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1.

George Fitzgerald – Burns

London-based dance producer George Fitzgerald leaves a mark with this layered ambiance-driven track ‘Burns’ which started off as a studio experiment and morphed into its own thing over time. It’s a slow-burner but it really takes off after a few listens.


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N*E*R*D & Rihanna – Lemon

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.


3.

Jens Kuross – Only The Lonely

Idaho-born musician Jens Kuross explores a more electronic sound with his new track ‘Only The Lonely’. He has the ability to meld electronic textures with a traditional torch-burning singer-songwriter style.


4.

Overcoats – I Don’t Believe In Us

New Yorkers Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s new song ‘I Don’t Believe In Us’ shows off the duo’s natural blend in their typical vintage folk and modern pop sounding fashion. Overcoats released their debut album Young earlier this year.


5.

Charlotte Gainsbourg – Deadly Valentine (Soulwax remix)

Belgian brothers Soulwax have remixed British/French actress and musician Charlotte Gainsbourg’s ‘Deadly Valentine’ stripping it back and giving it a funk element.


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Baxter Dury – Miami (Parrot and Cocker Too remix)

Jarvis Cocker’s remix of Baxter Dury’s ‘Miami’ off his latest album Prince Of Tears emphasises the haunting tone of the original song as it channels the spirit of the Chromatics and Chilly Gonzales’ I am Europe.


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Henry Green – Stay Here

22-year-old Bristol based producer Henry Green‘s new track shows off his soft emotion-evoking vocals while giving an underlining Bon Iver tone to the sound on the track.


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EMBRZ – Doubt House

25-year-old, Dublin-born Jack Casey poroduces a high energy tempo with his new track ‘Doubt House’ which he states himself as probably being his favourite track produced so far.

Embrz plays The Button Factory this Friday November 17th. Tickets priced at €13+ are available from Eventbrite.


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Krief – Ordinary Lies

Montreal singer-songwriter Krief’s new song ‘Ordinary Lies’, which has just come out via Fierce Panda Records conjurs a gentle lullaby sound that keeps you tuned in throughout.


10.

Kelly Lee Owens – More Than A Woman

This cover of ‘More Than A Woman’ Produced by James Greenwood and Owens offers a bubbling acid arpeggio take on the original by Aaliyah. Kelly Lee Owens pays a fine tribute to a singer that continues to inspire.

Kelly Lee Owens released her self-titled debut album in March of this year.


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Posted on November 13th, 2017

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


Nialler9 Weekly playlist


1.

Hundred Waters – Particle’

The Florida band Hundred Waters debuted the first song from their third record which they are currently finishing up as a trio. ‘Particle’ is typical of the band to meld electronic textures with more earthly tones. They say it’s “a deeply personal song that reflects a period of profound change within the band wherein the relationships of the members have shifted into unfamiliar territory, reflected in the song’s rapidly morphing textures.” The song is a free download.


2.

Mac Demarco – ‘For The First Time’

Slacker indie lo-fi poster child Mac DeMarco released his fine third album This Old Dog on Friday. ‘For The First Time’, an immediate highlight, is languid retro summer pop at its best.


3.

Grizzy Bear – ‘Three Rings’

It’s been so long since Grizzly Bear I almost feel like a different person. Still, Grizzly Bear’s return after five years is like welcoming a familiar old friend. Despite the time lapse, ‘Three Rings’ is cut from the same cloth as the band’s previous material. Meticulous full-band layered arrangements that ominously circle the tune with Ed Droste singing about wanting “to show you my bad side.”


4.

Haim – ‘Want You Back’

‘Want You Back’, the Haim sisters’ return is just one of those good songs that everyone can get behind. There’s nothing radical in departure here – just a very tightly calibrated pop song with a singalong chorus that whets the appetite for Something To Tell You on July 7th.


5.

EMBRZ – ‘Heartlines’

The Irish producer Jack Casey has announced a new EP Progress out on Ultra Music in July 7th. That’s the US label which has worked with DeadMau5, Axwell, Alle Farben, Steve Aoki and it’s easy to imagine this new trackwith vocals from Meadowlark going down well in the US.


6.

Bibio – ‘Beyond My Eyes’

Bibio’s new Beyond Serious EP purports to show ” his teenage influences and harks back to his inspirations from mid to late 90s French house.” ‘Beyond My Eyes’ is my highlight.


7.

Mr Jukes – ‘Angels’ / ‘ Your Love’ feat. BJ The Chicago Kid

Jack Steadman, singer with the currently-on-hiatus Bombay Bicycle CLub tries his hand at soul jazzy hip-hop production and nails it on this diptych.


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Posted on May 8th, 2017

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EMBRZ, Maynooth electronic producer Jack Casey has recently released a remix of the 1975 and so continuing the theme before a new EP of original music since ‘Breath’ arrives shortly, Casey has turned his attention to a favourite song of his – Bring Me The Horizon’s ‘Drown’.

For his version of the song, he sample 3 different versions of the track – the original, an acoustic version, and a cover.

“I wanted to revisit my old music-making roots, and sample some of my favourite tracks.

I decided to go with ‘Drown’, a really special track by Bring Me The Horizon. My intention was to build my own sound around some of the hooks in the original. Really pleased with how it turned out.

Rather than this being a remix or an edit, I like to think of this as a homage to the original.”

EMBRZ was just announced for the Beatyard and it’d be a “dlight” to see him playing a gig in Dublin soon.

Posted on March 16th, 2017

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Jack Casey aka EMBRZ has been slowly developing his twinkling electronic music over the last two years and ‘Breathe’, his new single marks a turning point, even after a Carly Rae Jepsen remix.

Vocally, it’s the first track from EMBRZ that features a male singer, Pat Byrne of The Voice. Byrne’s emotive voice is not my favourite style (I think it comes down to believability in the tone), but it’s obviously one that is of the zeitgeist.

‘Breathe’ then, is the sound of a producer making a track that aims more squarely for a larger audience. Musically too, Casey’s production moves closer to the EDM style more prevalent in other producers. There’s still enough of that starry-eyed production that EMBRZ is known for present in the track, it’s just been streamlined.

Buy/stream the track.

Posted on May 26th, 2016

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Carly Rae Jepsen’s newest album Emotion was a  hit with more independent-driven music sites when it came out last year. ‘Run Away With Me’ was one of those songs that brought new audiences through its M83 ‘Midnight City’-style sax dynamics. The album executive produced by Scooter Braun, Bieber’s manager, who has recently been steering the unknown at home young Irish producer Eden to bigger audiences.

On the other side of the desk, Kildare producer Jack Casey aka EMBRZ came to attention via an Ellie Goulding remix in 2013 and has released some evocative EDM-ambient pop tracks. Maybe, Braun and co are keeping a closer eye on things in Ireland than you know.

Casey was given the opportunity to officially remix Jepsen, after all he has form in such things. This is what he came up with.

Posted on April 21st, 2016

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Just in time for the holidays, EMBRZ has dropped a new track. The Kildare man’s music which is a good fit for some pre-Christmas travelling listening, has an evocative quality and his new track ‘Home’ in tone and lyrics (sung by Eleni Drake) perfectly encapsulate the idea of returning home and finding solace there.

https://soundcloud.com/embrz/home

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Posted on December 21st, 2015

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Two of my favourite new artists on the same track. Awesome. Oh Wonder just dropped their debut album after 12 months and 12 songs – their melodic bright spacious pop music is still on rotation amongst it all. Jack Casey aka Kildare producer EMBRZ has been one of the most unique electronic producers to emerge from Ireland in the last two years, cultivating a twinkling modern electronic sound himself.

The EMBRZ remix is indeed like a collision of both their styles with an added higher tempo. Good work:

Here’s the new Oh Wonder video for ‘WithOut You’

Posted on October 28th, 2015

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Maybe you caught EMBRZ, the Kildare producer Jack Casey’s live set at Body & Soul late into Monday morning at Electric Picnic last week?

His productions have a starry-eyed production sound that while is EDM-friendly in labelling, is infinitely more sensual and softer than that tag.

Here, he follows up his first original single ‘Silent’ with ‘Lights’ a track with a similarly polychromatic feel with vocals from an LA singer pennybirdrabbit.

The song is released today on Slow Down Records.

Posted on September 11th, 2015

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Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Spotify | Stage Times


With a festival like Longitude, you probably already know who you’re going to see from the bigger names (if not: Friday: Todd Terje, SBTRKT, Metronomy, Little Dragon / Saturday: Caribou (+Daphni), Glass Animals, Jungle, Alt-J, Hud Mo, Le Galaxie / Sunday: Chemical Brothers, James Blake, Wild Beasts, Danny Brown, Young Wonder) but it’s further down the bill where things get a bit less clear cut. So here’s your guide to your five a day, five new artists to see to help you keep your finger on the pulse. Plus, there’s also a Spotify playlist for the entire festival lineup to listen to.

I’ll be down at the TXFM stage (Sitemap) on Sunday along with the rest of the crew who are DJing there all weekend long.

Spotify Longitude playlist


1. Leon Bridges

Friday, Whelan’s Stage, 4:15pm
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Old-fashioned soul is Bridges’ thing. The 27 year-old Texan makes no concessions to modernity, even dressing as well as sounding like vintage Sam Cooke. His album Coming Home is what it is – uplifting soul music for sunny days so fingers crossed for Friday afternoon.


2. Ibeyi

Friday, Heineken Stage, 5:30pm
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French Cuban twins with beguiling intertwined voices and instruments. One on a piano, another on percussion (which sometimes extends to her body as an instrument), their worldly songs take in their father’s Yoruba Nigerian tongue, gospel, Buena Vista Social Club styles (who their father played with), jazz and soul. Their XL Recordings debut is a fine album but live, as they did at Other Voices, is where they shine.


3. Haelos

Friday, Whelan’s Stage, 3:30pm
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With only an EP and a single on Matador Records to their name, the English three-piece Haelos have already established their sound. A rush of synths, hanging percussion and a chorus of voices. ‘Earth Not Above’ is my absolute jam, as featured in my songs of the year list.


4. Hubie Davison

Friday, 5pm, RBMA stage
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He might be CdB’s son but let’s not hold that against him. Mr Davison is a modern child versed in electronic music; based in London and releasing music on the Leisure System label that moves between textural electronic ambience and laid back grooves on ‘Get On’ and more dancefloor-edged fare like ‘Khayyam Grey’. Lots of mixes on Soundcloud to peruse.


5. Young Fathers

Friday, Heineken Stage, 6:45pm
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When I watched the Glastonbury highlights and saw Young Fathers live footage, it didn’t come across well. That’s the problem with watching live music on the TV, it doesn’t always translate. I know for a fact, that Young Father’s live set is one of the best around at the moment, a gut-punching, tribal, howling, theatrical, visceral blood-let of a show. Their new album is boss.


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Posted on July 15th, 2015

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Bodytonic and Hidden Agenda just threw a spanner in the works for your August bank holiday plans with the reveal of The BeatYard happening in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on August 1st and 2nd.

Music guests include:

Sister Sledge, Lindstrom, Four Tet, Neneh Cherry, Madlib, I Am The Cosmos, Public Service Broadcasting, Barrington Levy, Horse Meat Disco, Midnight Magic, Embrz, RiZA, Craig Charles, DJ Marky, Telephones, Optimo vs. Eamon Harkin (Mister Saturday Night), Sim Simma and more.

There are also a whole lot of food and drink options like 3FE Barista Jam, Big Blue Bus, Teddy’s ice Cream (naturally), Angel Churros, Staple Foods, Suhas Falafel, Brewtonic Beer Hall and Wine-yl Ville.

There’s also Graffiti, The Gamesyard with The Back R.A.G.E and Pinball Parlour; Dub City Sneaks (Dublin’s first sneaker fair), vinyl records, crazy golf and more.

Looks ridiculous.

Early bird tickets are €49+ on sale for the weekend or €29+ per day.

Posted on May 28th, 2015

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One of the more promising young Irish electronic artists, EMBRZ has just dropped his first original track after a clutch of super impressive remixes and sampled tracks.

The Maynooth producer Jack Casey’s Ellie Goulding remix is in the millions of plays at this point and his first wholly original track ‘Silent’ contains that same magic synth atmosphere that got him noticed with a vocal provided by Amy Rose.

“I finished writing Silent just before Christmas. The last step was getting an amazing vocal down, and Amy was perfect” explains Jack Casey continuing “There is a story behind the track, but I like the idea of leaving listeners to their own interpretation. Whatever it means to someone is what it means to someone.”

EMBRZ is supporting Young Wonder next month too:

16th May – The Savoy, Cork
22nd May – Whelan’s

Posted on April 23rd, 2015

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Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish Albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 


The results of your favourite Irish songs are in.  It was a breakthrough year for a few Irish acts this year namely Hozier (duh),  The Riptide Movement, EMBRZ and God Knows + MynameisJohn. Established acts or artists who have been around a while like James Vincent McMorrow, The Riptide Movement, Girl Band, SOAK, Cloud Castle Lake and Le Galaxie stepped it up.

The addition of ‘Cavalier’, ‘Red Dust’ and the ubiquitous ‘Take Me To Church’, which placed highly last year were a result of their mainstream success. You might have heard it online last year but the latter in particular was everywhere, becoming the most virally streamed track on Spotify of 2014 in the entire world.

2014 has shown that Irish acts through their deals in the industry have forged paths and made careers for themselves while writing great tunes. This can only be a good thing for 2015 as the world continues to look to this small Ireland for music. The only thing needed now is more governmental recognition of this talent. How about it?

Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.


Readers’ Top 30 Irish songs of 2014

  1. Hozier – ‘From Eden’
  2. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  3. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Cavalier’
  4. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
  5. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  6. Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’
  7. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Gold’
  8. Villagers – ‘Occupy Your Mind’
  9. Jape – ‘The Hearts Desire’
  10. The Riptide Movement – ‘All Works Out’
  11. The Gloaming – ‘The Sailor’s Bonnet’
  12. Ships – ‘Space Inside’
  13. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’
  14. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Red Dust’
  15. SOAK – ‘Blud’
  16. Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’
  17. All Tvvins – ‘You Better’
  18. Cloud Castle Lake – ‘Sync’
  19. little xs for eyes – ‘Love Gets Lost’
  20. EMBRZ – ‘Slow Down’
  21. We Cut Corners – ‘Best Friend’
  22. Le Galaxie feat. May Kay – ‘Carmen’
  23. I Have A Tribe – ‘Yellow Raincoats’
  24. Paddy Hanna – ‘Join The Army’
  25. R.S.A.G. – ‘I’ll Be There’
  26. Daithi – ‘Have To Go’ feat. Jesse Boykins III
  27. Delorentos – ‘Show Me Love’
  28. God Knows & Mynameisjohn – ‘Standard’
  29. Adebisi Shank – ‘Big Unit’
  30. SlowPlaceLikeHome – ‘She Comes In Colour Stereo’

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Posted on December 19th, 2014

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As is my annual tradition, the Nialler9 Readers’ Poll in association with Tower Records is back for its ninth year. Once again, I’m looking to find out what Irish albums and songs didn’t leave your stereo, phone, playlists and beyond. I also want to know what gigs, remixes, club nights and more floated your boat in 2015. There are prizes too courtesy of Tower Records, Dawson Street, Dublin and more..

Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.

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Nialler9’s top 25 Irish albums of 2014

  1. God Knows + MynameIsJohn – Rusangano Family
  2. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
  3. The Gloaming – The Gloaming
  4. Lethal Dialect – 1988
  5. Hozier – Hozier
  6. Seán Mac Erlaine – A Slender Song
  7. We Cut Corners – Think Nothing
  8. Adebisi Shank – This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank
  9. Daithi – In Flight
  10. Shit Robot – We Got A Love
  11. Sleep Thieves – You Want The Night 
  12. Paddy Hanna – Leafy Stiletto
  13. Hands Up Who Wants To Die – Vega In The Lyre
  14. Sea Pinks – Dreaming Tracks
  15. Deaf Joe – From The Heights Of A Dream
  16. I Heart The Monster Hero – Rhythm & Pals
  17. Windings / LandLovers –  Split LP
  18. SlowPlaceLikeHome – Romola
  19. The #1s – The Number Ones
  20. Adrian Crowley – Some Blue Morning
  21. Rhob Cunningham – The Window and Day
  22. Ginnels – A Country Life
  23. So Cow – The Long Con
  24. Women’s Christmas – Too Rich For Our Blood
  25. Jennifer Evans – Works From the Dip and Foul


Nialler9’s top 50 Irish songs of 2014

  1. Ships – ‘The Space Inside’
  2. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  3. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
  4. Clu – ‘Mirrors’
  5. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’
  6. The Gloaming – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’
  7. God Knows + MynameIsJohn – ‘Standard’
  8. EMBRZ – ‘Slow Down’
  9. Rocstrong – ‘Go Head’
  10. UNKNWN – ‘Devil’
  11. Hozier – ‘From Eden’
  12. Planet Parade – ‘You’ll Be Sorry’
  13. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Gold’
  14. Dear Desert – ‘Give it Up’
  15. Adebisi Shank – ‘Big Unit’
  16. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  17. R.S.A.G. – ‘I’ll Be There’
  18. Villagers – ‘Occupy Your Mind’
  19. Carriages – ‘Roots’
  20. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’
  21. The Casanova Wave – ‘New Sensation’ (feat. Biggles Flys Again)
  22. Gaze Is Ghost – ‘Revolvere’
  23. Lethal Dialect x JackKnife J – ‘Headstrong’
  24. Krystal Klear – ‘Squad’
  25. Augustus and John – ‘Crosslines’
  26. Tvvins – ‘You Better’
  27. Elastic Sleep – ‘Leave You’
  28. Cloud Castle Lake – ‘Sync’
  29. Go Wolf – ‘One More Night’
  30. Bicep & Hammer – ‘Icebowl’
  31. little xs for eyes’ ‘Love Gets Lost’
  32. Loah – ‘Cortège’
  33. Floor Staff – ‘The Guest’
  34. Sea Pinks – ‘Dream Happening’
  35. Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’
  36. The #1s – ‘Heartsmash’
  37. Fight Like Apes – ‘Crouching Bees’
  38. The Hard Ground – ‘Deep in Green’
  39. Revin Goff – ‘Salthill’
  40. Shookrah – ‘Woman’
  41. Spies’ – ‘Moosehead’
  42. We Cut Corners – ‘Every Thief’
  43. Sleep Thieves – ‘City Of Hearts’
  44. SOAK – ‘Blud’
  45. Daithí feat. Jesse Boykins III – ‘Have To Go’
  46. The Minutes – ‘Cherry Bomb’
  47. Sissy – ‘No Mickey on the Mouse’
  48. Costello, Captain Moonlight, Linco, Reece, and Temper-Mental MissElayneous – ‘The Art Of The Clash’
  49. Imploded View – ‘Flutter Funk’
  50. I Have A Tribe – ‘Yellow Raincoats’

 


Posted on December 11th, 2014

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The young Maynooth producer Jack Casey has been wisely biding his time since exploding onto the internet with his Ellie Goulding remix and his subsequent tracks.

In anticipation of new original tracks forthcoming, Casey is offering a four-track EP of previously posted songs for the price of an email including his Ellie Goulding remix, his Dive in remix and the excellent ‘Slow Down’ and ‘Make Your Way’.

Download at http://embrzmusic.com.

Posted on October 8th, 2014

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