With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly. 1. Mura Masa – Mura Masa Collaborator laden debut albums are hard to create cohesively but Mura Masa’s production characterised by box-of-tricks percussion, playful steel drum… Read more »

Posted on July 18th, 2017

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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 Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly. 1. HAIM – Something To Tell You Haim’s debut album exceeded expectations for a new act. The Haim Sisters’ mix Fleetwood Mac-style soft rock, ’60s girl-group… Read more »

Posted on July 7th, 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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Dublin experimental veterans The Jimmy Cake today unveil their new album, Tough Love, in full, ahead of its release and launch gigs this weekend. Tough Love is the band’s sixth studio long-player. Written in 2015 as a single longform piece for a once-off performance in Dublin’s now-defunct Joinery venue, Tough Love is, in the words… Read more »

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

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So we reach the halfway mark of the year and I present to you a list of my 25 most-played and enjoyed records of the year so far. Songs to follow. 25. Sir Was – Digging A Tunnel This debut album from the Swedish musician Joel Wästberg reminds me of Caribou, Bibio and Paul White…. Read more »

Posted on June 30th, 2017

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James Vincent McMorrow launched his new album True Care last night with a live streamed gig from D-Light Studios in Dublin. You can now listen to the album in full now on Spotify and all streaming and download services. On first listen, the album feels like a looser more exploratory version of We Move, a… Read more »

Posted on May 26th, 2017

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Sea Pinks, the Belfast guitar pop trio spearheaded by Neil Brogan, on guitar and vocals, Steven Henry on bass and Davey Agnew on drums continue their forays into creating good time guitar vibes with flecks of surf-rock and specks of outsider power pop. But as Neil says, those references aren’t the whole story. “We’re often… Read more »

Posted on May 25th, 2017

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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 Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly. 1. Mac DeMarco – This Old Dog You’re very likely already at least five listens deep to this album seeing as it came out a couple… Read more »

Posted on May 19th, 2017

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From Night To Night, the debut full-length album from David Kitt’s New Jackson project arrives on All City officially tomorrow. The 11 songs featured here were created very much at home in Dublin. Specifically Kitt’s bedroom, overlooking Dublin bay in the small hours of the morning. These analogue night-time constructions have a graceful intimacy to… Read more »

Posted on May 11th, 2017

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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 Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly. 1. Ships – Precession “With Precession, Ships have taken all that guardianship, heart and knowledge and have made one of my favourite albums of the year…. Read more »

Posted on April 28th, 2017

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Sorca McGrath and Simon Cullen have been making music as Ships for the last five years. As both a creative duo and real-life partners, they have imbued their synth-disco music with genuine exploration of human feeling. The ‘Ships’ in the title also represents some suffixes using the title – ‘relationships’, ‘friendships’, ‘scholarships’. There’s connection at… Read more »

Posted on April 28th, 2017

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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 Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly. 1. Overcoats – Young New Yorkers Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell have been developing their harmonic folk pop since before they spent a summer in Ireland… Read more »

Posted on April 21st, 2017

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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 Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly. 1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. Full info on production credits, fan theories and guests here, but DAMN. is the number one release of this week. Favourite… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2017

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Kendrick Lamar’s new album DAMN. was released today and it’s DAMN. good! Dispensing with the sprawling jazz style of To Pimp A Butterfly, DAMN. returns to more established hip-hop sound. Fears about U2 were going to fit into all of this were unfounded as the track they feature on ‘XXX’ is one of the album’s… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2017

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