Nialler9's New Irish Music: Meltybrains?, Evvol and Lakerama

The things you need to hear in Irish music right now, including Bitch Falcon, The Expert, White Boys, I'm Your Vinyl, Meltybrains?, Evvol and Lakerama

Songs of the week

Meltybrains? -  The Vine
Since appearing on the Irish scene a few years back, the Dublin band have always had an experimental bent but that tendency generally unfurled itself in elongated passages of avant-art instrumentation. The Vine meanwhile embraces a peculiar but thrilling tropical pop music that sounds inspired by autotune Jamaican dancehall. The end result could feature on a Disney soundtrack. Surprising and compelling.

Lakerama - Take
Limerick producer Graeme S, inspired by the Chicago-born sounds of footwork and juke, has teamed up with Cork singer Senita Appiakarong, who has collaborated with Le Galaxie and Daithí, for a three-track EP of soulful dance music. Pick of the bunch is the opening track Take.

Bitch Falcon - TMJ
The Dublin three-piece continues to strengthen their credentials as the Irish rock band with the biggest punch. New single TMJ has a grunge air with vocalist Lizzie Fitzpatrick tearing into the vocals with an early '90s Seattle style.

The Expert  - Da Wha?
Fans of Irish rap of the last decade will be pleased to know that one half of one of Ireland's finest rap groups Messiah J and The Expert has continued his forays into instrumental hip-hop beats and come up with an album of the stuff called Dynamic Drift. Album standout Da What? samples A Tribe Called Quest and channels the spirit of production pioneer J Dilla.


New artist of the week

White Boys
My first encounter with White Boys was a questionable but undoubtedly brave funk version of Hozier's Take Me To Church, which at first, wasn't clear if it was a joke or a lovingly-crafted cover, partly down to the Cork duo's sunglasses-wearing pisstake-leaning promo video.

They're at it again for their video Stylin. Gathering all their mates together at a party who half-know the words to their song, adding a Brian Cowen mask and a camera and the result is a cheap jokey music video that belies White Boys impressively immersive soulful funk-R&B that is reminiscent of the kind of music Republic Of Loose made in their prime.

Grab a free download of their EP at and catch them at gigs this weekend on Friday at Cobblestone Joe's, in Limerick and Saturday at The Greyhound, Tralee.

Irish album of the week

Evvol - Eternalism
The Berlin-based duo of Jon Dark and Julie Chance (one Irish / one Aussie) originally appeared as Kool Thing, whose output culminated in a debut album inspired by '90s indie, and '80s electronic.

With a name change came a fresh approach, and a honed-in sound that takes more of an inspiration from their home city. The result can be heard on Eternalism, the rejuvanated duo's debut which takes in melodic synth-noir landscapes and heady dance textures.

Remix of the week

I'm Your Vinyl – Erase Me (Daithí remix)
Galway fiddle and electronic wunderkind has updated the retro pop thrill of the Dublin band I'm Your Vinyl's Erase Me into a house-pop club track.