The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team.

1.

David Byrne – Everybody’s Coming To My House

As suggested last week, David Byrne will release his first solo album since 2004 on March 9th and it’s called American Utopia. He has made albums with Eno, St. Vincent and Karl Hyde, it’s his first solo album. It’s produced by The xx cohort Rodaidh McDonald and features guests, Jack Peñate, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jam City and Thomas Bartlett,  and its choreographed live shows to come, Byrne has suggested are “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

Talk about expectations. ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’ is Byrne at his best – melding acoustic textures, brass and Afrobeat textures with his trademark pop songwriting.


2.

Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses (Charli XCX x Post Precious remix)

A highlight from Wolf Alice last year gets a reworked electro-pop version from pop auteur Charli XCX. The song’s ode to young love and it’s “what if he’s not meant for me?” hook is wisely reinforced with new tones here.


3.

Kendrick Lamar x SZA – All The Stars

Kendrick is curating Marvel’s Black Panther movie soundtrack and ‘All The Stars’ is our first offering from it. So that’s both creators of album number 1 and 2 of 2017’s best albums collaborating (they are on the same label). SZA outshines Kendrick on this – her honey-dripped voice beholden with power is very suitable for a superhero movie. Kendrick can’t compete.


4.

Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) (Feat. Cardi B)

Cardi B adds some Salt’n’Pepa ’90s shake to a highlight from Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic. Props also for the 60fps video.


5.

Superorganism – Everybody Wants To Be Famous

London-based eight-member pop crew Superorganism show off their off-kilter electronic pop with their second big single. An album comes out on Domino on March 2nd.


6.

Rosie Carney – K

Donegal singer-songwriter Rosie Carney dropped a fine and faithful cover of a Cigarettes After Sex song written about lust and desire for a new partner on the Lower East Side.


7.

Reykjavíkurdætur – Hvao er Malio

Icelandic ice-queen rap collective Daughters of Reykjavík are always welcome around here, regardless of what they’re rapping about – the driinks menu? Either way, it bumps.


8.

Fischerspoooner – Togetherness feat. Caroline Polachek

The wandering Electro-clash Casey Fischerspooner returns with a fine electronic pop song featuring former Chairlift singer.


9.

Charli XCX – Backseat (Feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)

Charli XCX strikes again. December is a terrible time to release anything but Charli doesn’t give a fuck and dropped Pop 2 mixtape that kicks off with this M83 style banger.


Posted on January 9th, 2018

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St. Vincent and David Byrne have recorded an album called Love This Giant together. The pair have been working on music since 2009 when they were intially asked to collaborate on a track for charity. Rather than do just one track, they went the whole hog and the central theme of the record is the use of a brass band.

From the sound of first track – ‘Who’, it’s an inspired theme; both Byrne and Clark’s voices are suited to the brass instrumentation and Clark’s recent guitar work has echoed the sound of brass parps of late.

Download the track at the album site or below. Love This Giant is released on 4AD/Todo Mundo on September 7th in Ireland (September 10th UK and 11th in the US). US tour dates for the pair have been announced too.

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Posted on June 18th, 2012

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Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio’s new project Maximum Balloon will have appearances from Little Dragon, Theophilus London, David Byrne, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone, Karen O, Holly Miranda and Ambrosia Parsley (Kill Bill’s Shivaree – ‘Goodnight Moon’). The single ‘Tiger’ featuring Aku Orracu-Tetteh which is the soundtrack to this naughty NSFW Daisy Lowe video, which sort of makes it sound strip club friendly, gets a video next week. A track-by-track guide is here.

‘If You Return’ is the best track I’ve heard thus far and it features Little Dragon. This stream has annoying radio presenter ident tags on it by the way, so you’re not crazy if you hear some babbling.

With thanks to Some Kind of Awesome for uploading.

Posted on July 8th, 2010

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This rather amazing 31 track compilation is a must-have for anyone interested in any of the featured artists not because they feature but because the standard of songwriting is so high that it exceeds most other charity compilations (AIDS charity Red Hot – A good cause too right?). All and sundry culled from North American alternative and indie music is present including: The National, Feist, Grizzly Bear, Sufjan, The Books, Yeasayer, My Brightest Diamond, Iron and Wine, Spoon, Arcade Fire, Dirty Projectors, David Byrne, Bon Iver, Beirut, Cat Power, Kevin Drew and on and on.. Ridiculous line-up. The album is released today. I’m seriously considering forking out for the triple vinyl package.

Out of 31 tracks it was hard to pick favourites but these three streaming tracks to the right nicely represent the album.

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Posted on February 16th, 2009

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Another video from N.A.S.A‘s upcoming The Spirit of Apollo album coming on the 20th of February. Everyone knows Fatlip rules and N.A.S.A (North America South America) is like a Handsome Boy Modeling School for 2009 on crack. The album features:

Karen O, Lykke Li, Fatlip, Tom Waits, George Clinton, David Byrne, Z-Trip, Seu Jorge, Santogold, Krs-One, Cool Kids, Wu Tang (Method Man, Ghostface, RZA, ODB), Chali 2na, Gift of the Gab, DJ Swamp, John Frusciante, Amanda Blank, Spank Rock, Lovefoxxx, Sizzla, M.I.A, Nick Zinner, Kool Keith, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & DJ Qbert. And probably a gazillion more.

N.A.S.A. – Spacious Thoughts feat. Tom Waits and Kool Keith

N.A.S.A. – Whatchadoin? feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A & Santogold

Yes, that’s TOM MUTHA FUCKIN WAITS KIDS. The album is solid hip-hop party jams all the way through. A trailer and another music video is after the cut.

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Posted on January 29th, 2009

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