The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team.

1.

Young Fathers – In My View

Young Fathers seem immune anyone outside their clique, operating as a gang who were more interested in offering genuine healing through music that crosses rap, gospel and lo-fi sonics. ‘In My View’ is another idiosyncratic uplifting gem from these outliers, but if there’s anything obvious from their new material, it’s an increasing softness and directness that wasn’t present on their first two records. Their new album Cocoa Sugar is out in March.


2.

The Go! Team – If There’s One Thing You Should Know

The Go! Team are back with a new album Semicircle, which is a return to their exuberant indie jams. And it works. The bandleader Ian Parton travelled across the US and recorded young choirs and brass bands and they add to the genuine schoolyard buzz of the record. ‘ If There’s One Thing You Should Know’ is a giddy highlight from it.


3.

Wyvern Lingo – Maybe It’s My Nature

If you needed further proof that Wyvern Lingo are a band of naunce. They have followed up my Irish song of the year about celebrating the feminine characteristics of a man and vice versa with a song about the reality of monogamous relationships and whether it’s a part of our nature to lust or at least, look to others romantically when you’re in a long-term relationship. A monogamous relationship is often seen as a binary thing and singer Karen Cowley is exploring the buffers of those strict lines – a very nuanced subject for a smooth soul/R&B/indie pop song.


4.

David Kitt – Imagination

Before David Kitt officially releases his album Yous physically, he dropped a four-track EP featuring a track from that and a three new ones. ‘Imagination’ is one of those songs that isn’t just B-side material.


5.

The Golden Filter – End Of Times – Silver Dub

From a dub version of The Golden Filter’s latest EP, this ‘Silver Dub’ version is set up for the dancefloor with an ‘I Feel Love’-style arpeggio synth.


6.

Jay Rock – King’s Dead (with Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake)

Kendrick has curated the Marvel Black Panther soundtrack gives us another reason to look forward to its release with this track:


7.

Henry Green – Another Life

An atmospheric pop track from a new Bristol producer who previously featured here with ‘Stay Here’. It’s from his debut album due in March and of the song he says:

“I had a really vivid image/moment in mind when I wrote “Another Light”. I was sat on a silent beach in the early hours of the morning, slightly hazy from the lack of sleep and I wanted to write about the whirlwind of colours and textures, both in the landscape but also in my mind at that moment. So much change had happened in such a short amount of time and I was just reflecting on it all.”


8.

Lone – Temples

Lone releases Ambivert Tools Volume Three, the latest in series of EPs that have been worthy listens.


9.

Rejjie Snow – Egyptian Luvr (feat. Aminé & Dana Williams)

Dear Annie, Rejjie Snow’s long awaited debut album finally gets a release on February 16th. This is a a smooth jam. He plays the Olympia on March 12th.


Posted on January 23rd, 2018

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


Nialler9 Weekly playlist


1.

Baba Stiltz – Can’t Help It

Axel Boman’s Studio Barnhaus label rising star Baba Stiltz draws together intimate sentiments and melodic dancefloor electronics.


2.

Rocstrong – ‘Vibes’

The latest single in his run of monthly tracks. After ‘ I Gotcha’, Rocstrong expands his template with the dynamic dance-pop tinged ‘Vibes’.


3.

ASA Moto – ‘Athina’

A highlight from the latest release on Soulwax’s DeeWee label (have you heard their new Essential mix?)


4.

Murlo feat. Gemma Dunleavy – ‘I Need’

Dublin singer Gemma Dunleavy continues her collaboration with UK producer Murlo on two songs on his Club Coil EP. She’s a nice foil for his clubby electronic productions.


5.

Future – ‘Mask Off’ feat. Kendrick Lamar

Lamar adds his first post-DAMN. verse on Future’s floating flute loop single.


6.

The Fontaines – ‘Liberty Belle’

Dublin band The Fontaines‘s ‘Liberty Belle’ is a retro rock’n’roll jam fitted with a Dublin accent. It’s short, sharp and stands out.


7.

Daphni – ‘Face To Face’

Whatever the snobs at Boomkat think, ‘Face To Face’ is a serious banger.


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.

Posted on May 25th, 2017

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See the last page for a Soundcloud playlist of all the tracks.


1. Made In Heights – ‘Panther’

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New soulful R&B yearning from the LA duo.

LA duo Made In Heights, producer Sabzi and vocalist Kelsey Bulkin have had a couple of fine tracks this year.

Their latest ‘Panther’ is a confident step up into a more defined R&B soul mood with Bulkin sharing her desire for a partner while cello provides some mournful tones.

The song is on Spotify .

Made In Heights – ‘Panther’


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As featured in the Irish Independent’s Insider mag every Thursday. Spotify and Youtube playlists below.

Mr Williams and his giant hat have been all over the place in the last year and a half, engineering hits for Robin Thicke, singing on the song of last summer, ‘Get Lucky’, releasing his own debut album, and most recently, turning 40 while still looking like a skateboard kid. Good genes and good tunes. Here are ten tracks of note Pharrell has had a hand in since changing the sound of pop with The Neptunes in the late-nineties.

1. Old Dirty Bastard feat. Kelis – ‘Got Your Money’

There was a time where the song was basically a requirement at every club in the land.

2. N.E.R.D. – ‘She Wants To Move’

Yes, that is Britain’s Got Talent judge/ former Mis teeq rapper Alesha Dixon in the video.

3. Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell – ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’

It’s some sort of production genius to make a beat out of tongue clicks.

4. Gwen Stefani – ‘Hollaback Girl’

This shit is bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. This still sounds futuristic 10 years later.

5. Kelis – ‘Milkshake’

An instant classic the day it was released in 2003.

6. Clipse – ‘Grindin’

More minimal bass and beat sumptuousness.

7. Britney Spears – ‘Boys’

This song was originally intended for Janet Jackson.

8. Future – ‘Move That Dope’

Pharrell rapped for the first time in ages this year and equipped himself well among some heavy-hitters.

9. Justin Timberlake – ‘Senorita’

The perfect curtain closer to any good night out, because it holds the key to a dancefloor by encouraging the boys and girls to mingle.

10. Pharrell – ‘Happy’

Luckily for Pharrell, Cee Loo Green passed on this song, which means Cee Lo is almost directly responsible for Pharrell crying on Oprah.

Listen to the Spotify playlist:

Previous Insider playlists:
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Posted on May 15th, 2014

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The tracks:

  1. Future Islands – ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’
  2. Ships – ‘Space Inside’
  3. Shamir – ‘If It Wasn’t True’
  4. Sylvan Esso – ‘Coffee’
  5. Juce – ‘Call You Out’
  6. SZA – ‘Babylon’
  7. How to Dress Well  – ‘The Words I Can’t Remember’
  8. Future – ‘Move That Dope’
  9. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
  10. Hundred Waters – ‘Cavity’
  11. Mykki Blanco feat. Princess Nokia – ‘Wish You Would’
  12. Fatima Al Qadari – ‘Szechuan’
  13. Metronomy – ‘Boy Racers’
  14. Floating Points – ‘King Bromeliad’
  15. Fort Romeau – ‘Her Dream’
  16. Jacques Greene – ‘No Excuse’
  17. Dustin Tebbutt – ‘Bones’
  18. RocStrong – ‘Go Head’
  19. Fight Like Apes – ‘Crouching Bees’
  20. Young & Sick – ‘Heartache Fetish’
  21. Shura – ‘Touch’
  22. YG – ‘Who Do You Love’ feat. Drake
  23. Krystal Klear – ‘Dance 7Fs’
  24. Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’ (Soulwax remix)
  25. Jamie xx – ‘Sleep Sound’
  26. SBTRKT – ‘Kyoto’
  27. Ben Khan – ‘Youth’
  28. Rhodes – ‘Your Soul’
  29. Wallis Bird – ‘Hardly Hardly’
  30. K-Camp – Money-Baby remix

Posted on March 31st, 2014

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Tracks of the Week playlist


1. Shamir – ‘If It Wasn’t True’

Simply one of the best things I’ve heard in ages. The sound of DFA disco house filtered through a 19 year-old Las Vegas kid Shamir Bailey. Playful, danceable and both modern and vintage at the same time.


2. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’

Cork blooms again with Eoin French, formerly of now-defunct Hush War Cry singing and Young Wonder Ian Ring at the controls.


3. Fort Romeau – ‘Her Dream’

Seven minutes of luscious ambient dance music from the Her Dream EP out on March 17th on German label Live At Robert Johnson.


4. Lxury – ‘Never Love’

Young UK producer Lxury provides one of the standouts of the recent Kitsuné compilation (yes, they’re still making them). Also check out his Chvrches remix and the pretty damn amazing ‘J.A.W.S.’.


5. Hundred Waters – ‘Cavity’

There’s a new Hundred Waters album on the way in May. I’m excited. ‘Cavity’ is probably the closest Hundred Waters have come to the xx-style dynamics The song is on iTunes.


6. Wallis Bird – ‘Hardly Hardly’

First single, from her fourth album, Architect out on April 11th finds Wallis Bird showing signs of sonic progression without losing her core characteristics. The song has a fervent acoustically-rendered rhythmic section that make it sound taut and controlled like a Simian Mobile Disco track. This is definitely a song that could look good on the dancefloor.


7. Rocstrong – ‘Go’Head’

Andre J.P Bangala is a Congo-born Dublin musician and ‘Go’Head’ is his debut track showing some pop swing, some funk, some doomy blues and is a bit of fresh air.

Rocstrong plays State’s Faces gig on Saturday night in The Mercantile with The Clameens and Carriages. Free in.


8. Shura – ‘Touch’

A pleasant soulful R&B debut single from London’s Shura. The video is an absolute shiftfest.


9. Future – ‘Move That Dope’

Pharrell, Pusha T, Schoolboy Q guest on Future’s new single – an absolute jam. First Beats Music product placement in a video I’ve seen too.


10. YOGI – ‘Burial’ feat. Pusha T

This silly big Yogi production is the logical conclusion of Skrillex’ dubstep, Major Lazer EDM and TNGHT’s Trap with Pusha T representing the rap force.

Posted on March 7th, 2014

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