Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Lauren Ann - Blatant (single)

Northern Ireland alt indie-pop artist Lauren Ann, who signed with label Faction Records the same day she left school. Having built a following with songs she released herself while still in school, Lauren Ann began working with producer Declan Legge (Jealous of the Birds, Ciaran Lavery), who helped shape her raw songwriting talent into fully realised productions. By the summer of 2021, music was clearly Lauren Ann’s destiny and she put plans to study law on pause and signed to Dublin label Faction (James Vincent McMorrow, All Tvvins, Sorcha Richardson).

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Nicolaas Walle And Friends - This Is Me Telling You (single)

Nicolaas Walle & Friends is a project led by Irish-Dutch multi-instrumentalist Nicolaas Walle. It is inspired in concept by projects such as the Alan Parsons Project. He produces, mixes and masters. And he invites artists to collaborate and contribute lyrics and vocal performances. The project’s intent is to let as many shine as possible, and to create strange new blends of sound through the power of collaboration.  The Irish-Dutch multi-instrumentalist is set to launch his new album, featuring guest performances from a variety of talented young Irish artists. ‘This Is Me Telling You’ is the first single from the project, starring Ciara Adamson. "My mom is Irish. She’s from Glasnevin. My dad is Dutch. They got me a guitar when I was 10.” Nicolaas Walle’s conversational style is direct and to-the-point, like his songcraft.

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Acko – St. Dominic’s Disappearance

Acko releases his debut solo album, ten years in the making, this February on the Felaheen label. The 54-year-old singer-songwriter is the former frontman with Dublin-based pop-punk quartet Grasshopper, who released a slew of singles on the Liquid label back in the mid 90s. A veteran of the Grafton Street busking mafia that also included members of The Frames, Kíla, The Mary Janes and The Pale, Acko has also produced albums for Steven O’Brien (Decency Week) and co-wrote and produced two critically acclaimed albums with Peter Murphy (aka Cursed Murphy) as the Revelator Orchestra. Tallaght-born, he has boomeranged between Wexford and Dublin over the past half-century. St Dominic’s Disappearance comprises eleven songs featuring long-time friends and collaborators Miriam Ingram, ex-Mary Jane Simon Good, Shane Wearen (The Pale) and violinist Colm Mac Con Iomaire.

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Seán McComish - Fade Away (single)

Seán McComish is a pop artist and songwriter from Fethard-On-Sea, Wexford, Ireland. Inspired as a child by hearing ‘Music and Me’ by Michael Jackson, he decided to pursue a life in music. McComish began his career with an impressive start in the Irish live music scene – some of his very first performances in 2015 were at Whelan’s and the prestigious Ruby Sessions, which he followed with the acclaimed EP, ‘The First Step’. It earned him the chance to perform with the likes of Wild Youth, Calum Scott, Gavin James, The Academic, Aslan and Jake Carter, before embarking in 2017 on tours across Austria and Ireland.

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Abbacaxi - Endless (single)

Irish multi-instrumentalist Abbacaxi has served a long and proper musical apprenticeship. Now stepping out on his own, he has a fresh and heartfelt sound that brings positive vibrations and good times. It draws on his love of jazz, funk and disco with very modern dynamics. With his new single and video 'Endless' we dive deeper into the world of Abbacaxi. The title track from his upcoming EP, due in April, is a moody mixture of hypnotic beats and euphoric tones. Bringing to mind artists like Massive Attack and Radiohead, Abbacaxi is now showing that he is here to stay with this atmospheric banger. Expect to hear great things from the Dublin-based artist in 2022.

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Charlie Baker - Didn't Know (single)

Charlie Baker from Essex, United Kingdom, is a 21year old singer, songwriter and rapper who blurs the lines of genres with R&B, rap and pop tinged self penned tracks. With versatility and a fresh outlook on how music today can sound with a nod to old school R&B , Charlie can forge a path to success and make a name for himself in the music scene today. Charlie’s debut single “Better With Me” received strong airplay across the UK with BBC Introducing Essex spinning his first play and strong support from Amazing Radio. The airplay continued around the globe, hitting stations in America, across Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Charlie’s fresh R&B pop hits and rapping mixed with unique vocals seem to be a recipe for success with stations across the globe clambering for this next release. Charlie received strong streaming numbers for his debut release “Better With Me” and these figures continued within his social media presence,  with his TikTok account passing 514K Likes. Bringing different takes on current chart tracks or dropping freestyles and original music, fans seem to be loving this new young and exciting artist.

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Elliot Crampton - Voice of a Smoker (single)

Elliot Crampton from Greystones, in County Wicklow, Ireland, known from the Mute the TV band , is releasing his solo debut single, an original song called, ''Voice of a Smoker'', a  song Elliot wrote for his mom and his two late grannies from whom he was inspired to write the song.  The song which consists of sentimental lyrics, guitar, violin, piano, harmonium, harmonies, bass, percussion, and drums. In the song Elliot plays all the instruments himself, except for the violin which was played by Enda.

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Kandemic - The End (single)

In the midst of a global pandemic, and what we can only call a crushing year for so many, four musicians got together to kill some time by making music. It had been their passion individually for decades. And with what felt like never-ending lockdowns, the one thing they had was time. With diverse experience and backgrounds in folk, rock, hip hop and reggae, the music started to take shape, and Kandemic was born. With everything going on in the world, it became clear from the very start that Kandemic had a lot to say and a story to tell. As one lockdown was followed by another, the band kept writing and recording music. And six months and thousands of cans of beer later, Kandemic realised they had an album in their hands and a message from far beyond the stars.

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One Morning in August - A Wasted Love (single)

Following on from last year's acclaimed singles Get it Right and Lovers by Surprise, which received a massive response on the airwaves both in Ireland and internationally, One Morning in August return with their highly anticipated single, A Wasted Love.

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Iva Ray - Common (single)

Iva Ray is a Bulgarian singer and songwriter based in Dublin who broke into the Irish music scene with the release of her single Click which premiered on BBC Radio UK. 2021 saw the successful release of her single Trouble and her first ever music video with Slick Bullet. Following on from the release of Trouble last year, Iva is set to release her next single ‘Common' which shows a different side to her music as a Valentine’s Day special.

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