Jape has won the coveted Choice Music Prize on two occasions; this should tell you everything about his pedigree. Richie Egan started his Jape alias as an offshoot from his band The Redneck Manifesto, but soon grew into something that he would be devoting a lot more time to. Now on album number five Jape has become one of the most beloved talents that these shores has seen in many years. Dan goes back and forth through a career that has brought us tracks like 'Absolutely Animals', 'Floating', and 'Scorpio'.
The quality of Oliver Cole's song writing ability was abundantly clear as far back as the early days of his band Turn. With the release of his second solo album 'Year Of The Bird', you can hear that he's enhanced his craft yet again. Global rock stardom as we know it may not be on the forefront of Cole’s mind, but these sublime songs will surely infiltrate the ears and minds of many on Irish and foreign shores.
You could spend the next 50 years trawling through material of the infinite number of guitar bands that are scattered throughout planet earth, and you never get close to hearing them all. The Maccabees are definitely one of the best that use that much loved instrument.
'Marks To Prove It' is immediately impressive. It's one of those albums that easily straddles the 'indie rock' label, and the vast oceans of the mainstream. Stream it, download it, buy a physical copy, or at worst, definitely listen to it.
Relentless, furious, and unmistakable; here are three words that describe the music of Health. The Los Angeles outfit have been making music since 2006, and in their ninth year, they bring us their best work yet. ‘Death Magic’ will bring you on a rollercoaster of emotions - from darkness to euphoria.
Here is one of the true Irish treasures. 2002's 'My Sanctuary' by Autamata was the first public foray for musician and producer Ken McHugh. He enlisted the help of two of the country's best vocalists Carol Keogh and Cathy Davey, and put together this extraordinary album. Some compared it to Moby at the time, but McHugh and host guests made something with its own indelible identity.
Beck - 'Dreams’
The White Stripes - 'The Hardest Button To Button' (Beck Remix)
Major Lazer x DJ Snake (feat: MØ) – ‘Lean On’
Exploding Eyes - 'We Need Love’
Dam-Funk - 'We Continue'
De La Soul - 'The Magic Number’
Chvrches – ‘Leave A Trace’
THEESatisfation - 'Planet For Sale’
Le Galaxie – ‘Love System’
Oasis - 'Some Might Say'
Neon Atlas – ‘Punch Drunk’
Queens Of The Stone Age - 'If Only’
King Kong Company - 'Spacehopper’
The Prodigy (feat: Flux Pavilion) – ‘Rhythm Bomb’
Eno • Hyde - 'Lilac’
Olive - 'You're Not Alone'
Prince Rama - 'So Destroyed’
Slim Twig – ‘Slippin’ Slidin’
LCD Soundsystem – ‘I Can Change’
The Maccabees - 'Slow Sun’
R.E.M. - 'The Great Beyond'
Fears - 'Won’
Jape – Back & Forth
‘Seance Of Light’
Swim Deep – ‘One Great Song And I Could Change The World’
Fever Ray – ‘If I Had A Heart’
Oliver Cole – ‘Year Of The Bird’
Tame Impala – ‘Eventually’
Bitch Falcon – ‘TMJ’
Pearl Jam – ‘Animal’
The Strypes - 'A Good Night's Sleep & A Cab Fare Home'
Emiliana Torrini – ‘Tookah’
Autamata – ‘Let’s Normalise’
Kate Tempest - 'The Heist’
Gil Scott-Heron - 'The Revolution Will Not Be televised’
Tommy KD - 'Satan’s Government’
Blur – ‘Girls & Boys’
Blur – ‘I Broadcast’
Cap Pas Cap – ‘Hearts’
Method Man – ‘Da Rockwilder’
Public Service Broadcasting – ‘E.V.A.’
Public Service Broadcasting – ‘Sputnik’
Presenter: Dan Hegarty