I would imagine when you think of Irish music you don’t think of the club scene. But Róisín Murphy has been packing dance floors all over the world for 25 years. Róisín (Roh-sheen) is from Arklow Co. Wicklow. She moved to England in her teens and in 1994 formed trip-hop band Moloko who had massive hits with Sing It Back and The Time Is Now. She went solo in 2005 and hasn’t looked back since.
Described as Ireland’s queen of the avant-garde, her amazing voice, daring fashion sense and effortless cool has made her the darling of the club scene and a mainstay of hip radio stations like 6music. All while keeping her wicked Irish sense of humour. At Glastonbury introducing one of her hits she called out, “Come and have a dance with your mum” before cutting a rug.
I for one am a dyed-in-the-wool rocker but there is something about Murphy’s music that makes me get my dance on. And in her late 40’s she might just be producing the best work of her career.
She seems to be releasing stone cold banger after stone cold banger. Murphy’s law, her new single is an instant classic. But we could have put in Narcissus or Incapable. All have rare quality of sounding both cutting edge and like a disco classic.
So if I’ve piqued your interest why not have a listen. After all , the time is now.