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1.

Jessie Ware – ‘Midnight’

The soul singer with a penchant for featuring on upbeat dancefloor tracks and the UK’s closest artist to a new Sadé, Jessie Ware returns to her torch-bearing soul sound with more confident vocals than ever before and an Andre 300 Love Below-style production. It was co-written by Kiah Victoria, Jordan Thomas and Carrius Gold, three upcoming songwriters from London and co-produced by Carrius Gold and Pop Wansel (Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj).


Bantum’s mini-album Move from last year has spawned a series of solid remixes from Mix & Fairbanks and Phare and now, Daithí is the producer to tackle the Cork man’s track ‘Feel Your Rhythm’ with a fresh perspective.

The Clareman takes the original’s feature guests Rusangano Family and Senita (Lakerama, Shookrah) and brings some fresh energy to the original, adding new focus to Rusangano’s verses. This tune slayed at Body & Soul so catch Bantum and Another Love Story and Electric Picnic in the next month.


3.

Kelela – ‘LMK’

One of my favourite new artists of the last few years, Kelela has returned with new music.’LMK’, which stands for “Let me Know” restablishes Kelela’s clubby R&B sound as heard on Cut 4 Me mixtape and Hallucinogen EP.

It’s taken from her album Take Me Apart out on October 6th on Warp Records.


4.

King Henry feat. Rhye – ‘Moment’

I sometimes find Rhye’s music too soft or elegant to grasp when it doesn’t quite land but on this track from a one-time Bieber and Beyoncé collaborator its the mark. Mike Milosh’s beguiling effeminate voice is ably matched by a muted and buzzing arrangement.


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Blue Hawaii – ‘No One Like You’

When not singing with her weightier band Braids, Raphaelle ‘Ra’ Standell has been playing with Alexander ‘Agor’ Kerby as Blue Hawaii since 2014 but they’ve just announced Tenderness, their first album in four years (October 6th via Arbutus Records).

The album’s lead track interpolates the hook of Kenix feat. Bobby Youngblood’s ‘There’s Never Been (No One Like You)’, an absolute jam it must be said.


6.

Four Tet – ‘Planet’

Another beautiful dance track from the master. Last month it was ‘Two Thousand And Seventeen’ and ‘Planet’ falls somewhere between his soft and dancefloor sensibilities.


7.

Bicep – ‘Glue’

Bicep, Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson are gearing up to release their debut album on Ninja Tune next month.

We’ve heard the excellent ‘Aura’ from the album and seen the tracklisting.

‘Glue’, the duo’s followup preview is a less dancefloor-focused but a shimmering slice of electronica.

Bicep is out on September 1st.


8.

Tender – ‘Machine’

Songs about domination and control have traditionally been about relationships between humans but Tender addresses the very modern and young problem of a partner who spends too much time staring at their phone instead of spending time with the person in front of them. We are all guilty of it and should be aware of it actively. The London band uses the idea of cellular distraction as an example of an disintegrating connection in a relationship. Their album Modern Addiction is out Sept 1st.


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Lone – ‘Mind’s Eye Melody’

Matt Cutler followed up his hip-hop-infused fifth album Reality Testing with Levitate last year which was more ravey and breakbeat-oriented (‘Backtail is Heavy’). Since then, there’s been an Ambivert Tools Vol 1 lead by the hard-edged ‘Crush Mood’ and this track which recalls his earlier melodic work.


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Birthday – ‘Que Pasa’

Atmospheric electronic dreamy pop on Shlohmo’s LA- based Label WEDIDIT/ Tombstone Recordings from Birthday, who are a duo named after the venue in London Birthdays.


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Posted on August 4th, 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.

Mura Masa – ‘Nuggets’ feat. bonzai

After last Friday’s Damon Albarn and Christine & The Queens drops, Mura Masa returns to his old friend, the Irish/London vocalist and makes his best song in a while thanks to a rubbery bassline and Bonzai’s convicted delivery.


2.

SZA – ‘Love Galore’

I spent a lot of time writing about SZA this week and this song keeps coming back to my ears.


3.

Felix Pallas – ‘Similarities’

A Belgian band who are our blog friend Disco Naivete’s first release as a label, ‘Similarities’ is a sheenful dance-pop track rooted in full-band dynamics that reaches unexpected peaks.


4.

The Academic – ‘Bear Claws’

The Mullingar band have re-recorded the song that turned everyone’s heads a few years back. This tighter version of the singalong indie-pop song is tighter and comes from the band’s debut album to come.


5.

Shay Lia – What’s Your Problem?

Kaytranada on the beat and Shay Lia on the R&B low-end flow.


6.

Skepta – ‘Hypocrisy’

“They try to disrespect me / When they’re online especially /But everything cool when they check me / Because I’m so cool and deadly / See, I had to realise slowly / That nobody actually knows me/ Yeah, man, I’ve got fifteen different iPhones / But I am so not phoney.” Skepta, true to form. He declined some amazing dinners and an MBE apparently.


7.

Shabazz Palaces – ‘When Cats Claw’

Extraterrestial alt-rap group Shabazz Palaces will release two albums next Friday : Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines but until that overload arrives drink in ‘When Cats Claw’, a echo chambering track.


8.

Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen’

Kieran Hebden returns to the relative calm of his early work with this minimally-pitched track that lets a string instrument become the main focus.


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Posted on July 7th, 2017

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Four Tet has been a regular collaborator, fellow DJ and producer with Jamie xx, with a ‘Seesaw’ production credit and club edit, VCR remix =, ‘Angel’ remix and b2b sets a regular occurence.

The xx released their newest and third album I See You in January and yesterday, Four Tet posted his remix of ‘A Violent Noise’ taking his cue from the song’s more boisterous second half.It follows a similar albeit less-intense dynamic to his epic Eric Prydz remix, also below.

The song was added to the Nialler9 DJ Chart.

Posted on April 12th, 2017

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Kieran Hebden has collated some music he’s released on once-off compilations dating from 1996 to 2013.

You may recognise ‘Moma’, ‘For These Times’, ‘Pockets’ and ‘Castles Made Of Sand among them.

Over the years there have been some pieces of music that I have made specially for compilation projects or have ended being released only as part of a compilation album. As time passes I look back at this music and find the context it was originally put in often feels a bit random now. So I have put together this new album called Randoms that brings together this music in a different way. The oldest track here is Field from 1996, the first Four Tet track ever released on Leaf Records Invisible Soundtracks compilation. The most recent is Gillie Amma I Love You which was made for a charity project called BOATS in 2013. All the tracks here have been released before and I am sure some internet searching will give you the full details if you are interested. Thank you to everyone who originally commissioned and released this music. The artwork for this was made by Jason Evans.
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Posted on June 21st, 2016

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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.

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Nialler9’s albums of the decade (2000-2010)

  1. The KnifeSilent Shout (2006)
  2. Joanna Newsom Ys  (2006)
  3. Broken Social SceneBroken Social Scene (2005)
  4. Queens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf (2002)
  5. Arcade FireFuneral  (2005)
  6. J DillaDonuts  (2006)
  7. BattlesMirrored (2007)
  8. Animal Collective –  Feels  (2005)
  9. RadioheadKid A  (2001)
  10. Why? Alopecia (2008)
  11. GorillazDemon Days  (2005)
  12. The StrokesIs this it?  (2001)
  13. MIA/DiploPiracy Funds Terrorism / Arular    (2004/2005)
  14. Four TetRounds (2003)
  15. Cannibal OxCold Vein (2001)
  16. Death in VegasScorpio Rising  (2003)
  17. LCD SoundsystemSound of Silver (2007)
  18. Panda BearPerson Pitch  (2007)
  19. The StreetsOriginal Pirate Material  (2002)
  20. Aphex TwinDrukqs  (2001)
  21. PlaidDouble Figure (2001)
  22. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLevez vos Skinny Fists (2000)
  23. Saul WilliamsSaul Williams (2004)
  24. MadvillainMadvillainy  (2004)
  25. Buck 65Talkin’ Honky Blues  (2003)
  26. SquarepusherGo Plastic (2001)
  27. Sufjan StevensSeven Swans  (2004)
  28. The AvalanchesSince I Left You  (2000)
  29. Super Furry AnimalsRings Around the World  (2002)
  30. BeirutThe Flying Club Cup  (2007)
  31. DJ ShadowThe Private Press  (2002)
  32. Girl TalkNight Ripper  (2006)
  33. Broken Social SceneYou Forgot it in People (2003)
  34. Grizzly Bear  – Veckatimest (2009)
  35. Bon Iver For Emma Forever Ago  (2008)
  36. CamilleLe Fil  (2006)
  37. Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post-Pavilion  (2009)
  38. El-PI’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (2007)
  39. Bloc PartySilent Alarm (2005)
  40. OutkastStankonia (2000)
  41. DangerdoomThe Mouse and the Mask (2005)
  42. The Beta BandHot Shots II (2001)
  43. Max TundraMastered by Guy at the Exchange (2002)
  44. MogwaiMr Beast (2006)
  45. Primal Scream XTRMNTR  (2000)
  46. Wolf ParadeApologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
  47. Jamie LidellMultiply  (2005)
  48. Dangermouse The Grey Album (2004)
  49. Flying LotusLos Angeles  (2008)
  50. Shugo TokumaruL.S.T. (2006)

Posted on February 25th, 2016

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Four Tet is the co-writer and co-producer of ‘SeeSaw’, a track from Jamie xx’s debut album In Colour featuring Romy of the xx.

Last night he shared an edit of the track, with beefed up beats for the club:

“Jamie and I made seesaw in 2013. This is another version I did last year to DJ with… different drums and mix and arrangement.”

The song is on iTunes now for download.

Posted on February 4th, 2016

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Four Tet dropped two new songs yesterday, an A-side and a B-side from two different 12″ releases on his own label Text.

Both tracks are collaborations, one with Designer and one with Champion. The latter is my favourite of the two, an exotic rhythm with what sounds like Grimes on vocals. The tracks are making their way to record shops soon.

Designer + Four Tet – Mothers/Dark TEXT038

Champion + Four Tet – Flip Side/Disparate TEXT039

Posted on January 20th, 2016

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Bloc returns from 11 to 13 March 2016 in Butlins Resort Minehead near Bristol with an impressive lineup including:

Thom Yorke – Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes / Four Tet / Jeff Mills / Floating Points / Carl Craig – Modular Pursuits / Ben Klock / Nina Kraviz / Omar-S / Evian Christ / Holly Herndon / Motor City Drum Ensemble / Rødhåd / Trade ft. Surgeon & Blawan / Steve Davis ( the snooker player is a keen selector) / Tama Sumo b2b Lakuti / Andrew Weatherall b2b Optimo / Steffi / Ben UFO / Magic Mountain High ft. Move D, Juju & Jordash / Bicep / Daniel Avery / Helena Hauff / Ugandan Methods ft. Regis & Ancient Methods / Midland / Jimmy Edgar / Fast Eddie / Lone / Objekt / Daniel Miller / Demdike Stare / Powell / ItaloJohnson / James Ruskin / Laurel Halo / Lakker / Dasha Rush / Fatima Yamaha / Rrose / Dom & Roland / Sandrien / Kahn / d:Bridge / Shanti Celeste / Ø [Phase] / Aurora Halal / Jane Fitz / DJ Skirt / JoeFarr / Steevio & Suzybee


Early bird tickets are sold out but 
chalets are available from £179 + fees. More info.

Posted on November 11th, 2015

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Metropolis Festival in the RDS in Dublin on 7th and 8th of November has just added a load of acts to its lineup:

Hot Chip, Vic Mensa, Le Galaxie, Formation, Booka Brass Band, Flight Facilities, Omar Souleyman, Vince Staples, Trinity Orchestra (performing LCD Soundsystem), Floating Points, Four Tet, White Collar Boy, Gemma Dunleavy, CLU, Benji B and Forrests.

As well as that, they’ve announced the day-by-day breakdown:

Saturday

The Roots
Hot Chip
Flight Facilities
Vic Mensa
Todd Terje [LIVE]
Tiga [Live]
Le Galaxie
Vince Staples
Omar Souleyman
Dorian Concept [LIVE]
Matthew Herbert [LIVE]
Cloud Castle Lake
Formation
Booka Brass Band
CLU
White Collar Boy
Gemma Dunleavy

Sunday

CHIC feat Nile Rodgers
Mark Ronson
Jamie xx
Giorgio Moroder
Kaytranada
Four Tet [LIVE]
Jeff Mills
Kerri Chandler
KiNK [LIVE]
Floating Points
Nosaj Thing [LIVE]
Maribou State [LIVE]
Benji B
Trinity Orchestra Perform LCD Soundystem
Kormac’s Big Band
Forrests

Posted on September 10th, 2015

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Four Tet has turned his remix brain to Chvrches‘ recent single from second album Every Open Eye,, out on September 25th.

Hebden’s 7-minute remix of the track has some of his signature unfurling melodic and effects to it. The first three minutes is spent building the track before the vocals are heard for the first time in refrain form.

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Posted on August 26th, 2015

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Some new gigs from Longitude artists this week:


Punk-poptimists Slaves play The Academy on November 5th. Tickets €20+ fees on sale Friday at 9am.


The same night, Years and Years have added a second date to their Olympia show on Friday November 6th. The Thursday show is on sale now.


Leon Bridges’ show at Whelan’s on September 25th has now moved to the Olympia due to demand. Tickets priced from €21+fees on sale now on Ticketmaster.


After his Longitude main stage appearance, Jose Gonzalez is down to play The Academy on 12th December. Tickets €26+fee on sale Friday from TM.


Hozier has been added to Belsonic festival in Belfast on Monday August 24th at Custom House Square. Support comes from Little Green Cars & Wyvern Lingo.


Also this week, Wild Beasts and a Nialler9-curated music trail for Cork festival Sounds From A Safe Harbour in September!


In case you missed it, Four Tet will play an aftershow for the Beatyard Festival in District 8 alongside Rift. Tickets are €30+fees.


METZ play Whelan’s on Friday November 6th. Tickets on sale Friday at €17.50+fees.


Rising talent Jarryd James plays Whelan’s Upstairs on Monday September 14th. Tickets €13 + fees on sale now.

Posted on July 21st, 2015

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Kieran Hebden and jazz drummer Steve Reid had a fortuitous partnership across the generations that allowed the pair to explore new forms in jazz and improvised electronic, not to mention make four albums, three recorded live in a short time period and another Tongues, more of a traditional studio record but not by much.

After last week’s surprise album release of Morning/Evening, Hebden announced a new release on his TEXT label that marks a return to the collaboration, the first since Reid passed away in 2006. Their cover of Derrick May’s ‘Strings Of life’ was recorded at the Green Man Festival in August 2006 and proceeds from the vinyl release coming in the next few weeks go to The Steve Reid Foundation.

https://soundcloud.com/four-tet/kieran-hebden-steve-reid-strings-of-life-text035a?in=nialler9/sets/tracks-of-the-week-july-1-6

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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Derp, let’s put it down to a post-festival week but I’ve only just got around to hearing Four Tet’s new record which he posted on Bandcamp a few days ago for €6 and for streaming. Which is a pity, as Morning​/​Evening would serve as a fine post-festival comedown album.

There are two 20-minute tracks and they were recorded between August 2014 and February 2015, using a laptop computer with the Ableton Live “to control and mix VST synthesizers and manipulations of found audio recordings.”

‘Morning’ starts with an insistent dance beat in which a dreamy Indian singer unfurls across, joined by gentle strings and bells which melds and meshes together across the 20 minute running time. It feels live (which it is) and it also feels like a DJ mix. Kieran Hebden’s ability to create a pleasing palette of sounds and then bend them into a series of beautiful configurations within those rhthymic and tonal parameters is a strength as the song never meanders but wanders in a exploratory manner.

‘Evening’ has similar tones in its female vocal samples, but while taking on a similar palette, the generated bells and twinkles are tempered by synth bassline that pulses around the arrangement, as opposed to strings. It’s reminiscent of The Orb’s ambient elongated styles. About two/thirds into this collision course of collage sounds, a beat emerges among the pings and the song gives way to a recognisable jazzy early Four Tet drum pattern.

It’s an interesting stopgap-style release, one that demands little but offers much if you give it your full attention.

Physical versions of the albums are released on TEXT in July.

Posted on June 24th, 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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There’s always a worry that a talented rapper such as Roots Manuva will only be remembered for his greatest hit, in Rodney Smith’s case ‘Witness The Fitness’.

In my opinion, his last great album was 2005’s Awfully Deep though 2008’s Slime & Reason has its moments and 2013’s ‘Stolen Youth’ was a return to form. But it’s good to hear a Roots Manuva track with production by one of the best. Four Tet provides a weird “boat race”-featuring rhythm for Smith on ‘Facety 2:11’ (Facety is patois slang for being rude). The end result is a weird and wonky tune that makes Smith sound vital and current too.

The B-side features production from Machinedrum too so it may not be a one off for the album to come.

The song is on iTunes and vinyl.

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

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