The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team. Subscribe to the weekly Spotify playlist (1.2k subscribers) or the daily playlist (4.9k subscribers).


Jon Hopkins – Emerald Rush

British producer Jon Hopkins seems intent on developing his own signature variant of electronic music with this new single ‘Emerald Rush’. The track retains much of the sonic entropy on his 2013 album Immunity but finds the artist adding elements of contemporary art music. The track is the first single from his forthcoming album Singularity, due for release on May 4th.


serpentwithfeet – bless ur heart

American experimental R&B and Gospel singer serpentwithfeet has released ‘bless ur heart’ as the lead single from his upcoming LP Soil. Having recently featured on Bjork’s ‘Blissing me’,’bless ur heart’ is sweet yet sombre thank you note to a lover. The artist seems to have been working on perfecting the nu-R&B school of sound, Soil is due for release on June 8th. The album will be released under the joint supervision of Secretly Canadian and Tri Angle Records.


Alyss – MisKayani

Alyss has built her reputation on maintaining a forward thinking approach to writing and releasing dance music. Recent releases have included the hypnotic ‘TSIER’ and the pop infused ‘Pyramid’. This new release ‘MisKayani’, inspired by Peruvian mythology, instantly impresses with catchy hooks and pulsing rhythms.


Beach House – Dive

American dream pop duo Beach House have returned from their brief hiatus with new single ‘Dive’. The song is the first to be released from the band’s upcoming album 7, due for release on May 11th. While it does feature many of the sonic elements the band have spent the best part of 15 years developing, the group sound rejuvenated on this track. The addition of fuller drum sounds and whirling guitars give the song a much needed kick.


Young Fathers – Toy

Edinburgh-based hip hop outfit Young Fathers have seen a return to form with their new album Cocoa Sugar and this fine track.The album recently featured on our 6 new albums to hear list. ‘Toy’ feels like a spiritual homage to the punk energy of the group’s debut long-form release Dead.


George Fitzgerald – Roll Back (feat. Lil Silva)

English producer George Fitzgerald has released ‘Roll Back’ as the lead single from his new album All that must be. The single, featuring English producer and DJ Lil Silva, is a slow burning thoughtful electronic track. Fitzgerald has stated that the new album intends to give more focus to the piano, a statement backed up by the patiently and attentively crafted ‘Roll Back’.


Bicep – Opal (Four Tet remix)

Fresh from their self titled album release in 2017, Bicep have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting dance music producers in the scene. With a reputation for innovation is English musician Four Tet, who here superbly remixes ‘Opal’. A match made in musical heaven.


Tom Misch – It Flows Through Me (Feat De La Soul)

This charming song from London singer songwriter Tom Misch combines the best elements of the pop, jazz and hip hop traditions. The end result is the fantastic ‘It Flows Through Me’, which features a verse from De La Soul. A love letter to music itself, this track is full of movement and joy.


Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News

American artist Leon Bridges may have his roots in gospel and soul, but new track ‘Bad Bad News’ sees him pushing for a more attitude-driven R&B style. The song features on his forthcoming album Good Thing, due for release on May 4th, and is driven by an infectious groove and Bridge’s excellent vocal delivery.

Posted on March 13th, 2018


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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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Friday | Saturday | Sunday | Spotify | Stage Times

With a festival like Longitude, you probably already know who you’re going to see from the bigger names (if not: Friday: Todd Terje, SBTRKT, Metronomy, Little Dragon / Saturday: Caribou (+Daphni), Glass Animals, Jungle, Alt-J, Hud Mo, Le Galaxie / Sunday: Chemical Brothers, James Blake, Wild Beasts, Danny Brown, Young Wonder) but it’s further down the bill where things get a bit less clear cut. So here’s your guide to your five a day, five new artists to see to help you keep your finger on the pulse. Plus, there’s also a Spotify playlist for the entire festival lineup to listen to.

I’ll be down at the TXFM stage (Sitemap) on Sunday along with the rest of the crew who are DJing there all weekend long.

Spotify Longitude playlist

1. Leon Bridges

Friday, Whelan’s Stage, 4:15pm

Old-fashioned soul is Bridges’ thing. The 27 year-old Texan makes no concessions to modernity, even dressing as well as sounding like vintage Sam Cooke. His album Coming Home is what it is – uplifting soul music for sunny days so fingers crossed for Friday afternoon.

2. Ibeyi

Friday, Heineken Stage, 5:30pm

French Cuban twins with beguiling intertwined voices and instruments. One on a piano, another on percussion (which sometimes extends to her body as an instrument), their worldly songs take in their father’s Yoruba Nigerian tongue, gospel, Buena Vista Social Club styles (who their father played with), jazz and soul. Their XL Recordings debut is a fine album but live, as they did at Other Voices, is where they shine.

3. Haelos

Friday, Whelan’s Stage, 3:30pm

With only an EP and a single on Matador Records to their name, the English three-piece Haelos have already established their sound. A rush of synths, hanging percussion and a chorus of voices. ‘Earth Not Above’ is my absolute jam, as featured in my songs of the year list.

4. Hubie Davison

Friday, 5pm, RBMA stage

He might be CdB’s son but let’s not hold that against him. Mr Davison is a modern child versed in electronic music; based in London and releasing music on the Leisure System label that moves between textural electronic ambience and laid back grooves on ‘Get On’ and more dancefloor-edged fare like ‘Khayyam Grey’. Lots of mixes on Soundcloud to peruse.

5. Young Fathers

Friday, Heineken Stage, 6:45pm

When I watched the Glastonbury highlights and saw Young Fathers live footage, it didn’t come across well. That’s the problem with watching live music on the TV, it doesn’t always translate. I know for a fact, that Young Father’s live set is one of the best around at the moment, a gut-punching, tribal, howling, theatrical, visceral blood-let of a show. Their new album is boss.

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Posted on July 15th, 2015


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Here are a list of my most listened and loved records of 2015 so far with Spotify playlists for overall and Irish albums of 2015. Plenty more playlists on Spotify and Soundcloud and on the site. Don’t forget: you can also catch me on 105.2 TXFM every Thursday night from 10pm to midnight.

Top 25 albums of 2015 so far…

Listen on Spotify

  1. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
  2. Shamir – Ratchet
  3. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly
  4. Jape – This Chemical Sea
  5. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
  6. Jamie xx – In Colour
  7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  8. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
  9. Braids – Deep In The Iris
  10. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
  11. Villagers – Darling Arithmetic
  12. Wax Stag – II
  13. All We Are – All We Are
  14. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
  15. Jonnie Common – Trapped In Amber
  16. Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
  17. Boot & Tax – Boot & Tax
  18. Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color
  19. Le Galaxie – Le Club
  20. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  21. Four Tet – Morning /Evening
  22. Tobias Jesso Jr – Goon
  23. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  24. Ghostface Killah & BadBadNotGood – Sour Soul
  25. little xs for eyes –  Everywhere Else

Top Irish albums of 2015 so far

Listen on Spotify

  1. Jape – This Chemical Sea
  2. Villagers – Darling Arithmetic
  3. Le Galaxie – Le Club
  4. little xs for eyes –  Everywhere Else
  5. Not Squares – Bolts
  6. Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes
  7. Lakker – Tundra
  8. Leo Drezden – Multi-Moment
  9. Young Wonder – Birth
  10. The Mighty Stef – Year Of The Horse
  11. Ryan Vail & Ciaran Lavery – Sea Legs
  12. No Monster Club – People Are Weird
  13. SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
  14. HamsandwicH  – Stories from the Surface
  15. Inni-K – The King Has Two Horse’s Ears

Posted on July 7th, 2015


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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below.

The songs

  1. Shura – ‘White Light’
  2. Joy Orbison & Boddika – ‘TMTT’
  3. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment – Wanna Be Cool
  4. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  5. The Weeknd – ‘Can’t Feel My Face’
  6. Disclosure – ‘Holding On’ (Gus Pirelli 7″ VIP remix)
  7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘The World Is Crowded’
  8. Delorean – Crystal
  9. The Galleria – ‘Calling Card’
  10. Terriers – Believing The Crystal.
  11. The Chemical Brothers – Under Neon Lights
  12. Mac Demarco – Another One
  13. Cruising –  ‘Safe Corridor’
  14. Girls Names – ‘Reticence’
  15. Beirut – ‘No No No’
  16. Thundercat – ‘Them Changes’
  17. Ajo Arkestra – ‘Mother & Father’
  18. Night Trap – ‘Someone Like You’
  19. Nao – ‘Golden’
  20. Statik Selektah feat. Joey Bada$$ & Action Bronson – ‘Beautiful Life’
  21. Rejjie Snow – ‘All Around The World’
  22. Seven Davis Jr / Julio Bashmore – ‘Good Vibes’
  23. Janet Jackson – ‘No Sleeep’
  24. Oh Wonder – ‘White Blood’
  25. Hudson Mohawke feat. Antony – ‘Indian Steps’
  26. Laura Clock – ‘Fantasy’
  27. Tomorrows – ‘The Circle’
  28.  Slow Riot – ‘City Of Culture’
  29. Come On Live Long – ‘Speak Up’
  30. Robyn & Bagatelle Magique feat Maluca – ‘Love Is Free’

Posted on July 3rd, 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.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour one

  1. Alessia Cara  – Here
  2. Shura –  White Light
  3. Air – Kelly Watch the Stars
  4. Neon Indian – Annie
  5. Delorean  – Crystal
  6. Four Tet –  Evening Side
  7. Adultrock – Put ‘Em Under Nazareth (JACK CHARLTON VS JUSTICE)
  8. Bicep  – Just (Original Mix)
  9. Terriers  – Believing The Crystal.
  10. I Am The Cosmos – Leaving/The Shift

Hour two

  1. Night Trap – Someone Like You
  2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra  – Like Acid Rain
  3. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment  – Go
  4. Kendrick Lamar –  i
  5. Soundhog –  A Day In Tracy’s Life [The Beatles vs Mogwai vs Kid Loco]
  6. Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique –  Love Is Free (feat. Maluca)
  7. The Chemical Brothers – Under Neon Lights
  8. Dopplereffekt – Pornoviewer
  9. Leon Bridges – Smooth Sailin’
  10. Thundercat  – Them Changes
  11. Nozinja – Mitshetsho We Zindaba
  12. Ciaran Lavery – Little More Time
  13. Mac Demarco –  Another One
  14. Tobias Jesso Jr –  Without You (Alternate Version)

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 June 26th, 2015


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Leon Bridges appeared at the tail end of last year with the soulful crooning track ‘Coming Home’ before doing pretty well at SXSW in March and has played Jools Holland most recently. The 25 year-old with the classic tones is coming to Dublin for a show in Whelan’s on September 21st and tickets are €21+ fee on sale on Friday.

I have the first pair of tickets to giveaway to the show – just enter via the Gleam widget below and the winner will be contacted by Thursday afternoon.

Two tickets to Leon Bridges

Posted on June 15th, 2015