15. Nomo – New Tones The funkiest album on the list, Michigan-based Nomo take their cue from the Congolese band, Konono N°1, respectively appropriating their percussive tribal sound to the Northern Hemisphere. Extending that ethos with breakneck brass, organ and guitar to produce a post-Afrobeat sound – the songs on instrumental New Tones are refreshlingly… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2006

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It’s December so that means only one thing. Time for plenty of best of lists! We start the list season with the first part of Top 20 albums of 2006 list (numbers 20 – 16). Enjoy! 20. Fujiya & Miyagi – Transparent Things Clocking in at 36 minutes, this album from Brighton based trio compiles… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2006

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Hello all, Mike here. Today I have a treat for techno afficionados (but maybe not much else for those of you who don’t like repetitive beats as much). I’ve been sitting on this mix for a year or two now, and God knows it’s probably been doing the rounds for a lot longer than that…. Read more »

Posted on November 29th, 2006

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Something about the revered anticipation that greeted Juana Molina as she took the stage in Crawdaddy last night told me this was going to be different from other gigs I’d been to recently. There were also people sitting on the floor in front of the stage as well which is something I’d imagine happens at… Read more »

Posted on November 28th, 2006

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Nialler9 guest Mike here again to take you crazy kidz on a magical trip down memory lane. A massive urge to look at cheesy 90’s pop dance tunes gripped me in my hungover state this saturday afternoon, the brief fruits of which I shall now share with you lucky music fans. First off we have… Read more »

Posted on November 18th, 2006

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A brief interview from Squarepusher on the BBC’s Culture Show aired last month. As well as an introduction from André 3000 who makes a plea to Squarepusher to collaborate with him (Imagine what that would sound like – some kind of trippy jazz-bass-heavy space-funk electronic drum and bass hip hop album), there’s also a solo… Read more »

Posted on November 16th, 2006

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Some photos and videos of last night’s LFO show, his first ever in Ireland. The atmosphere was amazing at it (that may just have been the majority of people off their mash on ecstasy pipes) with a noticeable amount of old skool ravers there to relive their former glories. Props to the guy in the… Read more »

Posted on November 14th, 2006

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Digging deeper into dubstep over the last few weeks, I found Skream, currently man of the moment on the London scene, with perhaps the most prolific output for a dubstep artist. And, he’s only 19. This track featuring Warrior Queen starts off on a nice dancehall / ragga tip and then gets dirty 55 seconds… Read more »

Posted on November 1st, 2006

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Over the last few months, a barrage of posts on music blogs that I frequent have thrown up some great new music. These artists have been covered so much elsewhere that I hesitated to even mention them, but I realise that not everybody scours blogs as frequently as I do so it’s probably worth adding… Read more »

Posted on October 31st, 2006

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I had such a good time last night in Crawdaddy. Brazil’s Bonde do Role mix samples from rock songs with baile funk beats and were Diplo’s first signing to his MadDecent label. And you can understand why he snapped them up. Their music is pure fun, made for dancing and for putting smiles on faces…. Read more »

Posted on October 20th, 2006

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For the superstitous among you – I present 13 quality remixes to keep your fears at bay.. MP3s Dead_Prez – Hell_Yeah myninecan piss remix [audio:http://www.nialler9.com/mp3/Dead_Prez_-_Hell_Yeah__myninecan_piss.mp3] TV On The Radio vs Afrika Bambaataa Staring At The_Sun remix [audio:http://www.nialler9.com/mp3/TV_On_The_Radio_vs_Afrika_Bambaataa_Staring_At_The_Sun.mp3] Madvillain – Money Folder (Four Tet Remix) [audio:http://www.nialler9.com/mp3/Madvillain_Money Folder_(Four Tet Remix).mp3] Teddybears – CobraStyle (Diplo remix) [audio:http://www.nialler9.com/mp3/Teddybears_-_Cobrastyle_(Diplo Remix).mp3]… Read more »

Posted on October 13th, 2006

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I’m only beginning to delve into the world of Dubstep, Vex’d was my introduction. Vex’d are playing Ireland in November according to their MySpace. Also it’s worth mentioning that T-Woc and MelodyMasher played a blinding Dubstep set at a night in Kennedy’s run by Kaboogie a few weeks ago. I’ve downloaded a few Dubstep mixes… Read more »

Posted on October 11th, 2006

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Striking a healthy balance between bedroom electronica and live instruments can be a hard thing to pull off at the best of times. I am a Robot and Proud aka Shaw-Han Liem is based in Toronto, Canada and does exactly that. His music is a beautiful mix of playful chiming synths, live drums, gentle guitars… Read more »

Posted on October 10th, 2006

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Anybody going to TV on the Radio next month? If you are, you’ll like the live MP3s from a KEXP session last week posted on The Smudge of Ashen Fluff and also FoeWeel!! . Alternative versions of songs from the album – “Wolf like Me”, “Dirty Whirlwind” and “Blues from Down Here”. They are rough… Read more »

Posted on October 10th, 2006

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Since the heated debate about DJ Shadow’s new album The Outsider has subsided and the album has been released, it’s time to give my thoughts on it. What struck me on the first few listens was the lack of cohesion throughout. It’s like he deliberately set out to confuse not just fans but first time… Read more »

Posted on October 5th, 2006

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