The music world moves fast. Thousands of songs are competing for your attention every day so it takes something special for a full-length album to not only get your attention in the first place but keep you coming back for more. I found 2016 to be one of the most testing and taxing times for me to give decent albums as many spins as I’d like. That’s the hazards of the job – you’re always off looking for the next thing while trying to find the time to find music you already love from the past as well as give due ear time to albums released this year. I know, WOE is me. But it does get at a deeper problem – that some artists aren’t getting their just recognition amidst the noise for whatever reason.

The below 10 albums are a collection of releases that I feel may be missed by listeners. A more comprehensive 2016 list will feature in the next week or so.

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The Invisible

Patience

On their third album, The Invisible, Dave Okumu (guitar, vocals), Tom Herbert (bass & synthesizer) and Leo Taylor (drums) produce their best work yet, an avant synth-pop collection of songs with appearances from Jessie Ware, Anna Calvi, Rosie Lowe and Connan Mockasin. The album also produced an epic Floating Points remix.


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Roosevelt

Roosevelt

Which is where Marius Lauber’s escapist debut album for Greco-Roman is an escapist tonic of electronic disco pop sound with shimmering synths, digital bass, percussive funk-infused rhythms and a glassy gaze. Star guitar bursts, funk bassline and synthesizer haze dominate and the album has many highlights: ‘Moving On’, ‘Belong’, Night Moves’, ‘Colours’ and ‘Hold On’ among them.


3.

Cakes Da Killa

Hedonism

New Jersey rapper Cakes Da Killa’s debut album released in October, after a handful of mixtapes made his name is a pedal-down collection of upbeat electro-infused rap songs (hip-house?) with superfast flows and guest turns from Peaches and Rye Rye. It’s a party inspired by B-more, bass and set in the club.


4.

Reykjavíkurdætur

RVK DTR

Reykjavíkurdætur are dozen-plus strong female rap group (their name is Daughters of Reykjavik) from Iceland. Their debut album is all in their native tongue and is a brash collection of electro-tinged rap from a small country that has a big scene for rap. They’re like the Spice Girls but actually empowering and badass. Highlights include ‘Drusla’, ‘Ógeðsleg’ and ‘Fanbois’.


5.

Cinema

A Night Train To Budapest

Peter Fleming, the Kildare-born producer makes instrumental electronic music, that generally can be described as bright, Balearic and luminescent.

A Night Train to Budapest, his debut album features just five tracks but at 40 minutes, it allows the songs much room for exploration of slow-tempo disco, guitar ambiance, cosmic disco, house and electronica.


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Doomsquad

Total Time

Doomsquad

The Toronto band Doomsquad’s second album is a new-age leaning psychedelic album full of rhythmic focus and electronic textures. The band’s closest comparison is the music of Gang Gang Dance; a tribal dance take on atmospheric electronic haziness inspired by artists Genesis P-Orridge of Throbbing Gristle, Georges Bataille, the French thinker, Richard Tuttle a post-minimal artist and Tanya Tagaq, Canadian throat singer.

Total Time’s major appeal is its electronic mysticism and its throbbing psychedelic heart.


7.

Pavel Dovgal

The Aura

The Aura, Pavel’s third full-length album was inspired by trips around Asia, along with “hip-hop, jazz music of the 70’s, indie pop, ethnic African sounds and artists that include Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes, Miles Davis, Alice Coltrane, Bjork and Curtis Mayfield.

It’s a collection of textured electronic beats informed by R&B, trip-hop, jazz and rap. Featuring guest turns from L.A. rapper BLU, Azari & III”s Starving Yet Full and Pavel’s friends Mujuice and Graciela Maria, The Aura is recommended for fans of the beat-driven electronic music of Brainfeeder, Bonobo, Gold Panda, live instrument samples, glitchy beats, and headnodding rhythms.


8.

Tiger & Woods

On The Green Again

The New York dance duo Tiger & Woods are known for their floorfilling disco-tinged club tracks like ‘Gin Nation’ and ‘Bash at Jacks’, return with a second full-length on Running Back delivers a solid 13-track collection of house and disco electronic jams with boogie and Italo textures.


9.

Mind Enterprises

Idealist

Italian London-based lo-fi dance musician Andrea Tirone’s debut came three years on from his first appearance as lo-fi chillwave-leaning musician. Idealist has more loose-fitting indie disco territory which took inspirations from Afro-funk music.


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February & Mars

February & Mars

The Galway duo, Carl Ramberg and Jack Considine, released an open-minded debut album earlier this year that wasn’t massively promoted at the time. Featuring analogue drum-machine synthesizer songs that use guitars, a deep knowledge and a love of music’s genre fringes to produce a record that could be described as danceable, dreamy, detailed and discerning.

Co-production comes from Galway DJ John Daly (who also released a fine album on All Cityeary this ) who gives the album a cohesive sheen. If you count Brian Eno, Guns ‘n’ Roses, cosmic disco, house and techno as interests, as Considine and Ramberg do, February & Mars is for you.

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Posted on December 8th, 2016

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new music from Childish Gambino, Shit Robot, Hare Squead, Future Sound Of Antwerp and more. Follow the playlist here.

This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.

Last week’s songs you need to hear.
Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud & Spotify playlists.


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Soulwax – ‘Transient Program for Drums and Machines’

2016 was somewhat of a renaissance for the Dewaele brothers with a new label, radio shows, 2ManyDJs gigs and edits among them.

So why not complete the circle? The brothers’ original band Soulwax is back with new music in the form of 8-minute song ‘Transient Program For Drums & Machinery’, which heralds Soulwax European dates. It’s their first Soulwax song in 11 years.

The live gigs to come sound like fun with a specially designed stage set and seven touring members, including original band member Stefaan Van Leuven on bass guitar & synth, three drummers – Victoria Smith (Jamie T), Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura, MIXHELL), Blake Davies (Turbowolf), and Laima Leyton (MIXHELL) on synth and backing vocals, it’ll be a studio on stage. Dublin date to come no doubt. They play Dublin as 2manjDJs on December 17th.

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Pavel Dovgal – ‘VHS’

As premiered today in album form, the Russian producer’s new album The Aura is a fine collection of textured electronic beats informed by R&B, trip-hop, jazz and rap. Featuring guest turns from L.A. rapper BLU, Azari & III”s Starving Yet Full and Pavel’s friends Mujuice and Graciela Maria, The Aura is recommended for fans of the beat-driven electronic music of Brainfeeder, Bonobo, Gold Panda, live instrument samples, glitchy beats, and headnodding rhythms.

‘VHS’ reminds me of the kind of beat-heavy electronica that Nosaj Thing has excelled at.


3.

Roosevelt – ‘Belong’

A reminder of a recent album of the week, ‘Belong’ is indicative of Marius Lauber’s M.O. – disco spun synth pop music. He’s playing London, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester this week.

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4.

Theophilus London feat. Ariel Pink – ‘Revenge’

It’s not surprising that a collaboration between Theophilus London and Ariel Pink would sound a bit eighties. ‘Revenge’ was released via Fool’s Gold and promises more music from Theo in 2017.

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5.

Buddy – ‘Shine’

Pharrell’s Compton protegé Buddy dropped this smooth R&B jam produced Mike & Keys and DJ Khalil this month. One to watch.


6.

Horse Lords – ‘Towards The Omega Point’

Horse Lords are a Baltimore band that fuse post-punk, jazz, Afrobeat and Krautrock to make it sound weird. ‘Towards The Omega Point’ is a nine-minute sonic excursion of warped guitar lines, cowbells and shuffling rhythm that I’m happy to play over and over. Drone rock.


7.

Sinkane – ‘U’huh’

Some sunshine on a wet Dublin day.

Ahmed Gallab’s Sinkane project has a new album Life & Livin’ It out in February 10th on City Slang. Lead single ‘U’Huh’ is a positive slice of William Onyeabor-esque African-leaning pop music with the lyrics “We’re all gonna be alright / Kulu shi tamaam,” central to the song’s message. “Kulu shi tamaam” is Arabic for “Everything is great”.

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  • Posted on November 23rd, 2016

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    Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new music from Dark0, The Chemical Brothers, Ciaran Lavery, Ekkah, Alyss and more. Follow the playlist here.

    This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.

    Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud & Spotify playlists.


    1.

    Daithí – ‘Falling For You’ feat. Sinead White

    Galway electronic pop producer Daithí teamed up twice last year with Sinead White on ‘Love’s On Top’ and ‘April’.

    It proved a fruitful partnership so the pair are at it again on the lead song from Daithí’s forthcoming EP Holiday Home, due in March. Holiday Home came about when Daithí bought a field recorded and began recording the sounds of the west of Ireland in an attempt to build a unique library of sounds.

    ‘Falling For You’, his collaboration with White, uses sea sounds from Inch beach in Cork and bell sounds from a wind chime I found in an Air Bnb in Achill. White recorded the vocals on Valentia Island.

    Watch the video, also suitably set in the West of Ireland by Feel Good Lost.

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    2.

    Toofools – ‘Touch’

    In a short time, TooFools, a band brought to us by Lorcan O’Dwyer, Steven McCann and their big gang of friends have made a splash on the Dublin music landscape.

    They introduced themselves with a live video by Christian Tierney of Insanity.

    Now, nearly a year later and with much live experience under their belts, ‘Touch’ is an indication of what comes next – a disco-funking electronic soul stomper that recalls Jungle in its backdrop and falsetto.

    The band play a headline show on November 24th in Button Factory and an EP is forthcoming.


    3.

    Saint Sister – ‘Tin Man’

    The atmosfolk duo Saint Sister, Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty have established themselves as one of the best new Irish bands of the last year and a bit.

    The pair have now released two new songs to keep us sated.  ‘Tin Man’ and ‘Corpses’ are two songs recorded with Alex Ryan which are released through Communion Music’s Singles Club.

    Communion have a habit of illuminating breaking folk artists and these two songs by the band, while they very much fit their harmony-folk aesthetic, there’s more atmosphere at play in the arrangements than before.

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    4.

    Bonobo – ‘Kerala’

    Bonobo has a new album called Migration and a Dublin date as part of a European tour.

    Migration is Simon Green’s sixth album and he says it’s “the study of people and spaces.”

    “It’s interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and effect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of places evolve.”

    ‘Kerala’ from it features a sample of Brandy. The video was directed by Bison and features Gemma Arterton.

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    5.

    DJ Shadow – ‘Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt’ (Salva remix)

    DJ Shadow touched down in Dublin on Thursday for a rare live set at Metropolis. A producer with such a revered first album often struggles to stay modern in what follows (Shadow addresses that weight here). Luckily, his latest album The Mountain Shall Fall has some peaks on it (most notably Run The Jewels) but it’s a recent remix album of Entroducing featuring remixes by contemporaries like Hudson Mohawke, Teklife, Lee Bannon, Prince Paul and Clams Casino that attempts a reimagining of the seminal first album. Most successful of the lot is Salva’s footwork remix of ‘Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt’, which Shadow incorporated into his set at Metropolis.


    6.

    Funeral Suits – ‘Chariot’

    It’s hard out here for bands, particularly alternative rock bands. With the closure of TXFM, there’s barely any outlet for such music in Ireland. Last week Fight Like Apes called it a day. The same week, Dublin band Funeral Suits announced that their forthcoming album would be their last.

    Which is a pity when they are knocking out songs like ‘Chariot’.


    7.

    Roosevelt – ‘Teardrops’

    Recent album of the week beneficiary Roosevelt delivers a fresh take on dancefloor classic Womack and Womack’s ‘Teardrops’. He’s on a European tour, though no Irish date.


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  • Posted on November 7th, 2016

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    Summer weather can’t be relied on, one day it can be scorching, one day torrential. I’m a big believer in surrounding yourself with things to encourage your mood and music to soundtrack the season. Just because the weather isn’t playing ball doesn’t mean your tunes can’t lift you.

    Which is where Marius Lauber’s escapist debut album as Roosevelt comes in by making good on his early singles for Greco-Roman, ‘Montreal’, ‘Elliot’ and ‘Night Moves.

    The debut LP brings those touchstones to an enjoyable full-length that showcases an electronic disco pop sound with shimmering synths, digital bass, percussive funk-infused rhythms and a glassy gaze.

    Touches of Balearia add to the summer vibes on ‘Moving On’ while ‘Wait Up’ luxuriates in synth indie pop. ‘Colours’ which was recently given a Prins Thomas dub remix, is melancholic in its lyrics (“when you left you took your colours with you to make the mess”) but uplifting in its palette – star guitar bursts, funk bassline and synthesizer haze.

    The album feels like a summer holiday and its song titles ‘Sea’, ‘Daytona’ and Night Moves’ suggest a far flung place to look to. Roosevelt has an synth-pop heart but moves with a disco beat. It’s an escapist tonic whatever the weather.

    Other albums and releases out this week of note?

    Factory Floor’s minimal electronic 25 25.

    Frank Ocean’s visual album Endless.

    Lisa Hannigan’s beautiful third album At Swim.

    Divan’s sweet indie-rock debut Modern Knowledge.

    Cork man Talos O Sanctum EP.

    Posted on August 19th, 2016

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    Here are the top tracks of the last week:

    1. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – ‘Slip Slide’
    2. Beirut – ‘No No No’
    3. Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‘The World Is  Crowded’
    4. Oh Wonder – ‘White Blood
    5. Disclosure – ‘Holding On’ (Gus Pirelli  Disco 7″ VIP remix)
    6. Fort Romeau – ‘Saku’
    7. Girls Names – ‘Reticence’
    8. Laura Clock – ‘Fantasy’
    9. Roosevelt – ‘Hold on’
    10. Vök – ‘Waterfall’
    11. Jake Houlsby – ‘Beyond All This’
    12. Tomorrows – ‘The Circle’

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    Posted on June 5th, 2015

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    My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

    Part One

    1. Roosevelt – Night Moves
    2. Alt-J – Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)
    3. Oh Wonder – Livewire
    4. Nao – Inhale Exhale
    5. Ben Khan – Zenith
    6. Shamir – Hot Mess
    7. Boot & Tax – Fusci
    8. Hot Chip – Love Is The Future
    9. Hælos – Earth Not Above
    10. The Slits – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
    11. Fierce Mild – Small Talk
    12. Girlpool – Ideal World

    Part Two 

    1. Mt. Wolf – Hamburg (Turtle Rework)
    2. Fight Like Apes – The Schillaci Sequence
    3. Tame Impala – Eventually
    4. Mac Demarco – The Way You’d Love Her
    5. Tomorrows – Free
    6. Young Wonder – Time
    7. Dornik – Rebound
    8. Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes
    9. Jo Tongo – Jangolo
    10. GL – Won’t You See
    11. Made In Heights -Slow Burn
    12. Klo – Make Me Wonder
    13. Nicolas Jaar – No One Is Looking at U
    14. Lyttet – Saint Etienne

    You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

    Posted on May 15th, 2015

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    My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

    Part One

    1. The Chemical Brothers – Go
    2. Roosevelt – Night Moves
    3. All Tvvins – Too Young To Live
    4. Pleasure Beach – Go
    5. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
    6. Torres – Sprinter
    7. Tame Impala – Disciples
    8. Super Furry Animals – Ysbeidiau Heulog
    9. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone 7″ Remix)
    10. Real Lies – Seven Sisters
    11. Ratatat – Cream on Chrome
    12. Towkio – Involved ft. Vic Mensa (prod. Kaytranada)
    13. Kali Uchis – Rush (prod. Kaytranada / Badbadnotgood)

    Part Two 

    1. Kendrick Lamar – These Walls
    2. Shamir – On The Regular
    3. Julio Bashmore – Holding On (feat. Sam Dew)
    4. Braids – Taste
    5. Stealing Sheep – Deadlock
    6. Sylvan Esso – H.S.K.T.
    7. Kelela – Send Me Out (Girl Unit Mix)
    8. St. Germain – Real Blues
    9. Mr Mendel – Who Do You Love?
    10. Boot & Tax – Brace Brace
    11. Phoenix – Lisztomania (Holy Ghost! Loves Paris Remixomania)
    12. Jon Hopkins – I Remember
    13. Lakker – Mountain Divide

    You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

    Posted on May 8th, 2015

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    What I really like about the music of Marius Lauber AKA Roosevelt is his ability to inject his self-produced music with some serious disco verve. It makes sense that he’s signed to Greco-Roman, the label who make dance music with an indie sensibility.

    ‘Night Moves’ has a disco beat at its heart but it also pleases with indie pop manners in its arrangement and deployment. His ‘Night Moves’ have grooves.

    Full tour dates:

    May 2 BE Brussels – RECYCLART ART CENTER (DJ Set)
    May 24 UK Lincolnshire – Lost Village Festival
    May 28 AT Vienna – fluc + fluc wanne
    May 29 DE Munich – KONG
    May 31 DE Berlin – Berlin Festival
    Jun 20 DE Mannheim – Nationaltheater Mannheim
    Jun 27 DE Chemnitz – Kosmonaut Festival
    Jul 25 DE Stuttgart – Stuttgart Festival
    Jul 30 DK Copenhagen – TRAILERPARK FESTIVAL
    Aug 7 DE Münster – Auf weiter Flur Festival
    Aug 22 DE Hamburg – MS Dockville

    Posted on May 6th, 2015

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    Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.

    Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 


     

    20 remixes or edits from my year that made it into my DJ playlists and got the most regular play: from bangers to disco edits to floorfillers and wamp wamp rap remixes.

    1. Jessie Ware – ‘Tough Love’ (Cyril Hahn remix)
    2. Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’ (Soulwax remix)
    3. Caribou – ‘Your Love’ (Carl Craig’s Set U Free remix)
    4. Daniel Avery – ‘All I Need’ (Remixed by Roman Flügel)
    5. Smart Edit – ‘All This Love’
    6. CHVRCHES – ‘Lies’ (Lxury Remix)
    7. Future Islands – ‘Doves’ (Vince Clark remix)
    8. Kelis – ‘Runnin’ (Machinedrum remix)
    9. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’ (Peaking Lights remix)
    10. Ellie Goulding – ‘How Long Will I Love You’ [EMBRZ Remix]
    11. Smart Edit – ‘All This Love’
    12. Blood Orange – ‘Uncle ACE’ (Kindness Remix) [feat. Robert Owens]
    13. Tove Lo – ‘Habits remix’ (Hippie Sabotage) 
    14. The Knife – ‘Pass This On’ (Shaken-Up remix)
    15. Kelis – ‘Jerk Ribs’ (Mount Kimbie remix)
    16. Jungle – ‘Time’ (Joe Goddard remix)
    17. London Grammar – ‘Sights’ (Tourist version)
    18. Psychemagik – ‘Black Noir Schwarz’ (Mineo remix)
    19. The Weekend – ‘Often’ (Kygo remix)
    20. Jungle – ‘The Heat’ (Joy Orbison remix)
    21. Elaine Mai – ‘Lay with Me’ (SertOne remix)
    22. Alunageorge – ‘Kaleidoscope Love’ (Kaytranada remix)
    23. Glass Animals – ‘Pools’ (Roosevelt remix)
    24. Tvvins – ‘You Better’ (Daithí remix)
    25. Au Revoir Simone – ‘Love You Don’t Know Me’ (I Am The Cosmos remix)

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    Posted on December 17th, 2014

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