LO- BLU🎤

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Berlin-Based producer and songwriter LO returns this January with the first track from his brand
new album, showcasing a shift in direction for the enigmatic and versatile artist. Since emerging
onto the scene in the early 2000’s, he’s gone on to build a fanbase worldwide for his unique
approach to electronic music. His sound draws on the influences of his upbringing, leaning on elements of Bass Music, Future Garage and ambient. His blend of styles has led to over 14
Million Streams on Spotify worldwide.
In the last few years, LO has not only showcased his undeniable musical talent but also his
prolific ability to create and his unfathomable work ethic. Since 2015, he’s released on labels
such as Cascade Records, Mixmash, Loveless Records and Majestic Casual. His music has
also led to support from some of the biggest curators in the scene including The Sound You
Need, Eton Messy, The Vibe Guide and DYNMK.
The new single ‘Blu’ signals a new direction for the electronic producer, for the first time
incorporating his own vocals into his productions. It’s a low-tempo journey through warm
analogue synths and electronic percussion, rich in emotion and a vulnerability that’s a new
element of the Berlin producers repertoire.
“Love is a strange thing and break ups are even stranger. BLU talks about this feeling of
someone still having power over your thoughts and actions long after they have departed. The
universal dilemma of the head versus the heart. “

I like LO’s vibe and style, his music is very chilled and atmospheric. BLU is about having thoughts and feelings about someone long after they have left. BLU has a slow, pulsating rhythm that is analogous to the recurring thoughts and feelings of the singer. The cover art well portrays the song’s ambience – Jo.


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Fly The Nest- Old Street Lover🎸

Release date 12th February 2021
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Singer/ songwriter Fly the Nest is set to release a cinematic new single, “Old Street Lover.” The song features a driving beat, wailing guitars, and Fly the Nests’ signature wide, cinematic soundscape. Rhythmic guitars and Fly the Nest’s powerful vocals carry the fierce, energetic song. 

Fly the Nest says, “This song is about having a connection with someone that’s ultimately lost. Though it hurts to see it end, you really do wish them the best and hope they find what they’re looking for.”

The verses of the song tell the story of the day that it all comes to an end. They outline hard conversations that are had and looking back on shared memories. The narrator knows that they have to let it go. The uplifting chorus expresses hope that the other person finds happiness, comfort, and satisfaction with what they decide to do. 

Though you’re parting ways, you still see so much potential in the other person, heard in the lines, “you’ve got it!” And though you’ll miss them, you genuinely still believe in them and their dreams. Maybe you’ll even find your way back to each other one day. 

The song was produced and recorded by Peter Doherty in Tyrone, NI. 

Dublin native Fly the Nest (Stephen Cooper) started playing music at a young age, performing in various bands before starting solo project Fly the Nest, a name inspired by the many adventures music has led him on. As well as writing and releasing his own music, Stephen also writes for sync, and says that writing for film and TV has opened up another facet of his creativity. Stephen now spends his time between Ireland and Denmark, and gigs regularly across Scandinavia. 2021 is proving to be another big year for Stephen, who is known for wide, cinematic songs and precise songwriting.

Old Street Lover is a fresh, rhythmic, modern track. It is a song about times gone by, growing apart and looking to the future with hope. I think the album artwork for Old Street Lover is cool and original- Jo.


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Sasha Sky- Doubts🎹

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Sasha Sky 21 years of age. She was born and raised in North East of England and in 2019 relocated to London to pursue her career in performing.
Sasha is very passionate about both dancing and music, and always has been. She attended college at New College Durham for 4 years. Following that, she took a 2 year Acting BTEC course as well as a 2 year Music BTEC course. Sasha says both these courses 100% helped her get to where she is today. Prior to college, Sasha admits she had quite low self-esteem and next to no confidence, she was also suffering with OCD, Anxiety and Depression, while not actually knowing or understanding. Her song “Doubts” is written about that experience.

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“Doubts” is quite a powerful song for me personally. This track is probably one of the most raw, honest and authentic songs I’ve written when it comes to my mental health. But I also like that the lyrics are kind of subtle in some ways, so that the listen can interpret the lyrics in their own way and maybe make it meaningful for themselves and their current experience.

When I first heard Doubts I was amazed. Gentle piano intervals and chords are played throughout the whole piece that are accompanied by string instruments from the middle of the song. Sasha’s voice is soft and beautiful as the lyrics describe a personal mental health journey – Jo


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Sam Wickens- Murky Waters🥁

Release date 5th February 2021
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NI Music Prize Nominee Sam Wickens is releasing his new single ‘Murky Waters’ on the same date as his ‘Watson’ EP, both due 5th February 2021.   This marks the second single release from that forthcoming EP. 

The first single ‘Strange.24’ was released on 24th November 2020 to much critical acclaim.

The 5 track ‘Watson EP’ is the second major release since his critically acclaimed debut ‘All I’ve Seen’ album in 2019.  

‘Murky Waters’ sees Wickens progress once more as the “songwriting juggernaut” he has already proven himself to be. Combining slick production with raw feeling and that gorgeous vocal, ‘Murky Waters’ showcases Sam’s vocal prowess and his ability to suck the listener into his musical universe.

Compared to Jeff Buckley, John Martyn, Death Cab For Cutie, Tom Waits, Sam is a soulful writer and performer with a restless creativity, conveying a personal blend of Electronic, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Folk and Indie. This young and gifted artist humbly plies his craft with a focused sincerity, and has created a style of his own: consistently delivering on his reputation as a bewitching live performer.

In 2017 Sam worked with David Bowies legendary American record producer Tony Visconti (producer of scores of albums by major artists including: David Bowie, T.Rex, Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn, Moody Blues, Marc Almond, Kaiser Chiefs, etc) as a featured artist on a Sky Arts documentary about Tony’s amazing life and career ‘Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes’.

About his new single: 

“Murky Waters is the realisation that I was raised and put through terrible circumstances. Constantly feeling alone through every obstacle that was placed in front of me. Traumatic events seemed to follow me no matter where I ran, I started to believe that I was some sort of gatekeeper, that my purpose was to absorb the terrible things so others didn’t need too.”

Sam will also be playing his first live show since 27th February 2020 with Singular Artists in The Workmans Club in Dublin on the 1st of April, 2021. Tickets are €14 (+ €1 booking fee) and can be purchased here:

https://secure.tickets.ie/Booking/EventTickets/43365/sam-wickens-the-workmans-club-1-April-2021

Sam’s music is personal and reflective. About Murky Waters, he expresses how he has often felt alone throughout his life. Sam’s music videos are well thought-out and articulated – Jo.


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Pastiche- Heaven🎤

Release date 5th February 2021
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Pastiche, a 22 year old pop singer songwriter from Dublin, releases her second single “Heaven” on Friday February 5th 2021 on all streaming services. With tones of Robyn about her, Pastiche has a fire in her for pop music which explodes in her brand new single that is edgy with a dash of badass female pop empowerment added!

Pastiche cut her experience from an early age for performance. Her love of performing started in stage school at the age of 4 where she developed a love of musical theatre and practiced singing, tap dancing, jazz and modern contemporary dance. When the time came to make a decision about a career, Pastiche wasted no time and enrolled in BIMM where she studied Vocal Performance and it was there where she decided exactly the Artist she wanted to be!

Speaking about the Irish pop scene, Pastiche says, “…it always seemed to be imported. There are very few successful female true Irish pop artists. The scene just isn’t here – so we have created it! I want to help break that barrier. It’s not about down playing Irish male musicians successes either. It’s about female representation here in Ireland and allowing us a platform. ” 

Pastiche’s sound combines dark pop, electronic pop, a rebellious club kid sound, and theatrical influences. Her explosive electro-pop sound features driving synths, energetic drums, and powerful vocals.

The engaging production and layered vocals create a dynamic track that establishes Pastiche as a force to be reckoned with in the Dublin pop scene.

Produced with Fergal Mullen, tracked, mixed and mastered with Beard Fire Music.

Pastiche’s style and ambition is modern, fresh-sounding and influential. Heaven combines airy, dreamy sounds with powerful vocals and rhythmic beats. Pastiche is determined to be a successful Irish pop artist and her music career is looking bright – Jo


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Hot Juice- Second Wave🎸

Release date 4th February 2021
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‘Second Wave’ was written while frontman Shay had COVID-19. Inspired by the event, ‘Second Wave‘ was and produced and recorded during lockdown.

Rock duo Hot Juice consisting of Shay Barker (guitar/vox), Harvey Dellar Crone (drums) have been branding their sound on Jerseys rear end with a summer of loud gigs and new tracks. Recent headliners of the Made In Jersey stage at Weekender festival as well as BBC Music Introducing’s track of the week with their latest single ‘Small Town Blues’, these boys are guaranteed to get you up and throwing yourself about to their in-your-face beats and heavy riffs.

Released Debut album ‘This Is What You Want’ with the BBC Intro CI dedication a show as a album launch party playing the whole album with the band talking through each song.

“Hot Juice are a band that bring huge energy when they perform live. On top of that, their powerful sound translates into the recording studio and their debut album “This Is What You Want” is an absolute smash. They make it very easy for me to support them through BBC Music Introducing and as if that wasn’t enough – they are really sound guys as well.” Tim Hunter, BBC Music Introducing in the Channel Islands.

This song is electric, wild and high-energy. It sounds similar to their latest release ‘What You Gunna Do Now?’. If your lockdown life needs an injection of energy, this song is sure to make you come alive – Jo


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Dan Elliott- I Only Miss You When I’m Breathing🎹

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‘I Only Miss You When I’m Breathing’ is the latest single from Cork’s Dan Elliott. This power ballad
has seen Elliott compared to Lewis Capaldi, Dermot Kennedy and Sam Fender. The story of a break-up, ’I Only Miss You When I’m Breathing’ is a profound examination of love and how it’s sudden absence can leave one bereft. Based out of Dublin, this is Elliott’s fourth single and has been widely praised since it’s release. Over the last several years performing on the Dublin music scene, Dan has earned a reputation for his powerful voice, evocative lyrics and moving storytelling ability. Last year saw Elliott perform 4 headline Dublin shows and 2021 promises more of the same, both in Dublin and further afield. ‘I Only Miss You When I’m Breathing’ was recorded, mixed and mastered by Ben Cullum. Press photography by Zyanya Lorenzo.

Hailing from Cork, Dan Elliott has been performing on the Dublin music scene for the past 6 years, plying his trade in bars and clubs across the city. 2019 brought 3 Dublin headline shows and 3 independent single releases for, ahead of this, his latest single to drown out your lockdown woes.  Dan has earned a reputation for his powerful voice, evocative lyrics and moving storytelling ability. Influenced by Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran and David Gray, Elliott is among the finest singer-songwriters currently emerging from the Irish music scene.

I Only Miss You When I’m Breathing is a powerful declaration of love and the piano in this piece is soft and gentle. Dan has a stunning voice and this song reminds me of music by Dermot Kennedy or Lewis Capaldi – Jo.


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Colm Gavin- Your Little Corner of the Moon🎹

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Your Little Corner of the Moon is the latest release by Colm Gavin. Your Little Corner of the Moon is featured on The Superior Sessions Album 2020 compiled by Thornton Pianos & Ritmüller.

Colm Gavin is a 28 year old Dublin singer/songwriter currently signed to BEO Records home to The First Lady of Celtic Music Moya Brennan. Colm’s first two solo releases (Your Endless Slumber/A Voice For The Urban Darlings) both reached reached number 1 in the Irish Charts at the time of their release. Singles from his debut album have reached the top ten in notable Indie charts in Norway, Australia, USA, Canada & Japan

He has made notable inroads in the American market with his music currently being playlisted on over 50 stations across the US & Canada. He is presently co-writing with one of Ireland’s most notable & beloved songwriters Charlie McGettigan {Eurovision winner 1994 with Paul Harrington: Rock n Roll kids}.

Soft, heartfelt piano instrumentation combined with Colm’s great voice and devoting lyrics create a piece that is mesmerising – Jo.


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Sylvy- The Starry-Eyed🎤

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Sylvy was born in Italy and now based in Northern Ireland. Sylvy dreamt of playing in a band since she was young. She learnt guitar and started a punk rock band with her best friend back in secondary school and they wrote their first songs together and played covers.

Glen Hansard invited Sylvy to sing with him on stage twice on separate occasions back in Bologna, Italy. This unexpected experience inspired her to write more music and over time gave her the confidence to pursue a solo project.

Sylvy’s debut EP “The Starry-Eyed” is a heartfelt ode to love with its ups and downs.
It was produced by Nikolas Pumilia for Himself Records. Sylvy’s friend Elisa Bardasi plays bass and sings backing vocals on some of the tracks. Sylvy hopes to perform live in the future.

Starry-Eyed is soulful, captivating and fresh-sounding. Each of the tracks in this album have their own unique style.- Jo


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TJ Maestro- No Option🎤

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Having already received airplay from radio stations KCLR 96FM, Quarantine FM, Liffey Sound FM and Shannonside FM, and featured on renowned music blogs, Earmilk and Nialler9, up-and-coming Irish hip-hop artist, TJ Maestro, from Roscommon, returns with his first release of 2021, “No Option”.

On “No Option”, TJ Maestro takes his overall sound to new heights once again with the help of Dublin music engineer Zak Higgins. This song sees TJ Maestro describing how it feels to go through the process of writing a song and his own self worries as to how the song will perform when it drops. It puts the listener into TJ’s shoes throughout the track and allows them to experience the many struggles of an upcoming rapper and how difficult it is to be heard.

TJ Maestro’s honesty on this track is a breath of fresh air in Irish hip-hop as he delves into personal topics about friendship breakdowns, a lack of support from peers, his obsession to succeed and how he has ‘no option’ other than to get there. His lyrical ability and impressive flows are once again on display and complement the beautiful guitar-heavy instrumental provided by established US producer Depo. The endearing music video, which also drops on release date, showcases a beautiful backdrop of rural Roscommon, where TJ Maestro grew up.

The chorus from TJ Maestro is arguably his best to date with its catchy melodies and complements the verses TJ Maestro delivers during the track. The mesmerising flute that plays along with TJ’s vocals throughout the chorus provides an excellent earworm for the listener and makes ‘No Option’ a playlist essential in 2021. This track cements TJ Maestro as the undeniable leader of Roscommon hip-hop.

TJ Maestro is an artist who makes uplifting hip-hop and trap music that would resonate with those who are fans of BrockhamptonEminem and Logic, with a hint of Schoolboy Q.

He aims to set himself apart from everyone else in the fast-growing Irish hip-hop scene today.

Through his upbeat choice of instrumentals and captivating, inspirational bars; TJ Maestro has made a name for himself, making him impossible to ignore.

No Option has a steady, rhythmic beat and powerful, meaningful lyrics as the singer expresses strong feelings concerning personal topics. The setting for the music video looks peaceful and calming, contrasting with the tone of No Option – Jo.


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