So we reach the halfway mark of the year and I present to you a list of my 25 most-played and enjoyed records of the year so far. Songs to follow.


25.

Sir Was – Digging A Tunnel

This debut album from the Swedish musician Joel Wästberg reminds me of Caribou, Bibio and Paul White. Digging A Tunnel weaves hip-hop rhythms, soul, jazz, pastoral folk, bagpipe and harmonica samples, handclaps, clarinets and sax. It’s all in the mix, resulting in an textured album of polychromatic exploration. If Beck was from Gothenburg and still making music in a lo-fi way perhaps.

Listen on Spotify


24.

!!! – Shake The Shudder


Perennial New York dance-punk party band !!! (chk chk chk) can be relied on to bring the looped sample disco punk-funk rhythms and their seventh album recorded at their studio in Brooklyn doesn’t deviate too much from their established pattern, except in the vocal department where a rotating cast of female singers bring the heat including Lea Lea, Meah Pace, Nicole Fayu, Cameron Mesirow (Glasser) and Molly Schnick. Throw shade and shake the shudder away.

Favourite tracks: ‘Dancing Is The Best Revenge’, ‘The one 2’, ‘NRGQ’.

Listen on Spotify


23.

Forest Swords – Compassion


English producer Matthew Barnes releases his first Forest Sword album of textured electronic instrumentals (with sampled vocals) in 4 years. There’s a sound world vibe to the release, as if it was constructed to soundtrack to an imaginary place, removed from linear time. Remember that old PC game – Myst? Compassion feels like it could work as an alternative soundtrack to that world. That makes sense, Barnes recently composed music for the Assassin’s Creed game an is planning multidisciplinary projects in dance, performance, film and music to augment this album.

Listen on Spotify


22.

Austra – Future Politics


Katie Stelmanis’ third album as Austra feels looser than her previous work, and despite the title, more human. The operatic synth-pop is still very much there and the politics of the title feels rooted in the personal.

Listen on Spotify


21.

Come On Live Long – In The Still


Arriving four years after their debut, Come On Live Long’s In The Still reaffirms the talent of a band who deserver more public awareness.
The album, recorded mostly, while the band were living apart is a cohesive whole. When they came together, so did the album. So there’s trip-hop indie (‘For The Birds’), heart-beat atmospherics (‘In The Still’), a glacial trip (‘Peak), minimal folk (‘My Love Leaves’) and Radiohead-esque guitar work (‘Slipstream’). In The Still is sonics for the soul. To quote the band themselves on ‘For The Birds’, “stay together, fall apart, move as one?” They chose the latter.


20.

SZA – CTRL


A late addition to the highlights of the year, I’ve been waiting on SZA to release something substantial since that Chance The Rapper feature in 2014. And CTRL far surpasses expectations. It’s an album that feels real, complicated, struggling with self-esteem, a sense of self, making mistakes, cheating, being hurt, wanting to be loved, shunning intimacy, yearning for respect. It’s human as can be and one of the best R&B albums of the year. More time will be spent with SZA in 2017.

Listen on Spotify.


19.

Aldous Harding – Party


This New Zealand artist’s John Parish-produced album for 4AD is a particular weighty listen. There shades of vintage alt-folk, orchestral ballads and intense singer-songwriter confessionals. ‘Party’ lulls you in with a lustful touch and dependence, Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas contributes on subtle torch song ‘Imagining My Man’ while the close-mic finger-pick of ‘I’m So Sorry’ and the outward sustained notes of ‘Horizon’ are highlights. This is an intimate journey from an artist who feels on the cup of something bigger.

Listen on Spotify.


18.

Julie Byrne – Not Even Happiness


The New-York singer-songwriter Julie Byrne is known for ethereal folk music and her new second album Not Even Happiness is a calming listen of gentle folk and ambient textures.

Listen on Spotify


17.

Little Dragon – Season High


Swedish electronic poppers Little Dragon have often struggled over full-length albums. There are always killer tracks on their releases but they lacked over a longer running time. Season High, is their most substantial and long-playing album yet.

Listen on Spotify


16.

Kelly-Lee Owens – Kelly-Lee Owens

Taking her cues from her label boss Daniel Avery in one hand, the UK producer Kelly-Lee Owens’ album’s sound is dominant with pulsing synths and techno percussion on songs like ‘Evolution’, ‘CBM’ (colour, beauty and motion as a schematic feels apt) and ‘Arthur’. On the other hand, there’s a deep ethereality in her songs a her repeating vocal lines work like mantras across the tracks including ‘Arthur’ and the slow synth-pop of ‘Keep Walking’. Elsewhere it’s the methodical chug of John Talabot that is conjured on ‘Lucid’ and ‘Bird’ and Jenny Hval guests on ‘Anxi’.

Listen on Spotify


15.

Syd – Fin


The debut album from The Internet’s Syd. It feels like a long time since she was behind the decks at Odd Future gigs. Continuing the intimate sensual modern R&B feel of The Internet, Fin is the beginning as opposed to a logical end. Syd steps out in front and while she’s been downplaying the album’s status in her career (“This album is not that deep, but I feel like this is my descent into the depth I want the band to get to.”), there are few people making tender close-up R&B that swings low and stays high as this.

Listen on Spotify


14.

Bonobo – Migration

A recent album of the week, Bonobo’s sixth album is nomadic & intimate, open-minded and expansive drawing on his ambient chill trademark and tougher almost clubbier sounds with guest vocals from Hundred Waters, Nick Murphy, Rhye and Morrocco’s Innov Gnawa.

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Posted on June 30th, 2017

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2017 was my third visit to Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival and my first since 2011. What has changed in that time is an increase of punters (around 35,000 each night) but also an expanded festival site at Parc del Forum. That meant more room for dance music and more room for the larger stages. And more, room for surprises.

2017’s lineup was also one of the best in a long time. Sure, Frank Ocean cancelled his headline set with two weeks to go but the addition of surprise sets announced on the day were a new thing which hopefully the organisers will commit to in 2018. It meant that for many the first surprise was Arcade Fire playing a gig on the festival’s first night, two days before they were due on stage. Haim played a late-night set on the last night and Mogwai debuted their new album in full under the Barcelona evening sun.

The city is a great setting for a festival getaway, hang out on the beach day or night at Barceloneta, eat and drink in the Gothic Quarter or Gracia, solicit late-night cans from the abundant hawking men on the streets, bump into friends late into the night while wandering. Primavera Sound’s late starting time (for most about 7pm or 8pm) and late end time (6am is not uncommon) means there’s always time to explore the city in good weather before the music starts.

That doesn’t mean that you don’t miss things though. Aldous Harding, Glass Animals, Joy Orbison, Weyes Blood and Badbadnotgood were not seen, and I decided to give Arcade Fire a miss in favour of seeing something else (and was rewarded by John Talabot’s disco set). Ditto: Sinkane, Skepta and Grace Jones. Sets from the xx, Angel Olsen and King Krule didn’t do it for me despite wanting them to but there was plenty to love. Primavera Sound pulls you in so many directions that sometimes you just have to not focus too much on the timetable and go with the flow. That’s easier to do in the Catalan city atmosphere than a soggy field in Ireland. I’d definitely come back for a fourth visit.

Here are my highlight sets of the festival.


1.

Mac Demarco

There’s no way that such subtle sweet jams should work on the second biggest stage on the festival, , but that’s Mac Demarco for you. The Canadian has developed as a cult curio personality, an indie-kid weirdo but as his latest album This Old Dog (fast becoming one of my favourites of the year) has shown, his songs seep into your skin. At Primavera, there was a big crowd ready to lap up both his tunes and his vibe. When the camera panned over the stage to reveal his naked drummer on the drum stool, it was clear it was going to be one of those kinds of sets. While the stage antics got increasingly more attention as Demarco stripped down to his underpants and singed his butt and underarm hair while standing on a guitar amp, the tunes never faltered from some sweet vibes (other than a closing guitar solo). Don’t underestimate how hard it is to write delicate songs this good, the stage show with added “Whitney crowd surf experience” and goofball antics only added to the sense of occasion. As did, Demarco ending the night crowdsurfing sans music stage right after his set.

2.

John Talabot Disco set

I decided to give Arcade Fire a miss this time to go see something different. The Catalan man John Talabot has always had a close association to Primavera as they asked him to debut his first ever live show at the festival so he always does something at it. This time around, it was two shows, one with Axel Boman as Talaboman and one DJ set billed as a disco set (after a great Young Marco set) which ended up being a set that featured crowdpleasing and disco-tinged music from classics like ‘Spacer’ to Aphex Twin ‘Windowlicker’ edit, Red Dragon Band’s ‘Let Me Be Your Radio’ to his own Teengirl Fantasy ‘Cheaters’ remix and my tune discovery of the festival – Akiyo’s Deboule. An edit of the Carribean Zouk tune from 1996 was played in the Talaboman set on the first night and immediately wired itself into my brain. Watch out for that (and let me know if you see one going). Talabot’s disco set was filled with the one thing that many modern DJs forget to pack on their USBS – fun.


3.

Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus reaffirmed my opinion of him as a visionary producer with his live cube A/V set on the Ray Bans stage on Friday night. At 3am, the combination of Strangeloop and Timeboy’s mindbending visuals and Fly Lo’s mind-altering music productions hit with force and bass so hard that in the middle of the crowd, near the front, the bass made the hair on the top of my head vibrate. It was that good. Musically, we had some of the new stuff, like the Kuso theme (the reviews have said it’s garbage), his Freddie Mercury remix, his Twin Peaks rework, his To Pimp A Butterfly production, his Kendrick feature ‘Never Catch Me’, a Captain Murphy joint and his Los Angeles material. It was a reminder of how great a Fly Lo set can be.


4.

Bon Iver

This took me by surprise. 22 A Million is a hard album to love and it didn’t really impact my listening habits last year very much. It was easier to admire and harder to love. But fair play to Justin and his band who have managed to translate this obfuscated object of coded language into a main stage extravaganza that pitched these songs with a larger stature, accompanied by superb sound and a stage show that featured the album’s hieroglyphics in cascading form. The album’s second half – songs like ‘666’ and the Springsteen-esque ‘8’ were late show highlights and four songs from 2011’s self-titled album. He might have spent much of the gig with giant headphones and a baseball cap on behind a bank of gear but a solo a capella version of ‘Skinny Love’ as encore nodded to the the journey Vernon has been on since 2008. It’s a significant one.


5.

Solange

The classiest stage show of the weekend went to Solange Knowles. A simple circle backdrop bathed in red with blue lights on the band and singers pitched things minimally. Translating a weighty but delicately produced album such as A Seat At The Table is a tough thing to do but Solange kept things focused and wisely brought in the energetic ‘Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work’, ‘T.O.N.Y’ (from her 2008 Sol-Angel and the Hadley Dreams album) and career highlight jam ‘Losing You’. Occasional choreographed moves benefitted the show in subtle ways too. It was more a swaying side-to-side experience but it suited her.


6.

Aphex Twin

There was a run of abrasive shows on the opening night of Primavera Sound in 2017 that featured sets from Slayer, Converge, Death Grips (always excellent) and Aphex Twin. A Richard D James show is like no other and he really took advantage of playing the biggest stage at the festival to deliver an uncompromising two hour set filled with diversions into ten minutes of industrial white noise, acid techno, ambient noise, gyrating IDM , jungle breakbeats and electro weirdness. There wasn’t much to recognise unless you were an uber-Aphex nerd but he did play ‘Roy Of The Ravers’ at one point and one tune that sounded like MIA mashed up, smashed into a reggaeton beat and spat out. Visually, the show was crammed with small screens working in unison, and lights and lasers that extended beyond the festival site. His trick of using the faces in the crowd to project AFX imagery and faces makes the audience an integral part of the show, playing on the discomfort of lingering on someone in the front row’s self-conscious face for far too long to create some truly odd art. In fact, it was so intense I couldn’t last the whole show. How many artists can you say that about? No-one delivers a disorientating experience quite like Aphex Twin.


7.

Bicep

At 4:30am on the first night, Belfast duo Bicep played their live show which served as a slighty beefier version of their live sets naturally all focused on their own material and delivered with the precision and percussive panache that have made Andy Ferguson and Matt McBriar house stalwarts. A run of songs including ‘Just’ , ‘Higher Level’ , ‘In Yer Face’ , ‘Dahlia’ sent us home with grins on night one, eager for more from evening two.


8.

Sampha

Sampha’s piano torch songs don’t feel like a natural fit for a large festival stage but the dude’s been preparing. With three band members helping him build the beats, Sampha Sisay brought some dynamic energy to his set. There was a circle of a drum-off at one point and songs like ‘Blood On Me’, his Drake-feature ‘4422’ and ‘Reverse Faults’ stood out until he was left to deliver the heartbreaking ode to his mother – ‘(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano’.



9.

Run the Jewels


You know the drill by now. We Are the Champions. Two Best Friends. Fists and chains in the air. A Blockbuster Night. El-P and Killer Mike’s on-stage camaraderie isn’t even punctured or affected when the entire soundsystem goes dead for 10 minutes, as they mug to each other and run on the spot. A RTJ show is one of the best in rap and it hasn’t dissipated as the size of the stage has increased.



10.

!!!


What encapsulates the differentiation between Primavera and many other festivals is that the closing set of the festival on the only large stage left open went to !!! (Chk Chk Chk). The band encapsulate the festival’s early beginnings as a punk-funk rock band into their current guise as a strutting electronic disco act. Primavera know all you need to do is give !!! the stage and they’ll slay and that’s what they do close to 5am bolstered by the presence of Wnglish vocalist Lea Lea on co-vocals and ass-shaking along with Nic Offer upfront. With their seventh album Shake The Shudder just out, much of the set was drawn from that but two personal favourites ‘Freedom 15’ and ‘Syld’ closed out the show.

Posted on June 7th, 2017

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Paper Trail Records have put together a compilation of unreleased music from artists like Mac Demarco, Priests, LVL UP, Squarehead, Robocobra Quartet, Slow Skies and more in aid of the Abortion Support Network in Ireland and to highlight the need for choice in Ireland around abortion.

Every sale goes directly to The Abortion Support Network through Paypal, so you can be assured that your donations are being put to good use.

Buy it here.

I find it so strange that we have to fight for basic human rights for the women of our country. As a man, I feel that I shouldn’t have the right to answer this hugely important question on behalf of women, but ultimately we will support the cause however we can, because the women of Ireland deserve the right to choose – Roy Duffy, Squarehead

Tracklisting:

1: Mac Demarco – Without Me (Live)
2: Hot Cops – Weight
3: Squarehead – Ignorance
4: LVL UP – Proven Water Rights (Remix)
5: Beach Moon/Peach Moon – Cut Ties
6: Deer Scout – House
7: Participant – Leave Me Here (Acoustic)
8: CLBCLB – Dreaming in Solitaire
9: Priests – JJ (Live)
10: Oh Boland – Grass Wall
11: Robocobra Quartet – You’ll Shrug (Live)
12: Leapling – To Be Kind (Demo)
13: Katie Dey – Battery (Demo)
14: Just Mustard – Television (Remix)
15: Dexter R – Soy
16: Slow Skies – Anything More
17: Hand Habits – Scald

Posted on May 31st, 2017

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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.



1.

Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog

You’re very likely already at least five listens deep to this album seeing as it came out a couple of weeks ago but I couldn’t let my recommended album post pass without a nod to the Canadian king of slacker indie-pop, whose albums rarely deviate but which offer immense comfort in its meandering and superbly-written arrangements . DeMarco is a better songwriter than his reputation suggests and This Old Dog is proof.

Favourite tracks: ‘For The First Time’, ‘My Old Man’, ‘Baby You’re Out’

Listen on Spotify


2.

Aldous Harding – Party

This New Zealand artist’s John Parish-produced album for 4AD is a particular weighty listen. There shades of vintage alt-folk, orchestral ballads and intense singer-songwriter confessionals. ‘Party’ lulls you in with a lustful touch and dependence, Perfume Genius’ Mike Hadreas contributes on subtle torch song ‘Imagining My Man’ while the close-mic finger-pick of ‘I’m So Sorry’ and the outward sustained notes of ‘Horizon’ are highlights. This is an intimate journey from an artist who feels on the cup of something bigger.

Favourite tracks: ‘Party’, ‘Imagining My Man’, ‘Horizon’.

Listen on Spotify.


3.

!!! – Shake The Shudder

Perennial New York dance-punk party band !!! (chk chk chk) can be relied on to bring the looped sample disco punk-funk rhythms and their seventh album recorded at their studio in Brooklyn doesn’t deviate too much from their established pattern, except in the vocal department where a rotating cast of female singers bring the heat including Lea Lea, Meah Pace, Nicole Fayu, Cameron Mesirow (Glasser) and Molly Schnick. Throw shade and shake the shudder away.

Favourite tracks: ‘Dancing Is The Best Revenge’, ‘The one 2’, ‘NRGQ’.

Listen on Spotify


4.

Forest Swords – Compassion

English producer Matthew Barnes releases his first Forest Sword album of textured electronic instrumentals (with sampled vocals) in 4 years. There’s a sound world vibe to the release, as if it was constructed to soundtrack to an imaginary place, removed from linear time. Remember that old PC game – Myst? Compassion feels like it could work as an alternative soundtrack to that world. That makes sense, Barnes recently composed music for the Assassin’s Creed game an is planning multidisciplinary projects in dance, performance, film and music to augment this album.

Favourite tracks: ‘The Highest Flood’, ‘War It’, ‘Raw Language’

Listen on Spotify


5.

Girlpool – Powerplant

One of the appeals of Girlpool’s early work was its amateur minimalism, it’s nascent development. Leo Tucker and Harmony Tividad’s didn’t have a drummer and it worked for them. For album two on Anti records, a drummer has been added and their more extreme vocals seem to be have been dampened. On first listen, Girlpool may sound more like every other indie-rock band now but there’s a charm to what they do. Powerplant reminds me of the music of the Breeders. Only time and more listens with it will tell if it’s a keeper.

Listen on Spotify


Posted on May 19th, 2017

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The Nialler9 weekly Spotify playlist is updated every week with new music selections (and the odd timely classic). It’s designed to be a shorterm more digestable version of the The larger rolling three-month New Music Playlist,, the Irish specific playlist , my DJ chart list and the monthly best of.

This week’s playlist contains new music from XL boss Richard Russell’s new Everything Is Recorded project featuring Sampha and a Curtis Mayfield sample, the return of Florida’s Hundred Waters,Icelandic rap from Ulfur Ulfur, rising new producer crew Superorganism, new songs from !!!, Mac DeMarco, Yumi And The Weather, Niia, Asgeir, Aldous Harding, Bibio and Little Simz; new Irish music from New Jackson, Ships, Kojaque, Le Boom as remixed by Mix & Fairbanks along with a classic track from Steely Dan.

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Posted on May 15th, 2017

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


Nialler9 Weekly playlist


1.

Hundred Waters – Particle’

The Florida band Hundred Waters debuted the first song from their third record which they are currently finishing up as a trio. ‘Particle’ is typical of the band to meld electronic textures with more earthly tones. They say it’s “a deeply personal song that reflects a period of profound change within the band wherein the relationships of the members have shifted into unfamiliar territory, reflected in the song’s rapidly morphing textures.” The song is a free download.


2.

Mac Demarco – ‘For The First Time’

Slacker indie lo-fi poster child Mac DeMarco released his fine third album This Old Dog on Friday. ‘For The First Time’, an immediate highlight, is languid retro summer pop at its best.


3.

Grizzy Bear – ‘Three Rings’

It’s been so long since Grizzly Bear I almost feel like a different person. Still, Grizzly Bear’s return after five years is like welcoming a familiar old friend. Despite the time lapse, ‘Three Rings’ is cut from the same cloth as the band’s previous material. Meticulous full-band layered arrangements that ominously circle the tune with Ed Droste singing about wanting “to show you my bad side.”


4.

Haim – ‘Want You Back’

‘Want You Back’, the Haim sisters’ return is just one of those good songs that everyone can get behind. There’s nothing radical in departure here – just a very tightly calibrated pop song with a singalong chorus that whets the appetite for Something To Tell You on July 7th.


5.

EMBRZ – ‘Heartlines’

The Irish producer Jack Casey has announced a new EP Progress out on Ultra Music in July 7th. That’s the US label which has worked with DeadMau5, Axwell, Alle Farben, Steve Aoki and it’s easy to imagine this new trackwith vocals from Meadowlark going down well in the US.


6.

Bibio – ‘Beyond My Eyes’

Bibio’s new Beyond Serious EP purports to show ” his teenage influences and harks back to his inspirations from mid to late 90s French house.” ‘Beyond My Eyes’ is my highlight.


7.

Mr Jukes – ‘Angels’ / ‘ Your Love’ feat. BJ The Chicago Kid

Jack Steadman, singer with the currently-on-hiatus Bombay Bicycle CLub tries his hand at soul jazzy hip-hop production and nails it on this diptych.


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All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

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New Irish Music Playlist

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Posted on May 8th, 2017

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Mac DeMarco announced his new album This Old Dog, on May 5th and he shared two new tracks from the album – ‘This Old Dog’ and ‘My Old Man’ from it.

Of course, that’s not all, Demarco also announced a tour of Europe and U that kicks off in March in the US and moves to Europe in May, finally arriving in Ireland for a Vicar Street show on Wednesday November 22nd. Tickets on sale for that on Friday morning from Ticketmaster.

Mac DeMarco Tour Dates

Fri. March 3 – Okeechobee, FL @ Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival
Fri. March 24 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
Sat. March 25 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
Fri. Apr. 14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Fri. Apr. 21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
Tue. May 9 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Burlington *
Thu. May 11 – Montreal, QB @ Metropolis *
Sat. May. 13 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Theater *
Sun. May. 14 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre *
Mon. May. 15 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues – Cleveland *
Tue. May. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre *
Wed. May. 17 – Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works *
Fri. May. 19 – Sun. May 21 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival at Gulf Shores Beach
Sat. May. 20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle *
Sun. May. 21 – Asheville, NC @ Highland Brewing Company *
Mon. May. 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater *
Tue. May. 23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
Fri. May 26 – Sun. May 28 – Allston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival at Harvard Athletic Fields
Tue. May 30 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton – Sold Out
Wed. May 31 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
Fri. June 2 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Sun. June 4 – New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball at Randall’s Island Park
Wed. Aug. 9 – Copenhagen, DK @ Den Graa Hal
Thu. Aug. 10 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
Fri. Aug. 11 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West
Sun. Aug. 13 – Prague, CZ @ Meet Factory
Mon. Aug. 14 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
Tue. Aug. 15 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
Fri. Aug. 18 – Biddinghuizen, NE @ Lowlands Festival
Sun. Aug. 20 – Saint Malo, FR @ La Route du Rock
Wed. Aug. 23 – Zurich, CH @ Zurich Open Air Festival
Tue. Aug. 29 – Newcastle, UK @ The Academy
Wed. Aug. 30 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
Fri. Sep. 8 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater
Sat. Sep. 9 – Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
Sun. Sep. 10 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Tue. Nov. 7 – Hamburg, DE @ Grunspan
Wed. Nov. 8 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
Fri. Nov. 10 – Cologne, DE @ Kantine
Wed. Nov. 22 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street
Thu. Nov. 30 – Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso

* = with Tonstartssbandht

Posted on January 31st, 2017

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This week’s chart is headed by French producer Para One’s incendiary slice of gospel house with the South African Youth Choir, a surprising rap debut from Future Islands’ Sam T. Herring with Madlib no less, new artists from LA (Transviolet), Brighton (Oslo Parks), Cork (Lakerama),  Wicklow (Joni), Melbourne (Cloves, pictured) along with  electronic heat from Jack J and new music from Chvrches, Tame Impala and Mac Demarco. Also available on Spotify.

New music chart

  1. Para One and the South African Youth Choir – ‘Elevation’
  2. Tame Impala – ‘The Moment’
  3. Madlib x Samuel T. Herring – ‘Trouble Knows Me’
  4. Jack J – ‘Thirstin’
  5. Transviolet  – ‘Girls Your Age’
  6. Joni – ‘Running’
  7. Youth Lagoon – ‘The Knower’
  8. Mac DeMarco – ‘I’ve Been Waiting For Her’
  9. Oslo Parks – ‘Slippin’ Away’
  10. Lakerama – ‘Take’
  11. Chvrches – ‘Leave A Trace’
  12. Cloves – ‘Don’t You Wait’

Like your new music on Spotify instead? Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. Updated weekly.

Posted on July 20th, 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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Mac DeMarco has a mini-album of love songs coming out on August 7th called Another One, the followup to the album that sneaked into rotation everywhere – Salad Days.

We’ve heard ‘The Way You’d Love Her,’ and here’s the title track, with its own self-produced video. The song sounds like something you’d discover on a long lost ’70s compilation or alternatively, a Money Mark song.

Mac DeMarco plays Electric Picnic among other dates listed below.

Tour dates

01 September – London, Roundhouse (new addition)
05 September – Stradbally (Ireland), Electric Picnic Festival
06 September – Salisbury, End of the Road festival
07 September – Glasgow, ABC
08 September – Bristol, Motion
09 September – London, Roundhouse (SOLD OUT)
10 September – Birmingham, The Institute
12 September – Manchester, Beacons Metro Festival

Posted on June 16th, 2015

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

The songs

  1. Jamie xx – ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ ft. Young Thug & Popcaan
  2. Shamir – ‘Hot Mess’
  3. Bicep – ‘Just’
  4. Boot & Tax – ‘Dancin’
  5. Roosevelt – ‘Night Moves’
  6. Tame Impala – ‘Eventually’
  7. Alessia Cara – ‘Here’
  8. Anna B Savage – ‘I’
  9. Jake Houlsby – ‘Yannina’
  10. All Tvvins – ‘Too Young To Live’
  11. Fierce Mild – ‘Small Talk’
  12. Fight Like Apes – ‘The Schillaci Sequence’
  13. Nao – ‘Inhale/Exhale’
  14. Pleasure Beach – ‘Go’
  15. LA Priest – ‘Party Zute / Learning to Love’
  16. Roisin Murphy-  ‘Uninvited Guest’
  17. Nicolas Jaar – ‘No One is Looking at U’
  18. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – ‘Sacred Dance of the Demon’
  19. Tomorrows – ‘Free’
  20. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘ Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’
  21. Oh Wonder – ‘Livewire’
  22. Sorcha Richardson – ‘Petrol Station’
  23. Overcoats – ‘The Fog’
  24. Blooms – ‘Love’
  25. Mac Demarco – ‘The Way You’d Love Her’
  26. Jape – ‘Harrington Street’
  27. Real Lies – ‘Seven Sisters’
  28. Keita Sano – ‘Once I Found A Diamond’
  29. Palmbomen II – ‘Cindy Savalas’
  30. Neon Indian – ‘Annie’

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Posted on June 2nd, 2015

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Here are the top 10 tracks of the last week:

  1. Roosevelt – ‘Night Moves’
  2. All Tvvins – ‘Too Young To Live’
  3. Pleasure Beach – ‘Go’
  4. Real Lies – ‘Seven Sisters’
  5. Boot & Tax – ‘Brace Brace’
  6. Kali Uchis – ‘Rush’ (production by Badbadnotgood & Kaytranada)
  7. Tomorrows – ‘Free’
  8. Mac Demarco – ‘The Way You’d Love Her’
  9. Made In Heights – ‘Slow Burn’
  10. The Chemical Brothers & Q-Tip – ‘Go’

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Posted on May 11th, 2015

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As trailed on Friday, Electric Picnic have added Blur and more to the bill for the festival.

New additions are:

Bur
Sam Smith
Grace Jones
Interpol
FKA Twigs
Despacio
Paul Kalkbrenner
 Yasiin Bey (mos Def) 
Mac DeMarco
MK
Gavin James
Printer Clips
Julio Bashmore
The Riptide Movement
The 2 Bears
SOAK
Viet Cong
Dawes
Benjamin Clementine
Fat White Family
Honne
 Kwamie Liv
 Fickle Friends

 

Previously:

Electric Picnic 2015: Florence + The Machine, Hot Chip, Future Islands, Manics, Ride, Underworld, Battles, J5…

Posted on May 5th, 2015

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Niall D’Arcy is a DJ you will know from residencies at Hidden Agenda at weekends and the Somewhere? club in The Workman’s  on Wednesday nights. Both club were voted top of the best club nights in last year’s poll so Niall and company are doing something right. The Newbridge, Kildare man continues to embed himself behind decks in the city and if you want to see him play over the Christmas and New Year, you can see him support Krystal Klear on Stephen’s Night and Frank B on NYE, both in Opium Rooms.


Jack J – ‘Looking Forward To You’

This is my track of the year. Jack J, who is also one half of Pender Street Steppers, put this out on Mood Hut back in August, and I’m pretty sure I’ve played it in every DJ set since I got my hands on it. Smooth as silk bassline and vocal, and works as well at 2am as it does at 10pm, which is always the sign of a great house record.


Leon Vynehall – ‘It’s Just (House of Dupree)’

This guy keeps getting better and better. We’ve had him play Hidden Agenda a couple of times, and he’s one of the best DJs/Producers around at the moment, as well being a very nice guy. This track is from his mini album entitled “Music For The Uninvited”, and it samples an old Isley Brothers track called “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)”, which is a sample you might also recognise from the J Dilla track “So Far To Go”. This track uses that sample just as effectively, and the result is a fantastic, peak time club track.


Zanzibar Chanel – ‘Drunk At The Jazz Dub’

Two Australian dudes, who make insanely catchy dance music. They came to my attention after I watched their Boiler Room last year, and I’ve
been hooked ever since. A producer + singer duo who essentially make very well put together party music. This track is from the recently released “Drunk At The Jazz Club EP” and is one of their standout tracks.


Adultrock – ‘Chants’

Another one that I’ve been playing out a lot this year. Released on Bodytonic at the end of March this year, this one finally, and well deservedly put fellow Newbridge man, Gavin Elsted, on the map. It’s been played out by the likes of James Holden, John Talabot, and Pional, so it must be doing something right. This track has a gorgeous Italo feel to it, with big synths stabs building up to a massive, hands in the air, last 90 seconds or so.


Young Thug – ‘Stoner’

I nicked this one from Kaytranada after his set at Electric Picnic, and I’ve been playing it every Wednesday in the Workman’s ever since. Massive low end, a super catchy bass melody, and a guy rapping about being a stoner. What more could you possibly want?


Mac DeMarco – ‘Chamber of Reflection’

This track has probably been brought to a lot of peoples’ attention recently due to Wiz Khalifa putting out a version of it with him rapping over the instrumental. The original is much better though, so just stick to that. The best track, from the best album of the year in my opinion. I’ve listened to this album at least once a week since it came out back in April. It’s got this haunting synth line to just reels you in. Stellar stuff from Mac.


Perfect Pussy – ‘I’

Probably the biggest curveball on this list. This is a hardcore punk rock track. Definitely the rawest thing I’ve heard this year. It was released on Captured Tracks, a label that has a knack for putting out great music (see Mac DeMarco track above). This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I fucking love how heavy and raw it is.


Jay Daniel – ‘Royal Dilemma’

A close runner up to that Jack J track for track of the year. Released on Kyle Hall’s label, Wild Oats, back in February, this is another one that works at 10pm, and works just as well at 2am. A hypnotic bassline, with an intricate beat underneath it, and a hint of some hip-hop influences too. There is a moment in the track about 5 minutes in where the bassline stops for a couple seconds and then drops back, and it makes me weak every time. So good.


Telephones – ‘Lotus Land’ (Sunset Mix)

A beautiful piece of mid tempo disco house music, that racks in just under the 10 minute mark. This is track is full of melodies, sounds, and textures that all fit together perfectly, and is best listened to on a big system with your eyes closed. A track to get lost in.


Andras & Oscar – ‘Every Time I Go’

The slickest house jam I’ve heard this year. This was one of those tracks that I had on repeat for a couple of hours after I first heard it. I’ve actually just played it four times whilst writing this little description of it. It’s a track that makes you stop and listen carefully. All of the Andras & Oscar stuff is great actually, but this is the best of the bunch.


Posted on December 19th, 2014

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