Some notable TV music broadcasts from the last day?

LCD performed ‘Tonite’ on Jimmy Kimmel’s show from New York:

Jools Holland had a notable lineup this week with Grizzly Bear, SZA, King Krule and Wolf Alice among the performers.

The Ooz-loving songwriter slimed his way through ‘Dum Surfer’ live from Jools:

SZA did ‘Normal Girl’ from her excellent album (and one of 2017’s best CTRL)

Grizzly Bear did ‘Mourning Sound’ from their new album:

Wolf Alice performed ‘Just Delete The Kisses’ from their superb new album:

New band on the rise who are made up of seven friends from all over the globe – Superorganism played ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ for the BBC :

Bonus? St Vincent covered ‘London Calling’ by The Clash for BBC Radio 1 along with new Masseduction songs ‘New York’ and ‘Los Ageless’.

Posted on October 18th, 2017

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Last month, the US Top Dawg Entertainment-signed singer SZA finally released her debut album CTRL after a number of years languishing in the background of the industry. The SZA story looked like it was going to be one of those lost causes, a huge talent swallowed by the machinations of the industry A&R game. Not so, CTRL is one of this year’s best and SZA has already been building on that success with performances on late night TV like Fallon last week when she appeared with Travis Scott to sing album highlight ‘Love Galore’ and showcased a voice and poise that wasn’t evident in her a few years ago. Time taken is sometimes a good thing.

SZA is supporting Bryson Tiller in Europe later this year

Posted on July 25th, 2017

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SZA is the special guest on Bryson Tiller’s European tour dates later this year which kicks off October 17 in Marseille, France and hits 23 cities and 13 countries before concluding in Dublin on November 30th at the 3Arena.

SZA’s CTRL is one of the albums of the year so far but would you consider going to Tiller’s gig to see the support alone? Tickets are on sale Friday from Ticketmaster at €44 + fees and presale begins Wednesday.

UK/EUROPE! coming this Fall with @sza Tickets on sale this friday on www.trapsoul.com

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Posted on July 10th, 2017

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Here’s a more in-depth look at 20 of my 75 already-revealed songs of 2017 so far. Get them in a playlist here.


20.

Maggie Rogers – ‘On + Off’


It’s a testament to Maggie Rogers’ songwriting that I considered three of the four songs from her debut EP for this. ‘On + Off’ is the one I keep coming back to though. At her debut gig in London earlier this year, the crowd sang the chorus to this track prompting a flabbergasted Rogers to lose her momentum and train of thought. It was a cute moment but it was rooted in recognition of the song being a cracker that resonated more than she expected.


19.

Stormzy – ‘Cold’


Grime 2017 belongs to Stormzy. ‘Cold’ is a standout on Gang Signs & Prayers and it’s the stabbing sinogrime beat and Stormzy’s energy that keeps this on repeat. It has grime’s first wave sound exemplified by Roll Deep in its DNA.


18.

Aldous Harding – ‘Horizon’

The most intense song of 2017 so far? The New Zealand artist’s debut was heralded by this sustained note torch song and its live performances only heightened its inherent drama.


17.

Overcoats – ‘Leave The Light On’

It’s an absolute pleasure to hear the progress of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s music as Overcoats. Two years ago, the New Yorkers spent the summer in Ireland and made a dent on the scene with their minimal harmonic-lead songs. Now with an Autre Ne Veut-produced album due on Arts & Crafts out, the duo have bolstered that folk harmony synergy with some technicolour magic. ‘Leave A Light On’ is indicative of the urgency they have brought to their craft.


16.

SZA -‘Drew Barrymore’


A surprise, long overdue release from SZA, who spent years shining through guest features and once-off releases, and comes up trumps with CTRL, an album of conflicted lust, intimacy, self-worth and self-esteem issues. ‘Drew Barrymore’ is an easy in to the album as a whole, with SZA confronted with her ex-partner’s new girl and sees her insecurities and flaws back at her – ‘I’m sorry I’m not more attractive / I’m sorry I’m not more ladylike / I’m sorry I don’t shave my legs at night.” The chorus is both empowering and insecure at the same time.


15.

Dermot Kennedy – ‘Glory’


One of those songs which stops you in your tracks. Irishman Kennedy’s ‘Glory’ grows from a dark folk tone, from a hush to a howl as the track grows in stature and sound, subtly bringing in electronic-tinged touches and vocal effects as the song builds to the chorus and crescendo with production alchemy. A headturner.


14.

The xx – ‘Dangerous’

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A highlight from the xx’s third album, that also works well while DJing. ‘Dangerous’ is I See You‘s opening track and embraces the textured sampled approach that Jamie xx utilised on solo album In Colour. ‘Dangerous’ arrives with sampled horns, percussive beats and an immediacy that ushers the xx mk III.


13.

Vince Staples – ‘Yeah Right’


‘Yeah Right’, from Staples second album Big Fish Theory encapsulates how different this album is and how much of a sonic weapon Staples has deployed throughout. Producer Sophie’s clattering fizzling metallic production is like a vehicular juggernaut with some distorted bass tones, Kilo Kish provides otherworldy vocals and Kendrick Lamar kills the whole thing in a verse.


12.

Run The Jewels – ‘Call Ticketron’

The sickest beat on RTJ3. ‘Call Ticketron’ is a 21st century take on ‘It Takes Two,’ a thrill ride with El-P and Killer Mike.


11.

Daphni – ‘Tin’

‘Tin’ is a euphoric reminder from Daphni’s upcoming Fabriclive mix of how good Dan Snaith aka Caribou is at creating warm and resonating dance music.


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Posted on July 5th, 2017

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SZA’s been all too quiet this year after last year’s glut of features on Isaiah Rashad’s TDE EP (he’s been quiet too) and the stonking single Julia. Not to mention one of my favourite tracks of last year, ‘Child’s Play‘ with Chance The Rapper.

She’s only posted about 5 times on Facebook this year too (though her Twitter game is strong). Anyhow, there is a new SZA-featuring track from D.R.A.M, an extended and reworked version of the track on the excellent Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment album. It’s nice to hear those tones again. A debut SZA album is forthcoming. Sigh.

https://soundcloud.com/only1dram/caretaker-feat-sza-extended-version

Posted on October 21st, 2015

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Here’s last night’s show…

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour One

  1. Adebisi Shank  – ‘Voodoo Vision’
  2. Bon Iver – ‘Heavenly Father’
  3. Nick Mulvey – ‘Fever To The Form’
  4. Little Dragon – ‘Pretty Girls’
  5. Grimes – ‘Go’
  6. alt-J – ‘Hunger of the Pine’
  7. Twin Shadow  – ‘To The Top’ (Live on Conan O’Brien)
  8. Rocstrong –  ‘Go ‘Head’
  9. Phoria – ‘Atomic’
  10. Augustus And John  -‘Crosslines’
  11. Caribou –  ‘Can’t Do Without You’
  12. Color//Sound  – ‘To The Countryside’ (Holmes Price Remix)

Hour Two

  1. Daithí feat. Senita – ‘Golden Blush’
  2. AlunaGeorge –  ‘Kaleidoscope Love’ (Kaytranada Edition)
  3. Jamie xx – ‘All Under One Roof Raving’
  4. FKA Twigs – ‘Two Weeks’
  5. Ab-Soul – ‘Gods Reign’ (feat. SZA)
  6. Tinashe –  ‘Black Water’
  7. Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD –  ‘Six Degrees’ (feat. Danny Brown)
  8. Med, Blu & Madlib –  ‘Peroxide’ (feat. Dam-Funk)
  9. clipping.  – ‘Work Work’ (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)
  10. Cornerboy Muzik – ‘Charlie’
  11. Lone – ‘Aurora Northern Quarter’
  12. New Jackson – ‘The Night Mail’

Posted on July 4th, 2014

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Here is last night’s show, a best of 2014.5.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour One

  1. Ships –  ‘Space Inside’
  2. Little Dragon  – ‘Paris’
  3. Future Islands –  ‘Sun In The Morning
  4. Angel Olsen –  ‘Forgiven/Forgotten’
  5. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  6. St. Vincent  – ‘Prince Johnny’
  7. Beck  – ‘Blue Moon’
  8. James Vincent McMorrow –  ‘Cavalier’
  9. Tvvins –  ‘You Better’
  10. Warpaint  – ‘Hi’
  11. Talos –  ‘Tethered Bones’

Hour Two

  1. Jungle –  ‘Busy Earnin’
  2. Todd Terje  – ‘Delorean Dynamite’
  3. Shamir –  ‘If It Wasn’t True’
  4. MØ –  ‘Waste Of Time’
  5. Kelis  – ‘Runnin’ (Machinedrum Remix Radio Edit)
  6. Glass Animals –  ‘Gooey’
  7. Hundred Waters –  ‘Cavity’
  8. Jamie xx  – ‘Girl’
  9. RATKING  -‘ Canal’
  10. Banks  – ‘This Is What It Feels Like’
  11. SZA –  ‘Childs Play’ (feat. Chance the Rapper)
  12. The Gloaming  – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’

Posted on June 23rd, 2014

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The chart:

  1. Little Dragon – ‘Paris’
  2. Todd Terje – ‘Delorean Dynamite’
  3. Ben Khan – ‘Savage’
  4. Blood Orange – ‘Uncle Ace’ (Kindness remix feat Robert Owens)
  5. Ratking – ‘Canal’
  6. Lykke Li – ‘No Rest For The Wicked’
  7. TALA – ‘Serbia’
  8. Sylvan Esso – ‘Play It Right’
  9. Kelis – ‘Runnin’ (Machinedrum remix)
  10. Hundred Waters – ‘Xtalk’
  11. Niia – ‘Simple Life’
  12. MNEK – ‘Every Little Word’
  13. Lone – ‘2 Is 8’
  14. Jamie xx – ‘Girl’
  15. Taylor McFerrin – ‘The Antidote’
  16. SZA feat. Chance The Rapper – ‘Child’s Play’
  17. Dat Oven – ‘Icy Lake’
  18. Glass Animals – ‘Pools’
  19. SOHN – ‘Artifice’
  20. Daphni and Owen Pallett – ‘Julia’
  21. Imploded View – ‘Withering Lights’
  22. X Priest X – ‘Isn’t It So’
  23. Fatima Al Qadiri – ‘Szechuan’
  24. Cornerboy Muzik – ‘Pull Up’
  25. William Onyeabor vs. Hot Chip – ‘Atomic Bomb’
  26. Go Wolf – ‘One More Night’
  27. Hannah Diamond – ‘Attachment’
  28. Kelela x Tink – ‘Want It’
  29. Twin Shadow – ‘To The Top’
  30. Salva – ‘Drop That Bitch’ feat. Schoolboy Q, Kurupt..

Posted on May 1st, 2014

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Since signing to Top Dawg Entertainment, St Louis/New Jersey singer SZA’s own output has taken a backseat to contributions to other TDE artists – most recently on Isaiah Rashad’s Cilvia Demo mixtape and Schoolboy Q’s Oxymoron album.

But she’s back later in April with the Z EP and the first track ‘Babylon’, stays close to S EP’s M.O. of slow and swirling ambient R&B. The track was produced by DJ Dahi who was responsible for Drake’s ‘Worst Behaviour’ and Kendrick’s ‘Money Trees’.

Have a listen to SZA’s last great track ‘Julia’, one of my top 100 songs of 2013.

Posted on March 8th, 2014

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Wow. SZA goes big.

I don’t know what happened in the last four months with SZA ever since the St Louis/New Jersey-based musician released the S EP. That EP was a good introduction to a singer’s slowed swaggy R&B vibe.

On new track ‘Julia’, SZA sounds like a pop star. One in the vein of Solange’s recent collaborations with Dev Hynes with a distinct ’80s slant (the track is tagged ‘80s‘ on Soundcloud too. This is an exciting development. It’ll appear on her Z EP coming later in the year.

Update: SZA’s signed to Top Dawg Entertainment according to the video below:

Posted on August 15th, 2013

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Kicking your EP with a sample from one of the best songs ever – Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’ is one way to get people on board. St Louis-born / New Jersey-based singer and Wu-Tang obsessive Solana Rowe aka SZA’s new EP just called S should slot in to the tastes of those of you who dig cloud rap and The Weeknd-style R&B. SZA is soulful rather than sleazy and prone to the odd eccentric line (“I apologise for waiting to tell you for so long that I am not human, I am made of bacon” – ‘Aftermath’) and employs the use of samples from Rosemary’s Baby and an Eartha Kitt documentary. Production is by Zodiac, Felix Snow, WNDRBRD and Patrick Lukens among others. The EP is a free download via Soundcloud DLs. Dig this:

Posted on April 16th, 2013

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The best new music/artist picks of the last week. As published in today’s Day & Night Magazine. Follow Day & Night on Twitter or Facebook

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Fact. Aftermath, a song from the St. Louis’ singer’s new EP starts with the line “I apologise for waiting to tell you for so long that I am not human, I am made of bacon.” Despite that odd sizzling nugget, SZA’s soulful alluring songs reel you in with warm swelling R&B sounds.


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Posted on April 5th, 2013

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