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Kooskoos - Connie (single)

Leave a generous helping of pop music to simmer for eight decades and stir through with a crooner harmony, serve with a cold pint of your choice. Since 2018, the band has been about providing soulful tunes to the Belfast public. Comprising of a two-piece – Topher Joe and his guitarist Jordie Sunshine (Dandelion Tea). The band has featured regularly in venues such as The Dirty Onion, and also helps charities such as MACS Supporting Children & Young People. Now, Topher is letting his creative side shine. KOOSKOOS is about celebrating the love of pop music from the past and reflecting the subjects we miss, so don’t be surprised if you hear 50’s rat-pack harmonies and modern melodica lines seasoning a unique vocal tone.

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Rowlette & Shane Steven - Coffee Hill sessions (single)

Rowlette is an indie-pop artist, hailing from Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland. As a solo performer with an acoustic guitar, she is known for her powerful vocals, inspirational lyrics and captivating performances. Rowlette’s releases have received radio play on stations across the country, and racked up tens of thousands of plays on Spotify. Well known on the Irish live scene, Rowlette performed a packed-out headliner in Crowbar last Autumn. She then proceeded to join Jack L on his latest tour, performing in venues across the country, including a solo set in Cork Opera House on New Years Eve. Following the success of her track “Letters”, Rowlette is releasing two live tracks “Runaway” and “Nostalgic” with Shane Steven. They met in BIMM (contemporary music college) and have stayed good friends. The tracks are performed in Coffee Hill studios.

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CeeV - Lonely Night (single)

Northern Ireland artist CeeV (pronounced like 'Key' but with a 'V' on the end) is releasing her new single Lonely NightCeeV, who's real name is Caoimhe McAleavey, is based in Newry but began her music career in Manchester studying songwriting at BIMM. Although immersed in music in one of the most creative and music rich cities in the world, CeeV was reluctant to showcase her own songs and instead took a more backseat role while playing in several bands in some of the most recognisable venues in the city. Although she didn't perform her own songs live while in Manchester, CeeV plucked up the courage and shared her work with real live people on Soundcloud and was astonished when her music reached over 30,000 listens. With her confidence growing, CeeV moved home to Newry and began performing her own songs, slowly building a loyal following. Now with her craft as a performer and songwriter improving, CeeV decided for an adventure away from the safety and security of home and moved to another city rich in music and creativity, Ottawa, Canada. Determined to improve her craft she performed in every bar, cafe and restaurant that she could, learning every time she stood on stage. She is now back home.

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Lōwli - Cavalry (single)

Boston-born, formerly based in Galway and now in Dublin, with a sound that can’t be tied down; Roisin Lowry is Lōwli: an exhilarating artist whose music marries ‘beautifully arranged melodies’ (Tony Clayton-Lea, Irish Times) with ‘haunting, angelic vocals’ (Hot Press). Lōwli’s debut EP, Feathers, was produced by Christian Best (Mick Flannery, Jack O’Rourke) at Monique Studios. Its hibernal, otherworldly feel comes to life through Lōwli’s beguiling voice; and nearly a year on, is still a release to brace yourself for. Even so, Feathers is just the first taste of ‘a performer with a keen sense for the dramatic twists and turns’ (Jim Carroll, Irish Times).

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Erin Ponsonby - Little Town (EP)

Erin Ponsonby is a 22-year old singer/songwriter from Glasgow. She has been gigging for a while and has performed in many famous venues around Glasgow. Her debut EP Little Town follows a story through Erin's life, from break-ups to finding new love. Storytelling is a big part of Erin's music which stems from her love of country music. She started taking songwriting seriously at 16, expressing her life through music.

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Michael Lane - Take It Slow (single)

Successes such as two top 50 songs in the German charts, four albums, international tours and the single "Liberty" as the official song of the 2015/2016 Four Hills Tournament, Europe’s biggest international ski jump event, have made Michael Lane, a German-American, known to the public. In addition to his work as a musician, Michael Lane is currently also active as a songwriter for production music and as a music producer in his remote "Studio Waldblick“. Take It Slow is his latest single.

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RUNOFFBROKE - Wish You Knew (single)

Runoffbroke, formerly known as Jordan Wilson,  is a 21 year old hip hop artist from Dublin, Ireland, who has been releasing songs for a number of years.
Playing his first gig at 13 at The Twisted Pepper with the underground label Mic-A-Blaze Records. Jordan carried on to work with multiple Irish groups before making his way to Germany to work with Citizen Soldier Entertainment. He has played gigs in a wide range of countries. Among others a gig in LA in 2014 and an 18 day Germany tour in 2017, supporting Infidelix alongside Papke.

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Patata - Own Me (single)

Patata (Shane Devlin) from Donegal, Ireland, is an open, honest and diverse singer/songwriter. His songs draw on raw emotion delivered through prism of folk, rock, pop and jazz influences, his soulful, mellow voice a perfect compliment to the innate musicality of his songs. In 2019, his debut single Valentine, released on Valentine's Day, reached no.7 in the Irish Daily Download Chart. 2020 will see the release of the debut album " Songs for the Silver Screen" which is due in the early summer. Own Me is the second single from the album.

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Moon Looks On - Sorry State Blues (single)

Moon Looks On is the musical project of Irish singer-songwriter Stephen Gormley. Originally a trance DJ from Sligo, Stephen picked up a guitar for the first time 10 years ago. So instant was his connection with the instrument, and so blatant was his talent as a musician, that in 2014 he decided to move to Dublin to study for a degree in Commercial Modern Music at BIMM Dublin. That was in 2015 and he hasn’t looked back since. Moon Looks On subsequently released an eponymous, five-track EP that garnered enough attention for the band to be booked to perform at Other Voices (2016), Electric Picnic (2017), Sligo Live (2017), Westport Arts Festival (2017) and Knockanstockan (2018) and Somerset House London (2017). There's a debut album planned for later this year.

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Luke Clerkin - Nocturnal (single)

There are songwriters known for their honesty. Dubliner Luke Clerkin is one of them. Award-winning musician who played 250 gigs in the year 2015 is also known to be a mental health activist. He's back releasing music after more than a year, started with Stones (originally being his debut single back in 2016), he now brings the latest single Nocturnal which shows a new direction of his songwriting. The new direction can be clearly noticed in the full band sound but one thing remains, the focus on the words and the message. This is the second single from Clerkin's upcoming EP called What Little Time We Have.

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