With so many releases flying at you, here are 6 vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly.



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Bonobo – Migration

My album of the week. Bonobo’s sixth album is nomadic & intimate, open-minded and expansive drawing on his ambient chill trademark and tougher almost clubbier sounds with guest vocals from Hundred Waters, Nick Murphy, Rhye and Morrocco’s Innov Gnawa.

Favourite tracks: ‘Outlier’, ‘Surface’

Listen on Spotify


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Austra – Future Politics

Katie Stelmanis’ third album as Austra feels looser than her previous work, and despite the title, more human. The operatic synth-pop is still very much there and the politics of the title feels rooted in the personal.

Favourite tracks: ‘Utopia’, ‘I Love You More Than You Love Yourself’

Listen on Spotify


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Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness

The New-York singer-songwriter Julie Byrne is known for ethereal folk music and her new second album Not Even Happiness is a calming listen of gentle folk and ambient textures.

Favourite tracks: ‘Natural Blue’, ‘I Live Now As A Singer’

Listen on Spotify


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SOHN – Rennen

Since the release of his 2014 debut, SOHN has moved continents, got married and is this week, expecting his first child. In the same time he’s also managed to hugely improve his songcraft which to this point always worked best writing for others. Rennen is an album of alt-synth singer-songwriter music with touches of spacious R&B and orchestral atmospherics.

Favourite tracks: ‘Harbour’, ‘Conrad’

Listen on Spotify


5.

Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone

Upcoming London rapper with a relaxed vocal style, Carner’s debut album dropped today and his Uber driver is a fan. This is a lyrical-focused largely drawing on laidback jazz and hip-hop beats. Carner plays The Workman’s Club on February 2nd.

Favourite tracks: ‘The Isle Of Arran’, ‘No CD’.

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The latest release on Awesome Tapes From Africa features singer Awa Poulo of Peulh origin from Dilly commune in Mali on the border of Mauritania features eight new tracks of folk-pop of the region with Poulo singing atop loose guitar, flute, n’goni (lute), calabash gourd hand percussion.

Favourite tracks: ‘Djulau’, ‘Noumou Foli’.

Listen on Spotify


Posted on January 20th, 2017

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Austra announced their third album called Future Politics on 20th January 2017 and now we have a tour and another video to follow up ‘Utopia’ to hear and see for ‘Future Politics’.

A full UK and European tour in March and April touches down in Button Factory, Dublin on 25th March and the UK a few days before. Dates below.

‘Future Politics’ also from the album received the video treatment.

Of the video, Austra’s Katie Stelmanis and the director Allie Avital say: “Future Politics is the breaking down of paradigms. In this video, we wanted to explore what a world might look like if our values were transformed: instead of glorifying labour, maybe we could learn to glorify the act of doing absolutely nothing.”

Upcoming Austra dates

 

4th March – Paradiso, Amsterdam Tickets

6th March – Uebel & Gefaehrlich, Hamburg Tickets

7th March – Niebo, Warsaw Tickets

8th March – Astra, Berlin Tickets

9th March – Muffatwerk, Munich Tickets

10th March – Täubchenthal, Leipzig Tickets

11th March – Posthof, Linz Tickets

12th March – Wuk, Vienna Tickets

15th March – Biko Club, Milano Tickets

16th March – Les Docks, Lausanne Tickets

17th March – Dampfzentrale, Bern Tickets

18th March – Gloria Theter, Cologne Tickets

21st March – Patterns, Brighton Tickets

22nd March – Village Underground, London Tickets

23rd March – Summerhall, Edinburgh Tickets

24th March – The Deaf Institue, Manchester Tickets

25th March – The Button Factory, Dublin Tickets

28th March – Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing Tickets

29th March – Les Trinitaires, Metz Tickets

31st March – Le Trianon, Paris Tickets

1st April – Metronum, Toulouse Tickets

5th April – MAC, A Coruña Tickets

6th April – Teatro Barcelo, Madrid Tickets

7th April –La Rambleta, València Tickets

8th April – Sala Apolo, Barcelona Tickets

12th April – L’Epicerie, Lyon Tickets

13th April – La Sirene, La Rochelle Tickets

15th April – Le 106, Rouen Tickets

16th April – AB Box, Brussels Tickets

Posted on December 7th, 2016

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Katie Stelmanis and the Austra crew will return with a third album called Future Politics on 20th January 2017.

The physical album will exclusively be available from Dom Mart for now, limited to 500 copies worldwide, on high quality red vinyl with a 12″ x 12″ art print signed by Stelmanis. Presumably, digitally it’ll be on Spotify etc.

Lead single ‘Utopia’ is hopeful in tone and inspired, indicative of the album as “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia. Not just hope in the future, but the idea that everyone is required to help write it, and the boundaries of what it can look like are both fascinating and endless. It’s not about ‘being political,’ it’s about reaching beyond boundaries, in every single field.”

Of the album title, Stelmanis said:

“It is easy to feel helpless, but I found a way to feel powerful. I found inspiration in the fact that the future doesn’t exist yet and is therefore ripe for taking, and I was further elated thinking of the possibilities for what it could look like! Each person’s fantasy of the future is valid and possible and one should never feel like their imaginations can’t become the truth. I’ve written new music while following this path and am completely terrified (partially excited) to share it with you.”

Tracklisting

1. We Were Alive
2. Future Politics
3. Utopia
4. I’m A Monster
5. I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
6. Angel In Your Eye
7. Freepower
8. Gaia
9. Beyond A Mortal
10. Deep Thought
11. 43

Posted on October 20th, 2016

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Body & Soul Festival does things differently. The festival on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle doesn’t just erect some tents and hire stages, it builds bespoke areas to house music and people, it embellishes them with installations, art and a thoughtfulness that makes for a special experience, taking in a walled garden, custom-built bars, an amphitheatre, woodlands and much more. You can read more on the festival’s ethos in my interview with festival director Avril Stanley.

There are a few must-visit areas at the festival, Wonderlust in the walled garden features thoughtful talks during the day, with music at night and bingo and performances in between. It’s a perfect place to hang out and with the Happy Pear just around the corner, a good place to stop for food. Tree Haus, curated by Homebeat will host a haven of great Irish music and on Saturday and Sunday in the woods. We are giving it some Vinyl Love from Noon to 5pm at Tree haus with over 20 DJs playing 7 of their favourite 7″s on rotation. Stumble upon a cottage late into the night done up like the living room of filmmaker Myles O’Reilly and you will have found the Arbutus Yarns theatre with its sense of lawlessness and creativity. Or how about some special cocktails and tunes at The Glasshouse? Vodafone Centre Stage will also be there for with a full array of comedians at the Vodafone Comedy Tent too.

Before we get into the live acts, here are just some of DJs worth a dance to down there this year: Get Down Edits, Sally Cinnamon, Decent Perks, This Greedy Pig, Mother, Hidden Agenda, Laura Bap To The Future, Stevie G and Donal Dineen.

Here are 20 bands and artists to catch at the festival.


1. Kiasmos

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Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds and Faroe Islands’ synth-pop musician Janus Rasmussen’s Kiasmos project mixes glacial electronics with a classical grandeur, creating minimal dance music from disparate textures. As they showed in the Opium Rooms in April, their live set hits hard with beats and beauty.


2. Super Furry Animals

Saturday
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There is no better place for the return of the Welsh pop weirdos than the amphitheatre at Body & Soul. Expect a smattering of Yeti and Power Ranger costuming among the catalogue of electronic, folk and psychedelic gems. If anything, their stature as one of the UK’s best bands has grown since they were away.


3. Austra

Saturday
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Katie Stelmanis and band create twinkling night-time dance atmospheres with synths and operatic vocals. Shake it out.


4. Talos

Saturday
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Eoin French sound draws on ambience, reverb, falsetto and honey-eyed song craft. Live with a full band or as a solo musician on piano, his performances were among the best I saw last year.


5. Rhye

Sunday
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Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal’s project produced a sophisticated collection of music that is informed by things that maybe aren’t considered cool – disco-lite and soft jazz, lounge-fun. The result is emotional R&B songs with love at its heart. This will be their first Irish show.


6. Dan Deacon

Friday
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There ain’t no show like a Dan Deacon show. Whether he’s picking out audience members for dance offs, forming a conga line around and outside the venue or generally shattering the barriers between performer and audience, Deacon’s live show is a must see. With new album Gliss Riffer presenting a deeper compositional side to the Baltimore music, his Body & Soul performance may be a re-invigorating highlight.


7. Somerville

Sunday
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Galway’s Maria Somerville makes slow, moving music with the barest of instruments and the most delicate of touch. She hasn’t been giving much away of late so the festival will be an opportunity to see how that slow moving sound is progressing.


8. Shookrah

Saturday
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Cork funk and soul eight-piece band Shookrah burst into my conscious with the righteous and celebatory ‘Woman’.


9. Hare Squead

Friday / Saturday
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A trio of rappers from South county Dublin still in their teens, Jessy Rose, Tony Konstone and E-Knock move between rap, R&B and pop and do it with a full band with backing singers and a barrel of youthful exuberance. A glimpse of the future.


10. Natalie Prass

Sunday
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Having sat in the wings as Matthew E.White’s career was taking off, this year was the time for Prass and her classic songwriting with the honeyed voice to take her own impact. White’s Spacebomb records released Prass’ self-titled debut album this year to great acclaim and Body & Soul will be her third appearance in Ireland after a support slot with Ryan Adams and a solo show in Whelan’s.


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  • Posted on June 15th, 2015

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    My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

    Part One

    1. Caribou –  ‘Can’t Do Without You’
    2. Tame Impala – ‘Let It Happen’
    3. Young Fathers –  ‘Shame’
    4. Samantha Urbani – ‘1 2 3 4’
    5. Ratatat – ‘Cream on Chrome’
    6. Le Galaxie  – ‘Put The Chain On’
    7. Austra – ‘Painful Like’
    8. Made In Heights –  ‘Forgiveness’
    9. little xs for eyes – ‘Funk Island’
    10. Jealous of the Birds – ‘Goji Berry Sunset’
    11. Portico – ‘101’ feat. Joe Newman
    12. And So I Watch You From Afar  – ‘Redesigned a Million Times’

    Part Two 

    1. Action Bronson  – ‘Baby Blue’ feat Chance the Rapper
    2. Tyler, The Creator  – ‘F**king Young’
    3. White Sage – ‘Parnell St June 1955’
    4. Kiasmos – ‘Looped’
    5. Tell No Foxx –  ‘Dust’
    6. Chromatics – ‘In Films’
    7. #throwbackthursday: Thin Lizzy  – ‘Showdown’
    8. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Momma’
    9. Cashmere Cat  – ‘Adore’ (feat. Ariana Grande)
    10. SertOne  – ‘Lost+Found’ (Feat Maribelle)
    11. Flying Lotus  – ‘Never Catch Me’  feat. Kendrick Lamar
    12. Jamie xx  – ‘Gosh’

    You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

    Posted on April 17th, 2015

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    Body & Soul is back for its sixth year in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath for the Summer Solstice weekend of Friday June 19th to Sunday June 21st.

    First here are the all-important first names:

    Flight Facilities, Savages, Ásgeir, Austra, Goat, Nightmares on Wax, Rhye, Lamb, Matthew E White, Dan Deacon, Talaboman (John Talabot and Axel Boman), James Holden, Clark, SOHN, Mmoths, Brandt Brauer Frick, Songhoy Blues, Natalie Prass, Shit Robot, Alo Wala, Oy, New Jackson, Jonathan Toubin, Meltybrains? King Kong Company and Grounds For Invasion.

    All of last year’s stages are expected to return and more names will of course, be announced soon. Meanwhile if you want a taste of Body & Soul, they are putting on Eriu on Monday in IMMA.

    Ticket info

    Body&Soul is this year offering a 5 Tier Ticket system for Three Day Camping tickets. Tier 1, 2, 3 have now sold out. A limited number Tier 4 tickets are currently available and Tier 5 will come on sale when they have sold out.

    Full Tiered Pricing Details: General and Family Weekend Tickets:

    Tier 4 €139.50 incl booking fee
    Tier 5 €149.50 incl booking fee

    Combined Weekend & Bus (return from Dublin) tickets available also:

    Tier 4 €167.50 incl booking fee
    Tier 5 €177.50 incl booking fee

    Campervan tickets EU60 incl booking fee (Note separate event tickets required for each passenger.)

    A Family Ticket is available for those wishing to stay in the dedicated Family Campsite. A family ticket permits entry for 1 adult and 2 children aged 12 or under. (Adults without children are not permitted into Family Campsite). Children U12 are free

    All tickets can be purchased with the Easy Payment Scheme allowing you to pay in instalments.

    A Sunday ticket is available for €55 including booking fee for those wishing to attend on the Sunday only. Note: No camping is permitted with this ticket. Sunday ticket holders are not permitted to bring alcohol into the festival. A Sunday & Bus ticket is available for €84 including booking fee.

    All tickets from Ticketmaster include a charge – €6.10 for internet/phone bookings and €2.15 per ticket.


    Posted on March 11th, 2015

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    Listen to Austra’s second album Olympia right here courtesy of Deezer.

    Austra’s debut album Feel It Break, released two years ago was a fine debut of live electronic music with gothic touches, defined by Katie Stelmanis’ yearning operatic vocals and songs which had clear house music influences with its synth sounds which were often pitched against sparkling melodies in a higher register.
    Listen to Olympia…→

    Posted on June 10th, 2013

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    This week’s playlist features new music debuted in the last seven days or heard for the first time this week. The result is a roundup of 20 new music tracks.

    This week’s playlist includes new tracks from Lightning Dust, Boards Of Canada, Fuck Buttons, Chvrches, Gold Panda, Disclosure, Booddha, Austra, Pure Bathing Culture, Not Squares, The Bullits, Ikonika and more.

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    Posted on May 31st, 2013

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