Toddla T – Take It Back (Dillon Francis Remix)

One of the UK’s brightest talents Toddla T rolls into Dublin town for a show this Sunday in the POD on Harcourt Street.

Frequent readers will know only too well that I’m a massive fan of this guy. I’m still hooked on the thumping electronic dancehall strut of his 2009 debut Skanky Skanky. Somehow I’ve yet to catch him live, a trend that looks like continuing beyond Sunday night (Damn you Sundays!).

Anyway, it gives me the chance to share this crushing remix of his new single, ‘Take It Back’, from LA producer Dillon Franciswho’s own stock has been rising recently.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for his next and debut Ninja Tune album, Watch Me Dance, which will feature Roisin Murphy, Skream, Wayne Marshall and Ms Dynamite and others.

Toddla T plays the POD on Harcourt Street this Sunday, May 1st. Tickets €12/Doors 10.30.

Download: Toddla T – Take It Back (Dillon Francis Remix)

The Strokes – Angles

The Strokes returned with Angles last month following a lengthy hiatus. The album has received a mixed response from critics with many tending to tilt toward the negative. This is a brief attempt to redress the balance somewhat.

Much has been made of Casablancas taking a step back from dictatorial creative control. Previously he’d taken charge of nearly every aspect of the music, but, on this occasion songs from other members are featured. This odd collaboration process has born an album of scatter-shot diversity. Yet, somehow Angles sounds a lot like a first cousin of his solo album, 2009’s Phrazes For The Young. ‘You’re So Right’, ‘Games’ and ‘Two Kinds Of Happiness’ signal a shift towards a sound rooted in ’80s new wave/post-punk and could have slotted right in to his aforementioned solo record. They also sound boldly futuristic.

The signature spiky strokes lo-fi garage sound remains at the heart and soul of this record; ‘Taken For a Fool’, ‘Under Cover of Darkness’ and the clever twists of ‘Machu Picchu’ are exeptional. There are further stylistic departures with the drumless ‘Call Me Back’ and glam-esque ‘Gratisfaction’.

Burdened with so much expectation from 5 years away, their return isn’t so much a masterpiece than Angles showing us The Strokes are still very much part of the mix ten years on from Is This It. Angles isn’t perfect, its scattered, disjointed and experimental; call it what you will but it is a damn fine album.

Download: The Strokes – Under Cover of Darkness via Addict Music

The Strokes – Machu Picchu via smithblogsatalanta

New tracks from Conor Mason: ‘Words’ & ‘5AM’

Conor Mason is set to release Standstill, the follow-up to his 2009 debut When It’s Over, later this summer.

Mason, one of the shining lights at last years HWCH in Dublin, put on an exceptional show for a lucky crowd, affirming his position as one of my favourite artists in Ireland right now.

He is picking up where he left off with his debut, keeping the richness, warmth and wistfulness intact. Both ‘Words’ and ‘5AM’ see the intricate instrumentation and delicacy take centre stage once more as flowing melodies slide gracefully over a sea of soft velvet vocals.

It sounds as though he is eeking out more of that full-band sound especially on ‘Words’, just wait for the Coral-eque guitar solo to kick in. Things are certainly looking good for the album later in the summer, I for one, cannot wait.

Conor Mason – Words

Conor Mason – 5AM

Video: Not Squares – Yeah!

Belfast trio Not Squares have just dropped a video for new single ‘Yeah!’. 

‘Yeah!’ encapsulates all the very best of their throbbing experimental electro/rock which made their stunning debut Oh Yeah, one of last years best albums. These guys deserve to make a big splash this year, here’s hoping this is only the beginning of a 2011 to remember.

This superb video was created by Bright Stem. Stream the full album, Oh Yeah here.

Death In Vegas – Enforced Peace

Wow! I must admit I’d almost forgotten about Death In Vegas, it’s been a while.

‘Enforced Peace’ marks a very interesting return from the band who will release a new album called Trans-Love Energies in September. It is a far cry from the live-band sound they perfected on The Contino Sessions or Scorpio Rising, rather, it is sounding very similar to earlier material on Dead Elvis.

It is good to have ’em back. Give it a spin below or grab a download at their site.

Death In Vegas – Enforced Peace

Death In Vegas – Scorpio Rising via brOdy

Win tickets to see Sweet Jane in Crawdaddy this Thursday

This Thursday sees the 4th instalment of Future Bright take place in Dublin’s Crawdaddy.

Independent Irish record label Reekus Records take over the reigns for the latest installment of Pod and Heineken Music’s Future Bright, bringing Sweet JaneSaccade and The Syndicate to the stage.

Dublin’s Sweet Jane return to domestic duties fresh from wooing crowds with their psychedelic rock‘n’roll at SXSW. I caught Sweet Jane’s slot at Oxegen last year and it was rockin’, very enjoyable. It should be a great night, 3 acts for €5 is a winner.

Anyway, we have kindly been given a pair of tickets to giveaway. To be in with a chance to win simply email with the subject ‘Future Bright’ before Wednesday noon and a winner will be drawn at random.

Pod and Heineken Music’s Future Bright w/ Sweet Jane, Saccade and The Syndicate this Thursday April 28th in Crawdaddy. Tickets €5/Doors 7.30pm.

Sweet Jane – Bleed

Sweet Jane – Close Your Eyes

Graham Coxon, Paloma Faith & Bill Ryder-Jones – Desire

Get this. Converse pulled together awesome trio of Graham Coxon (Blur), Bill Ryder-Jones (Formerly The Coral) and Paloma Faith to create ‘Desire’.

It does seem a bit random, a shoe company bringing together exclusive music collaborations but, it is the latest of a series which has previously seen collaborations from Vampire Weekend, Kid Cudi & Best Coast, Bernard Sumner, Hot Chip and Hot City and Santigold, Pharrell and Julian Casablancas.

It doesn’t really matter about the who, what and why, this works so, so well. Ms. Faith’s soaring vocals are impeccable, especially against the backdrop of two of the most talented guitarists of their generation rockin’ out together. Thank you, Converse.

Watch the video or grab the track for keeps below.

Download: Graham Coxon, Paloma Faith & Bill Ryder-Jones – Desire