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ZAPHO – DO LIKE I DO (Official Video)

ZAPHO released her debut single ‘Do Like I Do’ on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Apple, Deezer, etc. through Distrokid. From Rathfarnham, Dublin, 25-year-old singer, songwriter, musician, producer and performer ZAPHO (aka Ele Breslin) writes the kind of smart, svelte electro-pop/soul songs that arrive only from an intuitive understanding of the form.

Do Like I Do was a long time in the making. Written and produced by ZAPHO, with varying inputs from various producers, Steve McCann, Andy Savours and Steve Osbourne, this single is truly the product of creative collaboration. Reefing Pop by its neck collar, ZAPHO’s debut single is set to turn our senses on their toes, reminding us of what we love about Pop as a genre, while unsettling our expectations of what it should be. Like ZAPHO herself, Do Like I Do, is a standalone piece, but in the same breath the song is a resounding shout-out to that feeling of doing whatever we want to do, whenever we want to do it while owning the confidence of knowing you’re great at what you do. Do Like I Do, was mixed by James Darkin of Dublin’s Herbert Lane Studio and mastered by Pete Maher.

Danny G & the Major 7ths // Say When feat. Osmojam (Official Video)

Say When is a love song: an apology to a partner for not paying her enough attention, for not listening. Danny G takes the first verse, full of promise and remorse. The female part of the duet is sung by French artist Osmojam who asks for action, not apologies.

On a wider social level, we heard echoes of these feelings in the Repeal movement.

The Republic of Ireland was not listening to its women, and the historic referendum result in May 2018 was experienced by many as an acknowledgement of the pain caused, an apology, and a promise to do better.

Both this movement and the activists involved gave us hope for the future – that our daughters could be raised in a fairer, more just society. There is still much work to be done. I hope this video serves as a small but fitting tribute to everyone involved with the cause, and a celebration of their momentous success.

Alice Robinson – Rise

Having already charmed crowds at a number of Irish festivals including Carrickmacross Arts Festival and Gothic Species Festival, Louth-based artist Alice Robinson is now ready to share her spellbinding debut single.

Exploring the theme of inequality in modern society, ‘Rise’ oozes an overwhelming, stirring emotion.

 Flowing with twinkling hooks and Robinson’s soaring, cinematic vocals, it’s driven by a subtle, haunting power and grandiose ethereal aura.

 Bringing to mind the beguiling musicality of the likes of Tori Amos or PJ Harvey, ‘Rise’ is an epic, and truly immersive, debut from the Irish songwriter. (Get in Her Ears, 2018)

Hope – Conor Ward

The video was shot by the award winning Crude Media in conjunction with Limerick Suicide Watch to raise awareness for mental health and those suffering in silence. To coincide with the release of the song and video, Ward will play three headline shows (Whelan’s, Dolan’s and Garbo’s) in October with all the proceeds going to Pieta House and Limerick Suicide Watch. They are gigs that Conor is very much looking to after he has been busy gigging the length and breadth of Ireland along with being offered support slots for Hermitage Green, The Stunning as well headlining a show of his own in the iconic Whelan’s.

His new single, “Hope”, deals with themes of mental health, anxiety and depression. However, the ultimate message of the song is one of finding hope. Recorded and produced by the excellent Dave Skelton, the result is a poignant yet infectiously catchy indie pop song. Speaking about the release Conor remarked the importance of it to him personally saying, “I feel when I’m writing, if I’m passionate about the topic, the material flows naturally. At the core of the song is a hope for open dialogue about mental health and breaking the stigma associated with it. The ultimate message is one of hope“.

Bad Blood – Join Me In The Pines

Plastic Oceans (Official Video)

The Riptide Movement come through with the new hard-hitting video for their environmentally focused “Plastic Oceans”. Recorded in London with producer Chris Coady (Future Islands, Slowdive) there’s a firm backbone of the kind of slow-burning, melodic indie rock that has seen the act build a substantial following in their native Ireland.

This summer sees the band continue with a heavy touring schedule with a series of gigs and festival appearances in coastal areas, using the track to spread the serious environmental message that our beaches, coastlines, rivers, cities and towns need to be kept litter and plastic free if society is to help prevent our oceans from becoming even more polluted by plastic waste.

The concept for the new video is the brainchild of The Riptide Movement’s frontman Malachy Tuohy. Featuring beautifully powerful choreography from London-based dance company Edifice Dance Theatre, and dancers Carmine De Amicis and Harriet Waghorn, the new video for ‘Plastic Oceans’ is a visually compelling expression of the need for change in the way we produce, consume, and dispose of the inexplicable amounts of plastic globally on a daily basis.

Speaking on the track, lead singer Mal Tuohy states: “We’re honoured that our music will help raise awareness of one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Our reliance on single use plastics is destroying our oceans, so well highlighted by David Attenborough in Blue Planet 2. As the saying goes, ‘there are plenty more fish in the sea’ but if we can’t stem the tide of plastic, by 2050 there’ll be more plastic than fish in our oceans. The future is in our hands.”

Pushin’ and Shovin’ – Billow Wood (official video)

Special thanks to:
Director and Videographer: Ciaran O’Donnell at NothinToFancy Productions
Dancers: Danceworld AnotherLevel
Locations: Ballina Arts Centre and Leisureland Casino, Enniscrone Beach
Music Producer: Martin Quinn at JAM Studios

‘She Saves’ – Cronin

Having just returned from well received festival appearances in The Netherlands and the UK, Cronin have a Summer run of Irish gigs to tie in with the release of the video for “She Saves”, which Irish Music Bible Hot Press have called “An invigorating mix of Nick Cave, the Bunnymen and just about every classic British guitar band you care to name.” 

The midlands quartet play the following dates…

Weds 25th July – Crane Lane, Cork
Thurs 26th July – East Side Tavern, Dublin 

Weds 1st Aug – Canton Casey’s Accoustic Festival, Mullingar
Sat 11th Aug – Mike the Pies, Listowel, Co Kery
Sun 12th Aug – McLoughlins of Mulranny, Co Mayo
Sat 18th Aug – Monroe’s Galway
Sun 19th Aug – The Marquee in Drumlish Festival, Co Longford

Fri 24th Aug – The Chambers Mullingar 
Sun 26th Aug – Oakfest Festival, Co Donegal
Sun 2nd Sept – Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois

 

KUDOS – Wait In Line

Frankenstein Bolts – Land & Water (live from the studio)