The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team. Subscribe to the weekly Spotify playlist (1.2k subscribers) or the daily playlist (4.9k subscribers).

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Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz and Saudi – ‘X’

“Are you on ten yet?,” Kendrick asks on this Black Panther soundtrack highlight, goading and amping up his fellow MCs Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz and Saudi until they are at full hype and Schoolboy drops the line ‘Not even Kendrick can humble me’. It’s one of many highlights from the soundtrack curated by Kendrick that is way better than it has any right to be.


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Half Waif – Keep it Out

Massachusetts-born Irish/Swiss singer-songwriter Nandi Rose Plunkett or Half Waif will be releasing her new album Lavender on April 27th. ‘Keep it Out’ is about “the evolution of the self in a relationship: the maintenance of autonomy in the midst of a process of coupling, ageing, and decay.” –

The video was directed by Celina Carney and choreographed by 2nd Best Dance Company. She supports Iron & Wine in the Helix this Valentine’s Night in Dublin.


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Wajeed – Earth

Detroit producer and founder of on his own label Dirt Teck Reck records Wajeed has been releasing music since 2000. His latest Mother EP will be out on March 16th sees him make his debut on Planet E Communications. ‘Earth’ from the new EP has some upbeat Floating Points-esque jazz vibes and is certainly a floor-filling grove.


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Brame and Hamo – Roy Keane

Sligo producers Brame & Hamo bounced back on the music scene with their first release in two years last December, three track Trants EP. Now the duo are back again just two months later with new EP Club Orange on their self-titled label. First track ‘Roy Keane’ is a funky, upbeat and melodically joyous track that will make you do exactly what its lyrics suggest you do and something you can’t imagine Roy Keane doing… dance. The full EP is out on February 19th.


5.

U.S. Girls – Rosebud

American-Canadian musician Meghan Remy records and produces music under art-pop project U.S. Girls. ‘Rosebud’ is the first track from her forthcoming album In a Poem Unlimited that features soothing high tone vocals from Megan on a low key dance production track with an intertwined violin riff throughout. Reminscent of the Italians Do It Better compilations.


6.

Iceage – ‘Catch It’

Iceage are a four-piece band from Copenhagen, Denmark signed to Matador Records that make punk-rock of a darker tone than most. ‘Catch It’ is the band’s first release in four years which features a poetic lyrical delivery from lead singer Elias Bender Rønnenfelt in his typical dingy fashion, chopped up with a contrasting guitar solo for added reflection.


Posted on February 13th, 2018

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Tracks of the Week playlist


1. Dat Oven – ‘Icy Lake’

A weird and wonderful 9-minute tune from 1998 getting a re-release on Fade To Mind/Night Slugs after DJ Total Freedom discovered it on Youtube. Documentary backstory here.


2. Fatima Al Qadiri – ‘Shanghai Freeway’

A sino-grime influenced instrumental from Al Qadiri’s imagined China new album Asiatisch on Hyperdub. From this week’s album of the week.


3. Go Wolf – ‘One More Night’

A nimble potential indie-pop hit from the Belfast trio.


4. Bobby Tank – ‘Undone’

Tagged as #dontgiveafuckstep and #vaporwave on Soundcloud about sums this electronic synth jam up. Out next week.


5. Kelela & Tink – ‘Want It’

DJ Dahi produces a smooth R&B collaboration from the pair for the Songs From Scratch series.


6. Banks – ‘Goddess’

Banks posted the title track from the album due in September.


7. Jude – ‘Crystals’

“The Lorde comparison is high praise for a debut track from a new artist seeing as she’s gone and taken over the music world in the last year. And Jude., a new band from West Palm Beach, Florida definitely have something going on.”


8. Ramona Lisa – ‘Dominic’

From Caroline Polachek of Chairlift’s debut solo album out this week.


9. Salva – ‘Drop That Bitch’ featuring Kurupt, ScHoolboy Q, Problem & Bad Lucc

A top-grade bass-heavy club track from Salva who managed to rope in Kurupt and ScHoolboy Q. The track features samples of the remix of Eazy E’s ‘Boyz In The Hood’ and LL Cool J’s ‘Three The Hard Way’.


10. Baths – ‘Ocean Death’

“Here’s a more relentless track which has more in common with beat-driven house and techno than his previous output. It’s from Ocean Death, the new EP out next week on Anticon.”

Posted on May 2nd, 2014

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A top-grade bass-heavy club track from Salva who managed to rope in Kurupt (it’s been a while), ScHoolboy Q, Problem and Bad Lucc on the track from his upcoming Peacemaker mixtape. Obviously, judging from the title, this is a bit filthy than your average.

The track features samples of the remix of Eazy E’s ‘Boyz In The Hood’ and LL Cool J’s ‘Three The Hard Way’. Free download too.

Salva – ‘Drop That Bitch’ featuring Kurupt, ScHoolboy Q, Problem, Bad Lucc

Posted on April 30th, 2014

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ScHoolboy Q is coming to Ireland for a gig in Vicar Street on Tuesday May 27th, courtesy of Harmonic/Aiken. Tickets are €26 plus fees on sale Monday February 3rd at 9am through Ticketmaster. Isaiah Rashad supports.

ScHoolboy’s album Oxymoron comes out on February 25th and these two tracks will feature on it:

Posted on January 29th, 2014

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After Schoolboy Q appeared on the stonking A$AP Ferg remix single ‘Work 2013’ which he appeared alongside A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, French Montana & Trinidad James, Q teams up with Kendrick Lamar for his new one ‘Collard Greens’. It’ll appear on his upcoming Oxymoron album. The track was produced by THC. Great beat. Macklemore makes an appearance in the video too.

Posted on August 8th, 2013

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