On this week’s round-up of the best new Irish music, it may not be jazz but The Scratch will help you to ‘Mind Yourself’ either side of the barricades with their second album. Walkinstown’s finest Jacknife Lee and a fancy assortment of friends prove you’re never to old to turn it on with Los Angeles. Girlfriend. deliver their long-awaited debut album ‘To Be Quiet’ and Ex-JJ72 bassist Hillary Woods continues her drone renaissance with ‘Acts of Light’.

Following a delightful performance at Ireland Music Week, Holly Munro delivers their excellent EP ‘UP Against Your Nature’, veteran rockers All Tvvins return with their new EP ‘Your Country’ and Big Sleep say, well, ‘Isn’t That Sweet’.

This week’s big singles include ‘Who’s That Girl’ from our cover-star KhakiKid, who has hooked up with Chameleon and Carsten2x for another signature rowdy hip hop number – we demand a Madonna mash-up immediately. Following the excellent single ‘Lucky’, ALYXIS returns with another high-grade, dark dance banger ‘Grip’. Winter Aid shares the Chuck Johnson rework of his 2013 single ‘The Wisp Sings’ which with over 140 million streams on Spotify is probably the most successful Irish song of the last decade that most people aren’t aware of.

Family band, Driven Snow remind us that putting the effort in is worthwhile on ‘Nothing Is As Hard As Love’ and Emileo highlights the plight of the people of Morocco following the recent earthquake with ‘(Youssef)’, while Havvk gear up for the release of their forthcoming album with the gritty ‘City Creep’ anf Galway dance act Lushed continues to introduce himself to the scene with his latest single ‘U’.

Meanwhile, Roisin Murphy attempts to move on from recent controversies with ‘Off & On’ and the artist formerly known as Sven launches his new moniker Still Searching with ‘Notifications Off’  while Anna Mieke moves into her third act with the hazy ‘Ornament’.

All this plus new tracks from CABL, Dave Nulty, Fya Fox, End Gallery, Amy Montgomery, Pigeon Millers, A.N.J.A., Patrick Stefan, Rudy, Sunburn, Geoffrey Harold, and the human songwriting AI that is Laurie Shaw.

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The Scratch

Hilary Woods

Lol Tolhurst/Budgie/ Jacknife Lee


Holly Munro


Big Sleep

All Tvvins