With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly.



1.

Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog

You’re very likely already at least five listens deep to this album seeing as it came out a couple of weeks ago but I couldn’t let my recommended album post pass without a nod to the Canadian king of slacker indie-pop, whose albums rarely deviate but which offer immense comfort in its meandering and superbly-written arrangements . DeMarco is a better songwriter than his reputation suggests and This Old Dog is proof.

Favourite tracks: ‘For The First Time’, ‘My Old Man’, ‘Baby You’re Out’

Listen on Spotify


2.

Aldous Harding – Party

This New Zealand artist’s John Parish-produced album for 4AD is a particular weighty listen. There shades of vintage alt-folk, orchestral ballads and intense singer-songwriter confessionals. ‘Party’ lulls you in with a lustful touch and dependence, Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas contributes on subtle torch song ‘Imagining My Man’ while the close-mic finger-pick of ‘I’m So Sorry’ and the outward sustained notes of ‘Horizon’ are highlights. This is an intimate journey from an artist who feels on the cup of something bigger.

Favourite tracks: ‘Party’, ‘Imagining My Man’, ‘Horizon’.

Listen on Spotify.


3.

!!! – Shake The Shudder

Perennial New York dance-punk party band !!! (chk chk chk) can be relied on to bring the looped sample disco punk-funk rhythms and their seventh album recorded at their studio in Brooklyn doesn’t deviate too much from their established pattern, except in the vocal department where a rotating cast of female singers bring the heat including Lea Lea, Meah Pace, Nicole Fayu, Cameron Mesirow (Glasser) and Molly Schnick. Throw shade and shake the shudder away.

Favourite tracks: ‘Dancing Is The Best Revenge’, ‘The one 2’, ‘NRGQ’.

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4.

Forest Swords – Compassion

English producer Matthew Barnes releases his first Forest Sword album of textured electronic instrumentals (with sampled vocals) in 4 years. There’s a sound world vibe to the release, as if it was constructed to soundtrack to an imaginary place, removed from linear time. Remember that old PC game – Myst? Compassion feels like it could work as an alternative soundtrack to that world. That makes sense, Barnes recently composed music for the Assassin’s Creed game an is planning multidisciplinary projects in dance, performance, film and music to augment this album.

Favourite tracks: ‘The Highest Flood’, ‘War It’, ‘Raw Language’

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5.

Girlpool – Powerplant

One of the appeals of Girlpool’s early work was its amateur minimalism, it’s nascent development. Leo Tucker and Harmony Tividad’s didn’t have a drummer and it worked for them. For album two on Anti records, a drummer has been added and their more extreme vocals seem to be have been dampened. On first listen, Girlpool may sound more like every other indie-rock band now but there’s a charm to what they do. Powerplant reminds me of the music of the Breeders. Only time and more listens with it will tell if it’s a keeper.

Listen on Spotify


Posted on May 19th, 2017

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.

3 New Music flavours:

All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

The larger three-month New Music Playlist.

New Irish Music Playlist

Check out the regularly updated Spotify playlists.


1.

Veronica Fusaro – ‘Pluto’

I can’t decide if Veronica Fusaro’s vocal likeness to the rekindled Lorde is a bad thing but it makes for a flattering comparison as it’s no easy task writing great pop music with authenticity as Lorde does. ‘Pluto’ is some intro to a new artist who has been working with some top producers and was on Switzerland’s version of The Voice. It’s a confident single from the Swiss artist with modern pop and electronic R&B in its DNA.


2.

Overcoats – ‘Leave A Light On’

It’s an absolute pleasure to hear the progress of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s music as Overcoats. Two years ago, the New Yorkers spent the summer in Ireland and made a dent on the scene with their minimal harmonic-lead songs. Now with an Autre Ne Veut-produced album due on Arts & Crafts on April 21st, the duo have bolstered that folk harmony magic with some technicolour magic. ‘Leave A Light On’ adds some urgency to their craft that was missing through its beats and arrangements. It’s the closest these two will come to a banger.


3.

Little Dragon – ‘Sweet’

Two for two from the new album from the Swedish electronic pop group. ‘High’ was a slow reintroduction but ‘Sweet’ has that Little Dragon wonky magic thing going on.


4.

Soulwax – ‘Missing Wires’

From DeeWee, the Soulwax album recorded in one take will be out on March 24th and the Dewaele brothers have shared a second helping from it after ‘Transient Program For Drums & Machinery’. ‘Missing Wires’ is a live playful tune that recalls Soulwax’s earlier guitar-free song-based work.

Here’s the personnel and gear list for the album:

Playing on this record are Stephen and David Dewaele, Stefaan Van Leuven, Iggor Cavalera, Victoria Smith, Blake Davies and Laima Leyton. The instruments used are two Staccato drumkits, one clear crystalline Meazzi Wooding drumkit, one set of Rototoms, various Hofner bass guitars, a Macbeth M5n, an Oberheim Two-Voice Pro, a Two Thousand Six Hundred copy built by The Human Comparator, one Oberheim OB-Mx, an EMS Synthi AKS, an Arp Odyssey, a TB-303 clone, a Mellotron M4000D, a Sequential Prophet 6, a Waldorf Streichfett, a Burns Sonic guitar, a Vox Phantom guitar, one Syncussion clone built by Loudestwarning, various solid state Roland, Peavey and Acoustic amplifiers and a wide range of effects, all going through three Trident Fleximix consoles, straight into Pro Tools.


5.

Forest Swords – ‘The Highest Flood’

Forest Swords, aka acclaimed Merseyside-based producer Matthew Barnes returns to his Forest Sword s project with ‘The Highest Flood’, a song that takes his MO of electronic ambient textures with beats and presents it in the most pristine way. It has an epic sweeping quality that is maybe informed by Barnes’ recent composition work for the Assassin’s Creed game. It’s out now on Ninja Tune and an album is coming.


6.

Frank Ocean – ‘Chanel’

Surprise! Frank dropped his first it of new material since Blonde over the weekend and let’s be honest, any Frank Ocean is good Frank Ocean. After this and the Calvin Harris and Migos’ ‘Slide’, that’s two Frank Ocean tracks in a month.


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Peaking Lights -‘Little Flower’ (feat Chloë Sevigny)

A companion piece to Chloë Sevigny’s spoken word appearance on Soulwax’s ‘Heaven Scent’, this is Peaking Lights’ version of the project that puts Prayer to Sainte Thérèse to music, which was also done by Johnny Jewel and JD Twitch among others.

Posted on March 13th, 2017

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Madlib is coming to town for a DJ set in The Sugar Club on Holy Thursday, April 17th. Tickets are €20 and the venue will be kitted out with a Funktion One soundsystem and visuals by Practice and Theory who also did the lovely posters in full below.

Choice Cuts are also bringing Pharoah Monche (Saturday February 8th), Dead Prez (Wednesday February 12th), Andrew Ashong (February 28th), Homeboy Sandman (Thursday March 6th) Prefuse 73 (Friday 21st March), Big Daddy Kane (Sunday May 4th) and previously announced Dean Blunt to the same venue in the coming months.


The same month, Kurt Vile is in Ireland. There are two solo dates so far: Whelan’s, Dublin on Monday April 7th and The Pavilion, Cork on Wednesday April 9th. Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession) supports. Tickets are €22 for Dublin /€20 for Cork on sale Friday.


It was a late entry to my albums of the year but Forest Swords’ Engravings is a fine album and its creator is playing Hidden Agenda on February 15th, an early show. Tickets €12 on sale now.


Iceland’s Asgeir plays The Sugar Club on Friday April 11th. Tickets €16 plus fees on sale tomorrow from Ticketmaster.


Before his slot at Life Festival, DJ Koze plays a four hour set at Hidden Agenda in Button Factory on Saturday March 8th. Ticktes €15 + fees (€18 general admission) on sale now from Resident Advisor.

Posted on January 22nd, 2014

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Just in time for the end of the year, the 44th Nialler9 podcast features great tracks that didn’t make my top 50 albums or top 100 songs list that deserved a bit more love. 14 tracks and 70 minutes in total with me babbling in between. Enjoy.

Podcast #44 Track list

  1. !!! – ‘Slyd’ – Thriller (Warp)
  2. Roosevelt – ‘Montreal’ – EP (Greco-Roman)
  3. Con Vos – ‘Central Park’  – Cocoon Bloom EP
  4. James Holden – ‘Renata’ – The Inheritors (Border Community)
  5. Wave Racer – ‘Rock U Tonite’
  6. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’ – Pull My Hair Back (Hyperdub)
  7. Glasser – ‘Keam’s Theme’ – Interiors (Matador)
  8. DJ Koze – ‘My Plans’ feat. Matthew Dear – Amygdala (Pampa)
  9. Lapalux – ‘Guuurl’ – Nostalchic (Brainfeeder)
  10. Forest Swords – ‘Thor’s Stone’ – Engravings (Tri Angle)
  11. Chance The Rapper – ‘Cocoa Butter Kisses’ – Acid Rap mixtape
  12. John Wizards – ‘Lukasa By NightJohn Wizards (Planet Mu)
  13. Wampire – ‘The Hearse’ – Curiosity – (Polyvinyl)
  14. MONEY – ‘So Long (God Is Dead’) – The Shadow of Heaven (Bella Union)

MP3: Nialler9 Podcast #44

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Posted on December 24th, 2013

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