A few weeks back I attempted to do Django Django‘s marvelous debut LP the justice it so desperately deserves.
One thing which I neglected to mention was how remixable so many of the songs sound. On that note, here is Adrian Sherwood’s dub rerub of ‘Skies Over Cairo’. Retaining the undeniable groove, he has fleshed out the middle eastern allusions, introduced a splash of dub beats and effects to produce a marvelous piece of music in it’s own right!
‘Skies Over Cairo (Adrian Sherwood On U Sound Dub)’ is taken from the Storm 7″ vinyl, out now. Listen to it below.
Since first coming to prominence just over a year ago, Cork producer REID, has been one of the brightest talents to emerge from an impressive and vibrant Irish electronic scene.
REID’s latest track ‘Miami’ continues this trend, showcasing his distinctive style fantastically well. ‘Miami’ washes over you, inducing an atmospheric dreamlike state before a rising blend of murmuring and tropical beats take hold. According to the man himself, this is the last original track until his next EP is finished.
Simian Mobile Disco are releasing their brand new album Unpatterns on May 14th via Wichita Recordings.
The duo have unveiled the video for their latest single, ‘Put Your Hands Together’. Taken from the forthcoming third record, it is seven minutes of mesmerizing and gently hypnotic electronic sounds. I really liked SMD’s last effort Temporary Pleasure so let’s hope the the quality of the third album is on a par with it.
Check the track & video below, it is directed and animated by Hans Lo for ISO studios.
The ever impressive Dublin punk three-piece Ginola have returned with a brand new EP, Way Harsh.
The EP is another highly charged hardcore punk affair, what this trio do best and they know what they’re doing. Barely stretching to 10 minutes they waste absolutely no time in battering your consciousness with a barrage of unadulterated noise. As bizarre as it might sound, Ginola have managed to eek out even more noise and a harsher sound than before.
Check out the video for ’14 Hormonal Years’ too, a strange juxtaposition between a nice day out at the zoo and their destructive sound. You can download Way Harsh from Quarter Inch Collective here (name your price).
After a series of self-released records and shows across England and Scotland, Miaoux Miaoux has finally announced the release of his debut album, Light of the North, due on June 11th.
The 26-year-old Glasgow based producer makes hugely impressive spacey electronica with indie leanings. Fluid and uplifting, these sounds evoke moods a million miles from dreary rain soaked city of its birth. ‘Aut0pilot’ is a taste of things to come and it continues this trend, a beautiful composition of tranquility and beaming brightness.
This guys’ got a whole groove of his own, his debut album can’t come quick enough. Light of the North is out June 11th via Chemikal Underground.
Cloud Nothings released one of the albums of the year so far, the must-listen Attack On Memory.
Taken from said album, ‘Stay Useless’ is a short, sharp blast scuzzy post-punk indie. It is released with this surreal animated video to coincided with their massive tour across Europe. Unfortunately there’s no Irish date but maybe that will change, I certainly hope so.
So, it’s gig #5 for ‘BarryGruff’ Presents’. This Thursday (April 26th) we’ve got The North Sea & Death In The Sickroom, entry is FREE as always and judging by the previous gigs, this is going to be a great night!
Dublin 5 piece The North Sea made quite an impression over the past 12 months which has seen them playing shows across Ireland and the UK including Indiependence, Knockanstockan, Whelan’s One To Watch and supporting Whipping Boy. They are currently prepping the release of their brand new EP and having already witnessed comparisons to The Wedding Present, The Stone Roses and The Smiths.
Accompanying them on the bill are fellow Dubliners Death In The Sickroom, whose own happy-go-lucky jingle-jangle indie-pop is worthy of huge praise too.
Over the past few months we have been lucky to witness some or Ireland brightest emerging musical talents and this will be no different. The show takes place in Flanagan’s, Newbridge on Thursday, April 26th and kicks off at 8.30pm. More info & Facebook event here.
Limnetic Villains, the musical guise of Kildare based musician Vincent Lillis, is probably the most prolific artist I’ve encountered in some time (seriously, this guy turns out a huge amount of quality music at a mere whim, nor does he doesn’t sacrifice quantity for quality either).
In keeping with his fecund tendencies he has kindly produced a special one off track for the readers of BarryGruff with Record Store Day tomorrow. ‘Shut The Door (An Unintelligible Yarn)’ sees him continue to embrace his predilection for darkly shady electronics and burning guitars filtered through an eerily murky mix of psychedelic rock and krautrock influences. Similarities with Primal Scream, Death In Vegas or David Holmes are hard to avoid but hardly a bad thing, are they?
Limnetic Villains also released an excellent 20 track free album (yes, 20 track) entitled Depleted earlier in the year, from which there are also two cuts below. You can download Depleted for FREE from here.
Skip Cloud (formerly Skp) is a chiptune artist from Belfast who makes music using Nintendo Gameboys. Although he’s been making some fine 8-bit electro beats for a few years now, Clouds is his first ‘proper’ release.
There is something wholly seductive about these 8-bit sounds of Clouds. It is more than a nostalgia buzz or a mere novelty, Skip Cloud has produced an aural feast of beats from the downtempo ‘157 Miles’ to the high energy ‘Warrior’, ‘Houston’ and ‘Wavehunter’. I might be biased. After all, I’m a bit of a sucker for this 8-bit sound, most likely down to wasting away my younger days playing computer games. That said, it is a thoroughly enjoyable, fun and engaging listen.
You can pick up the excellent Clouds EP for a co0l £3 from bandcamp.
As it has been well publised elsewhere, Record Store Day takes place this Saturday, April 21st. It is a day when people celebrate and support their local independent record store, as stores across the globe reciprocate the feeling by hosting live music, offers, exclusive and limited edition releases for the day.
This year ‘Record Store Day’ is coming to Newbridge for the first time. It’s taking place in Top Twenty from 2pm and I’m delighted to be involved in helping host a special set of live in-store performances from Captain Moonlight, Sive, Appo, Sea Area Forecast, Substance and Paul McCormack. As well as great live performances, to celebrate Record Store Day and 25 years in business, the guys in Top Twenty will be offering 10% off all stock (excluding tickets) for one day only.
There’s plenty happening elsewhere too, so if you’re not in the area you should check out what’s happening in your local store and pop by, listen to some music and maybe buy a record. More info & Facebook event page.
The Urges are returning with double A-side ‘Fire Burning / I’ve Been Here Before’. It is released this Saturday, April 21st, which of course is Record Store Day.
These guys really excited when they first arrived on my radar with ‘Around and (Around again)’ and later with their debut album Psych Ward. The Urges were never a band concerned with cool current trends, they made no bones about their affinity for 1960s garage/psychedelic music. This is something that continues to resonate with both new tracks. ‘Fire Burning’ and ‘I’ve Been Here Before’ remain swathed in ’60s sounds, yet there is a little less inclination to tumble into frenetic psychedelic freakouts. Instead, preferring to embrace the softer subtleties of the genre, including the wonderfully addition of horns create a wholly smoother, soulful upbeat vibe.
This is their interpretation of a genre and era they know and love, what makes them stand out is (as before), it is executed with love and expert precession. It’s great to see them releasing new material and with an album apparently coming later in the year, things might just get even better.
Fire Burning / I’ve Been Here Before is out April 21st, on 7″/CD & there’s a launch party on Saturday May 5th in Sweeneys, Dame St.