There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017.


Alt-J

Possible Date: Summer 2017

It’s been three years since the Leeds band released their second album This Is All Yours, so time is ripe for another in 2017. Last August, drummer Thom Sonny Green told NME, the band had loads of ideas, which wasn’t exactly – “songs are written, we’re recording them and they’re sounding awesome,” but after a period where Green released a solo record, bassist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café in east London and singer Joe Newman featured on a Clams Casino track with Lil B, there are rumblings.

The band have posted pics from the studio including ones at Abbey Road where they were recording strings only last week.The band have announced festival dates this summer so a good guess would be around the time of June, when they start.


Caribou / Daphni

Possible Date: Late 2017 but more than likely 2018

Three years on from a career apex record Our Love and a song which dominated the summer and the rest of the year. Dan Snaith is DJing as Daphni a lot this year including Coachella so a new album from Caribou doesn’t feel likely at this moment (maybe a Daphni 12″ / single release though?)


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017


After last year’s DJ Kicks, 2017 looks to be the year that Daniel Avery follows up his superb 2013 album Drone Logic, according to this tweet.


Empress Of

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best Of You’, as well as one with Pional, so I really want a followup in 2017. This is more hopeful than concrete, though signs are good.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP. Last week, though a Nike ad directed and made by her featured a new track produced Oneohtrix Point Never suggested something isn’t far away, tweet replies to fans suggest it won’t be til 2018. 🙁


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Late 2017 but looking like 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which will premiere at Sundance this year. He also scored a short too. It looks like we’re getting V, a Captain Murphy record some time this year, as ‘Crowned’ featured in the recent Adult Swim Singles club. As for Fly Lo, a Kuso some songs on the soundtrack may be all we get.


Future Islands

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Three years on from their breakthrough album Singles, things are heating up with some dates at festivals like Bonaroo, Panorama and Coachella. Last year, Sam T. Herring collaborated with Badbadnotgood. Their last music was single ‘The Chase’ in 2015. An album is definitely on the way very very soon.


Grimes

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017


Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was halfway there last April ( “more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”) and in a November interview, she said it would be “slow and reflective”.

“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she explained. “I feel like my work has always been fast paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy.”


Grizzly Bear

Possible Date: Spring 2017

Come on already. The Grizzlies’ last album was 2012’s Shields and a few years before, Jay Z and Beyoncé were showing up to their shows and a lot has changed in music since American indie folk was the dominant genre of choice, However in October, a tweet saying “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it,” was posted. Any day now?


Haim

Possible Date: Summer 2017

Another album long overdue now. The LA sisters’ self-titled debut Days Are Gone dropped in 2013 and they even cancelled their appearance at music festivals last summer to finish it. It arrives this Summer.


Holy Ghost!

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

DFA Records’ disco dons Holy Ghost! will surely followup last year’s Crime Cutz EP with a third album, a followup to Dynamics. Alex Frankel released a solo EP last year too. I’ve a soft spot for these two.


Hundred Waters

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Gainesville Florida band Hundred Waters have made two stunning albums of folk and electronica thus far in their career and it looks like 2017 will see their third released. On Christmas day they posted (with a Neil Young cover) that they were finishing the album. Last year, they made a big remix with their label boss Skrillex and Chance The Rapper among others.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Summer 2017


The followup to 2013’s Immunity is due this year according to Jon’s reply to a fan on Twitter. Yes. In the meantime, Hopkins plays piano on a track on the new Bonobo record.


Kelela

Possible Date: Spring 2017

A followup to 2013’s Cut For Me mixtape after 2015’s Hallucination EP is on the cards (check out this Song Exploder about ‘Rewind’). In an interview with Dazed, Arca, Jam City, and Bok Bok are to be reprising their role as co-producers and Kelsey Lu, one of my picks for new artists of 2017 guests.


LCD Soundsystem

Possible Date: Summer or Autumn 2017

After last year’s triumphant live return, that promised LCD Soundsystem album is indeed on the way as James Murphy told someone on Facebook this weekin response – “Sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and it likely to get a worldwide releasearound September time. Former Fight Like Apes’ singer MAy Kay is set to feature on six tracks too.


Little Dragon

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

The followup to Nabuma Rubberband from 2014 looks to be coming this year from the Swedish band. They are playing Coachella so that’s a good sign.


Mount Kimbie

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Mount Kimbie played some new songs at Metropolis Festival in November so it’s a safe bet a new one is coming to followup the brilliant 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.


St. Vincent

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Annie Clark promises “the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done” on her new record which is inspired by the topsy-turvy world events of the last year. “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint,” he told Guitar World (while managing to get a dig in on the cover). The last St. Vincent album came out in 2014.

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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David Holmes is the latest person tapped for a Late Night Tales compilation.

The Belfast composer, producer and DJ will release his entry on October 21st and it’ll feature some new and rare music including collaborations with BP Fallon and Jon Hopkins, a “reading” of 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ by Holmes­-produced Song Sung.

In the sampler below, you will hear Stephen Rea reading an extract from Seamus Heaney’s AENEID BOOK VI ­ Elsewhere Anchises.

“I walk a lot. It’s amazing for listening to music: your phone or your emails aren’t going and you’re just in the forest listening to music. It’s so intimate. Anyway, I was listening to the KLF’s Chill Out album, which still sounds amazing, but it triggered an idea with concrete sounds through travelling and movement. And one of the things I was trying to do was to use this idea not just break up the moods but also as a metaphor for moving through life and arriving in different destinations or arriving at different stages in different parts of your life.

Memory, Love, Living, Family, Friendship, Healing, Death and The Afterworld are some of the themes I wanted to explore within this record. Although these strong themes and tracks are personal to me, I also wanted it to be a great listen that was unpredictable yet had a seamless flow ­ a journey that was personal to me yet to the listener a great compilation of music that they may or may not have heard before. I hope I’ve succeeded in the latter.”

Tracklisting:

1. Barry Woolnough – Great Father Spirit In The Sky
2. David Holmes & Steve Jones – The Reiki Healer From County Down (Exclusive Track)
3. The Children Of Sunshine – It’s A Long Way To Heaven
4. Spark Sparkle – Slythtovery (Exclusive Track)
5. Alain Maclean – Talking Judgement Day Blues
6. David Crosby – Orleans
7. Buddy Holly – Love Is Strange
8. After Dinner – Paradise of Replica
9. Lullaby Movement – Ru-Ru (Sleep Little Baby) (Exclusive Track)
10. Jeff Bridges & Keefus Ciancia – It’s In Every One Of Us (Exclusive Track)
11. Song Sung – I’m Not In Love (Exclusive 10cc Cover Version – Produced by David Holmes)
12. Neo Maya – I Won’t Hurt You
13. BP Fallon & David Holmes – Henry McCullough (Exclusive Track)
14. Documenta – Love As A Ghost (Produced by David Holmes)
15. Keith Fullerton Whitman – Stereo Music For Acoustic Guitar, Buchla Music Box 100, Hewlett Packard Model 236 Oscillator, Electric Guitar And Computer – Part 1
16. Eat Lights Become Lights – Into Forever
17. Geese – Andrew Parsnip (Exclusive Track)
18. DIE HEXEN – Gloomy Sunday (Exclusive Track)
19. David Holmes & Jon Hopkins feat Stephen Rea – Elsewhere Anchises (Exclusive Track)

Posted on August 18th, 2016

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Too early to think about Halloween yet? Absolutely.

However, you may have seen the lineup below advertised at Forbidden Fruit earlier this month.

Winterparty is a big Halloween bank holiday event happening on Sunday Oct 30th at the 3Arena. The party last happened 12 years ago and POD are bringing it back with the following lineup from 6pm to midnight:

Sven Vath
Hot Since 82
Jon Hopkins DJ set
Matador live
Dan Stritch

“A full sound, lighting & special FX production package” is also promised.

As it finishes at 12, there will be afterparties in town afterwards.

Tickets are €60.50 plus fee or €79.50 + fee with the afterparty. Over 19s ID required. Tickets on sale Friday at 9am or if you’re a 3Plus customer, you can get access to presale tickets from 9am today via Three.ie/plus

Posted on June 15th, 2016

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These songs represent my favourite new tracks of last week. Check the new music section. The new music playlist is available on Spotify and is updated weekly.

New music chart

  1. Emmanuelle  – ‘Free HiFi Internet’
  2. Mmoths – ‘Deu’
  3. Disclosure – ‘Magnets’ (Jon Hopkins remix)
  4. Jaakko Eino Kalevi feat. Farao – Everything Nice (Popcaan cover)
  5. Bagels – ‘To The End’
  6. Aidan Knight – ‘All Clear’
  7. Kodiak Blue – ‘Orbita’
  8. Badlands – ‘Caramisou’
  9. Hawk – ‘Sleep’
  10. Jamie xx – Loud Places feat. Romy (John Talabot’s Higher Dub)
  11. Meltybrains? – ‘New Don’

Soundcloud version

The Nialler9 New Music Weekly Spotify playlist. Updated weekly.

 

Posted on December 1st, 2015

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It’s hard to muster anything more than a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ for Disclosure’s new album Caracal. Like, it’s grand, unimaginative and lacking in dynamics, a bit too polished to love, the songs never quite jumping out quite as much as their thrilling debut.

The Lawrences have been having better luck on the remix front, via Gus Pirelli, Julio Bashmore, themselves, A-Trak and now Jon Hopkins who has turned their Lorde collaboration into an unrelated tower of sonic magnitude. This could be one of those “I had an existing track, I stuck a sample in” to justify the remix fee but it’s still a lot better than 90% of Caracal.

Posted on November 24th, 2015

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I spend most of my day listening to music of all tempos and styles, so when I get close to the night, and bed is calling, I rarely put on music. I used to fall asleep with headphones in my ears but those times are gone and sleep is more precious. Occasionally, my head will be buzzing too much with work and plans that I can’t relax. Music can help then.

Here’s a 3-hour Spotify playlist featuring music for such an occasion, for sleep-inducing, quiet times, for background noise, for night-marches into a deep consciousness or whatever you’re having your self.

It features music, ambient, atmospheric and minimal from Aphex Twin, M83, Brian Eno, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Jon Hopkins, Ebauche, Burial, John Foxx, Julianna Barwick, Tangerine Dream, Air, Stars Of The Lid, Boards Of Canada, Harold Budd, Laraaji, Arca, Nils Frahm and more. It will be updated again in future so subscribe. In the meantime, press shuffle and drift off when appropriate.

Next up on the themed playlists? Halloween, Running, morning time or something else? Let me know.

Listen to the ambient playlist

Nialler9 on Spotify.

Posted on October 22nd, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Part One

  1. Roosevelt – Night Moves
  2. Alt-J – Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)
  3. Oh Wonder – Livewire
  4. Nao – Inhale Exhale
  5. Ben Khan – Zenith
  6. Shamir – Hot Mess
  7. Boot & Tax – Fusci
  8. Hot Chip – Love Is The Future
  9. Hælos – Earth Not Above
  10. The Slits – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  11. Fierce Mild – Small Talk
  12. Girlpool – Ideal World

Part Two 

  1. Mt. Wolf – Hamburg (Turtle Rework)
  2. Fight Like Apes – The Schillaci Sequence
  3. Tame Impala – Eventually
  4. Mac Demarco – The Way You’d Love Her
  5. Tomorrows – Free
  6. Young Wonder – Time
  7. Dornik – Rebound
  8. Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes
  9. Jo Tongo – Jangolo
  10. GL – Won’t You See
  11. Made In Heights -Slow Burn
  12. Klo – Make Me Wonder
  13. Nicolas Jaar – No One Is Looking at U
  14. Lyttet – Saint Etienne

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 May 15th, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Part One

  1. The Chemical Brothers – Go
  2. Roosevelt – Night Moves
  3. All Tvvins – Too Young To Live
  4. Pleasure Beach – Go
  5. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  6. Torres – Sprinter
  7. Tame Impala – Disciples
  8. Super Furry Animals – Ysbeidiau Heulog
  9. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone 7″ Remix)
  10. Real Lies – Seven Sisters
  11. Ratatat – Cream on Chrome
  12. Towkio – Involved ft. Vic Mensa (prod. Kaytranada)
  13. Kali Uchis – Rush (prod. Kaytranada / Badbadnotgood)

Part Two 

  1. Kendrick Lamar – These Walls
  2. Shamir – On The Regular
  3. Julio Bashmore – Holding On (feat. Sam Dew)
  4. Braids – Taste
  5. Stealing Sheep – Deadlock
  6. Sylvan Esso – H.S.K.T.
  7. Kelela – Send Me Out (Girl Unit Mix)
  8. St. Germain – Real Blues
  9. Mr Mendel – Who Do You Love?
  10. Boot & Tax – Brace Brace
  11. Phoenix – Lisztomania (Holy Ghost! Loves Paris Remixomania)
  12. Jon Hopkins – I Remember
  13. Lakker – Mountain Divide

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 May 8th, 2015

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Samhain Festival is back on Bank holiday Sunday October 26th this year in its new home – Loughcrew Gardens, Co, Meath.

Archetype, Hidden Agenda, Bodytonic, & Bedlam are behind the festival that this year will feature :

Jon Hopkins
John Talabot
Maya Jane Coles
Booka Shade
Jimmy Edgar
Rodhad
Leon Vynehall
Scntst

That’s a good start! The festival will not be BYOB this year and tickets start at €35 from www.samhain-festival.com

There will be more names announced obviously. There’ll be three stages, craft beer and cocktails, “theatrical nooks & crannies” and gourmet food.

The festival setting is “Shadowed by Sliabh na Caillíagh, the “Witch’s Mountain”, bordered by 300 year old Yew trees, grown to ward off evil spirits and centered around the ruined church of Saint Oliver Plunkett.”

Posted on August 25th, 2014

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What follows is a list of 50 songs released so far this year that are among the most listened to, most loved, most moving and most important (to me, personally). It could easily have been 100 but if you want more there’s always the monthly playlists to delve into – January / February / March / April / May / June. Looking for albums? Here’s my list of 2014 so far too.

In two flavours: Spotify and Soundcloud. Players below.

Spotify

Soundcloud

The list

  1. Future Islands – ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’
  2. Jungle – ‘Busy Earnin’
  3. Ships – ‘Space Inside’
  4. Little Dragon – ‘Paris’
  5. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’
  6. Banks – ‘Drowning’
  7. Shamir – ‘If It Wasn’t True’
  8. SZA feat. Chance The Rapper – ‘Child’s Play’
  9. Hundred Waters – ‘Down From The Rafters’
  10. Todd Terje – ‘Delorean Dynamite’
  11. Glass Animals – ‘Gooey’
  12. Jamie xx – ‘Girl’
  13. Krystal Klear – ‘Squad
  14. Ratking – ‘Canal’
  15. Ben Khan – ‘Savage’
  16. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Gold’
  17. Lykke Li – ‘No Rest For The Wicked’
  18. Fatima – ‘Family’
  19. Clipping. – ‘Work Work’ (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)
  20. The Gloaming – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’ (live)
  21. Warpaint – ‘Keep It Healthy
  22. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  23. Sylvan Esso – ‘Coffee’
  24. Fatima Al Qadiri – ‘Shanghai Freeway’
  25. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  26. New Jackson – ‘Satisfaction’
  27. Arthur Beatrice – ‘Midland’
  28. Angel Olsen – ‘Forgiven/Forgotten’
  29. Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’ (Soulwax remix)
  30. Beck – ‘Blue Moon’
  31. Villagers – ‘Occupy Your Mind’
  32. Alt-J – ‘Hunger Of The Pine’
  33. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
  34. FKA Twigs – ‘Two Weeks’
  35. Andrew Ashong – ‘Love The Way’ 
  36. Twin Shadow – ‘To The Top’
  37. Future – ‘Move That Dope’
  38. A$AP Mob – Trillmatic (feat. A$AP Nast & Method Man)
  39. God Knows + mynameisjOhn – ‘Standard’
  40. Juce – ‘Call You Out’
  41. Blood Orange – ‘Uncle Ace’ (Kindness remix feat Robert Owens)
  42. Kelis – ‘Jerk Ribs’
  43. Hozier – ‘From Eden’
  44. Adultrock – ‘Chants’
  45. SOHN – ‘Artifice’
  46. How to Dress Well  – ‘The Words I Don’t Remember’
  47. TALA – ‘Serbia’
  48. The Horrors – ‘So Now You Know’
  49. Jon Hopkins – ‘We Disappear’ feat. Lulu James
  50. Tomas Barfod – ‘Pulsing’ feat. Nina K.

Posted on August 21st, 2014

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The songs:

  1. Jessie Ware – ‘Tough Love’ (Cyril Hahn remix)
  2. Real Lies – ‘North Circular’
  3. Juce! – ‘Burning Up’
  4. letthemusicplay – ‘Our Town’ feat. Kate Tempest
  5. Reid – ‘Fractures’ featuring Slow Skies
  6. Death From Above 1979 – ‘Trainwreck 1979’
  7. Tony Allen feat. Damon Albarn – ‘Go Back’
  8. Augustus & John – ‘Crosslines’
  9. SBTRKT feat. Ezra Koening – ‘New Dorp, New York’
  10. Adebisi Shank – ‘Voodoo Vision’
  11. Perfume Genius – ‘Queen’
  12. Gwilym Gold – ‘Muscle’
  13. Lil Silva – ‘Mabel’
  14. Slam Dunk’d – ‘No Price’ feat. Chromeo and Al-P
  15. Kate Boy – ‘Self Control’
  16. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Chimes’
  17. Sophie – ‘Lemonade’
  18. King Avriel – ‘180’
  19. Banoffee – ‘Got it’
  20. Royal Blood – ‘Figure It Out’
  21. Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’
  22. Slow Magic – ‘Hold Still’
  23. HΛNΛH – ‘Out of Touch’
  24. Wet – ‘Move Me’
  25. Shabazz Palaces – ‘Forerunner Foray’
  26. Airhead – ‘Believe’
  27. Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment – ‘Wonderful Everyday: Arthur
  28. Mass Appeal – ‘Old English’ ft. Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs & A$AP Ferg (prod. by Salva & Nick Hook)
  29. Fryars – ‘Prettiest Ones Fly Highest’
  30. Slowplacelikehome – ‘Luna’

Posted on August 1st, 2014

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The chart:

  1. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’
  2. Alt-J – ‘Hunger Of The Pine’
  3. FKA Twigs – ‘Two Weeks’
  4. Adebisi Shank – ‘Big Unit’
  5. Jamie xx – ‘All Under One Roof Raving’
  6. Lethal Dialect and Jacknife J – ‘Headstrong’ feat. Jess Kav
  7. God Knows + mynameisjOhn – ‘Standard’
  8. Nightlife Unlimited – ‘Just Be Yourself’ (Frictional Heroes re-edit)
  9. Rustie – ‘Raptor’
  10. SBTRKT – ‘Temporary View’ ft. Sampha
  11. Carriages – ‘Roots’
  12. Zola Jesus – ‘Dangerous Days’
  13. Shamir – ‘Sometimes a Man’
  14. Jon Hopkins – ‘We Disappear’ feat. Lulu James
  15. Tomas Barfod – ‘Busy Baby’ feat. Nina K
  16. Snakehips – ‘Days With You’ (ft Sinead Harnett)
  17. UNKNWN – ‘Devil’
  18. Dear Desert – ‘Give It Up’
  19. Giorgio Moroder – ‘Giorgio’s Theme’
  20. Princess – ‘Neverlook’
  21. Wild Promises –  ‘Ballymore’
  22. TALA – ‘On My Own In Hua Hin’
  23. Roses Gabor – ‘Rush’
  24. Woman’s Hour – ‘Conversations’ (Fort Romeau remix)
  25. Spies – ‘Moosehead’
  26. Ménage à Trois – ‘Bobby’s Prism’
  27. Busdriver – ‘Ego Death’ (feat. Aesop Rock & Danny Brown)
  28. Kali – ‘Neon
  29. Jessie Ware – ‘Tough Love’
  30. Klo – ‘Make Me Wonder’

Posted on June 30th, 2014

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This weekend sees the fifth year of Body & Soul’s own festival that started as an enclosed area at Electric Picnic. Every year, reports from Ballinlough Castle in Westmeath have been positive and mostly, sunny.

I’ll be there Saturday, at 2pm for the State of Music talk FYI with these sound folks. Here are the latest stage times.

Here’s the 10 essential tracks from the festival lineup this year with some extra in the playlist for the late-night crew.

Listen on Spotify.

1. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’

The newest track from Dan Snaith, is the sound of lush electronic music with a psychedelic bent. As proved over the years, Caribou sets are often the highlights of festivals and Body & Soul have saved the best to last on Sunday night.

2. Darkside – ‘Paper Trails’

An excuse to get down to the festival on the Friday night, Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s electronic art-rock blues show with its giant mirror backdrop is one of the best shows of the year. Don’t miss.

3. John Grant – ‘Pale Green Ghosts’

A humble bear with an addictive past, John Grant has redeemed himself through his art and his searingly honest and often, funny songs.

4.Goldfrapp – ‘Ride A White Horse’

While the newest Goldfrapp album Tales Of Us is all downbeat and lush, it’s the older electro dance tracks that do the best live, like this stomper from 2005’s Supernature.

5. Max Romeo – ‘Chase The Devil’

When the sun shines and the vibe is right there’s nothing better than bouncing to a bit of nice discerning reggae. And who better than the Jamaican legend who was sampled by The Prodigy on ‘Outer Space’?

6. Gary Numan – Metal

Somehow a man singing a song about about an android who wishes to be human at a festival called Body & Soul makes some sort of perverse sense.

7. Jon Hopkins – ‘Open Eye Signal’

From last year’s Mercury Music Prize nominated album comes this dazzling eight-minute slice of organic breathing digital dance track.

8. Lasertom – ‘No Play’

Dubliner Simon Cullen’s space-disco project is a perfect 4pm stage opener on the Saturday. Time to boogie.

9. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’

Hailing from Ontario, Canada, Lanza collaborated with producer Jeremy Greenspan of the Junior Boys on an album of ethereal R&B electro. Keep Moving is the most upbeat track from it, perfect for a Ballinlough Castle setting.

10. Mount Kimbie –’Made To Stray’

One of the best tracks of 2013, the skittering percussion-featuring ‘Made To Stray’ manages to walk a fine line between sprawling electronic epicness and headphone ambience.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify with 10 extra tracks from artists playing.
As featured in the Irish Independent’s Insider Magazine every Thursday.

Posted on June 19th, 2014

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Here is last night’s show.

Pictured: Klo.

Listen: Hour One

  1. Adebisi Shank – ‘Big Unit’
  2. Daithí Feat. Senita -‘ Golden Blush’
  3. Sophie – ‘Nothing More to Say (Dub)’
  4. the derevolutions – ‘Automate Your Soul’
  5. Caribou – ‘Can Do With You’
  6. Shamir – ‘Sometimes a Man’
  7. SBTRKT – ‘Temporary View’ ft. Sampha
  8. Lost Midas – ‘Love Undone’ (feat. Taylor O’Donnell)
  9. Flume & Chet Faker  – ‘Drop the Game’
  10. #throwbackthursday: The Vinny Club – ‘It’s Not You It’s Of’
  11. Jon Hopkins – ‘We Disappear’ (feat. Lulu James)
  12. Giorgio Moroder – ‘Giorgio’s Theme’

Listen: Hour Two

  1. Banks – ‘Drowning’
  2. Sleep Thieves – ‘Oceans’
  3. Princess – ‘Neverlook’
  4. The Roots – ‘Never feat. Patty Crash’
  5. Shabazz Palaces – ‘They Come in Gold’ 
  6. Klo – ‘Make Me Wonder ‘
  7. Woman’s Hour – ‘Conversations’
  8. Tomas Barfod – ‘Honey (feat. Sleep Party People)’
  9. UNKNWN – ‘Devil’
  10. Grimes – ‘Human Once Again’ (Four Tet remix)
  11. WIFE – ‘Heart Is A Far Light’ 
  12. London Grammar – ‘Sights’ (Tourist Version) 

Posted on June 13th, 2014

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Over the last two years we’ve been making many music videos, all the while constantly pushing ourselves to improve and expand our skill-set while experimenting with both abstract and narrative forms. We’ve had great success working with many amazing artists and music labels. But this year I found out just how powerful music videos can be.

During the summer I discovered Hozier, an incredible small artist from Wicklow with 400 likes on his Facebook page. I posted about him on Twitter and within minutes got an email from his label Rubyworks asking to do a video. We worked through ideas with Andrew (Hozier) and came up with the concept. The budget was small but we knew the track and the idea we had was very powerful. Using three incredible actors and an amazing team we rented a camera and shot this guerilla-style in Cork in three days in a number of locations. We edited it in two days and it was online with 50,000 hits a day later. Two months later it has over a million hits, Hozier has signed with Island and Columbia and is selling out every venue he plays.

That video has also been a huge success for us, we now have director representation and are pitching on bigger videos and are pushing forward to do adverts and films. It has really opened up so many doors. All of this came from one really strong idea, an amazing song and a well-executed video.

It’s a perfect example of how much on an impact a strong music video can have. Budgets are obviously helpful but are absolutely nothing without a strong idea. Obviously not all videos will go viral but it’s important for your video to properly represent your sound and your brand.

Below are 10 of my favourite videos of the year. They are an eclectic mixture of videos showcasing a range of different styles, budgets, narratives and scale. I believe they showcase the endless possibilities there are with music video.


10. SOHN – ‘Bloodflows’

Director: Christian Pitsch

SOHN is one of the success stories of the year. I love the simplicity of this video and how it captures his style and music perfectly. If you look through his artwork the video ties in so nicely with it all. It is so important to have a visual style running through everything that you do.


9. Same Feet – ‘Rivers’

Director: Oskar Wrangö

A stunning beautiful and simple concept executed with incredible skill. The grade on this is special.


8. Jon Hopkins – ‘Collider’

Director: Tom Haines

Undoubtedly one of the most intense videos I’ve ever seen. It’s such a clever concept which matches the pace and the intensity of the track perfectly. The performance by the dancer is incredible and choreography and cuts are perfect. I love the colour change when it cuts from that indoor red to the wintery contrasting colours of outdoors.


7. The Lumineers – ‘Stubborn Love’

Director: Isaac Ravishankara

Since the Hozier video we have been asked to pitch on bigger videos for more pop based stuff. I’ve never done anything like this before and I see it as a great challenge to us. I’ve watched many pop videos in the last few months and this video really stands out, such a simple but powerful concept done so so well.


6. Superhumanoids – ‘So Strange’

Director: David Altobelli & Tyler Cohen

David Altobelli is one of my favourite directors. It was refreshing to hear that he wanted to change up his style and push himself with this video. To hear people like David say they want to push themselves to learn new styles is quite inspirational. Him wanting to co-direct with Tyler so to learn more is also so admirable. It’s an incredible and rewarding attitude to have. With this video his style is more gritty, and the narrative is so interesting and different. A crazy concept pulled off so well. Props also go to Tyler also.


5. Tycho – ‘Ascension’

Directed by: Charles Bergquist

This video manages to capture Tycho’s artwork perfectly.
Similar in that sense to the SOHN video, it stresses the importance of keeping your bands visual style running through everything you do.


4. FKA twigs – ‘Papi Pacify’ / ‘Water Me’

Directed by: FKA twigs & Tom & Jesse Kanda

I tried not pick the same videos as Nialler but these just had to go in. They are a work of art, a painting in a video and a genius example of how effective something so simple can be. Videos and concepts like this can be very difficult to come up with but when done right they can be really special. It also shows that not every video has to be a big production, it can be something so simple and yet very intriguing. They also are an amazing example of creating a strong visual identity.



3. London Grammar – ‘Strong’

Directed by: Sam Brown

This is one of the most visually stunning and unique videos of the year. Sam managed to wrap such a beautiful metaphor and story into such a breathtaking visual. Stunning work.


2. Villagers – ‘The Waves’ (Mmoths Remix)

Directed by: Shorokh

This video is one of my favourite videos of the year. Mmoth’s music is so driven my creating that ethereally spacious dusky atmosphere and this video captures that vibe so exquisitely well. I can get lost in this video. It shows how beautiful things can be done on a low budget and again captures Mmoths vibe perfectly.


1. Arcade Fire – ‘Afterlife’

Director: Emily Kai Bock

My favourite video of the year. Undoubtedly the biggest budget of the list, the camera they used was the same camera used to shoot The Dark Knight. But massive budgets aside this video is an incredibly well-told narrative video. So beautifully shot and directed. I also love the use of sound at the start of the video, it adds an extra cinematic level to the piece. Something that I notice in a few directors, all of which I can tell are itching to expand into short/feature films soon. Narrative videos like this which tell a powerful story in a challenging way, to me are the most special kind of music video. It’s filmmaking in it’s most pure form. And it’s something that I want to push myself further at in the future.

Posted on December 19th, 2013

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