My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.
The NYC-based Korean producer Kathy Yaeji Lee has released two EPs of house-pop music on the God Mode label (Shamir) and ‘raingurl’ is the standout in her discography so far. It’s at once – a banger, introspective and playful (‘oh yeah, hey dog, hey what’s up?).
Jai and A.K Paul returned with an actual Paul Institute last month and two new songs on their roster. The best of the two is from A.K Paul and and Ruthven (a firefighter from Lewisham) with ‘Evil’ – a Prince-esque slice of synthesized electronic Linndrum pop of the off-kilter kind.
Straight up, I manage this band but here’s why – Christy Leech and Aimie Mallon’s electronic house-pop is a rush, it starts dance parties of percussive melodic energy. ‘ Don’t Need It Now’ is only their second single but expect mauch more in 2018.
Fort Romeau has one of the most consistent outputs of any electronic act aronund and this year’s Emulators EP is one of his best. ‘Emu’ is an example of what he does best – building and releasing tension with synths and sirens.
Berlin-based American producer Avalon Emerson released this evocative track on the Whities label. It’s a building slice of arpeggiated magic, a rush as the title suggests.
Pharrell ditches his run of happy-go-lucky solo material for a return to the NERD sound that made his name as a producer (along with the other two members Chad Hugo and Shay Haley). Here they team up with Rihanna with trademark NERD boom bap beats and tight production but it’s Rihanna who owns the track, rapping like the boss she is.
From a new Glue EP, comes this mechanised weapon from the two Belfast boys who know how to cut through the noise like few other producers.
Derry producer Andy Morrison’s Sapa Inca Delirium as The Cyclist is a late addition to the end-of-year lists. ‘Inhale / Exhale’ is a fast-paced nine-minute track with passages of jilting bass, percussion swerves and Harper’s calming influence on the latter half of the song.
Golden Teacher – Spiritron
Scottish band Golden Teacher have a Chk Chk Chk vibe going on with them and their just-released debut album No Luscious Life is a fun release of electronic funk and afrodisco vibes. I featured the ESG-esque punk funk of the album opener already but this one has been on repeat all month.
Ross Turner and Cian Murphy’s I Am The Cosmos have moved their music to an analogue house vein as heard on the new Nothing But Love EP. Each track on the EP has something to recommend it but the undulating sonics of the title track with backing vocals by Maria Somerville are doing it for me at the moment.
Posted on December 6th, 2017
My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.
Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back
After 9 years away, Karin Dreijer returned with her first album as Fever Ray last week, Plunge. ‘To The Moon And Back’ was the first taste from it and it is the album’s most pop moment. More than that though, the song’s familiar electro mechanised beat is the most Knife-esque thing on the album. “I played something catchy / You leaned forward and kissed me,” Dreijer sings on a euphoric reintroduction doused in enough oddness for it to be totally of her own universe.
Lankum – Déanta In Eireann
From one of my albums of the past week (and a band who announced a Vicar Street show yesterday) comes this standout from Between The Earth & The Sky about Ireland. The 8-minute ‘Deanta in Eireann’ that could be about nearly any time in Irish history but are applicable to the now – migration, a government who doesn’t care about the little people and using your Irish charm abroad but it turns the song’s gaze back on the homeland – “if the Dáil are the pimps, then we are the whores” and in the end, you’ll want to stand up and declare the song our new antagonistic national anthem.
Daphni – Vulture
One of the few songs on Dan Snaith’s new Daphni album Joli Mai that didn’t feature on this summer’s Fabriclive mix, ‘Vulture’ is a bubbling pot of horror synth, bass rumbles, mechanised percussion and effects.
Julien Baker – Turn Out The Lights
21 year-old songwriter signed to Matador Records who was my new artist of the week for the Irish Times recently, hits some big highs on her second album with the title track vividly shares her pain. The gig on November 9th is sold out.
Four Tet – Lush
A mellow and melodic highlight from Kieran Hebden’s largely understated new record New Energy.
King Krule – Dum Surfer
The most menacing cut from The Ooz, Archy Marshall’s newest as King Krule is saying something. Marshall’s voice moves between ominous hedonism, speedy narrator caught in a night of gambling, car crashes, puking and shit bands. A seedy modern villainous jazz song.
St. Vincent – Pills
Annie Clark’s Masseduction is a barrage of percussive sonics and skilled guitar music. ‘Pills’ is the album’s most fizzy-pop moment with its nursery-rhyme chorus about pharmaceutical dependence contrasted with buzzed-up guitars and outro that shakes out the song’s vigorous energy with a coda that features Kamasi Washington on sax and offers more than a handful of hope.
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.
Tribal Dance – Flongo
Math rock makes a return to the Irish music scene! Tribal Dance reminds me of all the Richter Collective gigs, the music of Not Squares and Cap Pas Cap that had a big hold on what was going on in the country 10 years ago. ‘Flongo’ is this Dublin trio’s debut single and features the rhythmic tautness of early Foals with a bassline in a rush to the finish.
Gorillaz & Little Simz – Garage Palace
An uncharacteristic banger from Gorillaz with UK rapper Little Simz on vocals. This is a fresh thing.
Posted on November 2nd, 2017
With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly.
Daphni – Joli Mai
Any new music from Dan Snaith is always welcome around here and a new Daphni album largely culled from his recent Fabriclive mix also serves that notion. Why? Because you get some grade A dancefloor bangers in their unedited form. So we get songs we have heard like ‘Face To Face’, ‘Hey Drum’, ‘Tin’, ‘Medellen’ and ‘Vikram’ (first heard in 2015) among others but given their own chance to shine away from a mix format.
Kelela – Take Me Apart
LA singer Kelela took her time in constructing her debut album because she didn’t want to repeat the club-mix sounds of her EPs and mixtape. So her debut full-length is not as immediate for listeners but there’s much more to explore in these deftly-constructed modern R&B tracks. Kelela’s sultry honey voice and preoccupations around relationships, both sexual and sensual, are the big draw here while producers like Jam City, Arca, Al Shux, Kingdom and Bok Bok set out a celestial electronic backdrop that points the way forward for the future of the genre.
Four Tet – New Energy
Kieran Hebden moves away from the dancefloor and limited releases for his ninth album which pares things back to a low-tempo and a comforting series of contemplative almost new-age sounding tracks that call back to his earlier work as opposed to his club-orientated output of recent years. Four Tet’s music has tightened up its arrangements largely due to those recent explorations but on New Energy , there is lots of room for melodic mellowness. The focus is on the mind and spirit as opposed to the feet.
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – The Kid
Walking the line between playful electronic and avant garde, Aurelia Smith’s new album is less ambient than before which may turn off those looking for a suitable background release. While it’s also built on a narrative that follows the human lifespan in four stages, there’s enough here on its own to stand apart and grab your attention on its own and fans of modular synths will love the Buchla tones combined with the almost pop melodies at play here.
Jordan Rakei – Wallflower
New Zealand singer-songwriter turns in some Rhye-esque soul on a fine fine album on Ninja Tune.
Posted on October 9th, 2017
Caribou posted two track previews on his Facebook in the past day that suggest (the logo at the end gives it away) there’s a new Daphni release to follow up the Fabriclive release and it’ll feature the Fabriclive track ‘Medellen’ in some form (perhaps extended). More as it comes.
Posted on September 27th, 2017
Arcade Fire – ‘Creature Comforts’
After the relative jolt of ‘Everything Now’, Arcade Fire get less dreamy and a bit dirtier with ‘Creature Comforts’ which kicks off like an electro-clash single from 2002 before the AF ‘vista’ comes in to play. Vocally though, both Win and Regine are addled new territory and it reinforces the track’s synth-waving arrangement. The lyrics about self-image, self-esteem and suicide counteract the sonics with a pure heaviness. “She dreams about dying all the time / She told me she came so close / Filled up the bathtub and put on our first record.”
Daphni – ‘Tin’
Classic Dan Snaith dancefloor business. A soft-focus yet percussively tough track full of euphoria and emotion.
Lorde – ‘Writer In The Dark’
Melodrama is a great followup record for the New Zealand Onion Ring-loving musician. After two full listens, it’s clear that with the album’s deft production details (coproduced with Bleachers lead singer Jack Antonoff), the vocal adlibs and the songwriting is top class. ‘Writer In The Dark’ is an immediate highlight, cemented when Lorde does her best Kate Bush reach on the line ” am my mother’s child, I’ll love you ’til my breathing stops / I’ll love you ’til you call the cops on me.” I’m also loving ‘Sober’ in particular but the entire album is high class Melodrama.
Washed Out – ‘Hard To Say Goodbye’
Ernest Greene is truly back. This is a light house-inspired electronic song that recalls summer vistas and afternoons by the beach.
Laoise – ‘Shooting’
Laoise’s Halfway EP dropped on Friday and ‘Shooting’ is the only song from it we hasn’t really heard from the Galway electronic pop artist.
“Shooting is probably my favourite track off the EP. In comparison to the other songs, it’s quite bare and raw. When writing it, I feel I got to delve into new territories and emotions, which is echoed in the song’s lyrics. I wrote this song with a friend of mine, and we were both going through similar experiences where no matter what we did, we felt we couldn’t grasp and take hold of the things we wanted – be it a relationship or a career path. ‘Shooting with no ammo’ explains the effort you go to finally reach something, only to realise you messed up on the first step, and starting again doesn’t always feel worth it. It’s that moment when you feel so trapped and lost, going around in circles over and over and wondering if you’ll ever break the cycle.”
Bicep – ‘Aura’
From an album of all-new material on Ninja Tune out in September, ‘Aura’ is another example of Bicep’s percussive and technical precision for dance music.
Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘The Way You Used To Do’
Mark Ronson was brought on board to produce QOTSA’s new record and ‘The Way You Used To Do’ is classic tight rock riffs with an addled day-glow brain driving it. They play Dublin in November.
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Posted on June 19th, 2017
The euphoric ‘Tin’ is one of 23 tracks on the mix, all of which is new music. It’s out July 21st and Daphni plays Fabric that night too.
Posted on June 13th, 2017
Caribou’s Dan Snaith returns to his Daphni side-project with a Fabriclive mix on July 21st that will feature 23 original and unreleased Daphni tracks along with 4 edits.
‘Face To Face’ is a low-slung percussive groover that dropped today as part of the mix (it’s on Bandcamp) and the tracklist and details are below.
It’s his first full length Daphni release since 2012’s Jiaolong.
“I’ve been to fabric maybe ten or fifteen times over the years and the majority of those have been to see Ricardo Villalobos play. I’m always drawn to the eccentrics in each field of music and I love that a club like fabric, that is such a mainstay of London’s clubbing landscape, is also the de facto London home of dance music’s foremost eccentric. I’ve got a friend who is a longtime member of fabric and whenever Villalobos plays he gets in touch to see if I want to go. We usually meet out front at about 6am (having had a full, if truncated, night’s sleep rather than having been out the night before) and then spend the next few hours inside.”
“We were there when Villalobos played his entirely ambient ECM based set in room three at one of the anniversary parties (I’ve never been in a club where the atmosphere was so charged – everyone went along with it for a while but at a certain point people started shouting out for him to play something with a beat while others shhh-ed them and shouted the dissenters down) and when he played ‘The Imperial March’ (or whatever that Darth Vader song is called) in Room 1 – two of the most memorable moments I’ve had in a club.”
“Villalobos is the primary artist I associate with fabric and so I immediately thought about making a mix of my own unreleased music – following on in the tradition of his, Omar-S and Shackleton’s fabric mixes”.
What started as a mix featuring bits of new music gradually evolved until it reached a place where it was essentially a studio recording and barely a DJ mix at all, yet the structure remained.”
1. Daphni – Face to Face
2. Daphni – Xing Tian
3. Daphni – Carry On
4. Jamire Williams – FUTURISM (Daphni Edit)
5. Daphni – Poly
6. Daphni – Ten Thousand
7. Daphni – Medellin
8. Daphni – Hey Drum
9. Luther Davis Group – You Can Be A Star (Daphni Edit)
10. Daphni – Try
11. Daphni – Vikram
12. Pheeroan Ak Laff – 3 In 1 (Daphni Edit)
13. Daphni – Listen Up
14. Daphni – Tin
15. Daphni – Moshi
16. Daphni – Strange Bird
17. Container – Dissolve (Daphni Edit)
18. Daphni – Joli Mai
19. Daphni – Nocturne
20. Daphni – So It Seems
21. Daphni – Screaming Man Baby
22. Daphni – vs
23. Daphni – The Truth
24. Daphni – 406.42 ppm
25. Daphni – Always There
26. Daphni – Fly Away
27. Daphni – Life’s What You Make It
Posted on May 24th, 2017
Castlepalooza have revealed more acts for the impressive looking festival in Charleville Castle from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July in Tullamore.
With new bargaining power in the form of Aiken Promotions, the festival has just added:
- New Jackson
- Field Music
- Little Scream
- I Am The Cosmos
- Lisa O’ Neill
- Son Lux
- Steve Davis (DJ & pool set)
- Little Scream
- Slow Reader’s Club
- Hare Squead
- Prins Thomas
- Let’s Eat Grandma
- Toby Kaar
- I Have A Tribe
- All the Luck in the World
- Paddy Hanna
- Orchid Collective
- J. Cowhie
- No Monster Club
- Morning Veils
- Rosa Nutty
- Like Chandeliers
Weekend tickets are priced €134 (weekend w/ camping) and €115 (weekend) are on sale now.
First tier day tickets are be available from today to the end of April priced €53.65+fee. Then from May priced €64.45 and from June priced €70.45. Tickets for CASTEPALOOZA
Here is the Day by Day Breakdown:
Caribou / Polica / Daphni / Romare (live AV set) / Lynched / Toby Kaar / Jarbird / The Altered Hours / Get Down Edits / Rosa Nutty / Like Chandeliers.
I’ll also be DJing on the Friday.
Jurassic 5 / Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong) / Prins Thomas / Steve Davis (DJ & pool table set) / Tiger & Woods / Little Scream / Hare Squead / Let’s Eat Grandma / Lisa O’Neill / Slow Reader’s Club / Overhead, the Albatross / Daithi / Badlands / All the Luck in the World / I Am The Cosmos / Seapinks / Malojian / J Cowhie / Tandem Felix / Oh Boland.
Villagers / Cat Power / New Jackson / Alle Farben / Field Music / Son Lux / Colm Mac Con Iomaire / Cian Nugent / I Have a Tribe / Somerville / Paddy Hanna / Orchid Collective / No Monster Club / Morning Veils.
Posted on April 26th, 2016
My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.
- Jungle – Platoon
- Para One & The South African Choir – Elevation
- Metronomy – Love Letters (Soulwax remix)
- Tame Impala – The Moment
- Haelos – Dust
- Little Dragon – Paris
- Ibeyi – Ghosts
- Slaves – Cheer Up London
- Youth Lagoon – The Knower
- All Tvvins – Too Young To Live
- Joni – Running
- The Chemical Brothers – Under Neon Lights
- Le Galaxie – Lucy Is Here
- Todd Terje – Oh Joy
- Caribou – Your Love With Set You Free (Carl Craig set u free remix)
- Daphni – Usha
- Cashmere Cat – Adore (feat. Arianna Grande)
- SBTRKT – Higher feat. Raury
- Petite Noir – Down
- Kaytranada – Leave Me Alone
- Toro Y Moi – Still Sound
- James Blake – Life Round Here feat. Chance The Rapper
- Glass Animals – Gooey
- Bicep – Just
- Leon Bridges – Smooth Sailin
Posted on July 17th, 2015
Dan Snaith just posted an edit he’s been playing in his Daphni sets of two tracks – Usha Uthup ‘Main Gul Badan’ and Alex Israel ‘Colugo’. Snaithi is back in Ireland as Caribou on Saturday at Longitude.
Please support the original tracks / artists.
Here they are:
Posted on June 10th, 2015
As part of Rough Trade’s offering around Our Love, Snaith made a special DJ Mix that was given away with the album and it’s now been made available for wider consumption. It’s a killer mix and it features two new Daphni tracks for good measure.
Aphrodite’s Child – The System
Lata Ramasar – The Greatest Name That Lives
DJ Nori – Happy Sunday (Maurice Fulton Mix)
Black Truth Rhythm Band – Ifetayo (part 2)
Danny Hunt – What’s Happening to Our Love Affair
Christian S. – Jagos (Original Mix)
Andres Lewin – Spectrum
Bernard Parmegiani – Ondes Croisées
Jerry Green – I Finally Found The Love I Need
Todd Edwards – Winter Behaviour
Cricco Castelli – Life Has Changed
Tyree – Video Crash (Crash Mix)
Lil Wayne – I’m Single (Instrumental)
Robert Armani – Ambulance
Jean-Luc Ponty – Computer Incantations for World Peace
Jessie G – It’s Hot
Pépé Bradock – Démarre Le Chauve
Daphni – Ramblin On
??? – ??? (Daphni Edit)
TCB Band – Children of the Future
Aphrodite’s Child – Break
Posted on November 13th, 2014
Daphni, aka the electronic project of Caribou’s Dan Snaith has been added to the lineup of the Dublin City Block Party in Dublin 8 on The Sunday August 3rd Bank Holiday, as brought to you by Archetype, Bodytonic and Hidden Agenda in the grounds of the Tivoli Theatre from 1pm til 11pm.
Daphni adds to the lineup that includes Kerri Chandler, Dj Harvey, DJ Kormac, food, beer and lots more.
Tickets are €34.50 plus fee on sale now.
I’d say you’ll hear this:
Posted on July 17th, 2014
Dan Snaith aka Caribou’s main man has had a fine line in dance productions under the name daphni for the last couple of years including slots at Forbidden Fruit and DJing back to back with Four Tet.
He’s back with a new 12″ release on his Jiaolong label. Both tracks feature the violin work of Owen Pallett who provides the grimey string line on the minimal tech-house track ‘Julia’ and the stabs on the bass-heavy percussive dissonant techno-leaning B-side ‘Tiberius’. The tunes go deep.
Posted on April 17th, 2014
Forbidden Fruit returns on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of June in Grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin. Lineup includes rock headliners Primal Scream and Kasabian, Chic, Crystal Castles, Four Tet, Neon Neon, James Blake, Daphni, Daughter, Austra, IamamiWhoami, Mykki Blanco, New Jackson, Frank B, Le Galaxie, Bondax, Fight Like Apes, Lee Scratch Perry, Girls Names, Tieranniesaur, Everything Everything, Kormac’s Big Band, Cyril Hahn, Woodkid and more to be announced.
There’ll be 4 stages, tickets are €99 plus fees for the weekend or €54.50 plus fees for a day ticket. Early bird tickets are €79.50 and €44.50 plus fees. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 9am via Ticketmaster.
Personally, I think this is a reasonable lineup considering the now-crowded mid Irish festival market we now have. Fingers crossed there’s more interesting smaller bookings on the way, along the lines of Mykki Blanco.
In terms of medium to large multi-day festivals that’s Longitude, Forbidden Fruit, Body and Soul, Oxegen and Electric Picnic happening this year. Considering those odds, POD and Forbidden Fruit did pretty well in their booking.
Last year’s lineup was pretty stellar so I can understand the initial disappointment from some but there was no Longitude last year meaning that this time around, MCD could offer act who were potentially Forbidden Fruit-bound more moolah to play in July at Longitude rather than June. With so few big headliners at the moment, Forbidden Fruit had to resort to the tried and tested method of rock bands who have done it before: Primal Scream and Kasabian to bring in guaranteed ticket sales despite the other audience of more indie/Primavera-oriented potential festival-goers who would prefer to have the festival to themselves. It’s going to be an interesting year for all of these festivals.
Posted on March 5th, 2013
It’s hard not to draw comparisons between Caribou man Dan Snaith’s new dance project album and Four Tet’s latest collection Pink. Both men have DJed together at Plastic People in London and at festivals like Electric Picnic. They’ve released a split of tracks together. Both have moved their productions from intricate heady music into more hedonistic dance music territory more suited to dancefloors.
Similarly, While Pink was a collection of 12″s previously released so too is Snaith’s Jiaolong, with some of these tracks featuring on white label over the last year. While Four Tet’s Pink was rooted in gentle sparse house vibes, it ultimately felt like territory Hebden wanted to explore and get out of his system before he goes back to his melodic percussive side.
Posted on October 11th, 2012