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

Nialler9 on Spotify.

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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One of the songs of the year gets a video directed by Fleur & Manu. The video is a tribute to Village of the Damned, Close Encounters of the Third kind and Akira. Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, the double album is out now.

Posted on October 18th, 2011

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The best of new album streams this week in A-Z form.

The Ambience Affair – Burials
Body Language – Social Studies
Civil Civic – Rules
The Golden Filter – Syndromes
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming (alt stream)
Marketa Irglova – Anar
Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do
My Brightest Diamond – All Things Will Unwind
New Look – New Look
Real Estate – Days
Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
Still Corners – Creatures Of An Hour

Previously:
Listen to new albums from Bjork, Feist, Death in Vegas, Plaid, The Field, Future Islands, Wilco, Jeffrey Lewis & loads more

Streams from DJ Shadow, Dum Dum Girls, DRC Music, Boom Bip, Zola Jesus, Spank Rock & more.

Plenty more in the Streams category.

Posted on October 11th, 2011

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Podcast 37
Podcast 37

Artwork by Left Overs yet (wallpaper).
Presenter: Aoife Mc of Right Click Radio 2XM
Tunes picked by Nialler.

Download MP3: Nialler9 Podcast #37

Podcast #37 -Tracklisting

  1. Givers – ‘Up Up Up’ – In Light (Glassnote Records)
  2. M83 – ‘Midnight City’ – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming (Mute)
  3. Active Child – ‘Hanging On’ – You Are All I See (Vagrant)
  4. When Saints Go Machine – ‘Kelly’ – Konkylie (!K7)
  5. Ciara – ‘Deuces’ (Nguzunguzu remix) – Download
  6. SBTRKT – ‘Wildfire’ Drake version – Download (Young Turks)
  7. Beat Connection – ‘Silver Screen’ – Surf Noir (Tender Age)
  8. Clive Tanaka Y Su Orquesta – ‘Neu Chicago’ – (LOAF)
  9. The Bullitts – ‘Close Your Eyes’ – Download (Outfit Music)
  10. Planningtorock – ‘Livingitout’ – W (DFA Records)
  11. Niki & The Dove – ‘DJ Ease My Mind’ – single (Moshi Moshi)
  12. Luke B – ‘New Era’ – Loudmouth
  13. El Perro Del Mar – ‘Change Of Heart’ – Love Is Not Pop (Control Group)
  14. King – ‘Hey’ – The Story

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Posted on August 13th, 2011

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After the teaser video for the new M83 album, we now have the first tune proper from Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. It’s not too far away from the big synth dream pop that defined 2008’s Saturdays = Youth except for that big saxophone solo at the end. Lovin’ the artwork too.

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is a double album and will be released on October 14th (17th – UK / 18th US). It features guests Zola Jesus, guitarist Brad Laner of ‘ 90’s band Medicine and Saturdays = Youth vocalist Morgan Kibby.

Anthony Gonzales says of the album:

Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming tackles themes of awakening, craving, and conquering, and delves into new vocal territory for M83. I think it is a reflection of my 30 years of being a human being. It’s a compilation of all my previous music together. It’s a retrospective of myself.”

Download the song here or play it below. Thanks to Loreana for the heads up.

Posted on July 19th, 2011

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Albums of 2008

Before I announce the result of the Irish vote this week, let’s have a look at the greater picture. It’s another list! Here are my top 30 albums of 2008.

  • 30. Minotaur Shock – Amateur Dramatics
  • 29. Pivot – O Soundtrack My Heart
  • 28. Fuck Buttons – Street Horrsing
  • 27. She and Him – Volume One
  • 26. White Denim – Workout Holiday
  • 25. Ponytail – Ice Cream Spiritual
  • 24. Jamie Lidell – Jim
  • 23. Fight Like Apes – And the Mystery of the Gold Medallion
  • 22. R.S.A.G – Organic Sampler
  • 21. Ladyhawke – Ladyhawke
  • 20. Clark – Turning Dragon

    Clark

    2008 was the year Chris Clark let rip with some real bone-crunching, distorted glitchy rave-ups. Turning Dragon was like some grimey journey through the seedist club known to man.

    Key track: New Year Storm

  • 19. The Vinny Club – Rocky IV Reckyrd

    The Vinny Club

    Vinny’s solo project away from the furious bass duties for Adebisi Shank was a 26 minute triumph of computer-generated fun. The film of the title informs each 8-bit workout with song titles, samples and theme. It’s the sound of an Atari throwing shapes on a dancefloor.

    Key track: It’s Not You It’s OF

  • 18. The Jimmy Cake – Spectre & Crown

    Jimmy Cake

    The Jimmys’ third and best album, a welcome return after five years of silence. Spectre & Crown ebbs and flows wonderfully through Herculean orchestral passages of melody and cadence, leaving an indelible chronicle of nine musicians contributing to a singular and necessary vision. The production is immaculately precise yet organic, the music epic yet controlled; brimming with piano, accordion, clarinet, trumpet, bass and saxophone.

    Key track: Jetta’s Palace

  • 17. Cadence Weapon – Afterparty Babies

    Cadence Weapon

    Rollie Pemberton’s second album took us on a journey of his hometown Edmonton, on the way he recounted tales of his friends, failed club nights, hairdressers, tattoo artists and underage youth cliques all set to bouncing dancefloor-orientated hip-hop beats.

    Key track: In Search of the Youth Crew

  • 16. Little Joy – Little Joy

    Little Joy

    Fabrizio Moretti, the drummer from the Strokes hooks up with some friends in LA to make an album of sunshine-infused folk-pop and manages to surpass all other Strokes-related material since Is This It?. Little Joy is the perfect name for these little nuggets.
    Key track: No-one’s Better Sake

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Posted on December 22nd, 2008

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Songs of 2008

Go forth to discover and listen to Nialler9’s 50 best tunes of the year..

Posted on December 16th, 2008

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