The National Gallery of Ireland has undergone an extensive renovation over the last six years as outlined in the Irish Times, and can be seen via Totally Dublin and The Thin Air and the video below.

The first major exhibition to take place in the gallery is an exhibition of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer entitled Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry and opens Saturday.

I’m DJing at the launch tomorrow of the exhibition in the Gallery and the organisers asked me in the spirit of inspiration to reflect in a playlist and the music played some modern Dutch artists. So here’s a playlist of my favourite Dutch music of an electronic persuasion including Fatima Yamaha, Tom Trago, Young Marco, Kraak & Smaak, David Douglas, Palmbomen, Martyn, Weval, Steffi, Doctr, Laserdance, Legowelt and brand new selections Parc, CUT_ and Klangstof.

For advance ticket booking for the upcoming exhibition, Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry at The National Gallery of Ireland, go to Nationalgallery.ie. Entry to the permanent collection is free.

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Posted on June 15th, 2017

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Fatima Yamaha is a regular visitor to these shores but that doesn’t mean you won’t get a repeat of this kind of behavior from a Dublin crowd.

I caught his set in Primavera in Barcelona last week and it’s still one of the best live electronic sets around.

The Dutch producer returns to District 8 on Saturday October 21st and tickets are on sale on Eventbrite at €25 + fee and are flying out.

Posted on June 9th, 2017

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6 new acts were added to Forbidden Fruit Festival today for the festival on from Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th Juneat The Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin.

Booka Shade, Tycho, Jax Jones, Hot Chip (DJ Set), Fatima Yamaha and Snakehips

Headliners include Aphex Twin, Bon Iver and Orbital.

Previous lineup announcements.

More announcements next week along with the day-by-day breakdown. Tickets on Ticketmaster are.

Tickets

3 Day Tickets (Sat / Sun / Mon)
General Sale – €145.50 (On Sale)

2 Day Weekend Tickets (Sat / Sun)
Tier 2 – €109.50 (ON SALE)

Saturday Day Tickets
Tier 2 – €59.50 (ON SALE)
Tier 3 – €64.50

Sunday Day Tickets
Tier 2 – €59.50 (ON SALE)
Tier 3 – €64.50

Monday Day Tickets
General Sale – €59.50 (ON SALE)

Posted on March 10th, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month. Listen to the continuous playlists on Spotify, Youtube & Soundcloud.

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The top songs of the month

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Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet remix)

A headspinning Four Tet remix for an as yet unreleased Todd Terje song finally gets a full release after numerous radio rip uploads.


A vocal-lead cut of hazy R&B from rising Irish act Percy Chamburuka.


It’s a beautiful and brittle modern electronic ballad from Talos’ new album Wild Alee, out on April 21st.


From the excellent debut album from The Internet’s Syd, who makes sensual modern R&B feel easy. ‘Nothin’ To Somethin’ is my current favourite.


Every now and again, Missy Elliott returns to claim your ears. ‘I’m Better’ is a Missy jam of the highest order. Get low.


From a remix companion EP to last year’s debut album For All We Know, a standout bumping remix from Kaytranada that channels those ‘Cranes In The Sky’ for a new vibe on ‘Get To Know Ya’.


Jack Hamill returns to galactic electronic funk.


A highlight from the 23 yer-old grime superstar’s new album Gang Signs And Prayers.


Thundercat shuts down the friend zone, from the jazz-funk falsetto-flouting bassist’s new album Drunk.


Sampha’s soft voice is the kind that warms the soul, even when he’s singing of panic.


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Posted on March 2nd, 2017

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Ava Festival and Conference announced its lineup for the Belfast-based electronic festival on June 2nd and 3rd.

Playing live and DJing in T13 Titanic Quarter in Belfast will be:

Jeff Mills and Guillaume Marmin’s collaboration – Marcel Dettmann – Bicep – Fatima Yamaha LIVE – Midland – Ben UFO – Job Jobse – Rebekah (Hybrid Set) – Ejeca – Denis Sulta – New Jackson LIVE – Timmy Stewart – TinFoil Live (Sunil Sharpe & DeFekT) – Techno & Cans Crew – Jordan – Hammer – Or:La – Myler – Schmutz – Twitch DJs – Inside Moves DJs – Saoirse – Guerrilla Shout – The Cyclist – Ryan Vail LIVE AV – Swoose & Cromby – MisFit DJ’s – Subject DJs – Alice Meat Free – ELLLL Live – JMX – JC Williams LIVE – Holly Lester – Bobby Analogue – Brién – Nez – Ryan Dallas – Clockwork – Paragon Live – Cave DJs: B2B Kapoor – Jika Jika – GIRL

Weekend tickets from £50.

Read my interview with festival organiser Sarah McBriar.

Posted on January 25th, 2017

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You know the story of Fatima Yahama’s ‘What’s A Girl To Do’ by now, but last November, the Dutch producer released a very good album in Imaginary Lines which had up-to-date dancefloor jams like ‘Love Invaders’, ‘Sooty Shearwater, King Of Migration’ and ‘Borderless II’ to name three highlights on it.

The video explores the identity of a Fatima, creator and subject of the music.

Fatima Yamaha is not only the creator of this music, she is also the subject of it. Each song explores the concept, the life, the joys and struggles of a girl born between worlds. Born between ages. Too many words might upset this delicate self-exploratory cycle.

Some Love Invaders remixes also dropped in the past week by Breakbot, Redinho and Africans With Mainframes.

Fatima Yahama is playing Metropolis later this year.

Posted on August 17th, 2016

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POD & Hidden Agenda are bringing back Metropolis Festival in the RDS on November 3rd to 5th this year.

The Mother City festival takes place indoors at the RDS and this year the music will include:

  • Grace Jones
  • DJ Shadow
  • Solomun
  • Moderat
  • SBTRKT (DJ Set)
  • Booka Shade – Movements 10
  • BADBADNOTGOOD
  • Crystal Castles
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • Fatima Yamaha
  • Fakear
  • Girl Band

Tickets

DJ Shadow will play the opening night on Thursday December 3rd in the Shelbourne Hall. Tickets for that can be bought separately at €39.50 inc. booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

Tickets for the rest of the festival are priced at:

DJ Shadow – Opening Party

Thursday 3rd November

€39.50

Weekend Early

Bird (2 Day)

Friday 4th / Saturday 5th

€129.00

Weekend (2 Day)

Friday 4th / Saturday 5th

€145.00

DJ Shadow – Opening Party + Weekend (3 Day)

Thursday 3rd / Friday 4th / Saturday 5th

€164.50

A Ticket Instalment Plan will be available until the end of August. Pay 50% of your ticket now and settle the remainder of the balance before October 3th.

Tickets go on sale at 9:00am this Thursday 11th August at €129 inc. booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

Posted on August 9th, 2016

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After reappearing with a single featuring Mixmaster Mike and the promise of an album of bangers called Summer 08 on July 1st, Joe Mount and Metronomy have enlisted synth electronic producer of the moment / sleeper hit Dutch dude Fatima Yamaha to rework ‘Old Skool’ and it’s a doozy.

No sign of when a purchase of the track is available yet but we’ll keep it peeled.

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Posted on June 1st, 2016

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It kicks in at 3:30.

The story of Fatima Yamaha ‘What’s A Girl To Do’s remarkable rise from a small Dublin label release on D1 recordings to 11 years later, topping the Resident Advisor poll for 2015 is a fascinating one of slow-building adoption and long-building patronage.

It also arrived at the right time for the Dutch producer who was releasing an excellent full-length Fatima Yamaha album in November – Imaginary Lines.

So Saturday night’s set at District 8 courtesy of Hidden Agenda and Subject also completely arrived at the right time.

Not only was Bron’s set full of killer tunes from that album – ‘Sooty Shearwater, King of Migration’, ‘Love Invaders’ and ‘Borderless II’ immediately spring to mind, and not only did he follow a set from D1’s Eamonn Doyle in a nod to the Fatima Yamaha’s connection with Dublin, there was this.

That dancefloor was absolutely stuffed and the place erupted for ‘What’s A Girl To Do’, with an entire room of people singing along to the synth-line of the track.

Posted on February 22nd, 2016

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Posted on February 16th, 2016

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My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify and Soundcloud.

The top songs of the month

  1. Fatima Yamaha – ‘Sooty Shearwater, King of Migration’
  2. David Bowie –’Dollar Days’
  3. Katharine Philippa – ‘Bieber’
  4. Anderson .Paak – ‘Put Me Thru’
  5. Toby Kaar – ‘Snapdragon’
  6. Hyphen Hyphen – ‘Just Need  Your Love’
  7. Designer + Four Tet – Mothers
  8. Jessy Lanza – ‘It Means I Love You’
  9. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Untitled 2’
  10. Låpsley – ‘Love Is Blind’
  11. Cian Nugent – ‘Lost Your Way’
  12. DJDS – ‘I Don’t Love You’
  13. The Gloaming – ‘Fáinleog (Wanderer)’
  14. XO – ‘Divine Disaster’
  15. Kelly Lee Owens – ‘More Than A Woman’ (Aaliyah cover)
  16. Bad Bones – ‘Beg’
  17. Savages – ‘Adore’
  18. Kanye West – ‘Real Friends’ / Erykah Badu – ‘Trill Friends’
  19. PJ Harvey – ‘The Wheel’
  20. Katy B, Four Tet & Floating Points – Calm Down
  21. MMoths – ‘Eva’
  22. Quilt – ‘Roller’
  23. Porches – ‘Be Apart’
  24. Fort Romeau – ‘Secrets & Lies’
  25. Bibio – ‘Feeling’
  26. Flume – Smoke And Retribution feat. Vince Staples & Kučka
  27. Miike Snow – Genghis Khan
  28. Sjowgren – Seventeen
  29. Massive Attack – Take It There (feat. Tricky & 3D)
  30. Hinds – ‘Fat Calmed Kiddos’ 

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Posted on February 1st, 2016

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Dublin venue District 8 has become the go to place to see visiting international dance and electronic acts with the closure of the Twisted Pepper last year as a venue.

For the upcoming season, a coterie of bookers:Subject, Archetype, Hidden Agenda alongside Bodytonic, Bedlam & Connection have a lot of events coming up including gigs to look forward to from Kerri Chandler, Karenn, Skream, Fatima Yamaha & Jackmaster on the same night, Axel Bowman, Marcel Dettman, Ejeca, Ame, Daniel Avery, Kolsch and The Magician at the end of this month.

All shows are listed on RA and are on sale now.

Fatima Yamaha’s ‘Sooty Shearwater, King of Migration’ is my jam right now.

Meanwhile, next Saturday sees DJ Deece graduates to a headline slot of his own for The Deece Series.

Posted on January 17th, 2016

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Looking for more new music? Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. Updated weekly.


1. David Bowie – ‘Dollar Days’

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A man immortal in his music passes away at 69.

Even in death, David Bowie remained an artist. The Starman’s parting gift to the world, we wouldn’t find out for three days, was the release of his 25th album Blackstar, on Friday.

His lifelong producer partner Tony Visconti wrote today: “His death was no different from his life – a work of Art. He made Blackstar for us, his parting gift.”

A lush, rich jazz-inspired experimental rock album, it will hereafter be viewed as a poignant closing statement, which is how Bowie intended it to be. The signs were all there – on Blackstar he sings “something happened on the day he died,” On ‘Lazarus’ he sings “look up here, I’m in heaven.” The videos for the tracks point towards a final transformation, in a career defined by them.

On the album track ‘Dollar Days’, the melancholy consumes the song and Bowie hints at explicitly saying what we now know. “I’m dying to / Push their backs against the grain / And fool them all again and again.” That now reads as “I’m dying too.” Bowie was always chasing, always pushing, always seeking. “If I never see the English evergreens I’m running to / It’s nothing to me / It’s nothing to see,” he sings.

When artists release albums close to their death, the “late style” of the release adds extra resonance, as in J Dilla’s Donuts. On Blackstar, Bowie is always aware of his imminent death. He spent 18 months with cancer before he lost, yet he remained in control of his own artistic destiny. Bowie remained a music maverick, the magician who orchestrated his final departure in his art.

My Bowie Spotify playlist.


2. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Untitled 2’

With last year’s list-topping To Pimp A Butterfly universally-acclaimed as one of the albums of 2015, Lamar is showing us there’s much more to come. 2016 will see a lot more live shows around the world from the Compton rapper, yet he’s already showing us he’s not content to rest. In an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night talk show last week, Lamar debuted an untitled new song.

The jazz-lead rap style from TPAB is in effect, but there’s a searing energy in Lamar’s delivery, as he weaves an unstructured freestyle rap that feels like it could go anywhere at any time and in its five minute running time he talks of his career, his fear of the police, a black woman’s life choices, desire, his inspirational time in South Africa, his money-enriched life and his community. By the time, his raspy voice is intensely bellowing “You ain’t gotta tell me that I’m the one / Yes, I am the one,”, there’s little doubt that Lamar is a rapper at the top of his craft and only improving.


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Posted on January 11th, 2016

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night.

Part One | Part Two.


Part one

  1. PG Goes Dance/ Fort Romeau – P.I.C.T.U.R.E
  2. NAO – Bad Blood
  3. Bonzai – Doses
  4. HAELOS – Dust
  5. Quilt – Roller
  6. Sjowgren – Drifty
  7. Jaakko Eino Kalevi feat. Farao – Everything Nice (Popcaan cover)
  8. Prince Rama – Bahia
  9. LCD Soundsystem – Home (Loving Good Mix)
  10. Fatima Yamaha – Sooty Shearwater, King of Migration
  11. Hinds – San Diego
  12. Wild Nothing – Reichpop

Part two

  1. Anna B Savage – I
  2. Mind Enterprises – Idealistic
  3. Kelly Lee Owens – More Than A Woman
  4. M.I.L.K. – If We Want to
  5. Ódú – Different
  6. Towkio – Reflection (prod. Kaytranada)
  7. LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
  8. Katy B, Four Tet & Floating Points – Calm Down
  9. HAMO – Cotton Club
  10. The Internet – Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA)
  11. Archy Marshall – Ammi Ammi (feat. Jamie Isaac)
  12. Pusha T – Untouchable
  13. Little Shalimar – Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite) feat. Run The Jewels

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 January 8th, 2016

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Mamiko Motto of NTS has put together a compilation called Amada for All City. Featuring some great underground music from Bobby, Dorian Concept, Georgia Anne Muldrow, James Pants, SCNTST, Obey City and seven other artists, it’s a superb collection of music drawn from the world of electronic, hip-hop and soul. There’s Obey City’s ambient-funk opener, Bobby’s boogie-down pop ‘Tame The Shrew’, James Pant’s twisted kraut-electronica, the stabbin’ trap production ‘Pyschosis’ by Dark E Freeker, Fatima Yamaha’s frenetic hi-BPM synth glider ‘AAA’, SCNTST’s jazzy floorfiller, Claude Speede’s Brainfreeze/AFX’s workout ‘Crushed Rave’ and GMCFOSHO oddball rap of ‘Comupout’.

DJ Tu-Ki put together a 21 minute minimix of the tracks featured on the comp. Check it out. You can get the compilation on vinyl from All City direct and digitally Bandcamp.

Track list

  1. Obey City – Take It Back 04:01
  2. Young Mind – Jennifer 05:06
  3. Bobby – Tame The Shrew 04:21
  4. Georgia Anne Muldrow – Git Thee 03:00
  5. James Pants – Ritual Magick 02:16
  6. Silkersoft – Duel 03:36
  7. Darq E Freaker – Psychosis 03:19
  8. Fatima Yamaha – AAA 07:13
  9. SCNTST – For Forest Play Only 05:50
  10. Mweslee – Una 41 03:50
  11. DZ – Shoulda Coulda 04:56
  12. Dorian Concept – Empty Everything 02:11
  13. Claude Speeed – Crushed Rave 04:48
  14. GMCFOSHO – COMUPOUT 04:08

Posted on November 13th, 2013

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