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1.

Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back

After some teasing of her first new music in 9 years earlier this week, Karin Dreijer formerly of The Knife has returned to her solo Fever Ray project.

Far from the somewhat disturbing visual we saw yesterday teasing the song, ‘To The Moon And Back’ is the closest thing we’ve had to The Knife since they split in 2014. The song has the familiar electro mechanised beat and Knife-esque synth. It also has the line ‘I want to run my fingers up your p**y’ which on Spotify is given an Air Horn mix. The video for the song keeps things weird as the visuals proceeding it with a cryogenically frozen Karin reanimated.


2.

Everything Is Recorded feat. Syd & Sampha – Show Love

Two of the best contemporary voices in R&B, The Internet’s Syd and Sampha get together with XL boss Richard Russell for yet another memorable track.


3.

Smerz – No Harm

The Norwegian duo on XL Recordings made one of my favourite songs of 2016 and here they keep things odd and inviting.


4.

Jens Kuross – Spiraling

Recent New Artist pick returns with a gorgeous brooding piano ballad.


5.

King Krule – Biscuit Town

It’s hard to pick a highlight from The Ooz, Archy Marshall’s new album as King Krule. My current favourite is the album opener which has a beat that sounds like it’s falling down the stairs on repeat as the lyrics slip deeper still – “He left the crime scene without the Motorola / still had dreams of being young Franco Zola.” A fine descent into one of the album’s of the month and possibly year.


6.

Mind Enterprises – Idol

The creator of one of my under-rated albums of 2016 returns with an Italo twisted pop song. There’s also a Prins Thomas Diskomix, always a good sign.


7.

Giraffage & Japanese Breakfast – Maybes

From San Fran producer’s new album Too Real, his collaboration with Michelle Zauner aka Japanese Breakfast is an immediate warm cup of sonics, like a gentle EDM track that works. The album dropped today on Ninja Tune’s sublabel Counter Records.


8.

DJ Seinfeld – Time Spent Away From You

Previews of Mr lo-fi house himself’s forthcoming album on November 3rd have raised expectations for an already buzzed about artist. Tracks like this proves their is substance beyond the style and movement tag applied to the Swedish producer.


9.

Badbadnotgood – I Don’t Know (feat. Sam T. Herring)

A bonus collaboration between the nu-jazz Canadians and Future Islands singer after their fruitful get-together on the IV album last year on ‘Time Moves Slow’. Future Islands may as well be Future Irelands as they arrive to play Donnybrook next year. This track has a beautiful 70s soul quality to it.


10.

Floating Points – Ratio

Anything Sam Shepherd does is worthy of a listen and as it’s Friday, why not indulge in the 18 minute version of this live favourite as opposed to the 3 minute one.


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All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

The larger three-month New Music Playlist.

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Posted on October 20th, 2017

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POD & Hidden Agenda are bringing back Metropolis Festival in the RDS on November 3rd to 5th this year.

The Mother City festival takes place indoors at the RDS and this year the music will include:

  • Grace Jones
  • DJ Shadow
  • Solomun
  • Moderat
  • SBTRKT (DJ Set)
  • Booka Shade – Movements 10
  • BADBADNOTGOOD
  • Crystal Castles
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • Fatima Yamaha
  • Fakear
  • Girl Band

Tickets

DJ Shadow will play the opening night on Thursday December 3rd in the Shelbourne Hall. Tickets for that can be bought separately at €39.50 inc. booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

Tickets for the rest of the festival are priced at:

DJ Shadow – Opening Party

Thursday 3rd November

€39.50

Weekend Early

Bird (2 Day)

Friday 4th / Saturday 5th

€129.00

Weekend (2 Day)

Friday 4th / Saturday 5th

€145.00

DJ Shadow – Opening Party + Weekend (3 Day)

Thursday 3rd / Friday 4th / Saturday 5th

€164.50

A Ticket Instalment Plan will be available until the end of August. Pay 50% of your ticket now and settle the remainder of the balance before October 3th.

Tickets go on sale at 9:00am this Thursday 11th August at €129 inc. booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

Posted on August 9th, 2016

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from all the below along with Glass Animals, Skott, Chance The Rapper, Ardyn, Father John Misty and Hvmmingbyrd.

Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud playlist.


1.

Mac Miller feat. Anderson Paak – ‘Dang!’

A summer breezy joint.

Anderson Paak appears to feature as a guest on one new song every few days. The dude is having a prolific year and also released the album of the year (Irish show please? I was sure a Picnic show was happening). On his latest feature, he sets the bumping airy tone on Mac Miller’s new track from new album The Divine Feminine (September 16). The album also features Kendrick Lamar, Cee-Lo, and Robert Glasper. A classy joint.


2.

Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love (Luke Abbott remix)

A strong remix on 12″ / download now.

Coming across like a lost Mariah track, Luke Abbott’s new remix of Todd Terje’s 2011 track has a summery stamp all over it.


3.

Massive Attack feat. Ghostpoet – ‘Come Near Me’

Massive Attack released three new songs via an iOs app this week but today, they posted two of those songs on Spotify and Apple Music/iTunes. Hope Sandoval anchors the dreamy trip-hop of ‘The Spoils’ but it’s Ghostpoet’s turn on ‘Come Near Me’ that fits the band’s dystopian downbeat tune.

The songs are the followup to Ritual Spirit which was helmed by Robert Del Naja. These songs were both written by Daddy G and collaborator Stew Jackson, proving that if you are clashing in creative endeavours just take charge of every second release, it seems to be working for the Bristol band for now.


4.

Badbadnotgood & Colin Stetson – ‘Confessions Part II’

A highlight from the Canadian jazz trio’s new album IV.

Badbadnotgood make jazz music that is made with a deeper knowledge of the modern music of hip-hop and electronica. But while those influences are felt on the album with collaborations with Mick Jenkins, Kaytranada and Samuel T. Herring, it’s the Arcade Fire-featured sax player Colin Stetson whose contribution to ‘Confessions Part II’ feels the most natural. Stetson’s reeds bring a nervous underbelly to a tune that seems to spiral out of control, in the way that Miles Davis’ experimental On The Corner feels like it’s falling off its tracks only to be nudged back into focus once more.


5.

De La Soul – ‘Royalty Capes’

A strong track from the rap legends

Still going strong after all these years, De La Soul have never made the kind of music that made people want to forget they’re still around plugging away. There’s always usually something to recommend. For their forthcoming and the Anonymous Nobody… album which was crowdfunded and features David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Usher, Little Dragon, Estelle, Pete Rock, 2 Chainz and Jill Scott, they’ve let us listen to a new song featuring Snoop Dogg, ‘Trainwreck’ and the funky ‘Action’.

‘Royalty Capes’ is another fine track, a brass-assisted jazzy big-beat hip-hop track that doesn’t look to the past in its execution.


6.

Doctr – ‘Tropique’

Sunshine danceable giddiness.

One of those tunes that only makes sense with loads of people around, Doctr’s ‘Tropique’ is pure sunshine giddy energy. The song is italo meets cosmic disco meets tropical house. It gets an official release on August 19th on Music For Dreams. You might hear this at Lumo’s all-day party tomorrow. Ok, you will.

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Posted on July 29th, 2016

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Last year, Future Islands rapped with Madlib on the stonking track ‘Trouble Knows Me’, while Canadian jazzy hip-hop instrumentalists BadBadNotGood did a band reinterpretation of ‘Seasons (Waiting On You’) and made an album with Ghostface Killah that was in my top 10 of 2015.

That collaborative streak strikes here on ‘Time Moves Slow’, the first official single from BadBadNotGood’s fourth album IV (Innovative Leisure on July 8th).

‘Time Moves Slow’ features Sam T. Herring crooning with his heartfelt style on the band’s understatedly rich laidback arrangement. The other song from the LP, ‘Speaking Gently’ is another recently instrumental favourite.

IV will feature further guests producer Kaytranada (the band feature on his new album), brass/reed player Colin Stetson, rapper Mick Jenkins and Charlotte Day Wilson. Touring partner Leland Whitty has now joined the band as a permanent member.

Badbadnotgood are also playing Body&Soul this year.

BADBADNOTGOOD IV track list:

1. And That, Too
2. Speaking Gently
3. Time Moves Slow (feat. Sam Herring)
4. Confessions Pt. II (feat. Colin Stetson)
5. Lavender (feat. Kaytranada)
6. Chompy’s Paradise
7. IV
8. Hyssop of Love (feat. Mick Jenkins)
9. Structure No. 3
10. In Your Eyes (feat. Charlotte Day Wilson )
11. Cashmere

Posted on May 18th, 2016

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Best of 2015: Albums | Songs | Videos | Readers’ Albums | Readers’ Songs Readers’ Gigs, Clubs & DJs | Your Intl. albums & songs | Top 10 Lists | Nialler’s Irish choices


My top albums of the year with context and links plus it’s all in one place on Spotify. This is part of the Best of 2015 Series.

Best Albums of 2015 Spotify playlist


30. Beach House – Depression Cherry
29. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
28. Boot & Tax – Boot & Tax
27. The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes
26. Floating Points – Elaenia

25. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
24. All We Are – All We Are
23. Wax Stag – II
22. Four Tet – Morning/Evening
21. D’angelo – Black Messiah
20. Villagers – Darling Arithmetic 

19. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
18. !!! – As If
17. Braids – Deep In The Iris
16. Anderson – Patterns


15.

Roisin Murphy

Hairless Toys

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A peerless singer makes a fearless record.

Roisin Murphy’s third album is a sophisticated and layered album that furthers the career of an outlier and a creative artist, making accessible but avant-garde music that draws from pop, dance, disco and jazz.

From the elongated elegance of ‘Exploitation’ to the spooked ‘Gone Fishing’ to the warped ballad of ‘Unputdownable’ to the poppy bass-slung groove of ‘Evil Eyes’, Murphy creates duality throughout: intimate and anamorphic, detailed yet sparse, Glamourous yet grubby, Loungey yet dancy. Murphy remains the magnet at the centre of Hairless Toys as she has been throughout her career. Where-ever she goes, I will follow.

Listen on Spotify

14.

Grimes

Art Angels

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This is what 21st Century pop music is supposed to sound like.

Claire Boucher’s followup to 2012’s breakthrough Grimes album Visions is wildly different. Art Angels is the result of three years of growth, touring, a decision to scrap a previous album and an hardening of artistic resolve. Grimes’ has often talked about her love of pop music and on Art Angels she’s made her own version of it with sugar-rushing rhythms, bubble-pop melodies and bright instrumentation. The album feels like it has its own internal logic and palette and inherent in its DNA, is Grimes’ own split personalities, adept at pairing up for a screaming match with Korean rapper Aristophanes on ‘Scream’, delivering clattering guitar pop on ‘Flesh Without Blood’, roping in Janelle Monae for a EDM-style banger and my personal favourite ‘World Princess Part II’, an electro pop crescendo. Boucher continues to write her own story.

Listen on Spotify

13.

 Le Galaxie

Le Club

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The Dublin electro band have made an album of joyous bangers.

For their second full-length, Le Galaxie enlisted the help of producer Erik Brouchek to solidify what most Irish music-loving people know from seeing the band live, that Le Galaxie are the best band for delivering gigantic song-led bangers built on dance music dynamism with live instruments.

Le Club feels like a victory lap, the band’s retro neon-electro having found new sinewy rhythms and strident sounds. Songs like ‘Put The Chain On’, ‘Streetheart’, ‘Le Club’, ‘Lucy Is Here’ and “Carmen’ already feel like modern Irish classics, the soundtrack to many a great festival night and gig. The new version of the Le Galaxie essential, the uplifting ‘Love System’ adds a sax-solo for extra celebration. A trip to Le Club is always fun.

Listen on Spotify

12.

Empress Of

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Empress Of

Lorely Rodriguez’s personal yet brisk electronic pop debut.

With the graduation to a self-produced debut album, Lorely Rodriguez also makes the leap from pleasing hazy synth pop to a gilded form of dance pop. Rodriguez’s lyrics address what it’s like to be a young woman in 2015.

Rarely does a personal album brim with so much danceable briskness. Me makes use of of pleasing discombobulating rhythmic pop sequences, buzzing synths, bouncing bass, drum machine stabs and an clearly elevated confidence. No longer covered in gauze, Empress Of’s talent is greater than was initially suggested.

Listen on Spotify

11.

Empress Of

The Dublin band have made the highly-strung album of the year.

There weren’t more uncompromising sonic albums made in 2015 than this one and while it took its toll on its creators, their efforts have not gone unappreciated.

Holding Hands With Jamie is a bare psychosis, the breakdown of Dara Kiely soundtracked by dissonant, piercing and pulsing noise. Kiely spends howling into the pressurised turbulent wall of noise, fending off life expectations and minutiae.

The band match his intensity spectacularly with guitars that whirr and buzz like nasty synthesizers, drums that engulf the room in a live fashion and low-end that wipes the floor and shits on it afterward for good measure. The harshness of it all is a suitably foil for the discombobulating frame of mind that Kiely displays throughout. It sounds like post-punk, it sounds like garage-rock, it sounds like no-wave, it sounds like dirty bleedin’ techno.

The coiled wrestle between confrontation and escapism, both in the music and in the lyrics, is what makes Holding Hands With Jamie such an uncomfortable yet singularly brilliant album. That it uses the familiar language of rock music to do so makes it one of the albums of the year.

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Posted on December 18th, 2015

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See this page for a Soundcloud playlist of all the tracks.


1. Tei Shi – ‘Basically’

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Argentinian-born NYC-based singer Valerie Teicher aka Tei Shi has returned on a whole new level. New track ‘Bassically’ is brilliant, a dark pulsing noir-pop song with stretched vocals. Teicher’s wearing a whole new outfit with the help of producer Luca Buccellati (who recently worked with Hanah) and it sounds great.

She appeared on Glass Animals EP last year and had her own EP out too. This is a step up.


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Posted on October 20th, 2014

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Tracks of the Week playlist


1. Clipping. – ‘Work Work’ (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)

One of the many amazing things that happened at Drop Everything, the cultural biennale on Inis Oirr on the Aran Islands in among the DJ sets, the dolphin swimming with people in the bay, the 8 minute flight to Connemara, the light and sound installation on the beach, the Ard Bia cocktails, the live music, the people and the Sunday knees up was this, a song introduced to me in my hotel bedroom by my friend. This tune blew me away. Amazing video too. It’s the little things.


2. Jungle – ‘Time’

While the formula is starting to emerge, it’s hard to deny the sunshine goodness of this tune from Jungle’s debut album.


3. La Roux – ‘Uptight Downtown’

A perfect pop single for me this one. Do you think Elly Jackson had Talking Heads and Bowie in mind when making this? Because it certainly sounds like it.


4. Vic Mensa – ‘Down On My Luck’

The Chicago rapper has toured with Disclosure and it sounds like their garage-house sound has rubbed off on the man’s new single. Production is actually by the unfortunately-named Stefan Ponce.


5. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’

Do you know Le Club? The retro-futurist electro Dubliners go hard hard with new single and some raved up chords.


6. Smart Edit – ‘All My Love’

From the Family EP, a release of disco edits from producers curated by Waterford’s Get Down Edits comes this seductive edit of Gwen McCrae’s 1979 track ‘All This Love That I’m Giving’.


7. Mr. Twin Sister – ‘Out Of The Dark

A name change and a disco noir direction for the Long Island band formerly known as Twin Sister. Free download too.


8. R.S.A.G. – ‘I’ll Be There’

Jeremy Hickey’s talents have been recognised by a contingent of musicians in France including Bo’tox, one of Justice and DVNO but before we hear what the latter will sound like, a third R.S.A.G. album is on the way and this track, a darker electronic cut points the way.


9. Lana Del Rey – ‘Shades Of Cool’

There are certain artists, after a while, that you lose interest in, as what drew you to them quickly becomes their schtick. I was tired of Lana’s musical and visual aesthetic of the faded American glamour puss. Then I heard the soaring chorus of ‘Shades Of Cool’ the wah-wah-assisted string chorus and I heard something fresh and classic all at once. From LDR’s second album Ultraviolence out on June 13th.


10. Ghostface Killah & Badbadnotgood & Danny Brown – ‘Six Degrees’

Toronto jazz hop live band trio Badbadnotgood have been known to play live with rappers, most notably with Tyler, The Creator. Here they team up with two of the best in the biz -Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown, for a limited edition single on Lex Records.

Posted on May 30th, 2014

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Toronto jazz hop live band trio Badbadnotgood have been known to play live with rappers, most notably with Tyler, The Creator. Here they team up with two of the best in the biz -Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown, for a limited edition single on Lex Records.

The single is available to preorder on 10″ vinyl with download card and digitally and will be released on 23rd June. The single also includes instrumental track, Tone’s Rap.

Posted on May 29th, 2014

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Every Thursday night at 10pm, I get two hours of the airwaves on TXFM to play two hours of my favourite new and recent music.

Here’s what I played:

Listen: Hour One

  1. Todd Terje – ‘Preben Goes to Acapulco’
  2. Pharrell Williams – ‘Happy’ (Kaytranada Edition)
  3. Bobby Tank – ‘Undone’
  4. G R A D E S – ‘Freedom’
  5. Indiana – ‘Solo Dancing’
  6. Sleep Thieves – ‘You Want The Night’
  7. La Roux – Let Me Down Gently’
  8. Blood Orange – ‘You’re Not Good Enough’
  9. BADBADNOTGOOD – Can’t Leave the Night’
  10. Kelis – ‘Jerk Ribs’
  11. #throwbackthursday: Ponderosa Twins Plus One – ‘Bound’
  12. Kanye West – ‘Blood On The Leaves’

Listen: Hour Two

  1. Nozinja – ‘Tsekeleke’
  2. TRIM – Vending Machine’
  3. Erik Hassle – Innocence Lost’ (feat. Tinashe)
  4. Sylvan Esso – ‘Coffee’
  5. Fatima- ‘La Neta’
  6. Werkha – ‘Sidesteppin’ (feat. Bryony Jarman-Pinto)
  7. We Are Shining – ‘Killing’
  8. Contour – ‘Change Your Ways’
  9. UNKNWN – ‘BBY’
  10. Plaid – Hawkmoth’
  11. Pandreas – ‘Rube’

Posted on May 16th, 2014

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