Music Mondays: Hozier, Heroes & house music
Your insider catch-up with what's going on in music this week:
Surprise return of the week: La Roux
Five years since Elly Jackson and her ginger fringe ruled the UK airwaves with tracks like 'Bulletproof' and the enduring 'In For The Kill', she returns with news of a new album Trouble In Paradise in July. 'Let Me Down Gently' retains some of the eighties synth-pop of La Roux's first but brings things to a more expansive place.
Live performance of the week
Hozier – 'Take Me To Church' (on Letterman)
Andrew Hozier-Byrne's ascension into the mainstream continues with a performance on US TV via David Letterman. The boy's gonna be big. Obviously.
Funky pop track of the week
Chromeo – 'Lost On The Way Home' feat. Solange
There's a lot of talk about Solange's involvement in that elevator incident but let's not forget she's a fine vocalist. As she proves once again by guesting on Chromeo's '80s-gilded style as heard on their fun new album White Women.
Rockstar aging gracefully of the week
Damon Albarn – 'Mr Tembo'
The Blur front man continues to delve deeper into a comfortable, yet creative discography. New single Mr Tembo is the most uplifting track from his album Everyday Robots.
Irish rock track of the week
Elastic Sleep – 'Leave You'
With a sound that's undoubtedly influenced by shoegaze movement of the past, the new track from Cork band Elastic Sleep features My Bloody Valentine-style blissed-out rock, riffs that come out of the Kevin Shields handbook all wrapped up in hazy withdrawn tones that perfectly encapsulate the original era.
Surprise reunion of the week
4 Non Blondes reunited to sing their big hit What's Going On? at An Evening With Women event in Los Angeles. Lead singer Linda Perry has done well for herself in the intervening 22 years of course, having penned or co-written songs for Pink, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, Adam Lambert and Weezer.
Trending Irish Shazam track of the week
Klingande - 'Jubel'
Despite being released in early 2013, this track with the sax solo from the French house duo continues to grow in the discovery chart. They played Dublin last Friday night.
Cover of the week
Janelle Monae – 'Heroes'
The eminent ArchAndroid covers the Bowie classic.