Homegrown Friday Five: Elaine Mai, Sons Phonetic, Kind Pirates, Aonair & Gemma Hayes

Homegrown Friday Five: Elaine Mai, Sons Phonetic, Kind Pirates, Aonair & Gemma Hayes

A collection of Irish aural delights to warm your ears as the evenings get a bit colder! For all the best in Irish music, check out Irish Beats with Rob O'Connor every Sunday at 8pm on Beat 102-103.


Elaine Mai


One of the most hotly anticipated Irish albums of 2021 has just been released. ‘Home’ by Elaine Mai contains nine tracks of electronic wonderment and features the collaborative singles No Forever (feat. MayKay), Still Feel (feat Ailbhe Reddy) and Go Slow (feat. Sinead White).



Sons Phonetic


Sons Phonetic are a six piece hip hop group hailing from Tramore, Co. Waterford. Hotpress magazine has described them as “Razor tongued rhymers with some icy production”. Nakatomi is their third studio album, full of beats, breaks, samples and syncopated lyrics.


Kind Pirates

Coming Up Fast


Kind Pirates, the side project of Ollie Cole, former TURN frontman, release a new video for the song Coming Up Fast. The video features world famous stuntman JamesG taking on some of the most dangerous stunts ever attempted on Heelys. Jackass has nothing on this guy!



Think Twice


'Think Twice' features the smooth vocals of Wyvern Lingo's Caoi de Barra and is a powerful, heartfelt, breezy escapism tune with 80’s drenched guitars, heart-racing rhythms, and Aonair’s big vocals at the forefront.



Gemma Hayes

Back On My Hand

Gemma Hayes 2002 indie masterpiece album ‘Night On My Side’ recently received the retrospective treatment as part of Hotpress magazine’s Up Close & Personal series. The album still sounds as fresh as a daisy which is a testament to Hayes’ songwriting talent and timeless production choices.