Upcoming Nialler9 Dublin DJ gigs:

Friday Nov 11: DJ set @ South William bar (Free)
Saturday Nov 17: DJ set, Barq afterparty @ The Bowery (Free)
Saturday Nov 19: Lumo Club #14 @ Tengu (Tickets)
Sunday Nov 20: Dress For Success Disco Brunch (Equal Pay Day campaign) @ Medley, Fleet Street
Saturday Nov 24: Syria Fundraiser with Sally Cinnamon & Glamo @ South William Bar
Thursday Dec 1: Super Furry Animals Afterparty @ The Workman’s Club

Listen to the Nialler9 DJ Chart on Spotify.


808 State – In Your Face (Bicep remix)

It came out a while ago but it was one of my tracks of the month so it counts. A superb reimagining of a 1991 original from the Belfast lads.


Carreno is LB – Woman, Dress, Dance

A Canary Islands producer delivers a slice of heat for the winter.


Quinton Campbell – FM Patterns

New from a Dublin producer on the Belfast Extended Play label (Campbell was the winner of this years AVA Festival /Extended Play emerging new Irish producer competition).


Supermax – Love Machine

Early space disco from 1978. A lot of coolness going on here.


Beesmunt Sound System – ‘Sensual Work’

Newest release on San Fran’s Honey Soundsystem Records from the Amsterdam duo. An ’80s synth percussive electro track. Buy.


Sandboards – Visa (Shinra remix)

The followup on Feel My Bicep was from a New Zealand duo and London producer Shinra stood out.


Alyss – ‘TSIER’

Brighton singer drops a minimal percussive hypnotic rhythm.

The Nialler9 Spotify DJ Chart.

Posted on November 3rd, 2016


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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from below plus Hare Squead, Grace Lightman, Hannah Peel, Tricky, Wyes Blood and more. Follow the playlist here.

This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.

Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud & Spotify playlists.


D.D. Dumbo – ‘Walrus’

In the glut of new releases in the past two weeks, Australian musician D.D. Dumbo’s newest on 4AD, may have been overlooked but the album is a weighted mix of African guitar blues, folk and pop music. He also sings a bit like Sting, but you know, in a good way. ‘Walrus’ is the bright album opener.


808 State – ‘In Your Face’ (Bicep remix)

Released over a month ago, Belfast boys Bicep do it once more. This time they update 808 State’s 1991 banger ‘In Your Face’ for 2016 in their own detailed style without losing the original’s impact. This tune featured in our new podcast Loose Joints.


Katie Kim – ‘Ghosts’

Waterford-born Katie Sullivan moves into new territory with her third album Salt released today (Irish Times Irish album of the week). While Katie was always an artist who was interested in the alternative and ambient, who brought a touch of the otherworldly to her songs, even if they were stripped back to their essentials, Salt finds her sonic world sunken deeper into the mire.

An immediate highlight is the skyscraping spectral percussion of opening song ‘Ghosts’.


POLIÇA — Kind (Boys Noize Remix)

This Boys Noize remix of Poliça’s ‘Kind’ is totally my buzz.

The original features on the band’s United Crushers LP but just came out alongside remixes by Task Force and Fog on a new EP.

Of the remix, Boys Noize says he was inspired by the vocal to go “90s vogue house.”

“I ended up going for this 90s Vogue House-inspired dub mix because I just wanted to hear [the lyric] ‘fever high, fever high’ in the club.”

It is, a banger.

Poliça are on tour and play Dublin this Saturday night.

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Jens Kuross – ‘We Will Run’

Recent new artist of the week Jens Kuross, the Idaho-born musician making “brittle piano balladry with emotive results” has a new EP coming on the Aesop label.

‘We Will Run’ follows that template tumbling into some Radiohead-esque arrangements, but unlike that band, the song has an uplifting chorus.

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Michael Mayer and Joe Goddard – ‘For You’

German producer Michael Mayer has a new album the influential !K7 Records label called &. As the title suggests collaborations are at the heart of his third album, and guests include Hauschka, Roman Flügel, Miss Kittin, Prins Thomas, Barnt and Kölsch.

The result is a mix of “hypnotic minimal house, soft trance, indie tech-house and twisted disco.”

His first single, with Barnt, ‘Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen’ is German and tough while the second single ‘For You’ featuring Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard is decidedly more mellow. It’s a love story really.

The album is out October 28th.

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Mount Alaska – ‘Sine, Cosine, Tangent’

Mount Alaska (Twitter) is a new project from former Halfset members Stephen Shannon and Cillian McDonnell.

Since the band disbanded Shannon has been working as a producer at Experimental Audio studio and composing film scores while McDonnell among other things, started the label Music/is/for/losers.

Now, the duo have returned to making music together under the name Mount Alaska.

‘Sine, Cosine, Tangent’ is our first listen to the outcome of their creative pursuit, a wavey experimental electronic instrumental to be released on Language Records on Monday, November 7th 2016. A second single featuring The Gloaming’s Iarla Ó’Lionáird is due in January.

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Posted on October 14th, 2016

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Loose Joints is new podcast hosted by Nialler9 and Sally Cinnamon talking to people about the music they love: old and new.

In our second episode (see episode one), we are joined by booze enthusiast Oisin Davis of Great Irish Beverages (incorporating Irish Cocktail Fest, Irish Whiskey Fest and Irish Gin & Tonic Fest) and the creator of Poacher’s Tonic.

We talk about Oisin’s New Jersey upbringing, grown men crying over beautiful songs stuck in traffic, what it’s like to support Grandmaster Flash, the beauty of a basso profundo voice – the lowest you can get, a Hard Working Class Heroes highlight, the tune Oisin would like his kids to associate with him and a couple of Belfast bangers.

Subscribe in iTunes.

Also available in Stitcher, Pocket Casts and TuneIn.

Download: Loose Joints Podcast #2: Oisin Davis (103MB, 1hr 46mins)


  1. Yves Tumor – Role in Creation (Sally)
  2. James Vincent McMorrow – Rising Water (Oisin)
  3. Solange – Junie (Niall)
  4. What tune or band takes you back to your youth the most?
    Grandmaster Flash – The Message (Oisin)
  5. A tune that inspires you most?
    St Petersburg Male Choir – A prayer For The Dead (Oisin)
  6. Paul Robeson – Danny Boy (Oisin)
  7. Pional feat Empress Of – The Way That You Like (Sally)
  8. Favourite Irish song:
    Breda Mayock – If Your Heart Belonged To Me by (Oisin)
  9. Favourite Irish album:
    Headgear – Singing In The Drain, Headgear (Oisin)
  10. Le Boom – What They Do (Niall)
  11. Tune you’d like your kids to associate with you:
    The Ink Spots and Ella Fitzgerald – Making Believe (Oisin)
  12. 808 State – In Your Face (Bicep remix) (Niall)
  13. LOR – Moon (Sally)
  14. Bat for Lashes – Joe’s Dream (Oisin)

Special thanks to Sean Corcoran for facilitating recording.

Posted on October 12th, 2016

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The Nialler9 radio show airs live every Thursday night from 10pm to Midnight on 105.2FM TXFM. Like this site, it’s a new music show featuring myself presenting my favourite new tunes.

Listen: Part One | Part Two.

Part One

  1. The Gene Dudley Group –  Inspector Norse
  2. Christine and the Queens – Tilted (her performance. on Later)
  3. LYRA – Rabbit In The Headlights
  4. Arthur Beatrice  – Every Cell
  5. Kygo – I’m in Love (feat. James Vincent McMorrow)
  6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra  – Shakedown Street
  7. Bibio –  Light Up the Sky (new LP)
  8. Kate Bush –  Why Should I Love You?
  9. DJ Shadow  – Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels
  10. Skepta  – Man
  11. Kaytranada  – Glowed Up (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  12. Badbadnotgood  – Speaking Gently
  13. Lisa O’Neill  – Red Geansaí (new LP)
  14. Lynched – Cold Old Fire (new video)

Part Two

  1. Feather – Like No Other (full track)
  2. Katy B, Four Tet & Floating Points – Calm Down
  3. Ryan Vail – Never
  4. Mura Masa – What If I Go?
  5. Flume  – Say It feat Tove Lo
  6. Brassica – Tears I Can Afford (Bicep Remix)
  7. Space – Magic Fly
  8. Krobo – Jolx
  9. Taylor McFerrin  – Postpartum (Dorian Concept Remix)
  10. Doomsquad – Who Owns Noon in Sandusky?
  11. Rusangano Family  – Lights On (new video)
  12. Novelist & Mumdance –  1 Sec
  13. J Dilla  – Trucks

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 29th, 2016


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The Belfast house duo Bicep have been on some roll of late. Everything they touch has a sense of magic to it.

Last year’s output included two tunes that due to heavy rotation were basically instant classics. The bleeping minimalism of ‘Just’ dominated but their collaboration with Hammer ‘Dahlia’ was equally moving.

For a 2016 reminder, their Isaac Tichauer’s ‘Higher Level’ remix follows the lead of ‘Just’ building from booming house-bass track to a siren synth line over the song’s “at a higher level” vocal sample. It’s music to get lost it.

The Loft Record release with remixes from Hackman, Dorsia and Lancelot, is available on 12″ has sold out vinyl wise but is available digitally on April 22nd.

Posted on April 7th, 2016


Read my interview with Festival Director Sarah McBriar on today’s Irish Times.

Belfast’s electronic AVA Festival already announced live sets from Bicep, Boiler Room, RØDHÅD, Gerd Janson & more.

Today, they’ve revealed the speakers and panels that they’ve lined up for the free conference for the day part of the festival in T13 Titanic Quarter of Belfast on June 4th.

They include:

‘The Origins of Techno + Artist Q and A’

(The originator of Techno, Metroplex Records)
This session will cover the origins and growth of techno, Juan’s career, starting a label, as well as advice for fellow producers, followed by a Q&A.

BICEP (Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar) present
‘Transition from DJ to Live Show’

‘Life after Dark’ –The Creative, Cultural and Economic Value of Club Culture

DJ and writer Dave Haslam DJed over 450 times at the legendary Hacienda in Manchester during the late 1980s and is a household name in the club world. He’s the author of ‘Manchester England’, a groundbreaking study of Manchester’s radical and musical history, and three more books; including the latest ‘Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues’ in 2015. Dave will be joined by Mark Lawrence, the director of the Association of Electronic Music, to discuss ‘Life after Dark’ – his book, the culture of nightclubs and the nighttime economy, touching on political and cultural issues that are at the forefront of the industry.

‘Pushing the Dial on Women in Electronic Music’

5 inspirational women from across the electronic music industry on a panel consisting of Lizzy Bowman (Red Light Management), Halina Wielogorska (She said.so, Clintons Law, Boiler Room), Sarah McBriar (Up Productions & AVA Festival Founder) and Shanti Celeste (BRSTL, NTS, Idle Hands) will discuss how women can join together to inspire the next generation, share experiences of how they have progressed throughout their own careers in a space historically occupied primarily by men, followed by the challenges they face.

Equipment & Technology

Ableton Push Playground, Pioneer, Native Instruments and The Beat Emporium

DJ Comp

The emerging DJ competition gives the opportunity for an up-and-coming DJ to showcase their skills in a 30 minute mix, with 3 finalists performing in a live final at Belfast Underground Records. The winner wins a slot AVA 2016, feature on the Feel my Bicep Blog and show on Belfast Underground Records Radio.

Producer Comp

Unsigned producers can enter the AVA competition to feature on an EP with Extended Play, a feature on the Feel My Bicep blog and mentoring and artist development support from JMX & T-BONE. Submit your track or mini-mix via email to [email protected] add in the subject: ‘AVA Emerging Artist Track – Your Name’ by May 20th.

All sessions will be free to attend, but space is limited, so advance registration is essential at avafestival.com/conference

Posted on March 30th, 2016


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Life Festival has just dropped its lineup for the event in Belvedere House from May 27 – 29th this year.

It includes:

Paul Kalkbrenner, 2manyDjs DJ set, John Talabot, Jeff Mills, Virginia feat, Steffi & Dexter, Truss, Jamie Jones, Hot Since 82, Ben Block, Mano Le Tough, Cyril Hahn, Joy Orbison, Bicep, Ejeca, Martyn, Krystal Klear, New Jackson, Sunil Sharpe, The Drifter, Lumigraph, Sias DJ and Barry Redsettaz.

That’s a lot of lads.

Early bird tickets are €119+fees right now.

As it’s Friday and I’ve listened to this twice this week, I’m just going to leave this here as a parting gift from this post:

Posted on February 5th, 2016


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Belfast’s Ava Festival (Audio Visual Arts) is looking like the best electronic city festival on the isle at the moment.

Returning for a second year, on Saturday June 4th in T13 Belfast, Titanic Quarter, the Belfast festival features a conference and live / DJ sets and there’s loads planned for the day.

On the live and DJ front:

Bicep Live (UK Debut)
Mano Le Tough
Boiler Room
Gerd Janson
Phil Kieran
Sunil Sharpe
Brame & Hamo
T-Bone B2B Jmx
Terriers Live
Guerrilla Shout
Misfit Live
Swoose B2B Cromby
Jc Williams Live
Twitch Djs
Jika Jika
Belfast Music Club
Belfast Underground Records

The music happens from 3pm to 1am that night and the conference takes place before and is open to all ages and free to the public who can register at avafestival.com/signup/

Bicep’s live show will be accompanied by internationally revered AV artists Guerrilla Shout.

Tickets from £22 -£26 right now.

Posted on January 27th, 2016


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Bloc returns from 11 to 13 March 2016 in Butlins Resort Minehead near Bristol with an impressive lineup including:

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes / Four Tet / Jeff Mills / Floating Points / Carl Craig – Modular Pursuits / Ben Klock / Nina Kraviz / Omar-S / Evian Christ / Holly Herndon / Motor City Drum Ensemble / Rødhåd / Trade ft. Surgeon & Blawan / Steve Davis ( the snooker player is a keen selector) / Tama Sumo b2b Lakuti / Andrew Weatherall b2b Optimo / Steffi / Ben UFO / Magic Mountain High ft. Move D, Juju & Jordash / Bicep / Daniel Avery / Helena Hauff / Ugandan Methods ft. Regis & Ancient Methods / Midland / Jimmy Edgar / Fast Eddie / Lone / Objekt / Daniel Miller / Demdike Stare / Powell / ItaloJohnson / James Ruskin / Laurel Halo / Lakker / Dasha Rush / Fatima Yamaha / Rrose / Dom & Roland / Sandrien / Kahn / d:Bridge / Shanti Celeste / Ø [Phase] / Aurora Halal / Jane Fitz / DJ Skirt / JoeFarr / Steevio & Suzybee

Early bird tickets are sold out but 
chalets are available from £179 + fees. More info.

Posted on November 11th, 2015


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Bicep’s recent siren-synth stomper ‘Just’ found its way into the record bag (or laptop) of the world’s most influential DJs and the hearts of many including me. Here, the Belfast duo flex their muscles with their friend Hammer (Rory Hamilton) on eight minutes of lush piano-house that keeps the groove and hype building.

The song is released on the five-track FMB005 on September 7th. Pre-order and track previews.

Posted on August 19th, 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.

Hour one – awaiting listen links

  1. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment  – ‘Sunday Candy
  2. Beirut  –  ‘No No No’
  3. #aotw: Unknown Mortal Orchestra –  ‘Like Acid Rain’
  4. Jake Houlsby  – ‘Yannina’
  5. Ciaran Lavery  – ‘Little More Time’
  6. Bicep  – ‘Just’ (Original Mix)
  7. Shamir  – ‘Make A Scene’
  8. #tbt: Paul McCartney  – ‘Temporary Secretary’
  9. Ships –  ‘Space Inside’ 7″mix
  10. Rhye  – ‘Open’
  11. Lianne La Havas –  ‘Unstoppable’ (FKJ Remix)
  12. The Internet –  ‘Special Affair’
  13. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment  – ‘Slip Slide’

Hour two – awaiting listen links

  1. Jamie XX  – ‘Good Times’ with Long Intro
  2. Vök – ‘Waterfall’
  3. Laura Clock – ‘Fantasy’
  4. Flume – ‘Some Minds’ (feat. Andrew Wyatt)
  5. Joy Orbison & Boddika – ‘TMTT’
  6. Young Marco – ‘Darwin In Bahia’
  7. Boot & Tax – ‘Dancin’
  8. Crystal Knights  – ‘Chemistry’
  9. Bottin & Rodion – ‘One For All’
  10. New Jackson – ‘Shoot out the Lights’
  11. Julio Bashmore – ‘Battle For Middle You’
  12. Idris Muhammad – ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’
  13. Nozinja – ‘Xihukwani’

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 June 5th, 2015


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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below.

The songs

  1. Jamie xx – ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ ft. Young Thug & Popcaan
  2. Shamir – ‘Hot Mess’
  3. Bicep – ‘Just’
  4. Boot & Tax – ‘Dancin’
  5. Roosevelt – ‘Night Moves’
  6. Tame Impala – ‘Eventually’
  7. Alessia Cara – ‘Here’
  8. Anna B Savage – ‘I’
  9. Jake Houlsby – ‘Yannina’
  10. All Tvvins – ‘Too Young To Live’
  11. Fierce Mild – ‘Small Talk’
  12. Fight Like Apes – ‘The Schillaci Sequence’
  13. Nao – ‘Inhale/Exhale’
  14. Pleasure Beach – ‘Go’
  15. LA Priest – ‘Party Zute / Learning to Love’
  16. Roisin Murphy-  ‘Uninvited Guest’
  17. Nicolas Jaar – ‘No One is Looking at U’
  18. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – ‘Sacred Dance of the Demon’
  19. Tomorrows – ‘Free’
  20. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘ Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’
  21. Oh Wonder – ‘Livewire’
  22. Sorcha Richardson – ‘Petrol Station’
  23. Overcoats – ‘The Fog’
  24. Blooms – ‘Love’
  25. Mac Demarco – ‘The Way You’d Love Her’
  26. Jape – ‘Harrington Street’
  27. Real Lies – ‘Seven Sisters’
  28. Keita Sano – ‘Once I Found A Diamond’
  29. Palmbomen II – ‘Cindy Savalas’
  30. Neon Indian – ‘Annie’

Playmoss playlist (Soundcloud + Youtube)


Posted on June 2nd, 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.

Listen: Part One

  1. The Housemartins –  Caravan Of Love
  2. Jamie xx –  I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times (radio edit)
  3. Neon Indian –  Annie
  4. Disclosure ft. Gregory Porter  – Holding On (Radio Edit)
  5. Bicep –  Just (Original Mix)
  6. Floating Points –  Vacuum Boogie
  7. Blooms – Loves
  8. Fatima – Technology
  9. Alessia Cara – Here
  10. Run The Jewels  – Early (feat. BOOTS)
  11. A$AP Rocky – Back Home (feat. Mos Def x Acyde)
  12. Baths – Lovely Bloodflow
  13. Nicolas Jaar – Variations

Listen: Part Two 

  1. Radiohead –  Bloom (Jamie xx Rework Part 3)
  2. Jamie xx –  SeeSaw (featuring Romy & Four Tet)
  3. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons –  Sacred Dance of the Demon
  4. Bottin & Rodion  – One for All
  5. Boot & Tax  – Soultains of Mountain
  6. Kelela – Bank Head
  7. Rusangano / Family –  Standard
  8. Tei Shi – Go Slow
  9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra –  The World Is Crowded
  10. Jape  – Harrington Street
  11. Soak  – Wait
  12. RiZA  – Kabembe

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 May 29th, 2015


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The inaugural Ava Festival (Audio Visual Arts) in Belfast was already looking like a fine gathering of electronic music on Saturday May 30th with Bicep, Ejeca, Optimo, Phil Kieran, Space Dimension Controller and more lined up.

Today, they’ve just added Boiler Room for their first Irish filming/showcase, at the outdoor stage at t13 with Bicep, Space Dimension Controller, John Daly (live), Timmy Stewart and Schmutz.

Tickets are available from www.avafestival.com/tickets.

Posted on March 24th, 2015


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

1. Kleerup – ‘Let Me In’ (feat. Susanne Sundfør)

The Swedish producer who has worked with Lykke Li has a mini-album As If We Never One on the way next wek (we just call it an EP) featuring collaborations with Malin Dahlstrom of Niki & The Dove, Jenny Wilson, Maja Ivarsson of The Sounds and this stonking Frankie Goes To Hollywood ‘Relax’ style beat track with Norwegian singer Susanne Sundfør. The video just needs more 80s studio shots.

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Posted on October 3rd, 2014

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