Swedish electronic poppers Little Dragon just released their fifth album Season High, which may well be their single best album.
Posted on April 29th, 2017
Swedish electronic poppers Little Dragon just released their fifth album Season High, which may well be their single best album.
Posted on April 29th, 2017
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.
Full info on production credits, fan theories and guests here, but DAMN. is the number one release of this week.
Favourite tracks: ‘Humble’, ‘xxx’, ‘Love’
Dropping your album on the same date as Kendrick Lamar isn’t the greatest idea but a lot of artists had pre-planned their release before hearing of it. Swedish electronic poppers Little Dragon did enough with two songs released in advance of their fifth album in singles ‘High’ and ‘Sweet’ that suggested they were going to deliver something you’d come back to. I’d always struggled with Little Dragon’s albums, there are always killer tracks on it but they lacked overall. Season High, on first listen mind, sounds like it might be their most substantial and long-playing yet.
Favourite tracks: ‘Sweet’, ‘Celebrate’ , ‘PUSH’
One of my favourite discoveries of the last few years are now streaming their album on NPR a week out from release. I’m surei’ll be writing about it again so I’ll leave the words up to NPR’s Bob Boilen and the news that they play here next month.
It’s thrilling to know that one of the best albums of 2017 is made by two of the best friends you’ll ever witness on a stage. Overcoats’ Young is a record driven by ambition and passion, not craft. That’s not to say Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell aren’t terrifically talented singers and songwriters: What sets them apart is that I believe them. That the emotion in their harmonies and the space they give each other is filled with compassion. I believe their songs of loneliness and doubt.
Favourite tracks: ‘Leave A Light On’, ‘Hold Me Close’, ‘Smaller Than My Mother’
The UK electronic producer and former West Brom football trainee, Actress nearly retired apparently but here he is with his fifth album, released on Ninja Tune. Fans of the producer will be well aware his gift for weaving complex hypnotic electronic rhythms, born from techno, garage and ambient soundscapes and AZD is no different, except with a notable coat of compression (at least on the Spotify stream).
Favourite tracks: ‘X22RME’, ‘Fantasynth’, ‘Falling Rizzlas’
Five years since his last full-length and it sounds like time away has left Fionn Regan with a renewed sense of purpose. The Meetings Of The Waters feels like a stepping stone to a new path for Regan. Ditching the Dylan-influence completely, the album largely features meditative spacious folk music that sustains quietly like smouldering embers and a centrepiece of three songs with more layered rock music-style songs.
Favourite tracks: ‘The Meetings Of The Waters’, ‘Wall of Silver’, ‘Babuska Yai Ya’
Posted on April 14th, 2017
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
As indicated earlier this year, via some re-emerging activity, the Swedish band Little Dragon are due to release a new album this year and have an extensive U.S. tour with Glass Animals and Goldlink lined up along with Coachella.
They debuted the chill and billowy song ‘High’ accompanied by an exotic video by Ossian Melin.
Posted on February 15th, 2017
After their set at Forbidden Fruit two weeks ago, Little Dragon have been confirmed for a gig in Vicar Street on Tuesday November 25th.
Tickets are on sale Friday 13th June @ 9am priced at €22.50/€25 excluding fees.
Get to know their new album Nabuma Rubberband.
Posted on June 11th, 2014
The Undergrowth Stage: 9:15pm – 10:45pm / 7:45pm – 8:45pm
Stephen Ellison’s music has always had a visual imaginistic quality to it. His jazz-inflected electronic beats conjure up shapes and forms on its own so for him to push it forward into an actual A/V show makes sense. Forbidden Fruit will be the Irish debut of the 3D Show, which is pretty well explained in the video below.
As for Captain Murphy, Flying Lotus’ alter-ego showed he can rap too, as heard on 2012 mixtape Duality, a cult-leader pitched-down collection of Quasimoto-style hip-hop. He’ll be joined on stage by his good friend Thundercat, presumably in his role as a bassist first and foremost rather than a singer or solo performer.
Original Stage, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
One of the most original, idiosyncratic and Irish voices we have in music at the moment, it’s good to see O’Neill get such a prominent slot at an Irish festival. Her second album Same Cloth Or Not, was filled with the Cavan lady’s personality and her colloquial mannerisms. Her folk voice is scrappy yet lilting, tinny yet commanding; that’s to say it’s not for everyone. As a performer though, O’Neill is also commanding, and very funny; she knows how to spin a story or two.
The Undergrowth Stage, 6:15pm – 7:15pm
Brutal in its mechanism and industrial in its rhythms, Slow Focus, the third album from Bristol duo Andrew Hung and Benjamin Power was as uncompromising as the pair have got. Previous albums relied on an ambient strain of repetitive euphoria that saw that track ‘Olympians’, wisely enough, used in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in 2012. In a live context, they combine all of that in a barrage of low and high frequencies that leaves you elated and bruised.
Original Stage, 6pm – 7pm
Surely you’ve seen ASIWYFA live by now? They’ve been on constant tour since they began that it had to happen. So you’ll know you’ll be at this to witness a set from one of the best live bands in any country – the Belfast lads rip through the instrumental rock rulebook with a fervour that is only matched by their latest album’s sunny uplift – perfect for a festival so.
The Undergrowth Stage, 9.45pm – 10.45pm
Also from Belfast, Girls Names’ took a step towards a bolder, more gratifying sound on their album The New Life last year eschewing the jangly surf-rock of previous releases for a more distinctive and thematically unified sonic palette of post-punk, kraut and new wave. It means the band’s live set is a head-nodding mood-piece of some of the most evocative guitar sounds drawn from the late ’70s/early ’80s period of rock music.
Posted on May 28th, 2014
Everything we’ve heard from Little Dragon’s new album Nabuma Rubberband, the Swedish band’s fourth album has sounded like the band at their best. There was the dizzying synth pop of ‘Klapp Klapp’ with its two videos: one of which was an interactive personalised phone call, ‘the mighty ‘Paris’, currently my favourite Little Dragon song of theirs and then the suave slow-down of ‘Let Go’.
The singles are the most upbeat tracks here. Much of the record’s songs are slow jams which were inspired by Yukimi Nagano’s headphone listens to Janet Jackson while walking around her hometown of Gothenberg. So ‘Underbart’ has a clear R&B influence but matches it with a hazy synth electronic feel while the draggy atmospheric ‘Cat Rider’ Yukimi has a very clear close timbre in her singing to Ms. Jackson, which is a style that is all around at the moment in the deluge of electronic R&B around.
Nagano has one of the best voices in music right now, so much so, that it completely embellishes the quietly haunting taut ‘Only One’ and similarly dominates the slow numbers.
Having seen Little Dragon live in the last two years, it was clear they had turned into a formidable sinewy synth-pop beast and Nabuma Rubberband is further proof.
The album is out Friday. Pre-order / download.
Posted on May 6th, 2014
Since seeing Little Dragon at Body & Soul just under two years ago, it was clear that the Swedish band had exceeded the parameters and musicianship of their recorded material. It’s something that’s been increasingly evident through the band’s showing of versatility: working with Big Boi, their new single ‘Klapp Klapp’ and now ‘Paris’, the latest track from Nabuma Rubberband.
Really looking forward to that album now out on May 9th/12th/13th.
Posted on April 10th, 2014
I broadcast my first show on new Dublin station 1052 TXFM last night and had a blast. You can tune in every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours of new music at 105.2FM, via the TXFM.ie site, the TXFM app in the iTunes Store or on your TV if you’re on UPC.
Jungle – ‘Busy Earnin’
Future Islands – ‘Spirit’
Ships – ‘The Space Inside’
Shamir – ‘If It Wasn’t True’
Shit Robot – ‘Do That Dance’ feat. Nancy Whang.
Metronomy – ‘Boy Racers’
Fight Like Apes – ‘Crouching Bees’
Ben Khan – ‘Youth’
Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
Banks – ‘This Is What It Feels Like’
Little Dragon – ‘Klapp Klapp’
Hundred Waters – ‘Cavity’
Todd Terje – ‘Delorean Dynamite’
Frankie Knuckles – ‘Your Love’
Sylvan Esso – ‘Coffee’
Glass Animals – ‘Gooey’
Shlohmo & Jeremih – ‘No More’
Kelis – ‘Jerk Ribs’ (Mount Kimbie remix)
Ratking – ‘So Sick Stories’ featuring King Krule
Cornerboy Musik – ‘Pull up’
Kelela – ‘Bankhead’
How To Dress Well – ‘The Words I Don’t Remember’
Posted on April 4th, 2014
2 Many DJs, Warpaint, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Public Enemy, Little Dragon, Gold Panda, Klangkarussell (live), Brian Deady
Early bird: 1 day €49.50 | 2 day €99.50
General: 1 day €59.50 | 2 day €110.00
Tickets plus fees available from Ticketmaster.
Posted on March 13th, 2014
Posted on March 3rd, 2014
This producer / singer paired up on last year’s ‘Bo Peep’ which I wasn’t mad about but this track was kept for their upcoming collaborative EP and it’s the best of both: Shlohmo’s unique twisting production with Jeremih coming close to the sound of The Weeknd. Free download from NPR.
‘Klapp Klapp’ is the first single from the new Little Dragon album Nabuma Rubberband out in May and sticks to the band’s dizzying synth pop grooves with the always-effective vocals of Yukimi Nagano rising above it.
Conor O’Brien singing about being yourself in a Sochi’s only gay nightclub while the winter Olympics is on with production by James Ford? Sounds good to me.
A track from the Norwegian man’s forthcoming debut album called IT´S ALBUM TIME bears all the hallmarks of his synth-disco productions. The album’s out in April. He’s playing live here in May.
From David Kitt’s new EP on Permanent Vacation out next week called Made It Mine, comes the percussive house and vocoder track ‘Satisfaction’.
After the excellent single ‘Feel Like Movin’ , Nancy Whang and John MacLean deliver some euphoric dance music or “saloon house” as one of Holy Ghost! called it. Big bass. A free download, in its radio edit form, from NPR today too. Giddy Up!
Andrew Hozier Byrne kicks off a busy year with a new EP and ‘From Eden’ is the first bluesy soulful track from the EP of the same name out at the end of March.
Like London Grammar with some sass. A cross between Kylie and Niki & The Dove with some basement disco and R&B soul influence, as featured today.
A short and sharp new single which has a more brooding and belligerent disposition than their other new music. Will come out on the second album Think Nothing.
First new track from the LA singer since her excellent Cut 4 Me mixtape in October. Production from Gifted & Blessed. I could listen to Kelela all day.
I’m stil not sure if Norwegian producer is just an ADD-frazzled kid who is trying to cram every sound into one song but ‘Wedding Bells’ is definitely his most successful attempt and an actual track you would put on regularly. It’s got bells, whistles, flutes, big bass, mad percussion and everything else including the kitchen sink.
Posted on February 14th, 2014
Big Boi’s upcoming Vicious Lies And Dangerous Rumors will feature some fine plinking plonking from Sweden’s Little Dragon. Here’s a live preview of ‘Mama Told Me’. Reaaal nice. Previously we heard ‘Gossip’.
Via Thomas Lennon.
Posted on August 10th, 2012
After two years of missing the festival, I finally made it down to one day at Body & Soul in Co. Westmeath over the weekend. Luck was on my side as I could only make Sunday which turned out to be the sunny day. Weather was something I noticed Body & Soul had going for it in its two years so far with previous weekends seeing scorchers so it seems luck and good calendar timing is also something the festival has going for it.
Posted on June 26th, 2012
Body & Soul Festival is back in Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath for three days from June 22nd – 24th for the Summer Solstice.
The full lineup of acts are:
M83, St. Vincent, Villagers, Little Dragon, John Talabot, Shangaan Electro, Gold Panda, Redinho, The Herbaliser, Emika, Tieranniesaur, Kormac’s Big Band with more TBA.
The festival also offers artisan food, a Kids garden, art installations, green crafts, holistic therapies, hot tubs and a costumed Masquerade Ball on the Saturday night.
Tickets are €99 for weekend camping, €25 for Friday add-on (no main stage acts on Friday), €30 for campervan tickets, family €99 for 1 adult and 2 kids. Combined weekend and bus tickets are €127 or a single Sunday ticket plus bus is €83.
Posted on March 20th, 2012