Nialler9's New Irish Music: Fraser Jane, Mmoths, Rosie Carney and more

The best new Irish music of the week, also featuring Rapthor x Alan Newman, The 202s, Bouts and Cian Nugent


SONGS OF THE WEEK

Rapthor x Alan Newman - Kamikaze

Dubliner Alan Newman teamed up last year with Funzo on a pop album called

Artifical High

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. It's only January and Newman is back in the collaboration trail again, teaming up with rapper Rapthor on a hip-hop album called

The Advocates

.

Kamikaze

takes its inspiration from dark ghostly 1990s rap like The Gravediggaz. The album is out this week.

The 202s - Oh My My

This Dublin band went quiet four years ago but here they are with a second album on the way in 2016. The trio's sound hasn't changed too much, drawing inspiration from krautrock and synth pop. New single

Oh My My

, like Drake's

Hotline Bling

has a beat similar to Timmy Thomas' 1970s classic

Why Can't We Live Together

and ends up sounding closer to Fujiya And Miyagi in tone.

Fraser Jane

- Enough

The London-based Irish singer-songwriter wrote, played and produced her debut single and what an interesting first gambit it is: percussive scratches, tribal drums that skate and voices that boom and groan, soaring strings and a sweet timbre of a voice.

Mmoths - Eva

The young Kildare electronic producer Jack Colleran is putting a long due plan in motion to release his debut album

Luneworks

on UK label Because Music/OYAE. New single

Eva

finds his atmosphere as a stalwart texturally but vocally, for the first time, Colleran has the brittle falsetto of Yannis Philippakis of Foals.

Bouts - Allies

Despite members living in different continents, Bouts' indie-rock resolve has returned with a new five-track EP release called

Unlearn

. Allies is their melodic-rock charged greeting.

ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Cian Nugent - Night Fiction

Having released two albums of instrumental alternative folk and blues albums on esteemed independent American labels, Cian Nugent has moved into vocal territory for his newest release on Woodsist. With help from Brendan Jenkinson on organ and piano and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh on viola, David Lacey on drums and Conor Lumsden on bass, Nugent enriches his songs with extra instrumentation throughout the album's seven tracks, with loose nods to country, bar blues and American folk. Nugent's voice, cracked, tender and youthful, anchors these old songs in a new generation.

NEW ARTIST OF THE WEEK
Rosie Carney

Donegal-based singer-songwriter Rosie Carney is only 18 years old but is developing a melancholic pop style that's all her own. Having been given the nod by Other Voices a couple of years ago, Carney will head to Texas in March for South By SouthWest. Her newest single

Antidote

, is a song about allowing heartache and loss into your life.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK
Cat Dowling - Cruel

Director: Marc Corrigan

It was 2013 when former Alphastates member Cat Dowling released her fine debut solo album

The Believer

. Now, long after its release, an affecting black-and-white animated clip for

Cruel

has appeared to remind us of the album.