Hot Juice – Good Times🎸

release date 23rd July, 2021

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Hot Juice are a 5 piece rock band, pushing on the spectrum of punk and on certain songs indie. The band which has been growing since forming 2018. Originally consisting of Lead vox/guitar Shay Barker and Harvey Dellar Crone on Drums / backing vox, and adding Tay Browski on Bass, James McMillan on Guitar and Kelly Le Brocq providing a different spectrum of vocals throughout Covid.


New Single ‘Good Times’ was written as the Covid restrictions we’re first off being relaxed as a analysis of what felt to be the new ’night out’


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Mark Duggan – Run Out the Distance🎸

Release date july 16th, 2021
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Mark Duggan is a singer-songwriter from Waterford, Ireland. From the age of nine years old he has been writing songs and playing guitar after borrowing his cousin’s guitar and learning some chords off of his father. At twelve he began recording his songs using an old USB headset microphone and has been producing his own music ever since. Over the years he has developed a sound which combines folk and indie with electronic elements, complete with clever lyricism and thoughtful songwriting. He is inspired by the writing of Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchel, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. He is also influenced by a number of artists known for their willingness to play with sound such as Gorillaz and U2. Over the years he has also learned to play mandolin, bass and harmonica along with gaining more experience in recording engineering and production. As well as writing for his own releases he has also co-written the song The Road on Irish artist Dunluvly’s first EP along with performing at gigs with Dunluvly and queer-pop band Babylamb where he has been able to maintain an audience’s absolute attention for quiet songs and have them dancing around and singing along by the end. 

In September of 2018 he released his debut single Hey Blue, a song with a catchy melody and riff on top of a bed of guitars and percussion. The lyrics are an optimistic look towards the first night of the weekend where the chance of romance is bubbling away. The song has an infectious character that has kept it consistent in live gig setlists. 

In June of 2019 he released an EP titled Long Way Home which was also his final year project in college. The EP consists of twelve songs that join together to create one cohesive twenty minute piece of music. The story follows a protagonist who is making his way home to his partner after being away working for an extended period of time and what occurs on the drive home with a focus on radio. The EP focuses on the theme of longing, bouncing between multiples genres, styles and tones all while maintaining its cohesive nature.

In February of 2020 he released the single As The Sun Hits The Day Down which is a simple acoustic track that takes its influences from the folk traditions of songs utilising multiple verses to tell the story within the song. A guitar riff and the hook of the title closing each verse provide the song with a momentum that carries the track to its final note.

Later that year he began the release of his next EP Just For The Night by releasing the single Promenade Firework Show. The indie-rock tune featured layered guitars, a retro drum machine, and a nostalgic, 80’s rock feel. The song took influence from a memory of summer nights spent by the sea as a teenage applied to the context of a couple who have hit a rocky moment in their relationship. The song uses a lot of pairings in its composition to mirror the pair of the couple. The use of a drum machine and Mark’s new telecaster sound was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s home demos from 1983 and showed the first glimpse of the sound that would be essential to the EP.

At the start of 2021 the next single off the EP Lullaby (I’ll Be There) was released. The song once again made use of a drum loop with the base of a simple descending chord progression and layers of sound textures. The song is about someone trying to comfort their partner who is struggling to sleep. The narrator promises to be there for their partner even if they cannot necessarily makes things better. Both the emotions of the vocal and the intensity of the instrumental build towards a climatic slide guitar solo which fades away to a glistening sound which represents morning breaking through and a bit of hope prevailing.

The next month the rest of the EP was released with tracks Just For The Night, Not Sure, Truly Beautiful Thing and Desperation Blues added to the singles. Not Sure follows the singles by being built on a drum machine loop and making use of a telecaster sound while the other three songs are acoustic based tracks with the likes of harmonium, mandolin, tambourine and organ used to flesh out the instrumental. The EP as a whole has thematic link between songs focusing on the connections we make in life with each song having a specific moment of this on show. The EP has gone on to be Duggan’s most successful release so far with features in Irish music media from HotPress to 2Xfm and a much further reach in audience than any of his previous releases. 

On July 16th, he will release a new single Run Out The Distance which is being paired with the b-side Dried Up Lovesick Blues (Swings And Roundabouts). The new single is a return to the use of a live drum sound which was recorded in February of last year. The song has been rewritten for over a year before being committed to the final recording. The song began with the title and the simple chord progression on an acoustic guitar. The opening lines had initially been part of an alternate version of As The Sun Hits The Day Down while the rest of the lyrics came out of multiple drafts taking up nearly ten pages in Duggan’s notebook full of completely different ideas or single word changes in a line. The song is about a character who has reached a moment of stasis in their life. They are trying to take stock of their position in life with a thought to what has been, what is and what will hopefully be. The narrator is trying to find their space in the world where they can make a good life and despite coming up short so far there is a sense of pushing through until they get there. There is a hope in the song that isn’t willing to give in too soon. The song has a laid back rhythm as the live drums carry along  a collection of strumming acoustic guitars and a leaping bass line. The song had originally been intended to only have acoustic guitars but eventually electric guitars were added to give the song some more grit and punch. They also propel the song along and prevent it from becoming too lackadaisical. The harmonica sound that has been prominent in nearly all of Duggan’s career returns to fill instrumental sections of the song. The vocal performance matches the sentiment of the lyrics and the use of double tracking adds an extra reach to the chorus which builds to the emotional climax of the narrator committing to trying to keep moving forward and continue the search.

The b-side Dried Up Lovesick Blues (Swings And Roundabouts) is a simple blues song that builds over the course of three verses from a single electric guitar strumming gently to stomping bass drum and overdriven chords. The lyrics tell of a relationship that has fizzled out but not yet ended and is told with a resignation of the situation that fades away at the end of the song in a similar way to the relationship. 


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Chocolate Chip Muffins🧁

This recipe by Odlums is easy to follow and the muffins turned out delicious. It makes 12 muffins if using bun cases or 8-10 with muffin cases.

Ingredients

  • 250g/8oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
  • 125g/4oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
  • 12g/¼oz Cocoa
  • 50g/2oz Shamrock Chocolate Chips
  • 1 level teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 large Egg
  • 150ml/¼pt Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Goodall’s Vanilla Essence
  • 125g/4oz Butter or Margarine

Method

  • Preheat oven to 175°C/325°F/Gas 3.
  • Melt butter/margarine and allow to cool.
  • In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  • Mix the egg, milk and vanilla essence into the cooled butter/margarine.
  • Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix to make a very soft mixture.
  • Spoon into bun cases, making each case about two thirds full.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Dunluvly – Hazey 🎤

Release date may 14th, 2021
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Dublin-based singer/songwriter/producer Dunluvly is set to release a new single, “Hazey”. The track is a three year project that features layered guitars and contemporary bedroom-pop production. The wavy flanger fingerstyle guitar carries you into a trance-like state, that is complemented by a creative use of guitar delay effects.
This is the first single Dunluvly has released since his EP ‘Plethora’. The EP
caught features on Hot Press Magazine, The AU Review, The Thin Air and the IMRO newsletter in the wake of 2020. Dunluvly says, “I wrote this track about a state of distracted anxiety that I named ‘the haze’ at a young age. Through many years of being a bit of a hippie, I developed a
way to map the things that would lead me into this state of mind. This song is the story of that process”. He goes on to say, “This was probably the most delicate recording process I’ve ever encountered. I caught the sound in the original demo, but failed to recreate it for so long. That’s probably why this track took three years to complete.”
Dunluvly is a multi-instrumentalist and producer born and raised in Dublin,
Ireland. With roots in traditional Irish music and psychedelic indie, his sound is often described as a sonically rich experience.

Hazey is the perfect title for this song, using onomatopoeia, this song is relaxed and has a dreamlike, ethereal, misty feel. -Jo


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Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe🧁

ingredients

  • 115g self raising flour
  • 115g Stork Tub
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 50g gingernut biscuits, crumbled
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 40g Stork tub
  • 50g gingernut biscuits
  • A 12-cup muffin tray lined with a paper cases

method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, 160 °C fan  oven, Gas mark 4.
  • Place all cake ingredients except ginger biscuits into a mixing bowl and mix for 3-4 minutes with a wooden spoon or mixer until smooth.
  • Stir in gingernuts.
  • Divide the batter (2 tablespoons) evenly between the cupcake cases in the tin. Bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool.
  • The topping: Beat the icing sugar with the Stork  using a mixer or wooden spoon until smooth
  • Crumble 25g gingernuts and fold into the mixture.Top each cupcake with a spoonful of icing and decorate  with more crumbled biscuit or your chosen decoration.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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St. Patrick’s Day🇮🇪

“There are only two kinds of people in the world, “The Irish and those who wish they were.” – Irish saying

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th each year. St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.T\ March 17th is the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. By the time of his death, St.Patrick had established monasteries, churches, and schools. St. Patrick was born in Britain, kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave when he was 16. He eventually escaped and returned to Ireland. Saint Patrick trained as a priest and brought Christianity to Ireland. One of the most well-known legends of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of the shamrock ☘️ It is believed that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland. However, evidence suggests there never were any snakes in Ireland (?). Serpents are a symbol of evil. The and it is believed that the legend refers to and the driving out is a reference to Patrick’s mission to rid Ireland of pagan – or non-Christian- influence.

☘ Fun Facts☘ 

  • Irish emigrants in the United States originally transformed St. Patrick’s Day into a large celebration of all things Irish. Cities with large numbers of Irish immigrants staged the most extensive celebrations and held elaborate parades.
  • The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in America. Today, people of all backgrounds celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, not just in Ireland but also in the United States, Canada and Australia. In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been a religious day.
  • The Leprechaun is an icon of St. Patrick’s Day. Belief in leprechauns stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who had magical powers.
  • Many people wear the colour green on St. Patrick’s Day, symbolising nationalism. Blue was originally the colour associated with Ireland. An American tradition says that wearing green was supposed to make you invisible to leprechauns (they would pinch anyone they could see not wearing green).
  • The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizing Irish nationalism, orange symbolizing the Orangemen of the north and the white symbolizing peace.
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Wild Tibetan Monks- Lying Next to You🎸

Release date 12 March, 2021
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Dublin based alternative-rock band Wild Tibetan Monks are set to release a heartfelt single, “Lying Next to You.” The nostalgic indie-rock song features semi-sweet vocals and a spacey instrumental arrangement that compliments the story being told. With a refrain that’s reflective and candid, the song builds to a driving bridge, and a somewhat unresolved close. 

Sean says, “The song is about not just physically lying next to someone, but lying in not telling them the truth. It’s about feeling trapped, not knowing what to do. It’s about being conflicted, having all these emotions that you want to share with someone but can’t.”

The song explores how difficult expression can be- even with someone who you truly care about. When things are good you think it’ll feel that way forever. Once your favourite toy, eventually you get put back on the shelf (“It really hurts since you put me down”).

The song closes with feelings of regret. Sean says, “The song depicts feeling conflicted about what you should say and what you should share. At the end of the song, there’s regret. The narrator knows they should have been honest, should have said how they felt, should have spilled their heart out.”

The song was written by bass player and vocalist Sean, who then brought it to the band. It was recorded in Hellfire Studios when the band returned from two years in Australia. 

Wild Tibetan Monks are Sean (bass, vocals), Ringo (guitar), and Liam (drums). They met and banded in college in 2011 and performed together for several years. In 2018 the band traded Dublin for Perth, Australia for a two-year journey of music and exploration. The band toured around Western Australia, and had a varied lineup over the years, including different singers and a horn section. They also began recording their original music. The global pandemic forced the band to move back to Ireland, where they are now focused on recording and releasing their original material. 

Lying Next to You is a light-hearted, gentle song with an airy feel. The title uses clever wordplay. Lying Next to You is heartfelt, emotive and expressive – Jo


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KÎND – Piercing Light🥁

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KÎND is a five piece melodic progressive rock band made up of members from all over Ireland. Lead by songwriter Matthew Redmond, the band is made up of Ryan Mclelland on drums, Jane Patterson on lead vocals, Charlie McCarthy on bass and Eoin Butterfield on guitar and keys. Their latest release, ‘Piercing Light’ was recorded in Sun Studios with local producer, Thomas McGovern aka, founder of Devoy Records. McGovern works to showcase Dublin’s up and coming artists by creating an immersive audible and visual experience that brings the magic of a live show straight to your screen. As an Irish progressive rock band, KÎND strives to create the unique utilising a combination of heavy guitar parts, unusual chord changes and stacked harmonies while still maintaining strong melodies throughout. This live performance marks the band’s second release after their debut single of ‘Fix Of Dopamine’ which was released in March of 2020 and the band has a slew of upcoming releases for the remainder of 2021.

Piercing Light combines well-crafted instrumentation with powerful, harmonised lyrics. Piercing Light begins softly and finishes quite unusually; energetic electric guitars and harsh drumming is followed by gentle piano chords – 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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