Solo Series Phase II

posted on 19 July 2014


At best, a record is simply a document of a certain time and place. Solo Series Phase II, taking place over five years from inception in 2009 to release in 2014, is a wide-lens portrait of Ireland’s new musical landscape.

For me personally, however, it means something more. Adrian, Kate, Cora and Caoimhín are also great friends with whom I have shared more than a decade of musical adventures around the world – uniquely gifted musicians whom I have learnt so much from over the years and artists whom I have only the deepest respect for.

I feel privileged to have been party to sharing these journeys; four circuitous paths across wild terrain which converged, finally, on the top of the mountain, looking out. I am so happy to introduce this music to its audience at last, and I look forward to seeing it march on from here – sliding across the other side of the scree, and on into the world.

Nick Roth
Director, Diatribe Records
Dublin, July ’14

Spring releases

posted on 27 March 2014

It is all go at Diatribe this Spring with the recent releases of Benjamin Dwyer’s Scenes from Crow and OKO’s I Love You Computer Mountain, as well as the imminent release of Ian Wilson’s Stations featuring Matthew Schellhorn on piano.

All albums are available from our SHOP page and if you want to find out more about these great artists check them out on our ARTISTS page.

ReDiviDeR at No. 8 in top 20 European Jazz releases of 2013 on Marlbank

posted on 9 November 2013

The kind folk at Marlbank named ReDiviDeR meets I Dig Monk, Tuned as #9 in their list of the best European Jazz releases of 2013! Click link below for the full list…


Release of new ReDiviDeR album – meets I Dig Monk, Tuned

posted on 7 October 2013

The latest album from Dublin free-improv quartet ReDiviDeR is released today on Diatribe Records.

Following much critical acclaim for their debut release Never odd or eveN (Diatribe, 2011), including a four-star review in the Irish-Times and a ‘one to watch out for’ recommendation in All About Jazz, bandleader Matthew Jacobson has added four special guests from the UK for album number two.

Each guest features on one track, all composed specifically for this project by Jacobson. Between them, these four UK musicians possess two Mercury Award nominations, a Dankworth Prize for Jazz composition and a BBC Rising Star Award. They are Kit Downes on keys, Alex Roth on guitar, Alex Bonney on trumpet/electronics and Ben Davis on cello.

The music on this album blends composed and free sections, bringing the musicians together while also allowing them space to express themselves, whether through textural passages, urban grooves, lush harmonies or striking melodies.

The album, recorded in February 2013 in Bow Lane Studios, Dublin with Jimmy Eadie, also features regular ReDiviDeR members Nick Roth on alto, Colm O’Hara on trombone, Derek Whyte on bass and Matthew Jacobson on drums. As well as being mixed in Berlin with Zodiaque, there is a family touch to proceedings with Matthew’s brother Daniel (aka ZoiD) adding some post-production processing of his own.

The album has already been described as ‘a big leap forward’ by Marlbank and ‘an inspired endeavour’ by No More Workhorse, while All About Jazz call it a ‘striking musical collage… recommended for those generally disposed to imaginative, genre-bending music’.

Francesco Turrisi’s new album Grigio released

posted on 30 September 2013

Grigio, the new album by Francesco Turrisi is out now on Diatribe Records.

Grigio features an eclectic and unique selection of compositions drawing from musical sources as varied as 17th century Italian composers Merula, Strozzi and Landi, traditional Irish Sean-nós songs, a traditional Hebrew song, a John Zorn composition from the Masada songbook and original music by Turrisi.

Francesco Turrisi – piano
Nick Roth – soprano sax
Kate Ellis – cello
Dan Bodwell – bass
Sean Carpio – drums

with special guests:

Zohar Fresco – Frame drums, Percussion and vocals
Róisín Elsafty – vocals
Clara Sanabras – vocals

TeaTroniK’s debut album Teatronica released today

posted on 24 May 2013

TeaTroniK - Teatronica (cover design by Manus Sweeney)

Irish electronica duo TeaTronik release their debut album on Diatribe Records today. An exciting new act, TeaTronik is comprised of founding members Celsey McFadden and Monica Harkin, who bring their disparate influences together to great effect, creating a sound that is at once atmospheric and electronic, but also melodic and organic.

TeaTronik came into being when Celsey responded to Monica’s “guitarist wanted” ad. Originally performing in restaurants around Dublin as an acoustic jazz and folk act, all that changed when they started to write their own original material, with a distinctly electronic edge coming to the fore.

While Celsey has a strong instrumental performance background, having specialised in contemporary and jazz guitar performance while at college, he admits to being obsessed with electronic music production, bringing a glitchy love for found sounds, electroacoustic and detailed rhythms to bear on TeaTronik’s output. This duality of approach, strengthened by Monica’s beguiling vocal, which can move from choral to punk to folk across a single track, creates an atmospheric sound that, unusually for electronica, is full of texture and warmth. From the start TeaTroniK’s aim has always been to seamlessly blend the electronic with the organic.
Two and a half years in the making TeaTronik’s debut album Teatronica is a captivating and uncompromising album that borrows from classical harmony, folk warmth and sound experimentation. With a clear electronic foundation the album layers organic and found sounds with Monica’s otherworldly vocals to create a haunting and compelling soundscape that is full of longing and promise.

Tronix Two: Thought-Fox Remix Project

posted on 21 January 2013

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For Tronix Two, we took three tracks from a recent acoustic album, Thought-Fox’s “My Guess”, and handed out the files from the recording session to ten producers and composers to remix.

Thought-Fox is a contemporary jazz quintet of voice, trombone, piano, bass and drums. The remixers chose a track and had five wav files (one for each instrument) to play around with. The results are awesome if we do say so ourselves…

Here are previews from the first six remixes:

more remixes are on the way…

We’re having a gig at the Joinery with all the remixers on Friday, 22nd February. More info soon.

Diatribe profiled by Ian Patterson in All About Jazz

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Diatribe has been featured in an All About Jazz article. The series, “Label Profiles” has looked at labels such as Fresh Sound New Talent and ACT.

Read the article here:

Thanks Ian!

New Tronix Release: Enda Bates – Mood Spiral

posted on 16 November 2012

Enda’s new work “Mood Spiral” is up now on the Tronix bandcamp page.

Download for name-your-price, no minimum!

The Tronix Series is a selection of electronic music from Ireland, released in net-based installments from January 2011. The emphasis is on bringing artists from different musical regions together to collaborate or re-work each others’ material: from electro-acoustic to electronica, from improvised to techno to jazz.

Award winning Jazz Quintet Thought-Fox launch their debut album on Diatribe

posted on 15 November 2012

“This music is joy to my ears. Firstly, it has vocals, although mostly wordless, and that makes it human. Lauren is all breathes and puffs and clicks and improvised vocal tones. I think Bjork. [This is] attractive music with energy and I enjoyed it with my feet as much as my head. In some ways, a complete band.”

Eric Pozza Canberra Jazz

Diatribe are proud to announce the release date for ‘My Guess’, the debut album from outstanding jazz quintet, Thought-Fox

Winner of Music Network’s Young Musicwide Award in 2010, Thought-Fox include some of the freshest improvisers on the Irish and UK jazz scenes, whose other-worldly compositions pivot around the powerful and gorgeous voice of Lauren Kinsella. Fellow foxes include trombonist Colm O’Hara, who has performed with luminaries such as Kenny Wheeler and Michael Brecker, and pianist Tom Gibbs, a stalwart of the Scottish jazz scene. Rhythmic propulsion comes courtesy of seasoned bassist Mick Coady and drummer Simon Roth.

Their debut record will be released at a free launch party on Saturday 1st December at The Grand Social in Dublin.

‘My Guess’ was produced by Nick Roth for Diatribe Records – Ireland’s leading record label for jazz, contemporary, new and improvised music. Founded in 1999, their catalogue is a roster of the most innovative and creative artists working in Ireland today. CD available to purchase from

My Guess features original songs, mostly composed by Kinsella, a natural-born improviser blessed with a truly astonishing voice.  On My Guess, Kinsella delves deep into personal experience and relationships to explore themes of loss and memory, and the idea of people moving on.  A deliciously diverse collection of tracks that weaves together Kinsella’s beautiful lyrical flights and expressive improvisations with the virtuosic interplay of trombonist Colm O’Hara, anchored by the powerhouse rhythm section of Tom Gibbs on piano, bassist Mick Coady and drummer Simon Roth. The result is an exquisite, intoxicating, and sometimes edgy blend of voices that manages to maintain equilibrium while probing and pushing in different directions.

Hailed as “a completely down to earth and exquisitely vivacious young Irish singer” (Katie Bull, The New York City Jazz Record), Lauren Kinsella has performed in venues across Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, Hungary, Norway, Portugal, Germany and India. She completed her BA at Newpark Music Centre and has since studied with R.A. Ramamani in India, Mats Holtne in Sweden, and represented Ireland at the 19th IASJ meeting under Dave Liebman. She is currently pursuing her Jazz Masters at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music, London. Lauren has performed in festivals around the world including the Shiva Festival, Malleswaram, India, The Songlines Encounters Festival, London, The Cork Jazz Festival, The 12 Points Festival, Porto and The European Jazz Nights Festival, Oslo. Lauren is a member of other groups such as Blue-Eyed Hawk with trumpeter Laura Jurd, Lupo with Swiss singer Sarah Buechi, and duo collaborations with musicians such as Alex Huber, Mark Sanders and Francesco Turrisi.

The launch of My Guess is a FREE event! Check out the facebook event page here>

Tronix One launch gig in Dublin, Fri 23rd Nov

posted on 26 October 2012

Diatribe Records begins a series of EIGHT new releases with a limited edition red vinyl TRONIX ONE, and a launch event in Dublin at The Fumbally

We’re launching a physical Tronix release next month, with Tronix One, a 12” LP, on limited edition (run of 250) transparent red vinyl , with contributions from leading Ireland-based electronic musicians, producers and composers including Cignol, Legion of One, h-ci, Linda Buckley, Enda Bates, David Donohoe, and ZoiD and Nick Roth.

This new release is a compilation of highlights from the Diatribe Tronix series, an ongoing selection of electronic music from Ireland, which has been released in digital installments since January 2011. Tronix emphasis is on bringing artists from different musical regions together, from electro-acoustic to electronica, or improvised to techno to jazz, to collaborate or re-work each other’s material.

Tronix One will be launched at a live gig on Friday 23rd November in The Fumbally. Six live acts and two DJs will perform through the night, including a debut from Earráid – RTE Lyric FM composer-in-residence Linda Buckley’s new project with improvising musicians Nick Roth and Matthew Jacobson. Other Tronix sets on the night will come from Eomac v’s  ZoiD (Back2Back DJ Set) Cignol, h-ci + OKO, Enda Bates, David Donohoe, with live visuals from the ever inventive Tim Redfern.

Enda Bates (who picked up a nomination for a Qwartz 8 award for his Tronix piece “Pulse”) will play new material for guitar and electronics. David Donohoe will be creating improvisations using analogue synths. h-ci + OKO is a quartet of improvisers including Shane Latimer (gtr), Darragh O’Kelly (keyboards), DJackulate (turntables) and h-ci (drums and electronics). Cignol is a producer of lush techno and electro based on classic drum machines and synths such as Roland’s 606 and Juno 60.

Tickets for the Tronix launch are available on the door from 7pm and cost  a paltry €5 before 8pm, or €10 after 8pm. PLIUS: The first 20 guests will also receive a free copy of the Tronix One LP, so get there early.

The Tronix Series was supported by a Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland.

Event: Diatribe Records album launch for Tronix One,
Date: Friday 23rd November 2012
Venue: The Fumbally, Dublin8
Time: Doors 7pm
Cost: €5 before 8pm, €10 after

New Release:

posted on 5 April 2012

Tronix One
Limited Edition (250 copies) Clear Red 12″ Tronix Sampler
Release Date: November 23rd, 2012

Diatribe Stall at Qwartz Music Market, Paris

posted on 31 March 2012

TRONIX #12: ZoiD Vs Nick Roth

posted on 7 February 2012

Qwartz 8 features Diatribe nomination in Track Category

posted on 22 January 2012

8 tracks were nominated from 3,287 submissions. Winner to be chosen by public voting, which ends February 7th. Click the link below, listen carefully to each track and vote for your favourite. or you could just vote for Enda Bates’ Pulse (Diatribe Tronix #2) cause you think it probably is the best ; )