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). http://xenonfield.com/
The Last Sound is the creative force of Barry Murphy, with Bryan O’Connell. Formed by Murphy more than a decade ago, The Last Sound has released some of the most inventive music that these shores have produced during the past 10 years. The album ‘Rainbow Xplode’ surfaced last year, and was Dan's number five Irish album of 2013. Outside of The Last Sound, Barry Murphy has performed a number of times on stage as part of ex-Can vocalist Damo Suzuki’s never ending tour band, also appearing on his 2009 live album One More Universe. He is also one half of ...
Overhead. The Albatross have been working on their debut album for the past while. During this time, they’ve strung together some stunning live performances. The band also performed one of the best received 2fm sessions 2013. The Dublin-based band supply this week’s Five-Track Shuffle. http://overheadthealbatross.bandcamp.com/
Ghost Maps is the current guise for Jeff Martin of Halfset. Martin has been largely missed by the 'wider' audience for many years. His 2005 album 'Spoons' is perhaps one of the best albums that you've never heard. With Ghost Maps he brought out 'The Ocean From The River' late last year; this is the sound of an artist that has challenged themselves, and succeeded on every level. Jeff brings us this week’s Five-Track Shuffle. http://www.ghost-maps.com/
The Strypes are 2fm's choice for Eurosonic 2014, Europe's most influential new music festival, which takes place in Groningen, The Netherlands this week. They join a strong Irish contingent that includes, Girl Band, Daithi, Hudson Taylor, Le Galaxie, Hozier, Kid Karate, and Daniel James. Hear what the band chose for their Five-Track Shuffle with Dan on The Alternative. http://thestrypes.com/ http://festival.eurosonic-noorderslag.nl/en/