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    Dan Hegarty - The Alternative Monday 24 February 2014


    Dan Hegarty - The Alternative

    XENON FIELD IN THE RTE 2FM SESSION (REPEAT) The Alternative To Sleep! Alt Rock, Metal, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Electro, plus the RTE 2fm studio sessions, & live music from across Europe


    Xenon Field fuse electronic noises and live instrumentation to create an unusual, unique hybrid sound. They've been buried away in the studio for the last number of year creating their debut self-titled EP, which was produced and mixed by Torsten Kinsella (God is An Astronaut) and mastered by Tim Young (Massive Attack, The Beatles, etc).

    The band consists of members: Robert Murphy (Guitar, Keys, Electronics) and Conor Drinane (Bass, Keys, Electronics). For live performances the band are accompanied by: Stephen Whelan (Drums) and Thomas Murphy Jnr (Keyboards, Electronics).



    It seems like it's been decades since the last Beck album.  Many things have changed since 2008's 'Modern Guilt'; bands have come and gone, the global economy has been gripped by recession, and Big Brother has been eclipsed by a new generation of other 'Reality' shows. However Beck remains his usual offbeat self with 'Morning Phase'.

    Allow me to use a retro term; this album is largely a mellow affair, but one which works on each one of the 13 tracks. If you're a fan of 'Mutations' and 'Sea Change', you'll love 'Morning Phase'. It's the heartfelt/melodic side of Beck; something that he excels at.

    They’re not that common, but split albums can go horribly wrong if the parties involved aren’t careful. Whatever plan that Windings and Land Lovers came up with, it’s worked wonderfully well. They’re both solid bands that know what they’re doing, and it’s very evident here. What this serves as is a strong stand-alone album, and an indication that both bands have plenty of ideas for whatever their next step will be.

    The love affair with St. Vincent is going to continue, and flourish with this self-titled album. Some have branded it off-beat pop, funky electro,  or uneasy electro pop; it’s all of these, and a lot more. If this album doesn’t give her a much larger audience, it’s hard to know what will. She’s grown as a vocalist and song writer; ‘St Vincent’ is quite an achievement.





    When you’re talking about albums that missed mainstream acclaim, ‘Can You Still Feel?’ by Jason Falkner should never be far from that conversation. Released in 1999; this album saw Falkner work with producer Nigel Godrich (who’s next stop was Beck’s ‘Mutations’ album).  Falkner is now in Beck’s band; ‘Morning Phase’ is Beck’s first album in six years appeared earlier this month.

    ‘Can You Still Fee?’ is one of those lost great guitar pop albums, which has all the elements of what makes an album classic. Falkner’s ability to write catchy hooks is illustrated perfectly on tracks like ‘Honey’, ‘Revelation’, and ‘See You Again’.


    Playlist - The Alternative (with Dan Hegarty) - Monday, February 24


    The Cure - 'Lovecats'
    Royal Blood - 'Little Monster’
    Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - 'Thou Shalt Always Kill'
    Butterfly Explosion - 'Run’
    Warpaint - 'Love Is To Die'
    Tricky - 'Valentine'
    Gorillaz (Feat: Mos Def & Bobby Womack) - 'Stylo'
    Jerry Fish (Feat: R.S.A.G.) - 'Barefoot & Free'
    Beck - 'Turn Away’
    The Child Of Lov - 'Give Me’
    Battles - 'Atlas'
    Cian Nugent & The Cosmos – ‘Double Horse’

    Hour 2:

    Eels - 'Novocaine For The Soul'
    St Vincent - 'Birth In Reverse’
    God Is An Astronaut - 'The last March’
    Jason Falkner - 'See You Again'
    M83 – ‘Highway Of Endless Dreams’
    Goldfrapp – ‘Ride A White Horse’
    Xenon Field – ‘Hyper Velocity’ (Session)
    AC /DC - 'Back In Black'
    Windings – ‘Bang Bang Normal Man’
    Kerbdog – ‘Severed’
    Tvvins - 'You Better’
    No Sweat – ‘Heart & Soul’
    Last Days Of 1984 – ‘Woods’

    Hour 3:

    Ham Sandwich – ‘Never talk’
    Talking Heads – ‘Once In A Lifetime’
    Daithi (Feat: Senita) - 'Case Closed'
    Xenon Field – ‘Hyper Velocity’ (Session)
    Santigold – ‘You’ll Find A Way’ (Switch & Sinden Remix)
    Rocstrong – ‘Go ‘Head’
    The Clash – ‘This Is Radio Clash’
    Homeboy Sandman – ‘Not Pop’
    MARRS – ‘Pump Up The Volume’
    Land Lovers – ‘Matilda’
    St Vincent – ‘I Prefer Your Love’
    Kurt Vile – ‘Snowflakes Are Dancing’
    Xenon Field – ‘Anti Mass’ (Session)
    David Bowie – ‘Station To Station’

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