Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from dvsn, Kaytranada, Kel Assouf, Kappekoff, Underworld and Toby Kaar.

Hit the last page for the fullSoundcloud playlist.


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The Belfast boys deliver a stonker.
The Belfast house duo Bicep have been on some roll of late. Everything they touch has a sense of magic to it.

Last year’s output included two tunes that due to heavy rotation were basically instant classics. The bleeping minimalism of ‘Just’ dominated but their collaboration with Hammer ‘Dahlia’ was equally moving.

For a 2016 reminder, their Isaac Tichauer’s ‘Higher Level’ remix follows the lead of ‘Just’ building from booming house-bass track to a siren synth line over the song’s “at a higher level” vocal sample. It’s music to get lost it.

The Loft Record release with remixes from Hackman, Dorsia and Lancelot, is available on 12″ has sold out vinyl wise but is available digitally on April 22nd.
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Rusangano Family

‘Lights On’

rusanganoIrish album of the year contender dropped on Friday.

God Knows, MuRli and MynameisjOhn dropped Let The Dead Bury The Dead, their brilliant second album on Friday and in the process, the Limerick-based rap trio explore the fertile ground between two distinct cultural polarities, as an African migrant in Ireland with familial pressure and the balancing act between expectation and the determination to follow a chosen path. It’s full of heart and soul.

It’s a thrilling listen and here’s why.

‘Lights On’, the album’s new single is a way in. It’s a song about embracing your new surroundings and being yourself – in Rusangano’s case – being African, Irish, Limerick, Clare, repping the culture they’re experiencing and involved in.

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Kendrick Lamar

‘untitled 03 05.28.2013’

kendrick-lamar-6A surprise demo album called untitled unmastered. dropped Thursday night.

Kendrick Lamar’s untitled unmastered. in its title and track listing suggests a temporary unfinished state. A collection of demos recorded from 2013 to 2016 without a place to go. Lamar has performed two of these songs live on TV shows Colbert and Fallon, but they’ve evolved much since these recordings. This temporary missive gives those songs a home while also showing us a jazzier side to his craft.

Despite this status, there’s much to enjoy and most of it comes from Lamar’s rhymes. An appearance from CeeLo Green is a highlight but the most well-rounded track is ‘untitled 03 05.28.2013’, an urgent rhyme matched by a celebratory beat that sounds close to completion.


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M83

‘Do It, Try It’

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M83’s new song is grandiose and cheesy yet great

The music of Anthony Gonzalez, M83, over his discography has transformed from ambient electronic pop to the kind of large-scale electronic compositions that work well juxtaposed with Hollywood blockbusters. Sitting in between, was an 80s-inspired synth electronic pop that brought the former to the latter.

Nostalgic grandiosity has always been key to M83’s music.

On Junk, the new forthcoming album (April 8th), arriving five years after Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and that album’s apex – ‘Midnight City’, Gonzalez says he’s returned to the influences of his early career – Tangerine Dream, Kevin Shields, Aphex Twin and Brian Wilson, yet has tried to expand his sound again.

That epic quality is still evident on the album’s first single, after all Gonzalez excels at it. ‘Do It, Try It’ has its backbone in synth and electronic pop and pushes into ’80s French pop, ’80s prog and as the chorus suggests – “A dance on repeat / A trance of a heartbeat”, a kinship with dance music’s more euphoric elements.

“Listen to a sound of a new tomorrow,” the song’s introduction goes. When it comes to M83, the sound of tomorrow, is always primarily the past, and it works.

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Posted on March 7th, 2016

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The music of Anthony Gonzalez, M83, over his discography has transformed from ambient electronic pop to the kind of large-scale electronic compositions that work well juxtaposed with Hollywood blockbusters. Sitting in between, was an 80s-inspired synth electronic pop that brought the former to the latter.

Nostalgic grandiosity has always been key to M83’s music.

On Junk, the new forthcoming album (April 8th), arriving five years after Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and that album’s apex – ‘Midnight City’, Gonzalez says he’s returned to the influences of his early career – Tangerine Dream, Kevin Shields, Aphex Twin and Brian Wilson, yet has tried to expand his sound again.

That epic quality is still evident on the album’s first single, after all Gonzalez excels at it. ‘Do It, Try It’ has its backbone in synth and electronic pop and pushes into ’80s French pop, ’80s prog and as the chorus suggests – “A dance on repeat / A trance of a heartbeat”, a kinship with dance music’s more euphoric elements.

“Listen to a sound of a new tomorrow,” the song’s introduction goes. When it comes to M83, the sound of tomorrow, is always primarily the past, and it works.

Gonzalez on the album title – Junk

“Anything we create today is going to end up being space junk at one point anyway, and I find it really fascinating and scary at the same time – beautiful too in a way. I have this image of pieces of humanity floating in space, lost forever. It also means that nowadays everything goes so fast and everybody is kind of throwing away art in a certain manner.

People will listen to an album for instance and just pick a track they like to put on a playlist. They’re not going to take the time to listen to an album anymore because they have to jump on the next thing.”

M83 – JUNK Tracklisting

1. Do It, Try It
2. Go!
3. Walkway Blues
4. Bibi The Dog
5. Moon Crystal
6. For The Kids
7. Solitude
8. The Wizard
9. Laser Gun
10. Road Blaster
11. Tension
12. Atlantique Sud
13. Time Wind
14. Ludivine
15. Sunday Night 1987

Posted on March 2nd, 2016

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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

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Posted on October 22nd, 2015

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour.

Some first plays for little xs for eyes, Laura Doggett, Slow Skies, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Dear Desert in this show.

HOUR ONE

Listen: Hour One

  1. Girl Band – ‘De Bom Bom’
  2. Sinkane – ‘New Name’
  3. Dear Desert – ‘Give It Up’
  4. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘When I Leave’
  5. Laura Doggett – ‘Phoenix’
  6. Zola Jesus – ‘Dangerous Days’
  7. Vaults – ‘Lifespan’
  8. M83 – ‘Don’t Save Us from the Flames’
  9. Say Lou Lou – ‘Games for Girls’
  10. Snakehips – ‘Days With You’ (feat. Sinead Harnett)
  11. little xs for eyes – ‘Love Gets Lost’
  12. The SM Corporation – ‘Hammer (1986 Studio Version)’

HOUR TWO

Listen: Hour Two

  1. Cloud Castle Lake – ‘A Wolf Howling’
  2. Mark Lanegan Band – ‘No Bells On Sunday’
  3. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh –  ‘What What what’
  4. Slow Skies –  ‘Ice Field’
  5. Ballet School –  ‘LUX’
  6. Hauer  – ‘Merc II’
  7. Dornik – ‘Rebound’
  8. Benoit & Sergio  – ‘Your Darkness’
  9. SL2 –  ‘DJs Take Control’
  10. Diamond Dagger –  ‘Licky 6’

Posted on September 8th, 2014

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M83’s music has an epic quality that means it makes sense for it to has been utilised for film soundtracks. Last year Anthony Gonzalez, a man with sonic ambition, went one further and composed the soundtrack for the Tom Cruise film Oblivion.

For their latest delving into cinema, a new M83 track is featured on the film Divergent and not only does the song have big cavernous drum beats and a synthesized reaching production, that ‘Midnight City’ sax makes a delightful reappearance.

Posted on February 27th, 2014

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Photos by Luis Faustino. More photos from Body & Soul here and here.

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.
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Posted on June 26th, 2012

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Body & soulBody & 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.
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Posted on March 20th, 2012

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