An Taobh Tuathail (The Other Side) has been broadcasting the cream of underground music from...
...around the globe on RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta/Anocht FM since May 1999. West Kerry native Cian O Ciobhain, who has been presenting the show since its very first broadcast, selects the music Mondays to Fridays, 11pm-1am.
Last year, O Ciobhain responded to demands from listeners to release a compilation of the show's favourite music with An Taobh Tuathail Vol 1. After the success of the inaugural installment, it only seemed naturally to release a sequel.
'Much like the first volume', says compiler O Ciobhain, 'I decided to go down the quieter laneways of modern music. Therefore, once more it's tunes for the head and heart more than the feet, drawing on electronica, modern folk, a touch of Balearic and tunes influenced by classical music. Also, in the vein of Vol 1, I believe that the compilation makes most sense to listen to from beginning to end, rather than trying to make sense of it as a 'random shuffle''.
The CD features music from international acts such as Murcof, Colleen and Susanna and The Magical Orchestra, tunes from Irish artists Somadrone, Chequerboard and Boxcutter as well as previously unreleased numbers from Mad Theory, Cane 141 (remixed by Heftord) and Ranger 3.