Music journalist, host of the No Encore podcast and end-of-year listicle fan. See all the guest selections of 2017 so far. 1. The Horrors – ‘Something To Remember Me By’ I still don’t know why The Horrors aren’t the biggest band in the UK and Ireland. Their journey has been fascinating to watch and enriching… Read more »

Posted on December 11th, 2017

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Niall D’Arcy aka Dj Deece is one of the most in-demand DJs in Ireland. Before the end of the year, Catch him in Navan, Galway and District 8 in Dublin for New Year’s Eve. See all the guest selections of 2017 so far. 1. Burnin Beat feat. Olive Masinga – Searchin’ Bit of a cheat… Read more »

Posted on December 11th, 2017

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Kenny Hanlon is a DJ and the boss of Apartment Records. See all the guest selections of 2017 so far. 1. Nu Era – Space Above Us I came across a video earlier this year of Benny Klock playing a classic DJ Skull track at some outdoor party where I swear the front row of… Read more »

Posted on December 11th, 2017

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Kelly-Anne Byrne is a regular DJ at festivals throughout Ireland. She’s known for her love of disco and soul, which manifests on the airwaves with her nationwide show on Saturday and Sunday night on Today FM called The Beat Goes On. Kelly-Anne plays the NYE Ball at The Sugar Club. See all the guest selections… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2017

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Popular Music, like nigh on everything else, has been dominated with political sentiment in 2017. In a year where issues of race, class and gender were (sometimes painfully) brought to the fore of civic discussion, music has dutifully followed suit. In fact, much of this year’s popular music can be viewed as a reaction to… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2017

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Mayo singer-songwriter Maria Kelly most recently released ‘Hollow’ along with an EP earlier this year. She plays a homecoming show in Westport on December 22nd. 1. Jome – Hollow Jome is a newly launched project, half of which is made up of an old favourite artist of mine, Imaginary Future. His solo music is very… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2017

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Galway electronic pop artist Laoise Ní Nualláin grew up playing violin and piano before teaching herself the guitar at the age of 11. She then started writing music at age 15. Her debut EP Halfway, of understated electronic-assisted pop, was released this year and was a regular feature on Nialler9. 1. Banks – Underdog One of… Read more »

Posted on December 6th, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place. Listen on Spotify 1. Yaeji – Raingurl The NYC-based Korean producer Kathy Yaeji Lee has released two EPs of house-pop music on the God Mode label (Shamir) and ‘raingurl’ is the standout in her discography so far. It’s at once – a banger,… Read more »

Posted on December 6th, 2017

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Nialler9.com is 13 years old this month. This site has always been about new music but I wanted to mark 13 years in the business of music writing and recommendations by picking a song from each year the site has been active since 2005. The song choices aren’t definitive in representing that year as a… Read more »

Posted on November 23rd, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place. Listen on Spotify 1. Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back After 9 years away, Karin Dreijer returned with her first album as Fever Ray last week, Plunge. ‘To The Moon And Back’ was the first taste from it and it is… Read more »

Posted on November 2nd, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place. Listen on Spotify 1. Fort Romeau – ‘Emu’ An absolute electronic monster from Fort Romeau on Running Back. ‘Emu’ is the 6-minute lead off track from the release and it moves from propulsive mechanical synth dance to siren-building constructions. It sounds great in… Read more »

Posted on October 4th, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place. Listen on Spotify 1. Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen’ Kieran Hebden returns to the relative calm of his early work with this minimally-pitched track that lets a string instrument become the main focus. 2. Arcade Fire – ‘Signs Of Life’ Now… Read more »

Posted on August 2nd, 2017

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All of these songs either featured in the Irish music section, my regular updated Spotify playlist or my Irish Times Irish music column. 30. Abovedat – ‘Better’ Low-end thriving electronic house-pop single with pitched silky vocal from Cork’s Stevie G and Ian Ring (formerly of Young Wonder). 29. Fionn Regan – The Meeting of the… Read more »

Posted on July 6th, 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… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Here are my favourite songs of the year so far in a Spotify playlist. Check out the monthly playlists too.  Here are my albums of the year so far. 75 songs featured including Arcade Fire, Mix & Fairbanks, Kendrick, Ships, Mac Demarco, The Blaze, Haim, Run The Jewels, The xx, Aldous Harding, Overcoats, Maggie Rogers,… Read more »

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

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