Get Your Summer Playlist in Check!

Shauna Duggan

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So far 2015 has been a great year for music, and because it is nearly summer (and festival season) take the time out to listen and add these musicians to your list of people to check out either at a festival or for your iPod/Spotify playlists!

FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs is an English, ‘trip-hop’ artist. Her album LP1 peaked at number 16 on the UK album chart when it was released earlier in the year.  She was meant to play in Ireland last summer at the Electric Picnic music and arts festival in Stradbally, Co. Laois, but unfortunately pulled out. I luckily had the chance to see her preform live in London’s Roundhouse a few weeks ago, and her strange voice and incredible dance moves blew me away. The show she put on alone was beyond belief. Not many people know her (only as Robert Pattinson, Twilight’s Edward Cullen’s new girlfriend. Her style may not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I believe that she is one of the greatest artists of this year. Hopefully she will come to our shores in the near future!

Tracks to check out: Water Me, Give Up, Two Weeks, Video Girl, Numbers.

Kelela: 

Sticking with the theme of alternative R&B, Kelela is another female artist that caught my ear this year. Kelela is 31 from Washington DC, USA. She will be playing in Ireland this year during Bulmer’s “Forbidden Fruit” festival held the weekend of the June bank holiday. She is one act I will definitely be going to see when I attend this year. Her mixtape Cut 4 Me has been released to be downloaded for free.

Tracks to check out: A Message, Cut 4 Me, Bank Head.

alt-J:

alt-J are an English, indie rock band. The band have been on the go for a while, but I feel this year has been their peak. Their debut album “An Awesome Wave” was released in 2012 and won the 2012 British Mercury Prize. Their second and current album, “This Is All Yours” was released in September 2014 and went straight to number 1 in the UK charts. They shall be headlining the Saturday night of the Longitude festival, held in Marley Park, Dublin.

Tracks to check out: Breezeblocks, Fitzpleasure, Hunger of the Pine, Left Hand Free.

Jessie Ware:

Jessie Ware is an act that should be checked out at Electric Picnic this year in Stradbally, Co. Laois. Her style is a mix of R&B, soul and electronic. The 30 year old artist from London has had great success in recent years. Her debut studio album “Devotion” peaked at number 5 in the UK album charts in 2012. Her follow up, and current album “Tough Love” was released in 2014 and reached number 9 in the UK album charts.

Tracks to check out: Running, Wildest Moments, If You’re Never Gonna Move, Say You Love Me.

Years & Years:

Years & Years are a English-Australian trio founded in London. Their music has been described as electropop with a mixture of R&B and 90s house music elements. Their single King (linked above) reached number 1 in the UK charts this month. Years & Years shall be playing a set at Longitude this year, and they’re a band I’ll certainly be going to check out when I attend!

Tracks to check out: King, Desire, Traps, Take Shelter.

So, do you think you’ll be continuing to listen to these artists or go to check them out at a festival this year? Let me know in the comments!

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Shauna Duggan