Ear Plug – Jan Sleigh speaks to Oisin Van Gelderen and taps into his audial source.


This month Jan talks to Irish National Champion Oisin Van Gelderen to find out what’s in his CD changer while he travels to the four corners of Ireland seeking out wind & waves.



Queens of the Stone Age


Songs for the Deaf

Oisin recommends listening to “You ain’t worth a Dollar but I feel like a million” from Songs for the Deaf, over and over again on the way to the beach – and quite frankly I totally understand why. It rocks!

Songs for the Deaf is a killer album that probably won QOTSA a wider audience than their heavier self titled debut and more diverse “Rated R” when the single “No One Knows” gained a significant amount of airplay and exposed QOTSA as a musically different and varied rock force to be reckoned with.

Dave Grohl keeps the drumming tight on each track while Josh Homme beats out the power chords. The album is punctuated by mock radio broadcasts by “Clone radio” adding humor to the frantic musical twists and turns through pop, punk, indie, rock, and thrash, in an overpoweringly psychedelic rollercoaster ride. Stand out tracks are “First it Giveth”, “No one knows”, “Go with the flow” and of course the grinding “You ain’t worth a Dollar but I feel like a million”.





Now this takes me back.

“Glow” was the hugely successful follow up to “Replenish”, delivering a true anthem in “Place your hands”, the opening track, and establishing Reef as the definitive ‘surf-rock’ band to come out of the indie rock scene.

This is perhaps because Reef’s sound somehow made them appear to have been around since the beginning of rock & roll whilst maintaining a fresh and original feel. Gray Stringers soulful powerful vocals dominate over the stomping bluesy guitars yet allow moments of tenderness on track such as “Consideration”.

If you like your rock polished, powerful while funky and soulful, grab a copy of “Glow”.







Oisin describes Leftfield as something “in between” the franticness of QOTSA and Reef and the laid back beats of Zero 7 – and he is right.

Leftism placed Leftfield in the eternal musical halls of fame when Leftism broke down the barriers and took techno into the mainstream with their collaborative and ground breaking release. Leftism gives us a glimpse of the future fusion of punk and dance (i.e the Prodigy) with the inspired snarling vocals of Sex Pistol, and PiL founder John Lydon on “Open up” and slows the pace with the beautiful and ambient “Song for life”. More fusion, and we get “Afro-Left” a blend of techno, raga and African tribal beats – that paves the way for similar cuts on their follow up “Rhythm and Stealth”.

My favourite track has to be “Storm 3000”, a pure, trippy techno genius. With Leftfield dubbed as the pioneers or even inventors of progressive house, this album is a groundbreaker that has a place in everyone’s CD or iPod collection with the power to get you amped for a session on the water or chilled on the journey home.

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Zero 7


Simple Things

Talking of journeys home, “Simple Things” is the perfect soundtrack to help you amble back home after a session at the beach, bring you back to earth or lullaby you to sleep. It is so chilled out that it is worth wrapping a duvet round you and lighting a fire.

Simple Things is the debut by chillmeisters Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker and is an enchanting album of layered dreamy electronics over melancholic melodies and soft background beats. The album has a wonderful ambience to it with mellow seductive vocals that give tracks an ethereal feel. So if you feel like floating, flip this CD into your player, relax and drift away.




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