“With Precession, Ships have taken all that guardianship, heart and knowledge and have made one of my favourite albums of the year. Songs for the mind and body. The album is one of the most beautiful and dynamic sounding records you’ll hear this year. Its production is detailed with lots of little sonic treats that easy to pick up on but hard to create.”
Favourite tracks: ‘Where We Are’, ‘All Will Be’, ‘I Can Never’.
Gorillaz – Humanz
An all-star cast is Gorillaz thing but still the cast on this is ridiculous. Grace Jones, Kelela, Popcaan, DRAM, Danny Brown, Mavis Staples, De La Soul, Kali Uchis, Zebra Katz, Vince Staples, Savages, Rag ‘n’Bone Man, , Noel Gallagher (yes), Carly Simon, Ray Blk, Kilo Kish, Peven Everett. I could go on. It’s hard to weave so many disparate guests into a coherent whole but Damon Albarn is a dab hand at it. It may not be the best Gorillaz album (Plastic Beach reigns supreme) but Humanz provides many moments of kaleidoscopic pleasure, even while the formula feels a little tired on occasion. Standouts include Kelela’s vocal on the bouncy ‘Submission’, the Bobby-Womack tribute of ‘Andromeda’, Vince Staples sharp politically-charged verses on ‘Ascension’ and having Pusha T and Mavis Staples on the same track on ‘Let me Out’.
Favourite tracks: ‘Ascension’, ‘Submission’, ‘Andromeda’, ‘Let Me Out’.
The second album from the North Carolina duo frees up the band’s electro with looser pop textures (‘The Glow’) and a near acoustic singalong (‘Song’). It’s still very much the duo who gave us ‘Coffee’ and Play It Right’ and that’s down to Nick Sanborn’s production which at its core is percussive electro-pop and vocally, the warm earthiness of Amelia Meath.
The latest release from the vault of one of hip-hop’s great – maybe the greatest – producer. Dilla’s mother Ma Dukes has released this album of 20 varied instrumental cuts. J Rocc provides a single mix of the album too.
Leslie Feist’s first album in six years makes clear that we are far away from the bright guitar pop of 2007’s The Reminder and the silky textures of 2004’s Let It Die. Continuing the plaintive style of 2011’s Metals, Pleasure is a stripped back low-key album for quiet moments. Jarvis Cocker appears for some spoken word on ‘Century’, ‘Any Party’ feels like dropping in to a live band in the studio, and the title track brandishes a PJ Harvey-style intensity but Pleasure in this case, is very understated.
Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from all the below along with Civil Civic, Zack De La Rocha, Soulé, Kelly Lee Owens & more. This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.
Junior Boys follow up last year’s Big Black Coat album with a new four track EP. Leading the charge is ‘Yes’ a pulsating electronic synth jam that hits hard. The EP also features a cover of John Martyn’s ‘Some People Are Crazy’ and a Prince-inspired title track.
Sylvan Esso – ‘Radio’
The US electro pop duo return with a 12″ release.
Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn have returned as Sylvan Esso with their first bit of new music since their debut album in 2014.
‘Radio’ is the lead track of the new 12″ release on Lomo Vista along with ‘Kick Jump Twist’, a bouncy synth-pop of a track. It’s released in November physically and digitally tomorrow.
Daniel Avery’s collaborator continues to impress solo.
Doing little with lots, Kelly Lee Owens’ infuses throbbing electronics with a voice familiar to Daniel Avery fans (she featured on Drone Logic) of “the colors, the beauty, and the motion.” It’s from the Welsh producer’s forthcoming EP Oleic on Smalltown Supersound. Earlier this year she covered Aaliyah.
“C.B.M stands for Colours, Beauty, Motion,” Owens told The FADER. “It’s related to the cosmic perspective of our planet. I was inspired by astronauts interpretations of the ‘Overview’ effect – which “is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface.” The music represents in some way the motion of traveling around the planet at speed, that slightly lucid & disorientating experience as well as it being awe inspiring and maybe leaving you changed for good.”
Peter Gabriel – ‘The Veil’
A new song taken from the movie Snowden.
Peter Gabriel’s new song was written for the upcoming Oliver Stone movie Snowden about you guessed it, Edward Snowden.
Gabriel worked with music supervisor Budd Car and was inspired by the story of Snowden. “As we become so visible in the digital world and leave an endless trail of data behind us, exactly who has our data and what they do with it becomes increasingly important,” said Gabriel.
The 66 year-old musician came with an experimental electronic song that harks back to his work on 1980’s Melt album yet still sounds current, both lyrically and musically.
Windings – ‘You’re Dead’
Limerick rockers return with an atmospheric single.
Windings are set to release the long overdue followup to 2012 Choice-nominated I Am Not The Crow at the end of September on Out On A Limb. Be Honest and Fear Not follows on from the dark and dank double singles ‘Stray Dogs’ and ‘Helicopters’. First single You’re Dead contains more light but not much as Steve Ryan sings ‘finding pain where once was pleasure, and pleasure in the abiding of pain”.
A strong collaboration from the Barcelona producer’s new EP When Love Hurts.
Forthcoming on Ninja Tunes imprint Counter Records (September 30th), Pional and Empress Of get together to create a mesh of machines and human. Pional’s electronics surgically build through small synth stabs and rhythmic builds but Lorely Rodriguez brings heart to the tune. Do absolutely listen to ‘Casualty’ too.
Hounded feat. Bamiyah – ‘Feel So Right’
Aussie electronic pop.
Australian producer Hounded put together this tropical-house tinged electronic R&B song with Californian singer/songwriter Bamiyah and it is countering the autumnal weather inbound for me today. It’s reminscent of Nao and Mura Masa’s work together. The song is out on Majestic Casual
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.
Three announcements from North American bands for the capital were announced today.
The excellent Sylvan Esso, who sold out the Workman’s Club last year are back on Tuesday June 9th for a gig in Whelan’s courtesy of MCD. Tickets €15+ on sale on sale next Wednesday, February 11th at 9am from Ticketmaster, digital or IRL.
Canadian indie-pop band Tops are back after their Workman’s show with a Hidden Agenda gig in Whelans for Wednesday May 6th. Tickets are €13+ from ABC tickets and ticketmaster.ie .
And another Whelan’s show, this time for indie-Americana band Lord Huron, courtesy of Harmonic with a gig on Saturday June 6th. Lord Huron has a new album called Strange Trails on the way. Tickets are €16.50 + on sale Thurs 12th Feb @ 9am from ticketmaster.ie .
How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number 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.
Electricitat 100 @ The Parlour Bar, Whelan’s (7pm)
[Party] Tiny Magnetic Pets debut their new EP for the Radio Na Life 100th show celebration.
Brian Mooney, Margie Lewis @ The Joinery (€10, BYOB)
[Calypso Rock] ” this current crop of songs seeks to keep the hope machine running with words and chords” / “improvised live set experimenting with vocals, instruments, delay, pitch, loops and beats”
No Idle Day: When you Love Music So Much @ City Assembly House, South William Street (€20, 7:30pm)
[Young Hearts mini-festival] Readings and music from Katie Kim, The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock and Adrian Crowley.
No Idle Day: Heaven In The Afternoon @ Bello Bar (€20, Noon-6pm)
[Young Hearts mini-festival] John Osborne performing John Peel’s Shed, Foil, Arms & Hog, Barry McCormack, Nialler9, James Byrne (Any Other City) and brunch by Aoife McElwain of Forkful.tv.
‘Coffee’ is easily the standout track on Sylvan Esso’s recently self-titled debut album. Last night they performed it, with help from Questlove for their TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Good timing so for the announcement of a debut Irish gig too then to happen in the Workman’s Club on Tuesday October 7th. Tickets are €13 excluding booing fees and they go on sale this Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster.
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Kilkenny’s Captain Moonlight teamed up with some of Dublin’s finest rappers for a song abut hurling and everything sounds well, better than a song about hurling and hip-hop should be. Great production by DJackulate and Danz.
It’s their biggest track yet and one of my favourite songs of any country in the last while. It’s huge, stonking and sophisticated classic pop: squelched electro bass, radiant synths, disco production and McGrath’s classic eighties pop chorus propped by Cullen’s sage contrasting verses. It’s catchy and endlessly listenable – it’s been on my rotation constantly since last August and it’s brilliance hasn’t diminished.
Mountain Man were a young trio of Appalachian folk singers who released their debut album back in 2010. They last appeared as backing singers for Feist but things had gone quiet since.
One of the trio, Amelia Meath stumbled into a new project after writing a song that didn’t fit into her old band. So she approached producer and Megafaun bassist Nick Sanborn. The pairing proved to be a fruitful one and they ended up making a debut album as Sylvan Esso.
‘Coffee’ is the first single from that self-titled LP, a bubbly twinkling beat pop song while ‘Play It Right’, that aforementioned song is pure happy weird-pop music. The album’s tracks falls between electro and pop with Meath’s emotive bright melodies. While I missed the band at SXSW, Jim recommended them live. The album is out in May.