The summer has came and went, there’s been restrictions eased and life’s getting back to normality. Yes, that does mean we’ve been out and socially un-distancing ourselves, just as you should.
Even with that, the local music scene has still been churning out some brilliant sounds. We have a selection for ya that’ll have your playlists sorted to soundtrack your autumnal strolling, coffeeshop slabbering and sit down raving all in one.
First up, the evergreen talent that is H.R.Gibs sits down with the dynamic duo themselves, Saint Sister. They talk about their new album, their environments as a Belfast and Derry women living in Dublin and the unescapable personal context of music.
Then Natasha Rainey gets into it with BBC Radio 1’s Gemma Bradley about how she’s been finding the balance between superstar radio DJ and a rising popstar all at once. Gemma’s surrounded by great music as a presenter on Radio 1 and BBC Radio Ulster, so it’s only natural her new single ‘Better’ is one of our favourite tracks this year.
Hot of the shortlist for the NI Music Prize’s Best Album award, budding folk extraordinaire Dani Larkin talks with Lee Campbell about ‘Notes for a Maiden Warrior’. She explains her upbringing, the strength of female figures and the power of gatherings.
Not many local producers could match the quality in output of that of CBAKL, who merges old soul and jazz samples into chilled out hip-hop instrumentals that has seem him rack up millions of streams. We spoke to him over a coffee about building a scene in Belfast, his entry into sampling and what local musicians he would beat in an arm wrestle.
Liquid Chords, the best music podcast in the world are back with their second season, so host Conchúr White gives us his rundown of each episode, featuring the likes of Fontaines DC, SOAK and New Pagans.
Also enjoy our favourite moments from AVA festival, with stunning photography from our own Hannah McCallum and Daniel Sheilds, the event of the year for any header.
Plus featuring all the local music reviews and art you could ever dream of!
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