Artwork by Fatti Burke.

Here it is. My top 50 favourite albums of the year counting down. There’s a Spotify playlist available for it all but click down to get some context for each album from 21 to 1. Top 100 songs of the year tomorrow.

Spotify Best Albums of 2013 playlist

50. Omar Souleyman – Wenu Wenu
49. Danny Brown – Old
48. Ghostpoet – Some Say I So I Say Light
47. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
46. Toro Y Moi – Anything In Return
45. Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero
44. Forest Swords – Forest Swords
43. Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety
42. Ikonika – Aerotropolis
41. Gold Panda – Half Of Where You Live
40. Daughter – If You Leave
39. Gramme – Fascination
38. And So I Watch You From Afar – All Hail Bright Futures
37. Austra – Olympia
36. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
35. Julia Holter – Loud City Song
34. Blondes – Swisher
33. Local Natives – Hummingbird
32. Space Dimension Controller – Welcome to Mikrosector-50
31. Holy Ghost! – Dynamics
30. Rhye – Woman
29. Dancing Suns – Goldmine
28. Solar Bears – Supermigration
27. Lisa O’Neill – Same Cloth Or Not
26. John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
25. Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
24. James Blake – Overgrown
23. Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind
22. Lasertom – Drift
21. Arctic Monkeys – AM

20. FaltyDL – Hardcourage

FaltyDLA gentle emotive house and techno album informed by jazz and soul music and inspired by love.

“Its 10 tracks have a refreshing directness to them for a dude who previously liked to coat his beats in a glossy gauze.

No longer is FaltyDL’s music “soaked in muggy, sweaty tropical tourism,” Hardcourage is instead, by osmosis, soaked in the sounds of the best of electronic music today. The brave mix of genres and influences produces a release entirely his own though. Lustman has stepped out of the haze.”


All City Records have put out their end of year mix courtesy of DJ Tu-ki featuring 39 tracks that made their year including the likes of MachineDrum, Madlib/Freddie Gibbs, Lapalux, Pusha T, Mano Le Tough, FKA Twigs, Frank B, Laszlo Dancehall, El-P / Killer Mike, Laurel Halo, Addison Groove, Special Request and more. It’s a solid 67 minutes of electronic, house and hip-hop.


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20 remixes or edits from my year that made it into my DJ playlists and got the most regular play: from bangers to disco edits to floorfillers and wamp wamp rap remixes.

  1. Letherette - ‘D& T’ (Dorian Concept remix)
  2. Bondax – ‘Giving It All’ (Joe Goddard remix)
  3. ASAP Ferg - ‘Shabba REMIX’ (feat. Shabba Ranks, Migos & Busta Rhymes)
  4. Bande Apartment – ‘Lubricating Rita’
  5. HAIM – ‘Don’t Save Me’ (Cyril Hahn remix)
  6. The Preatures – ‘Is This How You Feel’ (Classixx remix)
  7. White Collar Boy – ‘SUUU’ (Frank B remix)
  8. Janet Jackson – ‘If’ (Kaytranada Remix)
  9. FaltyDL – ‘She Sleeps’ (Martyn remix)
  10. Foals – ‘My Number’ (Hot Chip remix)
  11. Phoenix -‘ Trying To Be Cool’ (Breakbot remix)
  12. Liza Flume - ‘Poison’ (Daithi remix)
  13. Rhye – ‘Open’ (Maurice Fulton Alt mix)
  14. Mano Le Tough – ‘Please’ (New Jackson remix)
  15. Grimes –  ‘Skin’ (Four Tet remix)
  16. Ciara – ‘Got Me Good’ (Monto remix)
  17. Donna Summer – ‘Love Is In Control’ (Chromeo & Oliver remix)
  18. Hot Chip - ‘How Do You Do’ (Todd Terje remix)
  19. Blackstreet – ‘No Diggity’ (Bondax edit)
  20. Classixx - ‘Fortunate Star’ (Madonna Remake)

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This is a personal list of the 20 music videos that stuck with me for various reasons, some explained below, some because they are great examples and some because they lifted the song into a new realm. These are my 20 favourites as opposed to my best.

20. Biggles Flys Again – ‘Chambers’

Video by: Colm Russell

A Wes Anderson-style clip of Dublin looking beautiful soundtracks the 28 stages of a relationship breakdown.

19. Grizzly Bear – ‘Gun-Shy’

Video by: Kris Moyles

You won’t thank me for watching this one – it’s a plain weird video featuring Grizzly Bear band members getting various surgical and medical samples taken in an idyllic place to the soundtrack of their gorgeous song.

18. Earl Sweatshirt – ‘Doris’

Video by: Hiro Murai

A dark menacing beat gets a roving urban foreboding video.

17. Lizzo feat. Sophia Eris – Batches & Cookies

Video by: Ryan Kron Thompson

If a video is a designed to introduce to an artist and give you a short time frame in which to “get” them, Lizzo’s video does that all right here. The Detroit MC is just one of those great videos that gives you a snapshot of the artist’s character and does so in a three and a half minute burst of fun. It also lifts the tune which is what any great video does.

16. Fryars – ‘Cool Like Me’ (Original and Mike Skinner remix)l

Video by: Ian & Cooper / Mike Skinner

Two videos for the same song: the original and the remix. The former is the cinematic one, focusing on a cult of body-popping evangelical bell-ringers while the latter for the Mike Skinner remix and also directed by him, is a play on the title of the song, takes pleasure in putting Fryars’ Benjamin Garrett and Mike Skinner as the photobombing background focus of a host of cooler-than-thou people at London Fashion week.

15. Glasser – ‘Design’

Video by: Jonathan Turner

Cameron Mesirow’s Interiors is an album that is inspired by “architecture, a physical imposition in my life, and the fluid emotional boundaries of relationships.” This clip for ‘Design’ fits that aesthetic and the song’s arpeggiated synths and nuanced production.

14. Bob Dylan – ‘Like A Rolling Stone’

Video by: Vania Heymann

The concept is simple. An interactive TV where every station is lip-synching to the Dylan classic.


13. Dizzee Rascal – ‘I Don’t Need A Reason’

Video by: Emile Sornin

Video techniques loop like animated GIFs. Brilliantly effective and suitable for the track’s minimal beat.

12. Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’

Video by: Feel Good Lost

‘Take Me To Church’ is the most complete song from Hozier’s nascent career, a soulful high-spirited track which seeks redemption in the flesh through metaphors around church worship – “if the heaven’s ever did speak / she’s the last true mouth piece”, “i was born sick but I love it / command me to be well”. Andrew Hozier-Byrne is a perfect vessel for that sentiment: his voice also plays on that dichotomy, a gospel-fused and sensual soul instrument.

It’s a clever ploy, playing the incongruous relationship between sex and religion off each other. Fittingly, Feel Good Lost’s black and white video for the track also addresses that issue: by showing what can happen to a gay couple who, in 2013, these modern times, are not recognised by the church and subsequently by prejudiced peers at a time when homophobia is proposed as a law by the Russian authorities. The video has a powerful synergy to it.

11. Arcade Fire – ‘Afterlife’

Video by: Emily Kai Bock

Kai Bock’s ‘Afterlife’ video has a sumptuous dreamy quality that wraps itself around in the song in a cinematic haze.

Posted on December 17th, 2013


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Artwork by Fatti Burke.

2013 was the year that music really maxed out on time. There was so much music about that it was hard to keep up, even just in Ireland.  Below you’ll find a list of my favourite Irish songs, albums and EPs of 2013. Keeping my choices to 30 was hard but necessary. These were my favourites, my most-played, the ones I loved the most, the releases and tunes that I feel helped define what this country does in musical terms this year, as well as being the ones that I’d recommend to international friends and visitors.

As is customary, I’m also asking you guys to give me your top Irish albums, songs, EPs, gigs, clubs and more. I’ve also got some sweet prizes up for grabs for those who enter. Once, the voting closes on December 18th, I’ll collate the lists and post them here for all to see as with the last seven years.


Nialler9’s top 30 Irish albums of 2013

  1. I Am The Cosmos – Monochrome
  2. Mano Le Tough – Changing Days
  3. Girls Names – The New Life
  4. Villagers – {awayland}
  5. Come On Live Long - Everything Fall
  6. Lasertom – Drift
  7. Lisa O’Neill – Same Cloth Or Not
  8. Solar Bears – Supermigration
  9. Space Dimension Controller – Welcome to Mikrosector-50
  10. Dancing Suns – Goldmine
  11. And So I Watch You From Afar – All Hail Bright Futures
  12. Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero
  13. Tieranniesaur – DIYSCO
  14. Ensemble Eriu – Ensemble Eriu
  15. Somadrone – The First Wave
  16. Cian Nugent & The Cosmos - Born With the Caul
  17. Squarehead – Respect
  18. Pearse McGloughlin and Justin Grounds – Idiot Songs
  19. Enemies – Embark, Embrace
  20. Biggles Flys Again – Remember Saturday
  21. Chequerboard - The Unfolding
  22. Sounds Of System Breakdown – Nomad
  23. Halves – Boa Howl
  24. Cat Dowling – The Believer
  25. Sunken Foal – Friday Syndrone Vol 2
  26. Bouts – Nothing Good Gets Away
  27. Kill Krinkle Club – Oxen Of The Sun
  28. Ghost Maps – The Ocean From The River
  29. Emakousma – Island
  30. The Late David Turpin – We Belong Dead

Spotify album playlist


The 30 tracks that made the month of music awesome in a Soundcloud playlist with links to where you can find the track.

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10 songs you should hear right now…

1. Todd Terje – ‘Spiral’

Norway disco don gives us another one-two slow motion punch of elongated synth-disco. It’s hard to pick a winner between the two new tracks at the moment but ‘Q’ is just shaving it by a hair.


10 songs you should hear right now…

1. Daniel Avery – ‘Naive Response’

A towering debut of anthemic dance music from London producer is this week’s album of the week. It’s hard to get away from the brilliance of the title track ‘Drone Logic’ but ‘Naive Response’ also comes close. Positively robotic.

2. Mano Le Tough – ‘Please’ (New Jackson Remix)

In light of last week’s debut of ‘Of A Thousand Leaves’ by David Kitt aka New Jackson, I delved back into this fine remix by DK of fellow islander and international electronic producer Mano Le Tough.

3. Lethal Dialect – ‘School Dayz Are Over’

Hopeful, nostalgic and cinematic track from the Dublin rapper who is poised through his sheer talent to breakout. This is Irish rap to be proud about on our own terms. Roll on the album 1988.

4. Planningtorock – ‘Human Drama’

It’s Marmite stuff for sure but I’ve got a soft spot for Janine Rostrom’s weirdness. On ‘Human Drama’, she tackles her dominant subject: gender. “Gimme a human drama / And understand that gender’s just a game.” It’s from her new album All Love’s Legal out in February.


Posted on November 22nd, 2013

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