Proper Micro NV
Proper Micro NV is the alias of Limerick singer/songwriter/producer Rory Hall. The 22 year old has embraced electronic music of all kinds.
Halls brand of down-tempo experimental electronic music has seen him being compared to James Blake and Mount Kimbie, whilst also receiving recognition from Irish electronic songstress and former Moloko front-woman Roisin Murphy; who called his voice "Gorgeous" via social media.
His debut EP titled 'EP1' was released in June 2016 to positive reviews. The Irish Times said that Proper Micro NV's vocal was "One of the most interesting new voices on the Irish scene in some time". They complimented the EP by saying that "it was a great showcase for Proper Micro NV's distinctive, soulful, bittersweet vocals and off-kilter electronica. On the 1st of July 2016, Hall was announced by RTÉ 2fm as one of 30 acts shortlisted by an expert judging panel to perform at Electric Picnic.
On the 7th of December, Hall released his second EP 'It's always raining' via Plasmapool records. The first single 'Flaws' was released on the 3rd of November. In early 2017, music platform Spotify selected Flaws for their official Fresh Finds playlist, causing a large increase in listenership and popularity.
On the 22nd of March 2017 Proper played Futureproof - the first of a series of gigs run by both Nialler9 & Homebeat.
Six months on from the release of 'Its Always Raining' - Proper Micro NV returned with a brand new track 'All About Me', taken from his new six track EP 'Colours', which offers a blend of electro-pop, ambient and slow burning dance music.
In June 2017, Proper played the Wonderlust Stage at Body&Soul festival".
TLM gave Colours positive reviews;
"‘Colours’ has become one of the most highly-anticipated releases of 2017. Through one of the most popular and complex genres in modern culture, Hall sets out to explore the depths of human emotion. ‘Colours’’ sullen beats and often haunting vocals serve as a fitting canvas for this new endeavour throughout the album. Tracks like ‘Handwriting’ showcase Hall’s musical versatility as he blends the traditional piano with distorted vocals and a running backing track of waterfalls. Innovation shines through in the opening track, ‘All About Me’ with its flawless, ambient arrangements. These are just some of the key tracks in the EP. ‘Colours’ offers a unique perspective on the electronic genre for both avid fans and newcomers".
In July 2017 the lead single from the Colours EP 'Do What You Do' was played by both RTÉ 2fm, 98fm and iRadio.
On the 10th of July 2017, Joe.ie chose the song 'Do What You Do' as song of the day.
Music website REMY called Colours easily one of the best Irish EP's to be released this year, in any genre whilst giving the collection a positive review.
"With an alarming immediacy, the opening track of his latest EP Colours, 'Do What You Do' stops you in your tracks. The droning synths bellow a thick cloud of black smoke everywhere, leaving you deprived of all senses bar your ears, the beat is incredibly simple but highly hypnotic, and Hall's vocals are more of an incantation than anything else, it's a powerful piece"
"Even despite how well that magic worked, the second track is decidedly different yet has no less of an impact. 'All About Me' is equally as mesmeric as its predecessor, it's a rare thing to find an electronic act so fully in control of how they manage the transference of their sound to the listener, you almost feel that Proper Micro NV isn't creating music for our enjoyment, but to control us, and we will happily submit"
"Final track 'Commotion' opens with a slight 80's OST vibe, and while many have remarked positively on his vocals before, I do feel it's necessary to commend them here once more, they are such an integral part of how the whole EP behaves and works so well. Colours is electronic composition at its absolute finest, it reminds me of a much much better version of London's Ghost Culture matched with the natural talent of Cork's Bantum, and it's easily one of the best Irish EP's to be released this year, in any genre."
On the 29th of September 2017, Hall played The Grand Social as part of Hard Working Class Heroes Festival. No Encore presenter Dave Hanratty praised the performance, whilst being the first to dub Hall as "theatrical Noisewave".