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.

Mura Masa – Mura Masa

Collaborator laden debut albums are hard to create cohesively but Mura Masa’s production characterised by box-of-tricks percussion, playful steel drum tones and electronic and R&B pop music is strong enough to stand up to contributions from a wide cast of singers like Damon Albarn, Christine and the Queens, Bonzai, NAO, Charli XCX, ASAP Rocky and Desiigner. Much of it was heard in advance as is the custom these days but contributions from AK Paul, Jamie Lidell and Tom Tripp add to the flavour. The album feels like the start of a journey and it’s a very repeatable one.

Listen on Spotify


2.

Oh Wonder – Ultralife

A band with a gift for melody, Ultralife is the English duo’s first album to be constructed as one, as opposed to 2015’s debut album which collected the singles they released monthly that garnered them fans in the first place. Not much has changed in the tunes department and that’s a good thing. Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West make bright and breezy songs that are easily-digestible; perfectly conceived. Pop but on their own terms. If anything, their songwriting has become moire confident and more upbeat without losing their initial charm.

Listen on Spotify.


3.

Mr Jukes – God First

Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman has made a hip-hop beat production record with guests like BJ The Chicago Kid, Charles Bradley, Lianne La Havas and De La Soul. It’s a fine record that crosses the streams between rap, soul and retro funk with aplomb, a surprising thing for a former indie band member but as a jazz-trained musician, Steadman is able to indulge and impress.

Listen on Spotify


4.

Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love

There’s a lot to be said for mining the past when you take the best qualities while leaving the pomp. Philadelphia rock band Sheer Mag are the best 70s rock band around based on their new album. There’s nothing but kicking out the rock’n’roll jams and good times throughout with Tina Halladay’s sneering vocal bringing old sounds alive once more. This could totally work as an alternative soundtrack to Richard Linklater’s film Dazed and Confused.

Listen on Spotify


5.

Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines

One Shabazz Palaces is usually dense enough to take in in one week but the Sub Pop alt-rap futurists went and released two albums. No one quite explores the outer fringes quite like Shabazz and these two albums compliment that interstellar, out-space quality with a laser-guided production precision that was lacking in 2014’s Lese Majesty. I’m still early days listening to these album but it’s quite a trip.

Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines:
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Posted on July 18th, 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.


3 New Music flavours:

All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

The larger three-month New Music Playlist.

New Irish Music Playlist

Check out the regularly updated Spotify playlists.

Posted on May 8th, 2017

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