenny native Robert Grace, the track sees one of Ireland’s most exciting female artists team up with the country’s biggest mainstream dance export to deliver a powerful and at times poignant message for a world under-going rapid and wholesale change.
Giving her thoughts on the track, Stephanie says, “I began writing ‘Why Are We Waiting’ with Robert at the end of last year. It immediately felt like a track that would really come alive as a collaboration with a dance producer and the first person that came to my mind was John. I’d been a fan of John for a while and I felt a song like this might really suit him so I got in touch. Instantly we were both on board, there was a huge sense of excitement about the track and he’s brought so much to the table.
The song was written before anyone knew what a crazy year 2020 would be. It’s insane how the lyrics have become so relevant. At the time of writing, I realised that I’d sort of stopped living for a while. I was stressed out, worrying about things I couldn’t control and I’d put my life on hold for reasons I shouldn’t have. Writing ‘Why Are We Waiting’ was kind of my realisation – life is short, you’re wasting it. So, I dusted myself off and started to get back on my feet. Being in 2020, I regret not doing more when I could. Time and freedom are so precious. I can’t wait to come out the other side of all this chaos and take my own advice and I hope people feel a similar way when they hear this track.”
John continues, “With Stephanie and Robert already being two of my favourite fellow artists, when I first heard the ‘Why Are We Waiting’ demo I was struck hard by the power of the song. It felt, on the surface, like the encapsulation of a moment of clarity for someone who had been held back from committing to the life they really want through a combination of procrastination, self-sabotage and the fear of disapproval from those around them. On a deeper level, given current world events, the song can also be heard as a metaphorical, positive call to action for manifesting a fruitful life in the midst of societal turmoil and a disenfranchised world. It was such a pleasure working with Stephanie on this and to write around such a powerful vocal whilst collaborating with such a talented artist is so fun, easy and wholly fulfilling. I hope you love it as much as we do!”
‘Why Are We Waiting’ is released on BLINDSIDED on Friday, 11th September 2020.
Jim McHugh releases new video for his single ‘Should Have Lied’.
About the video Jim says, “The video was shot in Blackmountain Studios Co. Louth after we finished up 2 days of recording for the new album and encapsulates the great camaraderie and laid back feel to the session. The intro includes the beautiful setting of the studio in the Cooley mountains overlooking Dundalk bay. It was filmed by Brendan McElroy and includes the contributors to Should Have Lied single, Jim on lead vocal/guitar, Butch McNeill on Drums, Paul McCabe on bass and Alex Borwich producer.”
Jim is looking forward to releasing the full album in 2021.
Following 9 No.1 Irish single in a row, Tipperary Musical comedians, The 2 Johnnies drop yet another banging tune today, Monday 7 September, ‘Shift 2020’ feat. Randy Marx.
John O’Brien and Jonathon Mc Mahon aka The 2 Johnnies are a cultural phenomenon, popularly recognised from Ireland’s biggest comedy podcast, not to mention sold-out tours of Ireland, Australia and the USA. Fans and fanatics will agree that this new single is just the track to end the summer that never was.
Written as a 90’s hip hop throw-back to teenage discos, first shifts and way too much brill cream.
The 2 Johnnies form Tipperary featuring Randy Marx (L.A.) ask you to roll the windows down, turn the music up and just shift.
‘Shift 2020’ is LIVE and streaming today, Monday September 7.
Cormac O Caoimh and Martin Leahy will be finally doing the official launch of ‘Swim Crawl Walk Run’ in the Kino on September 25th.
The first gig (doors 7.30pm) has sold out so a second show has been added (doors 9.50pm).
Tickets can be purchased here: https://uticket.ie/event/cormac-o-caoimh-martin-leahy-kino
Cormac released his new album (his fifth studio album in recent years) on May 15th 2020. The first 4 singles ‘I’m In Need’, ‘When My Kids Grow Too Old To Hold Hands’ and ‘Swim Crawl Walk Run Ride Drive Fly’ and ‘Building My Ark’ all were playlisted by RTE Radio 1. The album was Album of the the Week on RTE Radio 1, Lyric FM, KCLR FM, BBC Radio Ulster, 8Radio, Le Village Pop and PlayIRISH. Listenership in Ireland has reached over 3 million and all songs (bar one) on the album have received airplay. It was also the 8th best selling album of the first six months of 2020.
Burner Records rapper FYNCH returns with new track ‘Big Man’, with a feature from fellow Burner Records founder Local Boy.
‘Big Man’ is FYNCH’s first release since his debut EP ‘Bookies Pens & Loose Ends’ in October 2019. The track, produced by Danish artist Mikkel Boelt, contains a Kaytranada-esque instrumental, with foreboding lyrics about the dangers of toxic masculinity and its implications.
On the track, the Drimnagh rapper remarked that the track is, “an exploration of traits he’s seen in himself and in others around him.”
“Those characteristics aren’t easy to shake off. Whether it’s conscious or not, there’s still that ‘be a man’ inference when it comes to men showing vulnerability.
The chorus, beautifully sung by Local Boy, is a reminder that you don’t have to act in that manner forever – you can change, you don’t have to uphold that toxicity.
You just need to be honest with yourself, certainly I know myself that I haven’t rid myself of the worst aspects of ‘manliness’. I’m a work in progress, that end goal is to just be a better person.“
‘Big Man’ is the first single FYNCH will release from an upcoming project, which promises to be chock full of reflections on a quarter century of life.
FYNCH and Local Boy are set to play Ireland Music Week on October 6-9. Local Boy will play a headline show at the Workman’s Club on November 13.
‘BIG MAN’ WILL BE AVAILABLE ON ALL STREAMING SERVICES FROM 12AM ON SEPTEMBER 11.
Singer/songwriter Carrie Haskins releases her single ‘The Lullaby’, about her son, on 11th September. Produced by Nashville producer Thomm Jutz.
‘The Lullaby’ was written by Carrie Haskins and guitarist Paul Costello.
The idea and song came about shortly after Carrie gave birth to her little boy Harry in 2017. Now aged 2, Carrie describes the unconditional that love she feels for her son and how being a mother is the most protective job in the world.
“All you want to do is care for them, make sure they are safe and give them as much love as you possibly can.”
Becoming a new mother brought on different emotions and feelings that Carrie described she never felt before.
“It’s as if you have never loved or experienced love for anyone so much in your entire life.”
She continues to describe,
“’The Lullaby’ is more than the title suggests. It’s about the love that a parent experiences and feels for their child, and I wanted to include and involve as many parents as I could in the song by inviting them to have their little ones be apart of the music video.”
‘The Lullaby’ describes the different stages of parenthood, the early years when you cradle your child to sleep, to the adventures and learning they face when they start to walk and explore the world.
‘’It is a lullaby of love and song of protection and one that I think all parents and family members can relate to. It is the most honest and truest song I have ever written and one that means so much to me.”
The song was composed in Carries’ car while herself and guitarist Paul headed down to a studio session they were booked into.
“Paul and I don’t see each other very often as we live in separate counties. We were asked to record a demo in a new up and coming studio in Waterford. As we didn’t have time to meet up beforehand, we spent the hour and half of the drive writing this song. While Paul played guitar in the back seat, I sang lyrics and melodies and tried to do voice recordings. By the time we reached our destination, we had the whole song written. It was probably the fastest song we had ever written together. The words just flowed out as did the melody.”
Carrie is a big lover of American county music and her songs have always shown a hint of that style through her instrumentation and writing. This time, she wanted more than the sound she had already had on her last two albums.
“We recorded ‘The Lullaby here in Ireland in Dublin as we did all our other tracks. The musicians and producers here are extremely talented and excellent players. Once the song was done, I just couldn’t put my finger on what was missing.”
After hearing one of her other friend’s new tracks that had come back from Nashville, she knew what was she missing.
“I just knew I had to get that true Nashville Sound on this track to really bring it to life.”
The second time around, Carrie sent her raw vocals and guitar over to Thomas Jutz in Nashville Tennessee. Jutz has produced for artists such as Nanci Griffith, Otis Gibbs, and Jason Ringenberg. The pair immediately began working on the instrumentation of the track and what elements they wanted to capture.
“Thomm just knew right away what was needed to make this track sound like it had come straight out of Tennessee. He has a great ear and brilliant session musicians around him. He was able to capture in just a few weeks what I had been wanting the track to sound like since we wrote it.”
With Thomm’s backing vocals and beautiful elegant melodic riffs heard by acoustic and dobro guitar, the song makes for a pleasant and ear tingling listening experience that will warm you up with feelings of love and joy.
The track is being released on the 11th of September in all major streaming sites through CD Baby along with the debut music video that can be viewed on any of the social media links below.
2020 has seen the return of Irish indie-icons Power of Dreams with the release of their first music in over two decades. The band’s double-A side release ‘America / Across the Shannon’ was welcomed by both old and new fans while hitting the airwaves across their native Ireland, the UK and further afield.
It was a timely reminder of the enduring reputation of Power of Dreams; a band whose first album, ‘Immigrants, Emigrants and Me’ has been held up as a classic Irish debut release and enjoyed huge international success.
Despite heading in different musical directions, the band returned over the years for the occasional live show and felt in 2020 it was time to return to the studio and record an album titled ‘Aüslander’ that frontman Craig Walker sees as the accompanying piece to their critically acclaimed debut.
The new track from ‘Ausländer’, ‘Hurricane’, out 25th September, sees Craig Walker and Co provide an indie-pop master class – as the synths, keys and bouncing bassline propel the song on an almost parallel track to lyrics that speak of some of the frustrations inherent in a tumultuous relationship. This dichotomy will be recognisable to fans of Power of Dreams over the years as Walker’s lyrics often speak of the struggle between heart and mind.
“The band has been really bowled over by the response to the new music,” says Walker, “and it has really warmed our hearts. It’s been a pleasure working with Ian Olney and Keith Walker again on this record and has reminded me of what great players they both are. As soon as we play together it sounds like a band. The same goes for producer Erik Alcock and also Ali Staton. We have been busily putting the finishing touches to the new album and we feel that ‘Hurricane’ is a good indicator of what’s to come.”
‘Hurricane’ is the latest single taken from ‘Ausländer’ which is due out later this Autumn ahead of a special 30th anniversary commemorative issue of ‘Immigrants, Emigrants and Me’.
Following the success of his last single release ‘Ballena Bar’ which has gathered over 300k on Spotify, with a feature on Spotify Editorial prestigious playlist ‘Jazz Vibes’. Nicolas Kluzek returns with ‘Palma’.
“Nicolas Kluzek is a true globetrotter, who grew up in France and currently lives in Dublin, but is at home in the world and draws inspiration for his music from diverse places. He has dedicated his new song to the Spanish city of Palma De Mallorca, which is more than a mass tourism and party city. The soulful song celebrates this beautiful town with flowing and haunting sounds and his anthemic trumpets.” Malene Steffens.
‘Palma’ by Nicolas Kluzek is available across all digital platforms now.
The Riptide Movement have just dropped the brand new video for their latest single ‘Fall A Little More In Love’, out now.
This new video for ‘Fall A Little More In Love’ is beautifully captured and makes for an intriguing watch, it’s romantic, it’s edgy, it’s endearing and it really brings the song’s lyrical narrative and infectious, feel good vibes to life. Made by the band’s multi-talented songwriter and frontman Malachy Tuohy, who has directed and edited the band’s recent content, including the brilliant ‘All I Ever Wanted’ and ‘Something Special’ videos.
Dublin four-piece The Riptide Movement are back with their eagerly anticipated new single “Fall A Little More In Love”. Co-produced in Attica Studios with Tommy McLoughlin (Villagers, SOAK), their new track is an indie pop anthem with great lyrics, that conjure up some wonderfully evocative images of Ford Fiestas, kitchen parties and flats above Turkish barbers, the song is a memorial to enduring love, it’s infectious, it’s upbeat and a real feel good jam.
The Riptide Movement’s music has taken them all over the world from Main Stage at Electric Picnic to Glastonbury and Benicàssim. Their extensive recent ‘Something Special’ tour included a blistering headline performance at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. From busking on their native Grafton street to playing with the BBC Orchestra, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones, music has taken the band from Lucan to India, America, Russia, Australia and everywhere in between.
With six critically-acclaimed studio records to their name – most notably The RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominated, Gold selling, Number 1 Album ‘Getting Through’ – The Riptide Movement are renowned for their energetic, memorable live shows and soaring, guitar driven anthems, like ‘All Works Out’, ‘You & I’, ‘Elephant In The Room’, ‘Changeling’ and ‘Something Special’. They also released an environmentally conscious web series called “Plastic Oceans” in 2018.
‘Fall A Little More In Love’ the brand new single from The Riptide Movement, is available on all streaming platforms and digital formats now.
Influential Dublin-based producer and artist Chris Kabs releases his first single from his long-anticipated Album titled ‘Therapy’. As a producer Chris has accomplished major success such as producing JyellowL’s single ‘Ozone’ which appeared on the Fifa 20 soundtrack, he has also produced for the likes of current X Factor star Sia Babez and well known Irish group Tebi Rex. As an artist, Chris has described himself as ‘experimental’ as he takes inspiration from the likes of Wyclef Jean, Labrinth and even Drake. His debut album experiments with a unique combination of styles of Pop-R&B, Hip hop, Afro-pop and Afrobeat.
‘Fly Away’ is the first single to be released from the album which was produced, mixed and mastered by Chris himself. The soul song is uplifting and encouraging as it urges the listener to be confident and open the window and let all their worries ‘fly away’. It is a positive message portraying a message of no matter how bad the day before was, today is a new day.
Kab’s dynamic, multifaceted style of music can be accredited to having spent time living in many countries such as France and The Ivory Coast; he speaks English, Swedish, French and Lingala and has written music in three of the four languages. Having grown up performing in the church, elements of Chris’ gospel background are evident from his inspiring and positive lyrical content paired with uplifting and radiant sounds really giving a summer feeling to the 11 tracks. Kabs explains “I want to put whatever I am going through into my music so that my fans can share in the different emotions that I go through. A lot of the music on the album is about spreading positivity and is overall uplifting the listener.” as he explains through his ‘Fly Away’ lyrics; ‘we live day by day, don’t let the future stress you out. Open your window now and let your worries fly away’. His music is an expression of his life experiences, Kabs explains “I was married and had a big wedding and walked away the day after. Parts of this album are based around the experience that can lead to that type of action.”
With many of his production credits doing well outside of Ireland, Kabs is now gaining attention from rubbing shoulders with international artists such as Khalid and Post Malone. He was scheduled to support international rap star Coolio in April which was unfortunately cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.