In a recent post I mentioned that, although the state of pop music Ireland is in rude health right now, I thought we might be a while off laying claim to a chart-conquering EDM star in the vein of this year's Oxegen headliners Calvin Harris and David Guetta. Turns out I may have spoken too soon.
Dáithí Ó Drónaí is a musician I happened upon way back in the days of Myspace and it's been really interesting to follow his progress from fresh-faced TV talent show contestant to ambient trad/electronic indie kid and now, seemingly, chart-ready pop maestro.
New single 'Chemeleon Life' is a markedly more 'commercial' sound than his previous releases, with rich vocals from Dublin singer Rachel Barror, credited as Raye, soldered onto Dáithí's synth-heavy production.
It's pretty remarkable how he's managed to transition to this sound with such ease, but it's also reassuring to see in the video for the track, directed by Feel Good Lost, that he hasn't abandoned his trusted fiddle altogether.
Dáithí's debut album, which is shaping up to be an intriguing prospect, will be released on Sony later this year.