The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team.

1.

David Byrne – Everybody’s Coming To My House

As suggested last week, David Byrne will release his first solo album since 2004 on March 9th and it’s called American Utopia. He has made albums with Eno, St. Vincent and Karl Hyde, it’s his first solo album. It’s produced by The xx cohort Rodaidh McDonald and features guests, Jack Peñate, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jam City and Thomas Bartlett,  and its choreographed live shows to come, Byrne has suggested are “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

Talk about expectations. ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’ is Byrne at his best – melding acoustic textures, brass and Afrobeat textures with his trademark pop songwriting.


2.

Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses (Charli XCX x Post Precious remix)

A highlight from Wolf Alice last year gets a reworked electro-pop version from pop auteur Charli XCX. The song’s ode to young love and it’s “what if he’s not meant for me?” hook is wisely reinforced with new tones here.


3.

Kendrick Lamar x SZA – All The Stars

Kendrick is curating Marvel’s Black Panther movie soundtrack and ‘All The Stars’ is our first offering from it. So that’s both creators of album number 1 and 2 of 2017’s best albums collaborating (they are on the same label). SZA outshines Kendrick on this – her honey-dripped voice beholden with power is very suitable for a superhero movie. Kendrick can’t compete.


4.

Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) (Feat. Cardi B)

Cardi B adds some Salt’n’Pepa ’90s shake to a highlight from Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic. Props also for the 60fps video.


5.

Superorganism – Everybody Wants To Be Famous

London-based eight-member pop crew Superorganism show off their off-kilter electronic pop with their second big single. An album comes out on Domino on March 2nd.


6.

Rosie Carney – K

Donegal singer-songwriter Rosie Carney dropped a fine and faithful cover of a Cigarettes After Sex song written about lust and desire for a new partner on the Lower East Side.


7.

Reykjavíkurdætur – Hvao er Malio

Icelandic ice-queen rap collective Daughters of Reykjavík are always welcome around here, regardless of what they’re rapping about – the driinks menu? Either way, it bumps.


8.

Fischerspoooner – Togetherness feat. Caroline Polachek

The wandering Electro-clash Casey Fischerspooner returns with a fine electronic pop song featuring former Chairlift singer.


9.

Charli XCX – Backseat (Feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)

Charli XCX strikes again. December is a terrible time to release anything but Charli doesn’t give a fuck and dropped Pop 2 mixtape that kicks off with this M83 style banger.


Posted on January 9th, 2018

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


1.

Yaeji – Raingurl

A bass-heavy banging club track from New York City and Seoul-based producer Kathy Yaeji Lee off her new EP2, which kicks off with bilingual Korean and English vocals.


2.

Khruangbin – Maria Tambié

Texas psychedelic trio Khruangbin provide us with this soulful funky track. This group have been making a name for themselves with their live performances mixing “60’s Thai funk, 70’s Persian rock music, and 80’s Algerian symphonia”. They have an extraordinary ability to mix old sounds into something that sounds fresh and new.

Catch them in Whelans on Sunday March 4th.


This is the first song in eight years from Super Extra Bonus Party. ‘Switzerland’ is a fresh reminder of a band who have multi-genre influences so to that end, the song has indie-rock guitar riffs, synthesizers, electronic percussion and a first for the band, vocals that come from the band’s own members.


Electronic pop duo Le Boom have a solid live reputation but now, their recordings are starting to catch up. On only their second single, the band establish their infectious energy – built on bright instrumentation, melodic vocals and dancefloor dynamics.

Their gig in Whelans this Friday is sold out but you can catch them at Church, Cork with Daithí on November 30th.

DOI: Niall Byrne AKA Nialler9 is the band’s manager.


5.

Wolf and Moon – Garden Of Potential

Germany folk duo Stefany June and Talk Show Host AKA Wolf and Moon present this atmospheric track ‘Garden Of Potential’ provoking gentle emotion. I’m glad that these two met at a house party in Utrecht, in The Netherlands. Both possess unique voices that together make for an ambient musical match.


6.

Rosie Carney – Winter

True to the title, ‘Winter’ from Donegal singer-songwriter Rosie Carney paints an picture through gentle folk atmospherixs. Carney’s vocals are hauntingly beautiful and she says of the song:

“Winter is a confessional song written about knowing when something is over. It’s inspired by the brutally honest truth experienced when realising something is coming to an end regardless of whether or not that’s what you want. It captures the true cold essence of winter which can be felt when letting go.. It was, of course, written in the winter.. The instrumentation and production were very much inspired by the cold and bare landscapes around me. Everything is raw and minimal.”

7.

Ruthven- Evil

The Paul brothers, Jai and A.K. are back with this new track ‘Evil’ which was written by a track written by A. K. Paul with vocals from London based Ruthven, who is apparently a firefighter from Lewisham. The track is in typical Paul brothers’ style – synthesized electronic pop of the off-kilter kind.

8.

Nabihah Iqbal – Zone 1 to 6000

Formerly known as Throwing Shade, London-based Nabihah Iqbal shares her new song from her debut album ‘Weighing of the Heart’. The song is inspired by the poetry of by poetry, William Blake and Matthew Arnold and the experiences of living in a big city.

“It’s also about figuring out a pathway – whether that’s pursuing what you want, or being stuck in a rut and compensating for routine and monotony by acts of escapism.”

Another track, ‘Eternal Passion‘, was released at the same time.


9.

Ardyn – Bloom

English brother and sister Rob and Katy Pearson or Ardyn last two singles ‘Together’ and ‘Throwing Stones’ had influences of the classic music of Fleetwood Mac and Kate Bush. They return to that sound on ‘Bloom’, with catchy synthesizer beats and elegant sibling harmonies.

10.

Frankenstein Bolts – Night Whispering

Wexford duo Frankenstein Bolts dreamy folk track ‘Night Whispering’ is the second release off their album Aglow & Spark which was released earlier this year. This track has a very soothing lullaby feel to it.

Posted on November 22nd, 2017

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Belfast is the latest city to welcome Other Voices when it lands later this month for a few dats around a three-day programme of music, creativity and technology in conjuction with Digital DNA, the 174 Trust and Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts.

OV Belfast takes place October 26 to 28 with performances at The Other Voices Stage at The Duncairn on the 28th from Beoga, Jealous of the Birds, Picture This, Rosie Carney and Touts. The show will be recorded by Other Voices for broadcast on both BBC and RTE television.

Tickets for The Other Voices Stage will only be available through local media and online competitions, details of which will be announced shortly on Othervoices.ie and at @OtherVoices on Facebook and @OtherVoicesLive on Twitter and Instagram.

The weekend also features featuring

Oct 26 & 27: The Digital DNA Creative Quarter at various venues:

schools, youth and community organisations from across Belfast will come together to take part in four events as part of the Digital DNA Creative Quarter, showcasing the power of community through the mediums of music and technology. These innovative, inclusive events will feature speakers and workshops with some of the biggest names in digital, technology and the creative industries including Catalyst Inc., Techies in Residence and Speed Motion.

Oct 28: The Belfast Edge at The Duncairn

A conference that aims to create discourse and collision of ideas around creativity, culture, technology, education and investment policies, firmly placing creativity at the centre of all policy-making and practice. The Belfast Edge is an extension of Ireland’s Edge, which takes place in Dingle, West Kerry, every year during Other Voices. The line-up of speakers and facilitators will be announced shortly. Tickets are free but registration required.

Other Voices Belfast is made possible by the support and investment of Belfast City Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Creative Ireland, BBC Northern Ireland, RTÉ and Tourism Northern Ireland.

Posted on October 12th, 2017

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Homebeat & Nialler9 in association with O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer proudly present Future Proof – a new series of events showcasing essential emerging and established acts who are weaving themselves into the present and future fabric of the Irish music scene.

After a very full Bello on a wet Wednesday night enjoyed Come On Live Long, Proper Micro NV and Buffalo Woman, we’re back in the in the warm cosy surroundings of Bello Bar on Wednesday April 19th. Future Proof #2 features three of the most vibrant acts performing on these shores at this moment.

Tickets

Cheapest tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite.

This month’s guests are:

SHOOKRAH

Fresh alternative soul six-piece from Cork.

ROSIE CARNEY

A moving, honest 19 year-old songwriter from Donegal with 2 million Spotify streams.

LAOISE

Brooding electronic pop artist from Galway on the up.

Facebook event

DOORS: 8pm

There are free pints of O’Haras Beers for the first 40 in the door and tastings throughout in the Bello Bar sitting room.

Poster by Ruan Van Vliet.

Posted on April 11th, 2017

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‘Awake Me’ from the Donegal singer-songwriter Rosie Carney bravely addresses the fog of depression and anorexia that she felt for much of her life.

This new solo piano and voice version from Carney strips back the instrumentation but still leaves the weight of the sentiment very much in the air. Stunning.

Rosie performs at Nialler9 and Homebeat’s Future Proof#2 on Wednesday April 19th in association with O’Haras along with Shookrah and Laoise.

Posted on April 6th, 2017

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The Donegal singer-songwriter Rosie Carney is back on her own path.

Carney recently wrote about her mental health experiences with depression and anorexia on her site, exacerbated by sexual assaults and bullying. It’s a brave thing to share for anyone and very much worth a read. She writes of feeling different, desperation, of being dropped by her record label, of anxiety, hitting rock bottom, and finally getting the help she needed.

Now 19-years-old, Carney’s new song ‘Awake Me’ is informed by her life. “I’ve been a fool for more than half of my life / I’ve tried to hide” she sings and after knowing her story, those words resonante with a large impact.

‘Awake Me’ is an honest song, a beautiful song of expressive atmospheric folk which feels like the lifting of a fog:

‘Better Man’.

Posted on January 23rd, 2017

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Yesterday, I revealed the full lineup of acts for the church at Other Voices, now here’s the full music trail list of acts, which are the events that are free and open to the public throughout the day and after the main gigs.

The previously announced artists are below. New are:

  • AE MAK
  • Ailbhe Reddy
  • Barq
  • Bernie Pháid
  • Brass Phantoms
  • Daoirí Farrell
  • exmagician
  • For Foresters
  • Hoodman Blind
  • Ivy Nations
  • Jafaris
  • Malojian
  • Meltybrains?
  • Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers)
  • Moon Looks On
  • New Jackson
  • Nialler9 DJ set
  • Óg
  • Phil Kieran
  • Planet Parade
  • Rosie Carney
  • Search Party Animal
  • Ships
  • Síle Denvir
  • Slow Riot
  • Stephen James Smith
  • Susie Blue
  • Swords
  • The Fontaines
  • Thumper
  • Ultan Conlan
  • We Were Giants
  • + Special guests

Yes, that’s a lot and it adds to the existing acts below. All Free. I’ll be DJing on the Friday night after the main event.

  • Bad Bones
  • Arborist
  • Soulé
  • TooFools
  • Jack O’Rourke
  • Farah Elle
  • Orchid Collective
  • Windings
  • David Kitt
  • Damolo
  • Ports
  • Rosa Nutty
  • Craig Gallagher
  • Cry Monster Cry
  • Beauty Sleep
  • Strange Attractor
  • Fangclub
  • Emily Barker
  • Majia Sofia
  • Marlene Enright
  • Land Lovers
  • Katie Laffan
  • Ruth
  • Jealous Of The Birds
  • John Cummins
  • Pat Dam Smyth
  • Ryan Vail

Posted on November 23rd, 2016

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A few weeks ago Generator NI announced Output’s daytime  series of talks with names like Andrew WK and Tom Robinson taking part. Today, they’ve announced the series of free night gigs for which Nialler9 is teaming up with Belfast magazine The Thin Air in the Black Box with Dublin electronic disco tune of the year contenders Ships,  Derry noisy pop man Autumns, Dublin electronic duo Contour, and Cork’s gazey-rock band The Altered Hours. Our amazing poster is by Stephen Maurice Graham.

But that’s not all that’s on, there are also names like Best Boy Grip, Slowplacelikehome, Ryan Vail, Rosie Carney, Team RKT, Silences,  Katharine Philippa and two go bands – Go Swim and Go Wolf among others playing on 10 stages that night. You can register for daytime events at www.creativebelfast.info

Night Lineup

Venue / time8pm8.30pm9pm9.30pm10pm10.30pm11pm11.30pmHosts
Black Box CaféSlow Place Like HomeCiaran LaveryRyan VailPortsElectric Mainline / Smalltown America Music
Black BoxAutumnsShipsContourAltered HoursThe Thin Air / Nialler 9
White’s TavernLipstik LizardsWhite Male ActorsTeam RKTFurther Education Colleges / Broken Melody Records
Duke of YorkIn An InstantCallum StewartHurdlesMore Than ConquerorsOld Fang / Sentric
The Harp BarAmanda St JohnBernadette MorrisOwen McGarryTriona CarvilleIMRO / Real Music Club
Oh Yeah CentreGo SwimGoldie FawnTravis is a TouristOh VolcanoFriday Night Mashup / PRS
The SpaniardJessica DohertyBest Boy GripRosie CarneyJanet DevlinNerve Centre / Honeycomb – Creative Works
McHugh’sJess EdlinKatharine PhilippaRobocobraSilencesBig Space Studio / SARC
Aether & EchoViola DustThe ClameensGo WolfDavid C ClementsGenerator NI / Third Bar
VoodooExit Pursued by BearJoshua BurnsideMichael MormechaEmerald ArmadaFourAcre Music / Forfey
The SunflowerFarriersMeb Jon SolRobyn G ShielsArboristFolk and Tumble / Start Together Studios

 

Posted on September 30th, 2014

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