Music from the Heart

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Kandemic - Green Batman (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. Rock, punk, hip hop and reggae, and swapping between English and Italian languages, Kandemic's sound picks from the past and sets out to make something new. Band members from Helsinki, Milan, Rome and Venice now call Dublin their home.

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Pete and Tom on Song - All Fall Down (single)

Pete and Tom are two gentlemen, living and working in Dublin, Ireland. Tom has worked as an actor, songwriter, playwright, producer and theatre director over the years while Pete has written songs, played in various bar bands. Back in the 80’s Pete played bass in Tom’s spectacularly unsuccessful band. The band failed on such a scale that even in the age of the internet its name remains unrecorded and forgotten.

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Klubber Lang - I Will Not Wait (single)

Somewhat of a nineties supergroup, Dublin outfit Klubber Lang are made up of Revelino guitarist Ciaran Tallon, ex-(sic) bass player Ciaran McGoldrick on vocals and bass, ex-Mexican Pets drummer Fin O'Leary and producer Ronan McHugh on keyboards. With the two singles released to date, ‘There, There’ and ‘Not My Day’, Klubber Lang have made a real statement of intent and have created a real level of expectation about what is yet to come.

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Tanoki - It Has Begun (feat.Tay Edwards) (single)

Tanoki is the moniker of Paul Mahon, a multidisciplinary Visual Artist / Musician from Kilkenny, whose work has had him collaborate with artists as varied as Linkin Park / Lisa Hannigan / Rodrigo y Gabriela and many more. “After sitting on the instrumental for a while I went looking for a rapper, and after some faffing / delays and some ghosting I had the idea of turning to Fiverr to see what might happen. And the crazy thing is Tay was the first person I contacted and I couldn’t have been more blessed with highly experienced and locally loved North Carolina rapper. We exchanged, in total, about six emails. I sent him the track on Monday. He had it back to me by Thursday. And he nailed it. Just like that. I couldn't believe it."

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Les SalAmandas - Mouldy (single)

Les SalAmandas, an original singer song-writing act new to the Irish music scene, are Julie O’Sullivan (Ballydehob, West Cork) and Colyne Laverriere (Hostun, France). The duo are currently recording their debut album, which will be co-produced by award winning Canadian Producer Daniel Ledwell. Following their successful debut single ‘Now is The Time’, they share ‘Mouldy’ - the second single from this much anticipated collection of songs.Chatting about the release of the new song, Julie says “Who doesn’t need a tune to bop to? While this song has a very fun feel to it, the message it portrays is one of heartbreak. In our new song we’ve tried to merge the exciting feeling of a new relationship with the heartache of it slowly meeting the end of its life. In these moments it’s important to remember you will survive.” Colyne adds “Who never felt the excitement of a new relationship? The rush, the butterflies, the honeymoon phase, as they call it. When every minute spent with your person is special and magic. Well sometimes you just realise that it was not meant to be, and what once was fresh and pretty turns into ugliness and mould.”

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Mick Flannery & Susan O'Neill - In the Game

In a first for Flannery, one of Ireland’s most acclaimed songwriters and singers, he and Irish newcomer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Susan O’Neill have come together on a collaboration album ‘ In the Game’.  The award-winning, double platinum selling artist has released six studio albums, three of which reached No. 1 status. His last offering in 2019 received high praise as his finest to date: ‘Mick Flannery has a voice for the ages, a complete Master of his craft’ cited by Clash Magazine, whilst The Sunday Times said he “conjures up exquisite story-telling’. ‘In the Game’ does not break this spell, as Mick continues to deliver stories never heard before. This time with a story-telling partner, by way of the unparalleled voice of Susan O'Neill.

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Brendan Tallon - Love In These Times

Last year’s Indie chart-topping re-issue of Revelino’s acclaimed debut album was one of the good news pandemic stories for the Irish independent scene. And from something old and classic is born something new and vital from the wickedly talented pen of Revelino’s songwriter. ’Love in These Times' is the debut solo album from Brendan Tallon.  Life may have gotten in the way of making this record sooner but in that time he has amassed an entire treasure trove of brilliant ideas realised into fully-formed songs. It’s a debut full of optimism and cerebral exuberance, light and colour defiantly counter-pointing a world wrought with anxiety with bright, up-beat pop songs full of thoughtful empathy and hope, not to mention addictive hooks and joyous genre bending recklessness. Every song is crafted meticulously and lovingly with a depth and resonance that weaves a rich tapestry, distilling his passion for subtle and layered musical and lyrical textures.

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Zach James Douglas - 6x3 (EP)

Zach James Douglas is an indie/alternative producer, hailing from the South Dublin suburb of Tallaght, but brought up by a pint of Guinness and a packet of crisps in any number of city centre dive bars. Having previously had the pleasure of playing festivals such as Glastonbury and Electric Picnic with former band “Little One”, Douglas now steps out alone for the first time, with his debut EP “6x3”. With musical elements reminiscent of Sylvan Esso, Grimes, Maribou State, and The Knife, "6x3" is a six track EP, featuring three guest vocalists and is the first of a trilogy of EP's - "6x3", "4x2" and "2x1", which are all due for release in coming 12 months.

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Vale - The Sun Is My Filter (single)

Vale is Irish electronic songwriter and producer, Eoin Hally. With emotionally stirring songwriting and lush electronic, atmospheric production, Vale excels at marrying ambient, cinematic tones with rock and pop sensibilities and conventions. Having spent the last decade living in Cork City, the Tipperary native found himself returning home and, for the first time, with a studio of his own. From here recording began and tracks formed. Vale released his debut single ‘Tore It Down’ in October 2020, in collaboration with producer Owen Lewiswho’s based in Nashville. His second track ‘Border’ is the result of an in-studio collaboration with Icelandic musician Sin Fang, creating an accompanying ambient track to the artist’s first release. Vale’s second single ‘All Rise’, co-produced with multi-instrumentalist and ongoing collaborator David O’Connor, follows on from where Tore it Down left off, expanding the sonic landscape.

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David Punch - Out of Reach (single)

David Punch is a 25 year old multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from Cork in Ireland. He has been very open about his journey with Asperger's Syndrome, and aspires to inspire other people who may face similar difficulties. Punch admits that growing up with Aspegers (a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication) was incredibly difficult, especially with having relationships. “Finding the right woman to spend the rest of my life with is a difficult one for me because, I’m looking for the right girl who will understand me and love me for the person who I am.” Punch took his experiences and used them as inspiration for ‘Out Of Reach’, a track that was recorded and produced during Lockdown, with the help of producer Dave Skelton. Inspired by Irish artist Gavin James' song ‘Sober’.

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