The Best Irish Releases of 2024 So Far

Words: Dylan Murphy
Image: Sloucho by George Voronov

Words: Dylan Murphy
Image: Sloucho by George Voronov

There’s been a landslide of incredible music dropping since the start of 2024. So, as we enter the second quarter of the year, we’re taking stock of the best releases coming out of Ireland so far. We’ve had Drill number ones, artists returning after a hiatus and new acts announcing themselves as next up, so in no particular order, here’s our favourite releases of the year so far.

Stella and the Dreaming

The First Time

We had to wait two years for the follow up to Stella and the Dreaming’s debut single ‘You Are Here’, but it’s been worth it. ‘The First Time’ poses the kind of questions that expose one’s inner most feelings. The kind that leave you tense in anticipation of the response. Thankfully, Stella’s whispered delivery is a soft cloud cushioning the landing on an intimate and spellbinding return.

Chubby Cat

100 Miles an Hour

100 Miles an Hour’ is a neat synopsis of Chubby Cat‘s range. Moving between skippy electronic to ripping guitars, its unpredictable tendencies are symptomatic of the vision of an artist that refuses to be categorised.

Lucy McWilliams

Old Ways

Breaking free from a life that no longer serves her, ‘Old Ways’ features production from Zach Dawes (Lana Del Rey, Sharon Van Etten) and Taylor Locke and acts as a perfect showcase of a new era for Lucy McWilliams. It’s cinematic, big and a far cry from some of the more intimate whispers of her early work. Tap into the full EP Third Second Chance for more.

Photo: Lucy McWilliams by Luvi Crezia (IG @luhcrezia)


Lower Your Hopes

In an era of market-researched lyrics and trend forecasting, Curtisy’s music is a breath of fresh air. Sounding like it came straight off the dome with no rewrites, the Dublin rapper’s single ‘Lower Your Hopes’ epitomises the self-aware and abstract style that has has us counting down the days until his debut album. Shout out to owin on the beat too, the pitched down vocal sample scratches an itch we didn’t know we had.

Photo: Curtisy by @orla.neiland 



EFÉ’s first release since 2022 is shattering any attempts to pigeon hole her into the bedroom pop realm. The 2000s inspired fuzzy guitars and blend of rock and pop has it feeling like the soundtrack to the closing credits of Malcolm in the middle. ‘Truth☆Truth‘ crashed into our headphones as a welcome reminder that EFÉ is still her.

Photo: EFÉ by @weepywoopy


daisy chains

London-based Irish singer and producer SPIDER’s evolution is a sight to behold. While the ethereal ‘water sign’ drew us in, it’s her pivot to rock that’s kept us hooked. ‘daisy chains’ is an uncompromising and unforgiving cut that takes back agency and makes it clear that she isn’t putting up with anymore shit.

Photo: SPIDER by @the_lizard__queen

p o n d 20mg

dream like that

It’s hard to pick just one track from p o n d 20mg. The cryptic artist has shared five songs already this year that pull hyperpop, nitecore and other bitcrushed sounds into an inseparable soup of electronic goodness. ‘a dream like that’ shares dna with meatcomputer, yung lean and even the sugary sweet vocals of Jordan Ward.



The word cerebral gets thrown around too easily in electronic music these days. However, when it feels like you have ten tabs open in your head, Belfast-based producer and vocalist HY:LY’s ‘Blindside’ is a welcome remedy. The DnB drums, ghostly vocals and hypnotic lyrics cushion fragile nervous systems.

Photo: HY:LY by by Luis Patton

Big Sleep

Two Cents

The cinematic americana motifs on Big Sleep’s ‘Two Cents’ mean it could soundtrack the closing scene in a romantic summer flick as easily as it could a road trip to the end of the earth. Either way, the bottom line is this is a track that invites imagination and is asking to be bound tightly with your favourite memories.

Photo: Big Sleep by Liam McCafferty

Saoirse Miller


Saoirse Miller’s ‘Birds’ is six minutes of soul-cleansing ambient folk. Melding spoken word, field sounds of birds and production that stretches as far as the coastline, it’s a spiritual palette cleanser that’s a necessary addition to any self care routines.

Chalk, Fears


Chalk are masters of stretching sounds to their extremities. The Belfast trio have routinely melted the unrelenting shared qualities of post-punk and electronic into enthralling stream of claustrophobic cuts. While ‘Bliss’ certainly escalates quickly, there’s an ecstasy present that results in what is their most hedonistic track to date. Winged by ethereal vocals from fellow northern artist Fears, it’s the standout from Conditions II EP.

Photo: Chalk by Aaron Cunningham

anna leah

Gold Star Baby

Equal parts comforting and empowering, ‘Gold Star Baby’ is an arm round the shoulder when things get a little overwhelming. The title track from anna leah’s debut EP is a standout from the project and a reminder for anyone who wasn’t aware, that she’s next up.

Photo: anna leah by


Amongst the bilingual songwriting, shrieks between verses, lullaby-esque melodies and shimmering production, there’s a lot of different ideas competing for your attention on Vaticanjail’s ‘NEXT2U‘. It’s not hard to understand how the track could quickly become muddy and overwhelming, but in reality, there’s never a moment that feels overcrowded or a concept that feels unfinished. If anything, the appeal is in the flawless execution on the Chilean-born, Irish-residing artist’s second official release. In a time where bedroom DnB is becoming a tired sound, Vaticanjail is throwing home-spun electronic music into exciting new realms.

XXXX In Stereo

Ode to Best

Five minutes of unrelenting breaks in ode to one of the slickest dribblers this island has ever seen. Just waiting for that Paddy McCourt remix.

Photo: XXXX In Stereo by @muireann_delaney

The State


Slaloming between thoughts of leaving for another land and the pipe dream of owning a gaff, D-Unit dweller Fynch picks apart modern living in Ireland on ‘The State’, the third track on his debut album. Another in a long line of whitty rap tracks that tackles the big problems without taking itself too seriously.

Find all the songs and extras in the playlist below: