The Irish music scene is in something resembling rude health, with a number of outstanding new records landing in the last few weeks alone. Listen to some highlights from our current playlist.

1. All The Things You've Done by Barry McCormack

Time for a proper Irish cult music hero: the former  Jubilee Allstar returns to the fray with a new album, Salt Of The Earth, due later this month. Here's a wee taster: 

2. I'm Not In Love by Song Sung & David Holmes

We're loving everything we've heard thus far from David Holmes' forthcoming Late Night Tales compilation (not least his collaboration with BP Fallon) - check out this cover version of the 10CC classic he recorded with Una and Georgina McGeough, identical twin sisters from County Monaghan:Georgina McGeough

3. The Upswing by Bell X1

It's all too easy to take Bell X1 for granted. Album number seven, entitled Arms, was recorded with Villagers maestro Tommy McLoughlin in Termon, Co. Donegal, and might just be their finest hour to date. The rapturous response they received at Electric Picnic this year suggests that National Treasure status is pendng:

4. Salt by Katie Kim

Ambient folk-pop goddess Kim has just released her latest album of otherworldly soundscapes, one that delivers on the promise of her earlier lo-fi recordings in spades - it's a remarkable achievement, one that sounds quite unlike anything else out there right now, and our candidate for Headphones Album Of The Year:

5. Song For Sara by The New 52

Talented singer-songwriter Darragh Cullen released his first solo album aged 15; these days, he's a seasoned 21-year old veteran, co-writing tunes for his new album with Ex-Church frontman Boo Hewerdine, who also produced. An old-school tunesmith with a knack for a killer hook - world domination may ensue: 

6. I'll Be Alright by Malojian:

This Northern Irish three-piece, led by frontman/resident genius Stevie Cullion, have steadily built themselves a loyal fanbase and kudos from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Cerys Matthews and Gary Lightbody; album number three, recorded by the legendary Steve Albini, is their crowning achievement thus far: