This week’s round-up of the best new Irish music features debut EP’s from up-and-coming artists Sharkett and TroyOkay, the director’s cut of Kojaque’s Phantom of The Afters and Zaska Live at The Triskel.

This week’s cover star Pastiche returns with her best song to date, the dancefloor ready ‘Forfeit Control’ which will surely make its way onto Irish radio playlists. BBC6 darlings Scattered Ashes lean into their love of the rockier end of Depeche Mode’s catalogue with the expansive new single ‘Kingdom’.

2FM Rising 2024 artists Sick Love return with the summer tinged ‘Don’t Wait’. Meanwhile, fresh from appearing at one of America’s biggest music conferences Shobsy showcases his significant vocal range with the anthemic ‘The Way We Are’.

Hotly tipped boyos, Cardinals deliver ‘If I Could Only Make You Care’, a sprawling 5 minute slow burn which indicates they are ready to take the next step in their career. Nell Mescal makes a guest appearance on hotshot singer songwriter Alfie Jukes new EP Sitting Pretty with a notable turn on ‘Orange Juice’.

Honas embraces an 80s driving song vibe with ‘Icy Blue’ which was inspired by a long car trip in Canada, while Side4Collective and Sacred Animals combine with Adrian Crowley for the atmospheric experiment ‘Four Letters’.

Meanwhile, Varley continue to rep Ireland in Berlin with yet another quality release in the shape of ‘Some Old Kid’, Northern Ireland’s Lilla Vargen returns with her reflective second single of 2024 ‘No Fool’.

One of Ireland’s best guitarists, Josh McClorey (ask Paul Weller if you don’t believe us) returns with new band Soft Launch, debut single ‘Cartwheels’ is a melodic Supergrass-esque affair. Declan McKenna and CMAT must be proud parents.

It’s great to see April returning to the bedroom pop sound that initially won her acclaim with ‘Stretch’ more of this please.

And, if that’s not enough goodness for your ears there’s also new music from Seba Safe, Laura Alden, Sonsie, Zapho, Carlsbad, Brad Heidi, and much more besides including the long awaited return of A Lazarus Soul with ‘The Flower I Flung Into Her Grave’

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