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SJ Talbot - Millisecond (single)

SJ Talbot is a 23-year-old pop artist from Clontarf, in the capital city of Dublin, Ireland. Her songs feature deep, soulful vocals, intelligently paired with high-calibre pop production. At an early age, Talbot was enrolled in musical theatre school, and went onto study at BIMM Dublin, graduating in 2020. No stranger to the Irish music scene, she has worked as a session singer and keyboardist for various acts over the last four years. In 2017, she began producing her own music, and developing her individual sound. In September 2020, she released her well received indie-pop influenced debut single, “Envy”, followed up in April 2021 by an acclaimed collaboration with Chris Short, ‘Flint & Steel’, and her second solo single, ‘Easy for Me’, in 2022. All signs show SJ Talbot to be ready to make her own remarkable contribution to the current Irish springtime in contemporary pop.

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Trick Mist - The Junction (single)

Irish songwriter, multi instrumentalist and producer Gavin Murray, aka Trick Mist, shares ‘The Junction’ video directed by Katie Ball. This is the first installment of a unique music video and podcast series called Tracing Places (funded by the Arts Council of Ireland) The project involves 4 artists making 4 videos for 4 new songs and an adjoining 4 part podcast series hosted by Trick Mist.  About the project Trick Mist says...‘I’ve been working with these amazing artists in an unusual way. The artists were given full creative control over their art, making music videos based purely on their reaction to the song. Basically how it worked was I would send the artist the song and the lyrics. That was it. I would offer no directives. I see the video when it's finished. Simple as that! My ambition is to emphasise individual perception, place it on a platform and celebrate it.’

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Chris Kabs - More (single)

Chris Kabs is a visionary Influential Dublin-based producer and artist. He is now back with “More”, a groovy Afro Infused track.  It was written from a place feeling like his love interest can’t get enough.  Chris’s clean crisp production paired with his silky vocals creates a seductive ambiance as you listen. The bouncy up beat track leaves listeners wanting more. We see Chris ditch his usual pop sound for this cool catchy afro Infused sound that we just can’t get enough of. 

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Ports - Swimming Pool (single)

Mixing folk with heavy synths and taking influence from contemporary artists such as Phosphorescent, Big Thief, Andy Shauf, Aldous Harding and Stars of the lid, PORTS, an alternative folk rock band from Derry, Nothern Ireland, shows off their great sense of melody, strong lyrical ability and song writing craftsmanship, whilst maintaining their haunting signature sound. PORTS toured extensively after the release of their album ‘The Devil is a Songbird’ garnering support from BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Foyle and RTE with performances on Cerys Matthews show (Radio 6) and Other Voices (RTE). This earned them a strong following. They have 3 million +  Spotify plays, and 45k monthly listeners.

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Pio Hartnett - Grand Prix (single)

Pio Hartnett is an alternative pop & genre-fluid songwriter from Galway, Ireland. After deciding to move to Dublin to pursue music, he recorded the song 'Dark Blossom' with his friend Alex Nahayo in the summer of 2018. It gained over 5,000 streams across platforms, despite no intentional promotion, and was championed on local radio stations from Highland Radio to Liffey Sound 96.4FM. Hartnett spent the next two years playing open mics around Dublin, and finding his own sound, before deciding to study Commercial Modern Music at BIMM Dublin, from which he graduated in 2020.

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Kevin Walsh - Embrace the World (single)

Cork singer, songwriter and musician Kevin Walsh released his debut single,  Embrace the World, in what he terms, “a gesture of hope for autism awareness in the community for Ireland and beyond.” Kevin, who was diagnosed as autistic at age 5, has faced many challenges in his journey to becoming a professional musician. . He graduated from MTU (formerly CIT) Cork School of Music with First Class Honours BMus and MA degrees, having achieved the award of Highest Placed Student for three consecutive years.

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Peter Richardson - Pray (single)

Peter Richardson is a 23-year old singer/songwriter from Dublin. An avid songwriter since the age of 15, Peter grew up surrounded by music. After testing the waters with his original songs at a college open mic, Peter began properly recording his music at home in the summer of 2020. A few months later in October he released his debut single, “The End of The World”, an indie folk ballad filled with choral vocals and stirring, apocalyptic lyrics and instrumentation.

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Driven Snow - Trying (single)

Tired of forever being sounding boards for each other’s songs, Kieran McGuinness (Delorentos) and Emily Aymler (Republic of Loose) have been working quietly on a collaborative musical venture for a few years now. With jobs and a growing family keeping them more than busy it had been a matter of snatching a few moments here and there and putting in late-night weekend sessions.

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CloudyaH - Slowly Lets Go (single)

CloudyaH is the new project of Claudia Heidegger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and acclaimed “virtuoso of the quiet tones” (as she was dubbed by Austrian national broadcaster ORF Radio Tirol), pushing her long standing career as a delicately enchanting folk-songstress into a new direction. From a classical background via early Singersongwriter Folk Projects in London and performing as a violinist with Irish folk band Shane Ó Fearghail & the Host, she appears to have found her true self and sound as a songwriter and producer.

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Michael Lane - Days Can Last Forever (single)

If there is a modern folk-pop artist who has seen the harsh realities in life, it is Michael Lane himself. As a US soldier in his twenties, sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, Michael was forced to live at cruelty . 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“.

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