My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify and Soundcloud.

The top songs of the month

  1. Bibio – ‘Town and Country’
  2. Kanye West – ‘Ultralight Beam’
  3. Bantum & Loah – ‘Take It’
  4. Daithí & Sinead White – ‘Love On Top’
  5. Waffles – Waffles
  6. Charli XCX – ‘Vroom Vroom’
  7. Monika – Secret In The Dark (Juan Maclean edit)
  8. Polica –  ‘Lime Habit’
  9. Holy Ghost! – ‘Crime Cutz’
  10. Santigold – Banshee
  11. Damien Lynch  – ‘The Heights’
  12. J Dilla – ‘The Introduction’
  13. The Altered Hours – Saviours
  14. King – ‘The Greatest’
  15. The Gloaming – ‘The Hare’
  16. Junior Boys – Big Black Coat
  17. The Invisible – Save You
  18. February & Mars – ‘Secret Storm At The Edge Of Night’
  19. Chinah – ‘Colder’
  20. Pantha Du Prince – ‘The Winter Hymn’ feat. Queens
  21. FKA TWIGS –  ‘Good To Love’
  22. J. Cowhie – ‘Long Way Home’
  23. Wyvern Lingo – ‘Beast At The Door’
  24. White Denim – Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)
  25. I Have A Tribe – ‘La Neige’
  26. Charles Bradley – Change for the World
  27. Little Green Cars – ‘Easier Day’
  28. The Natural History Museum – ‘Jeweller’
  29. Overcoats – ‘Nighttime Hunger’
  30. Gold Panda – ‘Time Eater’

Listen on Spotify

Posted on March 2nd, 2016

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Body&Soul have revealed first acts for the Summer Solstice music, arts and culture festival in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath from June 17 – 19th:

The lineup is, so far:

A great mix of old and new, indie, electronic and alternative, as well as some new interesting bookings not of the norm.

Tickets

Body&Soul operates a 5 Tier Ticket system for Weekend Camping Tickets. Tiers 1, 2 and 3 have now sold out. A limited number of Tier 4 tickets are still available – once sold out, Tier 5 tickets will go on sale. Tickets can be paid for in instalments – 50% payable on booking, 50% taken on April 1st.

General and *Family Weekend Tickets:
Tier 4 €149.50 incl booking fee
Tier 5 €169.50 incl booking fee

Combined Weekend & Bus (return from Dublin) Tickets:
Tier 4 €178.50 incl booking fee
Tier 5 €198.50 incl booking fee

General Campervan and Family Campervan Tickets are available at €60.

*A Body&Soul Family Weekend Ticket permits entry to 1 adult and 2 children aged 12 or under.

Only Body&Soul Family Weekend Ticket holders are permitted access to the dedicated family campsite.

A limited number of Body&Soul Sunday Tickets, priced at €65 will go on sale in June.

All via Ticketmaster.

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Posted on February 24th, 2016

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Listen back links are incoming…

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two


Hour one

  1. Para One and the South African Youth Choir –  Elevation
  2. Shura – White Light
  3. Chvrches – Leave a Trace
  4. Meltybrains? – The Vine
  5. Tame Impala – Yes I’m Changing
  6. Foals – Mountain At My Gates
  7. Madlib x Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands – Trouble Knows Me
  8. Tink x Tazer Wet Dollars
  9. Oh Well –  Oh Well
  10. Chemical Brothers –  Go
  11. Disclosure – Holding On ft. Gregory Porter (Julio Bashmore Elevated Mix)
  12. Dj Snake & AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It
  13. Major Lazer  – Lost feat. MØ (Frank Ocean cover)

Hour two

  1. The Movers –  Soweto Disco
  2. Mr Mendel –  Who Do You Love?
  3. Paul White – Where You Gonna Go?
  4. Thundercat  – Them Changes
  5. Rejjie Snow  – All Around The World
  6. Mac Demarco – I’ve Been Waiting for Her
  7. Drinks  – Hermits On Holiday
  8. Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin
  9. Oh Wonder – Landslide
  10. Transviolet  – Girls Your Age
  11. Jack Garratt  – Weathered
  12. Oslo Parks – Slipping Away
  13. Evvol – Four Steps From Home
  14. Julia Holter – Feel You
  15. Lakerama – Take
  16. Obey City – Airy (feat. Kelela)

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 July 27th, 2015

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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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I’ve been looking back for much of the last month, revisiting and enjoying the first six months in music so far. Normally at this point I’d pick 50 songs to represent the half-year but I couldn’t limit it to 50 and went for 75. My albums of the year so far are also worth your ears.

In the meantime, the new music train keeps on running and while I was busy compiling and revisiting, I didn’t get the chance to share some doozies other than on the radio. So here are 20 of the  best new songs released in the last 14 days.

  1. Overcoats – ‘Smaller Than My Mother’
  2. Jack Garratt – ‘Weathered’
  3. Gallant – ‘Weight In Gold’
  4. Oh Wonder – ‘Livewire’
  5. Santigold – Radio
  6. Beach House – Sparks
  7. Chelsea Wolfe – ‘After The Fall’
  8. Girls Names – A Hunger Artist
  9. Bleeding Heart Pigeons – ‘A Hallucination’
  10. Manor – ‘Can You Hear Me Talking To You’
  11. Chinah – ‘Away From Me’
  12. Tory Lanez – ‘Acting Like’ (Production: Shlohmo)
  13. Lethal Dialect – ‘New Dublin Saunter’
  14. This Side Up – ‘True School’
  15. Four Tet & Steve Reid – ‘Strings Of Life’
  16. Groove Armada – ‘Love Sweet Sound’ (Kolsch remix)
  17. Daphni – ‘Vikram’
  18. Widowspeak – Girls
  19. Julia Holter – ‘Feel You’
  20. Seamus Fogarty – ‘Ducks & Drakes’

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

Posted on July 13th, 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.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two


Hour one

  1. Bicep – Just (Original Mix)
  2. Julio Bashmore – Holding On (feat. Sam Dew)
  3. Grimes – REALiTi
  4. Santigold – Radio
  5. Beach House – Sparks
  6. Girls Names – A Hunger Artist
  7. Widowspeak – Girls
  8. Ájo Arkestra – Mother and Father
  9. Ibeyi – Ghosts
  10. La Bionda – I Wanna Be Your Lover
  11. LA Priest – Learning To Love (Radio Edit)

Hour two

  1. Action Bronson – Baby Blue feat Chance the Rapper
  2. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Gunshowers (feat. Elzhi)
  3. King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard – The River
  4. Alabama Shakes – Guess Who
  5. St. Vincent –  Teenage Talk
  6. Shamir – Call It Off
  7. Boot & Tax-  Dancin
  8. Holly Herndon – Interference
  9. Rejjie Snow – All Around The World
  10. Kaytranada –  Drive Me Crazy (feat. Vic Mensa)
  11. Oh Wonder – Livewire
  12. Wet – Deadwater
  13. Chinah – Away from Me
  14. Coldplay – Fix You (Four Tet Remix)

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 July 10th, 2015

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This Santi tune doesn’t feature on her recent album Master Of My Make Believe. It serves as a title song for the second season of the now Golden Globe winning Lena Dunham written TV show Girls which also premiered last night in the US/ tonight on Sky Atlantic. A good fit so. As is the video of Santi and various women of NYC reciting the song’s lyrics.

Posted on January 14th, 2013

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Here’s a look at the 15 bands I saw over the weekend at Electric Picnic 2011 that impressed me the most. There was lots of other sets I enjoyed but these were my personal favourites. All the good photos are by Damien McGlynn (apart from the crappy Best Coast one – that was me) and Instagram photos are by myself or Aoife. Videos by Barry Gruff and Roger.

1. Santigold


An absolute killer set to follow up her equally brilliant set from three years previous. A mix of songs like ‘Say Aha’, ‘L.E.S. Artistes’, Major Lazer’s ‘Hold The Line’ and new material means Santi White is top of my list to see at Berlin Music Festival this weekend.
Highlight: The backing dancers cool moves and BAMF demeanor.

2. Austra


The hour wait between the finish of the main stages and Austra’s set in Body and Soul was a cold boozeless one but where better to take in this Canadian band’s mystical sounding electro than late night under a tree in a natural amphitheatre. Songs from the band’s debut Feel It Break sounded perfect in the cold AM, they really are well-written tight tunes. Add Katie Stelmanis and her backing dancers Tasseomancy’s shamanistic dance moves and it’s the perfect festival closer for those who could not brave another hour for Brandt Brauer Frick at 3am.
Highlight: The dark-edged disco vibe of ‘The Beat And The Pulse’ felt through the night air.

3. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

An unexpected surprise and a perfect festival band, I had heard the ten-strong American west coast collective were a great live act and judging from their 2009 album Up From Below, I had high hopes but they easily surpassed those and went straight into the great festival set book. A raggedy celebratory, up-in arms triumph of musical positivity.
Highlight: The crowd singing back the chorus of ‘Home’ during the extended outro.

4. Flying Lotus

Besides some jibes about himself and Public Enemy being the only black people at the festival and the cheeky culmination of the set with The Rolling Stones’ ‘Paint It Black’, Fly Lo delivered a beat-tight set of songs taken from his own back catalogue along with samples from Radiohead’s ‘Idioteque’ , Mr. Oizo and Odd Future’s ‘Yonkers’. The set is all one big beautiful blur with lots of dancing despite the dodgy sound.
Highlight: ‘Do The Astral Plane’ and Fly Lo’s eternal smiling face.

5. Public Enemy


A masterclass in getting old in hip-hop gracefully (if we ignore Flava Flav’s on-screen reality TV antics), PE are most definitely still in effect. A greatest hits set including classics like ‘ Don’t Believe The Hype’, ‘Fight The Power’, ‘Shut Em Down’ and ‘Bring The Noise’ kept the energy levels up significantly. Not even Flav’s drum solo interlude could detract from the buzz and DJ Lord’s turntablist routine of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ with scratches from behind his back added to the spectacle.
Highlight: The consistent energy of a PE2011 show.

6. Death In Vegas


It had been a few years since Richard Fearless and co. played live as Death In Vegas so pre-show talk was all about whether they’d be able to recapture that spirit. There were no such problems. An intense and brooding set of krautrock-inspired electronica from a full band featuring some recognisable nuggets like ‘Death Threat’ and ‘Hands Around My Throat’ alongside new material left me salivating to hear forthcoming comeback album Trans-Love Energies.
Highlight: ‘Hands Around My Throat’.

7. Tieranniesaur


Hot damn. The funkiest and most fun set at the Picnic went to an Irish band whose live renditions of their self-titled album got the Body and Soul crowd moving in the sunshine. Throw in a bit of disco, multi-part harmonies, glockenspiel and a super-tight rhythm section and Tieranniesaur are one hot rock-blocking live prospect.
Highlight: Finally seeing Annie Tierney and co. live for the first time and the fact that they were deadly.

8. Twin Shadow

My third time around seeing Twin Shadow live and a final confirmation that this is a band who are infinitely better live than on debut album Forget. In a live setting, the songs are more full-bodied, less-languid and hazy, more direct and danceable. Good time vibes from one of the coolest bands around.
Highlight: ’80s dance moves.

9. Moths


Heart-pumping electronica from the 18 year-old producer representing the Newbridge massive. From complete unknown to much-hyped Irish producer and remixer of a marquee name like Interpol (all while pumping out enough study to respectively finish his Leaving Certificate exams) in just over six months, Jack Colleran hasn’t had much time to catch up with himself but if his Body And Soul Love Letter set is anything to go by, this kid doesn’t need much time to put his own spin on heady electronic music, even if not much is happening on stage (visuals in future maybe?). He even manages to fit in an unreleased Bon Iver remix at the start of the set.
Highlight: Hard to pick but probably ‘Jimmy Francis’.

10. Retarded Cop

Another bloke who has come a long way. Gaz Le Rock’s army also only came into existence in the last year but the band have got it together very very quickly. From live debut to near festival headline slot in mere months, Retarded Cop are tight, the kind of tight festival rock band that blow the socks off everyone else on sheer wound up power and good-time pop punk rock music. Gaz Le Rock parades the stage like an Irish Iggy Pop with his top off, bouncing around with exuberance to the songs from the band’s debut LP. Listen to the album here.
Highlight: Watching Gaz Le Rock become a big-stage performer in front of my eyes.

11. Le Galaxie


Live electro is not something that Ireland has traditionally done well over the years but Le Galaxie can now justifiably claim to be Ireland’s brightest in the synth-rave stakes. From the moment the band take to the stage, it’s relentlessly pumping songs beamed from another dancefloor universe with synthesizers, guitar and thumping bass-heavy beats, all delivered by four guys who always look like they are having a better time than anyone else. Luckily for Le Galaxie, it’s contagious. A4 pages with TUNE! are ceremoniously handed out and the excitement gets too much for singer Michael Le Galaxie who climbs the sound rigging to play some cowbell. They should have played a much much later slot. [Listen to their album Laser Disc Nights 2]
Highlight: The massive TUNE! sign.

12. Lykke Li


It’s been three years since I saw Lykke Li live and since then she’s taken her performance to star status. Dressed all in black, she cuts a dramatic figure and the look perfectly suits the much more melodramatic and bombastic songs from second album Wounded Rhymes. There’s a fierceness to the live show that keeps interest up as Lykke dances through dry ice and the band punish their instruments. It’s almost cathartic. There’s even a welcome diversion into The Knife’s ‘Silent Shout’.
Highlight: Second album singles ‘Get Some’ and ‘I Follow Rivers’.

13. Best Coast


You probably know the deal with Best Coast by now. Extremely likable surf-rock from the extremely likable Bethany Cosentino and band. Hence, lots of fun was had.
Highlight: Lots of talk of Snacks, Bethany’s cat which graces the album cover.

14. The Cast Of Cheers

I didn’t see all of this show but what I did see was a superb three song run with one brand new song that has me convinced The Cast Of Cheers will have no problem repeating the acclaim of their debut album Chariot. The band recently moved to London and are almost finished the recording of their second album.
Highlight: Seeing one of Ireland’s best new bands get even better.

15. EleventyFour


Humorous comedic (but not just comedy) songs played through an acoustic folk lense with instantly charming vocals by Dorothy Cotter. EleventyFour’s songs were a welcome and relaxed break to the madness elsewhere and her between song banter is just as good. We got songs about how “all they eat in Sicily.. is cake”, a guy called Jeff Nelson, forklifts and other off-beat observations. Cute as a button.
Highlight: Fair play to Dorothy for warding off that dancing deck of cards and the guy who interrupted her out of his bin.

Posted on September 6th, 2011

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After announcements of Best Coast and the initial lineup in recent weeks, Electric Picnic have added more acts:

Public Enemy
The Drums
Blonde Redhead
Zola Jesus
Santigold
The Undertones
The Family Stone
Joan As Policewoman
Power Of Dreams
Best Coast
Yuck
3Epkano

In other festival news:

Spank Rock, Richter Collective, Bombay Bicycle Club for Forbidden Fruit.

Big Chill 2011 line up – Kanye West, Chemical Brothers & Rodrigo Y Gabriela headlining.

Festival roundup: Green Man, Sonar, Melt, Helium Music Festival, Open House, Éigse & Flat Lake.

De La Soul & Hypnotic Brass Ensemble for Galway Arts Festival.

Temple House Festival announces new names.

Posted on April 20th, 2011

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Only last week I was wondered when Santi would return. This new tune featuring Karen O and Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (produced by Q-Tip, Switch and Santi) will stay with you after a few listens. An interview with the song as jump-off point is also on the Jay-Z site.

Santigold Ft Karen O – Go

In a double whammy Santigold makes an impressive appearance on ‘Don’t Play No Game that I Can’t Win’ a reggae-infused song with potential Summer jam crossover appeal on Beastie Boys’ new album Hot Sauce Committee Pt.II. Hear it at 3:10 in the album preview.

Posted on April 18th, 2011

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A complete switch up of style from ‘Born Free’ for this newest M.I.A. track and first single proper. It’s certainly more pop in the way that Robyn and Santigold are pop. It’s strong and different yet again. It was produced by Blaqstarr and Rusko and is taken from the album which has been confirmed as being called /\/\ /\ Y /\ (as in Maya, thanks Una).

Posted on May 10th, 2010

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An assortment of remix fancies for your ears on this Friday from Dublin. Go team. We don’t need no excuse. I’m off to a wedding in Bordeaux today so have at it until Monday.

I talked up Ellie Goulding recently here on the blog and the buzz is starting to build at this moment.

This Jakwob remix takes Starsmith’s production and “dubifies” it, if you will. You’ll know what I mean one minute in.

Ellie Goulding – Starry Eyed (Jakwob remix)

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Posted on June 5th, 2009

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lazerHere’s a megamix/sampler for Diplo and Switch’s new project I mentioned last week. Major Lazer’s upcoming album is called Guns Don’t Kill People Lazers Do. The album was recorded at Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica and is full of hipster-flavoured digital dancehall shot through with the production of Diplo and Switch.

Guests on the album include Mr. Vegas, Amanada Blank, Santigold, Turbulence, Jah Dan and Ms. Thing. Tracklisting, bio and live from SXSW video in the more. it’s sure to be a fun-listening record.

Major Lazer Album Sampler

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Posted on April 26th, 2009

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