As featured on the Silicon Valley series 4 premiere this past weekend, DJ Shadow And Nas have hooked up for their first collaboration.
It’s fun to hear these two together for the first time but it lacks a spark that gels. When RTJ and Shadow got together on ‘Nobody Speak’, it was taut and well-rounded. ‘Systematic’ meanwhile feels like it was recast from the mid-90s rather than recapturing a boom-bap magic, it feels like a track that didn’t quite work out. Maybe that’s why it’s on a TV show soundtrack. It’s not terrible in any way, Shadow’s production has enough flair to it but you do wonder if another MC would have done a better job with the track.
Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
DJ Shadow – Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain
Run The Jewels – Twin Hype Back
DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Like Part 4
DJ Shadow – UNKLE Main Theme
Run The Jewels – Job Well Done
DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Part 2
DJ Shadow – In Flux
Run The Jewels – Banana Clipper
DJ Shadow – Building Steam With A Grain of Salt
DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World
Run The Jewels – Get It
DJ Shadow – You Can’t Go Home Again
Run The Jewels – DDFH
DJ Shadow – Trench Battle Beat/Walkie Talkie
Run The Jewels – Christmas Fucking Miracle
DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Like Part 3
DJ Shadow – Organ Donor
It proved a fruitful partnership so the pair are at it again on the lead song from Daithí’s forthcoming EP Holiday Home, due in March. Holiday Home came about when Daithí bought a field recorded and began recording the sounds of the west of Ireland in an attempt to build a unique library of sounds.
‘Falling For You’, his collaboration with White, uses sea sounds from Inch beach in Cork and bell sounds from a wind chime I found in an Air Bnb in Achill. White recorded the vocals on Valentia Island.
Watch the video, also suitably set in the West of Ireland by Feel Good Lost.
In a short time, TooFools, a band brought to us by Lorcan O’Dwyer, Steven McCann and their big gang of friends have made a splash on the Dublin music landscape.
They introduced themselves with a live video by Christian Tierney of Insanity.
Now, nearly a year later and with much live experience under their belts, ‘Touch’ is an indication of what comes next – a disco-funking electronic soul stomper that recalls Jungle in its backdrop and falsetto.
The atmosfolk duo Saint Sister, Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty have established themselves as one of the best new Irish bands of the last year and a bit.
The pair have now released two new songs to keep us sated. ‘Tin Man’ and ‘Corpses’ are two songs recorded with Alex Ryan which are released through Communion Music’s Singles Club.
Communion have a habit of illuminating breaking folk artists and these two songs by the band, while they very much fit their harmony-folk aesthetic, there’s more atmosphere at play in the arrangements than before.
DJ Shadow – ‘Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt’ (Salva remix)
DJ Shadow touched down in Dublin on Thursday for a rare live set at Metropolis. A producer with such a revered first album often struggles to stay modern in what follows (Shadow addresses that weight here). Luckily, his latest album The Mountain Shall Fall has some peaks on it (most notably Run The Jewels) but it’s a recent remix album of Entroducing featuring remixes by contemporaries like Hudson Mohawke, Teklife, Lee Bannon, Prince Paul and Clams Casino that attempts a reimagining of the seminal first album. Most successful of the lot is Salva’s footwork remix of ‘Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt’, which Shadow incorporated into his set at Metropolis.
‘Bergschrund’ features the Berlin-based musician, composer and producer Frahm going to town with Shadow on some percussive rhythms and synths as opposed to the piano music he’s known for.
“Nils Frahm is an insanely smart composer. He created a sinewy, gated vintage synth line which I then expanded upon, hopefully to complimentary effect. Our track is called ‘Bergschrund,’ an obscure German word for a particular type of crevasse, or ice cliff, usually found on mountains at very high elevations.”
Other guests on the album include Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and Bleep Boop. It’s out June 24th on Mass Appeal.
ALBUM TRACK LIST:
1. The Mountain Will Fall
2. Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels
3. Three Ralphs
4. Bergschrund feat. Nils Frahm
5. The Sideshow feat. Ernie Fresh
6. Depth Charge
8. Ashes To Oceans feat. Matthew Halsall
9. Pitter Patter feat. G Jones & Bleep Bloop
11. Ghost Town
12. Suicide Pact
13. Swerve (iTunes Bonus Track)
A collaboration that raises up Shadow back to where he belongs.
Last week, DJ Shadow returned with news of an new album The Mountain Will Fall prefaced with a title track that came across like serene trap music. That is to say, it doesn’t give much away for what is to come on the album.
Along with guests Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall and old-school MC Ernie Fresh, it’s Run The Jewels which piqued the interest of many, myself included. RTJ can’t really do any wrong and their presence on ‘Nobody Speak’ adds some vitality and focus to Shadow’s still able and nimble production.
‘Nobody Speak’ is part of the Run The Jewels’ Record Store Day release out tomorrow. ‘VRTJ’ is a Virtual Reality cardboard viewer that comes with a download code for the collaborative track.
‘Backtail Was Heavy’
Wonky electronic day-glo rave style
Most tracks that employ old-school rave breaks and samples feel like period pieces or homages. Matt Cutler aka Lone has a unique style of his own that he can bend into different existing shapes. For this once-off online release, his penchant for day-glow wavy synths are a great match for some old school rave-to-your-grave snatches and rhythm. The last minute of the track are the bones of the operation but it’s the suitable nod to the past that makes this a winner.
The Nialler9 radio show airs live every Thursday night from 10pm to Midnight on 105.2FM TXFM. TXFM will close some time this year but the show continues until further notice. Like this website, it’s a new music show featuring myself presenting my favourite tunes.
Brian Cross aka B+ is a well-respected photographer in the world of hip-hop. Born in Limerick, schooled in NCAD in Dublin, but based out of LA for a long time, he has been responsible for many an iconic image.
Update: It’s 2016, I found this post and enjoyed it. I’ve now added a Spotify playlist of all of the albums available.
Below is a list of my favourite records of the ten years between the turn of the millenium, the year 2000 and 2010. Ranking these albums was led by a) what the album means to me and b) how often I’d listen to it. Each and every one of these albums blew me away repeatedly at some time between the ages of 18 and 27. Each one has something special going for it, something magical that brings me back to it. For that I can only thank the creators of each.
Without further ado, here are my favourite 50 albums from the decade. And remember, you can’t be wrong if they are your favourites.
Wednesday 30th June
– Murmur Presents: 80’s Movie Quiz @ Bernard Shaw (Table of 4, €20)
– HWCH launch: At last an Atlas, Squarehead, Nouveaunoise, Enemies @ Twisted Pepper (Free but RSVP required – see comments, 6.30pm – 9pm)