For episode 3 in the Nialler9 rebooted podcast series, I present a live recording of my DJ set in two parts, recorded live at Lumo Club’s Second Birthday. If you like what you hear, come on down to Lumo this Friday?
Kelsey Lu is a North Carolinian cellist and singer/songwriter who has just released an EP (Church) of orchestrally-arranged ambient folk music on True Panther.
Comparisons to Alice Coltrane and Bat For Lashes, Lu’s music leans into the avant-garde spectrum yet she has collaborated with artists in the field of pop and R&B like Blood Orange, Kelela and Wet.
Church was recorded in one take at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with Kelsey singing, playing cello and utilising a loop pedal.
‘Dreams’, from the EP is a highlight from the EP and a spectacular intro to Kelsey Lu. The Alix Brown-directed desert video heightens the song’s unique daydream quality and marks Lu out as a visual artist too.
Abra – Crybaby’
Rising artist on True Panther.
Once you get past the Irish fast food connection in the name (Irish reference only), there’s much to enjoy in the music of Atlanta’s “Darkwave Duchess.” ‘Crybaby’ is her most instant track – a meld of 808s with ’80s synth and basslines with the voice fluttering above. It’s from her Princess EP out now also on True Panther and Awful Records.
Michael Sembello – ‘Gravity’ (Psychemagik remix)
Michael Sembello is the guy behind ‘Maniac’ from the Flashdance soundtrack so we have him to thank for Irish club cringey classic ‘Maniac 2000’.
‘Hallucinate’ isn’t far behind in the slinky stakes.
Florian Kupfer – ‘Elle’
New electronica on a Ninja tune imprint
Berlin producer Florian Kupfer has released EPs via Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S., Willie Burns’ W.T. Records and Rush Hour. For his sixth EP, he’s releasing via Ninja Tune’s singles label Technicolour.
‘Elle’ is the opening EP track, featuring an expressive cascading synth line dancing around a lo-fi drum machine beat that is more effective as ambient backdrop than it seems. The 12″ is out today and the digital version arrives August 5th.
Francis Lung – ‘Dance 4 Sorrow’
Yet another Wu Lyf alumni.
Along with LUH and Dream Lovers, Tom McClung is another former Wu Lyfer who has picked up a new baton and sound. ‘Dance 4 Sorrow’, from the Mother’s Son EP, takes solace in sparking taut guitar pop.
In 2012 and 2013, Psychemagik the duo who are known for supreme disco DJ edits of tunes from Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads as well as their originals, released two compilations, Magik Cyrkles and Magik Sunrise featuring rare 70s and 80s soul, funk, disco and beyond.
Now the pair have Magik Sunset Part Two, a followup on the way, after spending much time clearing and tracking down the original artists for permission and in order to master the tracks from the original vinyl.
The names aren’t well known but the tunes featured teeter on the smudgy edge of the aforementioned genres and psychedelia. Check out The Electric Connection’s funky synth disco track ‘Cry of The Lone Wolf’ and the promo mix.
The album is released on Leng Records via Bandcamp on CD, Vinyl and digital.
About ‘Cry of The Lone Wolf’:
“‘Groovy’ was released as the A-side of a vinyl single in Japan in the fall of 1979 as part of an advertising campaign for an avant-garde clothing company. I was completely free to compose and produce what I felt was appropriate for the B side as long as it was in the same genre, and that is how ‘Cry Of The Lone Wolf’ was created. The sound style highlighted the very avant-garde glossy plastic look and image of the clothing company, utilizing a hypnotic repetitive tight synth oriented groove. The recordings took place on August 29, 1979 at Sound Castle Studios in Los Angeles and I chose the very best recording musicians that I frequently worked with including Jim Gordon on drums who was part of Eric Clapton’s band Derek & The Dominos and co-wrote his hit song ‘Layla’, as well as recording with George Harrison, the Beach Boys and Alice Cooper. David Hungate played electric bass and was one of the founding members of the hit band Toto. Michael Boddicker played all the synths and did the vocoder vocals. Michael was one of the most in demand synthesizer players in L.A. at that time, and played on most of Michael Jackson’s hit albums. Tim May played the electric guitar and has played for the Pointer Sisters and Whitney Houston. Paulinho Da Costa played all of the percussion and he has recorded with the Eagles, Earth, Wind and Fire, Madonna, Donna Summer and Sting.” (John Tartaglia)
Magik Sunset Part Two Tracklist:
John Keating – In Search of Atlantis
Orchester Ambros Seelos – Mondgesicht
Plaisirs Erotique – Special Ero
Francis Lai – Young Freedom
Glenn – Zeit
Jack Adkins – Sunset Beach
Instrumental Group Cabas – Cry In The Night
Frédéric Castel – Open Up
The Electric Connection – Cry of The Lone Wolf
Fabio Fabor – Idolo Moresco
The Primates – King Kong
Tony Sinclair Orchestra – Walkin’ Through The Night
How to enter ticket comps – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.
Tuesday June 9
Sylvan Esso @ Whelan’s (€15) [Electronic/pop] Triumphant return for the pair.
Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6) [Acoustic club] Basciville, CC Brez and more.
“It’s the sound of the Berlin Wall falling down. It’s the sound of hashtag winning.” And so, Adebisi Shank returns with more bonkers frazzled epic electro rock that sounds like a particularly jaunty parade march in the year 3032. Their third album This Is The Third Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank is out August 12th on Sargent House.
2. Shamir – ‘Sometimes a Man’
From the Vegas 19 year-old’s excellent debut EP, Northtown out now on Godmode. A ruff-housing disco shaker.
From Daithí’s new album, In Flight, an album that deserves to do really well in Ireland on radio. Surely, the next single featuring Danny from The Coronas will do it? As it is, this is superior club pop on anyone’s terms.
Dear Desert are a brand new Irish band, based in Dublin consisting of Brendan Millar (Futures Apart), Richie Fenton and James O’Donnell (Hush War Cry). Judging by their debut track, the ‘Give It Up’, this is a trio steeped in heart-on-sleeve ’80s pop.
8. Azoto – ‘San Salvador’
As heard on White Collar Boy’s World Cup-themed mix to promote their new club nigiht in the Grand Social this Saturday,
It was a bummer to miss Psychemagik in Dublin a couple of weeks ago at Hidden Agenda. Their edits and remixes have given them a great rep. ‘Black Noir Schwarz’ is their new original single on Crosstown Rebel, quality dancefloor electro disco/funk. This is the Mineo remix (Ex Audio Bully Tom Dinsdale) of the single. There’s a Tensnake remix on the release too, out March 10th. This is a radio rip from Skream’s show.
5. Keni Burke – ‘Risin To The Top’
I don’t want this weekly playlist to be all new music, and this song, from the year I was born, 1982, has been on my person this week at DJ gigs and at home. The song has a smooth R&B feel but it’s all about that flute and bassline. It was sampled on Nas’ ‘Hey Nas’ and Medina Green’s track on the Soundbombing II compilation.
The second track from Sleep Thieves’ forthcoming album You Want The Night showcases the Dublin group’s progression into more atmospheric electronic textures. Their last album lacked an identity, this one, will not.
Dublin duo have a big-sounding deep electro-house tune on Ghent label Eskimo.
9. Four Tet + Terror Danjah – ‘Killer’
Solid dancefloor weapons is the name of Four Tet + Terror Danjah’s collaborative TEXT release. I prefer the A-side ‘Killer’ to the B-side ‘Nasty’, which is more like the harsh Beautiful Rewind stuff and is a good balance of both artists’ sound.
10. Taches – ‘Turn Of Phrase’
A big room tech-house tune from a London producer who usually favours more melodic music. This one is a shaker. It’s out on Nurvous Records now.
Special shoutout to the ever-brilliant Stephen Maurice Graham for his illustration. This one, he says, is down to that Psychemagik track and the film Dazed and Confused. Please enjoy 15 tracks in under an hour. A bit less talking, a bit more mixing on this one than usual.