Click on the link to listen back to this week’s show – In Colour with Darren Cleary 15/06/15
This week the order of business was new music. We had tunes from The Jigsaw Jam, The View, Blur, PARADOX, The Fratellis, Luke Keating Music, The Chemical Brothers, The Shoos‘ Shane Fallon, ElevationFalls, Grounds For Invasion, North Lotts, and Hollows
The quality of the tunes arriving in our inbox from up and coming Irish musicians never ceases to amaze me. This week was particularly strong. Grounds for Invasion’s track Bruce Lee was something that really stood out. It is effortlessly funky and very memorable. The vocal is fantastic and the melody is strikingly similar to the theme tune of a popular video game but slowed right down, it works perfectly. The Galway based electronic duo’s debut studio album Dying Stars is available here.
The more I hear from Luke Keating the more I’m impressed, with minimum fuss he melds catchy lyrics with well written music and the result is always excellent. His new one ‘Tonight’ has been a firm favourite of mine this week.
Paradox are one of the most consistent bands on the Irish music scene, which is no mean feat. They’ve been churning out top tunes since 1996. You could level the criticism at many bands that their new material doesn’t stand up when compared with their earlier stuff, not Paradox though.
They are better than ever, ‘Chapters’ 2014 was thoroughly enjoyable the new single is excellent and its well worth checking out https://www.paradoxrock.com/.
The Jigsaw Jam are friends of the show, they’ve a new EP out at the moment. I listened to it from start to finish last week and then put it back on again, it’s best described as laid back mellow folk music, this release is some of their best work. The EP is available here to download: https://itun.es/ie/IKvD7
Shane Fallon of the Shoos is solo and his track Crazy Beautiful is brilliant, it’s been added to our playlist and you’ll be hearing a lot more from him on In Colour.
Elevation Falls continue to produce expansive rock music, some of their tracks sound similar but given how good they are that’s not a criticism but a compliment. There’s a consistency to their writing and the music which leaves me looking forward to their new tunes.
North Lotts first single Butterfly Stampede made our playlist, it’s also been heard in the UK, US, Canada, Mexico and Japan this week which is no great shock given the quality of the track and the apparent talent of the burgeoning band.
Hollows were kind enough to give us a teaser from their new EP, the song they sent ‘Clock is Ticking’ and it certainly whet the appetite, looking forward to hearing their upcoming EP Dehumanity. You can stay up to date with them: https://www.facebook.com/hollowsireland
We’re always on the lookout for new music. If you’re a singer, songwriter or band and you’d like your song played on RTÉ 2XM, we’d love to give you the platform to have your music heard by music lovers.
The people who listen to 2XM are passionate about music and we get a great response to the emerging Irish artists we feature on the show.
You can send us your music facebook page – leave us a link to your tunes – www.facebook.com/InColour2XM.
You can email me – Darren.Cleary@rte.ie
Playlist | In Colour with Darren Cleary 15/06/15
Track 1: LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
Track 2: The View – Voodoo Doll
Track 3: Blur – Lonesome Street
Track 4:The Fratellis – Me and the Devil
Track 5: The Chemical Brothers – Go
Track 6: Paradox – Free As A Bird
Track 7: Luke Keating – Tonight
Track 8: Shane Fallon – Crazy Beautiful
Track 9: Elevation Falls – May You Be
Track 10: The Jigsaw Jam – We Have Done
Track 11: Grounds for Invasion – Bruce Lee
Track 12: North Lotts – Butterfly Stampede
Track 13: Hollows – Clock is Ticking
Track 14: Robin Thicke – Dream World