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Aaron Cunningham

Deputy editor. A latecomer to Northern Irish music, I've been making up for it for most of my twenties.

Arvo Party

Stream: Arvo Party – God in the Window

Surely in the running for 2020’s most prolific artist, Northern Ireland’s own Arvo Party can’t stop releasing new music. The electronic producer known otherwise as Herb Magee released the incredible Love Above All back in March, then made full use…

September 9, 2020

Pillow Queens

Best of Irish – August

Every month we’ll be rounding up some of the best new tracks from north and south in our best of Irish feature. With so much incredible new Irish music every month, there’s a lot to keep up with. Here are…

September 3, 2020

Vivid Dreamer

Track by Track: Vivid Dreamer

A few months back, two of Northern Ireland’s finest producers in Ryan McGroarty and Start Together’s Rocky O’Reilly announced a surprise project and album under the name Vivid Dreamer. Written, recorded and even released in a short space of time,…

August 20, 2020

Dutch Schultz

Watch: Dutch Schultz – Start Me

Belfast’s Dutch Schultz reappeared after a long absence seemingly out of nowhere with new single ‘Brutus’ in June. Gratefully received, they followed it with another in ‘Start Me‘. A band with a live show to boast about and fans in…

August 17, 2020

Dea Matrona

Influences Mixtape: Dea Matrona

Three-piece Dea Matrona wear their classic rock influences on their often 70s inspired sleeves. The band have won themselves admirers in Northern Ireland and much further afield since their inception in 2018. Incredibly talented players, their music has taken them…

August 9, 2020

Kyoto Love Hotel - Photo by Orla Kinane

Watch: Kyoto Love Hotel – Machine

Based between Belfast and Cork, Joe Geaney and Laura Sheary otherwise known as Kyoto Love Hotel have added to their slow growing collection of electronic pop with latest single ‘Machine‘, accompanied by a stunning new video. The slow building ‘Machine’…

August 6, 2020

joshua burnside

Best of Irish – July

Every month we’ll be rounding up some of the best new tracks from north and south in our best of Irish feature. With so much incredible new Irish music every month, there’s a lot to keep up with. Here are…

July 29, 2020

leo miyagee

Influences Mixtape: Leo Miyagee

The number of names putting out rap and hip hop music in Ireland has been growing and growing. The talents of African made, London raised, Belfast rapped Leo Miyagee has pushed him towards the forefront of this emerging corner of…

July 23, 2020

northern ireland music prize 2020

Deadline for NI Music Prize submissions approaching

With such a difficult year for the music industry, it’s comforting to see signs of life. The NI Music Prize returning again this year is one such comfort. Now in its eighth year, the awards are accepting submissions for singles…

July 21, 2020

Gemma Bradley

Stream: Gemma Bradley – Obsessed

It’s been a while since we’ve heard new music from pop singer-songwriter turned radio presenter Gemma Bradley. Earlier this month she featured on a fantastic new track from young Dublin rapper Malaki, adding her smooth vocals to ‘You Told Me‘….

July 16, 2020

Ciaran Lavery

Ciaran Lavery – Plz Stay, bb

In November 2018, the Northern Ireland Music Prize had relocated to the Ulster Hall and as always featured performances from a range of artists, including a former winner in Ciaran Lavery. The Aghagallon songwriter, who had released his third album…

July 15, 2020

Gender disparity data report

Gender disparity in Irish radio

Last month the first stage of a report into gender disparity on Irish radio was published, a damning reflection on the state of play amongst Irish radio stations. The report, prepared by Linda Coogan Byrne sought to shine a light…

July 13, 2020

Bangers n mash ups

Charity covers collection leads today’s Bandcamp day releases

The now monthly Bandcamp Day, where the music site waives their own fees to the benefit of artists has led to all sorts of interesting releases throughout the lockdown period, from charity compilations, off-kilter merch, home demos and new albums,…

July 3, 2020

Kelan Galligan

Premiere: Kelan Galligan – Just Like Me

Softly voiced songwriter Kelan Galligan may just be a fan of that gold-tinted classic folk, drawn to the finger-picked sounds of Dylan and Young. Attending to his gently growing collection of singles, it’s easy to make the connection. Now the…

June 25, 2020

Sugarwolf Band Photo by Y Control Photography

Influences Mixtape: Sugarwolf

Formed out of the ashes of Making Monsters, Sugarwolf have become one of the hottest bands out of Derry. The change happened in 2018 and they quickly showed their capabilities, with dynamic and full throttle live shows. Three singles have…

June 16, 2020