Kevin Court­ney’s guide to sin­gles, down­loads and free au­diostreams

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SINÉAD O’CON­NOR AND REPUB­LIC OF LOOSE We Peo­ple (Who Are Darker than Blue)

Sinéad leaves Trench­town for a while and heads to the ghet­tos of Chicago in the 1970s, join­ing forces with the dirty Dublin funka­teers for this anti-racism song writ­ten by Cur­tis May­field. With the Dis­cov­ery Gospel Choir in tow, the re­sult is one se­ri­ous, ass-kick­ing jam. They’ll be per­form­ing it at tonight’s Me­teor Mu­sic Awards, but it’s al­ready avail­able to down­load on iTunes.

PAUL HOURICANE One Step For­ward Hur­ri­cane Records

His sur­name sounds like a hur­ri­cane, but the singer­song­writer from Malahide, Co Dublin brews up a quiet mu­si­cal storm, some­where be­tween De­clan O’Rourke and David Kitt. To cel­e­brate Houricane’s up­com­ing de­but album, Let the En­emy In, here’s his first-ever sin­gle, get­ting a proper re­lease at last; love that line, “My heart isn’t crushed, it’s cracked”.

DAVID GER­AGHTY Rag­doll De­cal

Is there a Me­teor award for best band side-projects? If there was, Bell X1 would surely sweep it. Be­sides The Cake Sale and Neo­su­per­vi­tal, there’s gui­tarist Ger­aghty and his fab new album, Kill Your Dar­lings. This evokes the spir­its of John Mar­tyn and Paul Brady in their prime, and the dou­ble bass of Dave Red­mond and the vi­o­lins of Cora Venus Lunny make for a mes­meris­ing ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

DE­CLAN O’ROURKE What­ever Else Hap­pens N4 Records

In a good week for home­grown singer song­writ­ers, the Galileo man emerges from his life ob­ser­va­tory with new songs about life, love, the moon and the stars. This charm­ing love tune from O’Rourke’s Big, Bad Beau­ti­ful World album might be a day late for Valen­tine’s Day, but I’m sure you could still ar­range a ro­man­tic din­ner over the week­end.

FU­TURE KINGS OF SPAIN This Is the End What’s the Kim?

From the fab Ner­voussys­tem album, the ex­panded FKOS rock like MFs on this gui­tar-crush­ing ode to fi­nal­ity. They’re up for three Me­teor awards tonight – let’s hope they kick the stools out from un­der those Westlife mup­pets.

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