By Johnny Caldwell
Holmes featured on the soundtrack for Ocean's 11
A former Belfast hairdresser turned superstar DJ has been declared the hottest thing in Irish music by the Irish Times.
David Holmes is more likely to be scoring a Hollywood soundtrack these days than giving a diehard fashionista a mullet.
He tops the Irish Times' 50 Best Irish Acts Right Now list ahead of the likes of U2 (18), Snow Patrol (22) and former Moloko frontwoman Roisin Murphy (7).
But also leaves current critics' favourites Fight Like Apes (4) Lisa Hannigan (5) and Imelda May (21) firmly in his tracks.
To be included in the list, a band or solo artist had to have gigged, recorded or released music in 2008 or 2009 and be able to state some claim to being Irish.
"The rise and rise of David Holmes is quite marvellous to behold," lauded the accompanying blurb about Holmes.
"At every juncture, from the days when his Sugar Sweet club (in Belfast) was one of the very best techno nights out in Europe to last year's remarkable The Holy Pictures album, he has demonstrated a sure-fire ability to shake things up and mover the story on."
Other acts from Northern Ireland included in the list are The Divine Comedy (12), Oppenheimer (20), Duke Special (35) Ash (39) and Ian Archer (43).
The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon comes in for particular praise.
"He's a bit young to be described as an elder statesman of Irish music, but Hannon's legacy is already evident," reads a synopsis of the County Fermanagh man's career.
"Hannon is simply one of the best songwriters this country has produced, and his name will be uttered alongside such greats as his hero Scott Walker long after he's gone."