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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With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


1.

King Krule – The Ooz

Archy Marshall’s guttural vowel-swallowing voice has been the biggest draw across nearly all his work a King Krule, Zoo Kid, DJ JD Sports Edgar the Beatmaker or his given name. That work has shown him to be a proficient producer too but The Ooz takes his talent to assured new heights. For his second King Krule album since 2013’s 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, it’s as if a black and white painting has become shaded with a depth of colour over time. The Ooz is a spacious cinematic piece of work – a late night tale, where danger lurks on every corner and our protaganist drifts in and out of noir landscapes of wasteland motorways, urban decay, broken homes and joyrides.

Listen on Spotify


2.

Wolf Alice – Visions Of A Life

It’s good to hear a buzzed UK band come out the other side of their debut album with an even better release of scope, sonic ambition and songwriting prowess than before. Visions Of A Life. From the hedonistic roar of ‘Yuk Foo’ to the dreamy anthemic ‘Don’t Delete The Kisses’ to the delicate ‘After The Zero Hour’ and the expansive closer and title track, this is easily one of 2017’s best guitar/rock albums.

Listen on Spotify.


3.

St Vincent – Masseduction

A dense and near schizophrenic album upon first listens, Annie Clark’s Jack Antonoff-produced fifth album has a hyper-real pop coat that barely contains searing guitar lines, electronic percussion and high-tempo busy rhythms. The album is at its best when it takes a breath and doesn’t crowd the songs with overactive sonics on songs like ‘Los Ageless’, ‘Happy Birthday, Johnny’ , ‘Pills’, ‘New York’ and “Savior’. Clark plays the Olympia in Dublin on Friday and Saturday.

Listen on Spotify


4.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – Lotta Sea Lice

A loose album of jaunty bluesy slacker-rock between two idiosyncratic songwriters from two parts of the globe from Australia and America respectively, who work well as a duality on record.

Listen on Spotify


5.

And So I Watch You From Afar – The Endless Shimmering

The Belfast post-rock instrumentals deliver heft and a return to form on their new fifth album, which can be heard in full two days before release.



6.

Blue Hawaii – Tenderness

You can catch Blue Hawaii in Dublin at the Workman’s Club next month on November 18th and Tenderness is a fine album by Raphaelle Standell (Braids singer) and Alexander Kerby who got their project back together after a four year hiatus in 2016. The album draws on relationships forged through online apps, disco rarities and ’90s dance music.

Listen on Spotify


Posted on October 18th, 2017

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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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Wolf Alice have announced their new album Visions of A Life (on 29 September via Dirty Hit) with their new single ‘Yuk Foo’, an expletive-filled track of energetic alt-rock.

The band’s European tour (full dates below) stops off at Belfast’s Ulster Hall on November 27 and Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on November 28th.

Tickets priced on sale Friday at 9a, from €27.90 inclusive of booking fee and restoration levy go on sale this Ticketmaster.ie

Wolf Alice – European tour

Oct 27 – La Maroquinerie, Paris, France
Oct 28 – Botanique/Orangerie, Brussels, Belgium
Oct 30 – Festsaal Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
Nov 01 – Mojo, Hamburg, Germany
Nov 02 – Luxor, Koln, Germany
Nov 03 – Melkweg, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 08 – 02 Academy, Bristol, UK
Nov 09 – 02 Apollo, Manchester, UK
Nov 11 – Barrowlands, Glasgow, UK
Nov 13 – 02 Academy, Newcastle, UK
Nov 15 – Rock City, Nottingham, UK
Nov 16 – 02 Academy, Birmingham, UK
Nov 17 – UEA, Norwich, UK
Nov 18 – 02 Academy, Leeds, UK
Nov 20 – Dome, Brighton, UK
Nov 21 – 02 Guildhall, Southampton, UK
Nov 24 – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
Nov 27 – Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK
Nov 28 – Olympia, Dublin, Ireland

Posted on June 13th, 2017

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After teasing last week and I speculated, Alt-J released their first new song from their third album Relaxer this morning. ‘3WW’ starts out as a quiet atmospheric English folk-song which builds into an orchestral ballad. It’s certainly a change for the band. Guest vocalist is Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell. Visuals are from Playstation game LSD: Dream Emulator.

Relaxer is out on June 9th and this is the tracklist:

Alt J – Relaxer  Tracklist

  1. 3WW
  2. In Cold Blood
  3. House of the Rising Sun
  4. Hit Me Like That Snare
  5. Deadcrush
  6. Adeline
  7. Last Year
  8. Pleader
  9. Video

The band are playing Trinity in Dublin in July.

We’d like to thank you for your patience over the last year or so. After finishing touring ‘This Is All Yours’ in December 2015 we took a long break. Thom released a solo album; Gus opened a restaurant; Joe has been watching a lot of films. We hadn’t set a time limit on our time off but by August 2016 we were ready to get back into the studio. The result is our third album, RELAXER, and we are really excited for you to hear it.

Posted on March 6th, 2017

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Lauren Laverne just announced the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize over the course of her show on BBC 6 Music for 2015 and the list is:

Aphex Twin – Syro
Wolf Alice – Bros
Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
C Duncan – Architect
ESKA – Eska
Florence & The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now
Jamie xx – In Colour
Soak – Before We Forgot To Dream
Gaz Coombes – Matador
Slaves – Are You Satisfied?

Not a bad list, leaning a bit too heavily on established names perhaps. Would have hoped for Jonnie Common, All We Are, Lianne La Havas and Gwenno but you have to pay to enter so who knows if any of them did. 

Here’s a Spotify playlist of all of the nominees:

Posted on October 16th, 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.

Part One

  1. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment- ‘Sunday Candy’
  2. Songhoy Blues – ‘Soubour’
  3. Princess – ‘Black Window’
  4. Young Wonder – ‘Sweet Dreaming’
  5. Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’ (featuring Romy)
  6. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Ryderz’
  7. Young Fathers – ‘Rain Or Shine’
  8. EMBRZ – ‘Silent’ feat. Amy Rose
  9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’
  10. Courtney Barnett – ‘Depreston’
  11. Not Squares – ‘Oops Said Hi’
  12. Le Galaxie – ‘Tell me Twice’
  13. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’

Part Two 

  1. JUCE – ‘The Other One’
  2. Chvrches – ‘Dead Air’
  3. Wolf Alice – ‘Bros’
  4. Ham Sandwich – ‘Broken (Start Over)’
  5. Calm Candy – ‘Tunnels’
  6. Wet – ‘Deadwater’
  7. Flying Lotus – ‘Dead Man’s Tetris’ (feat. Captain Murphy & Snoop Dogg)
  8. Outkast – ‘Aquemini’
  9. Roots Manuva – ‘Like A Drum’
  10. Kelela – ‘Guns & Synths’
  11. George FitzGerald –  ‘Call It Love (If You Want To)’ [feat. Lawrence Hart]
  12. Lianne La Havas – ‘Unstoppable’
  13. Amber Run – ‘5AM’
  14. Cinema – ‘Horizon’
  15. D’Angelo – ‘Betray My Heart’
  16. Lakker – ‘Oktavist’

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 April 24th, 2015

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New songs you should hear this week…

This week’s instalment of new music debuted/heard in the last week features Twin Shadow’s stonking new track from GTA V, NEW CHROMEO EVERYBODY, UK acts Mt. Wolf and Wolf Alice who are obviously easy to confuse, SOHN’s most James Blake-esque track yet ‘Lesson’, boom-bap rock from Sleigh Bells, smoothness from Woman’s Hour as well as Azealia Banks and Four Tet.

There’s also collaborations from Pusha T / Kendrick Lamar, Active Child / Mykki Ekko, a track from M83 member Morgan Kibby’s White Sea and a Bodhi dancefloor rework of Sampha. No Drake doe.

Posted on September 17th, 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 and Facebook.

Lightning Dust

A side-project of Vancouver’s Black Mountain, Lightning Dust favours ’80s synth dramatics over the former’s hard rock style. The lead single from their third album Fantasy, Diamond could slot right into a playlist of songs from the Drive soundtrack.

All Day & Night picks… →

Posted on May 31st, 2013

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