The Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy is currently excelling at this music thing. Building on last yer’s debut EP Hollowed Out Sea and January’s once-off single ‘Relent’, Reddy has released a new EP which gets a first listen through Nialler9 today. Attach To Memory features four tracks (and one edit) of recent songs recorded in a… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2017

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As I wrote recently, my hometown of Newbridge, Kildare has clearly punched above its regional weight in the music stakes in recent times. Now, taking its name from the phone area code, 045 Recordings is a group of the new generation of artists from the town who are presenting music together. The first release is… Read more »

Posted on April 21st, 2017

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Jordan McCuaig is a Belfast producer and DJ who co-runs The Night Institute club and releases music on his Nocturne label. For his second release Nocturne 002 on May 5th, he has three original tracks of his own and two edits of of ‘No Love Lust’ from Tuff City Kids (Gerd Janson and Lauer) on… Read more »

Posted on April 20th, 2017

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New Irish four-piece band Birds Of Olympus fronted by John ‘Spud’ Murphy (formerly of Hybrasil) only havea debut song out so far but they’ve already made the jump to find bigger audiences at SXSW and this week at Canadian Music Week. ‘Vine Of The Soul’ is a fine slice of psychedelic-leaning indie-pop and now has… Read more »

Posted on April 20th, 2017

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Elaine Mai follows up her nostalgic summer haze track from last year – ‘Enniscrone’ with ‘The Colour Of The Night’, the lead track off the EP off the same name. The track is a song about personal grief shaded through an elegiac electronic production that offers light in the dark through strings and voice. Elaine… Read more »

Posted on April 20th, 2017

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The Cork band Shookrah take their sweet music influences from soul, jazz, R&B and electronic music. Recent single ‘Gerascophia’ mixed those sounds with power (watch below) and the six-piece live band’s follow up single ‘On Our Way’ is a platonic love song in a similar sonic vein. ‘Our Own Way is a song in acknowledgement… Read more »

Posted on April 19th, 2017

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Mix & Fairbanks are two young Kildare producers and DJs Rob Smyth and Gary O’Reilly who in a short time have been nailing electronic disco productions in a live setting, via DJ edits, remixes and mixes. Well, wait til you hear their first original track… Along with other Newbridge, Kildare crew, they feature on the… Read more »

Posted on April 18th, 2017

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Why just this day last week, I featured a sturdy track from Autre Monde, aband formed from a lot of Dublin-based Popical Island-related bands. Featuring Paddy Hanna on vocals, Mark Chester on guitar (Ginnels), Padraig Cooney on bass (Skelocrats, Tieranniesaur) and Eoghan O’Brien on drums (No Monster Club), their new band is inspired by “an… Read more »

Posted on April 18th, 2017

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Karen Sheridan’s Slow Skies project has returned with ‘Shut Your Eyes’, their first new song since ‘Winter Night’. The song is a gentle and intimate song which is accompanied by a video by Kevin and Páraic McGloughlin. The song is on Nialler9’s Irish Music Playlist on Spotify.

Posted on April 18th, 2017

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This Side Up are a Sligo trio that dropped an excellent album of West Coast (of Ireland) hip-hop in November. ‘Billy No Mates’ is an easy highlight from the LP, I said it “sounds like a Jurassic 5 throwback production” originally. Watch the fun video by Gavin Fitzgerald of the track above. This Side Up’s… Read more »

Posted on April 18th, 2017

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Dublin artist Soulé follows up her impactful first two singles ‘Love No More’ and ‘Good Life’ today, with ‘Troublemaker’. The Diffusion Lab-produced track has a Mura Masa-style electronic pop feel and comes with artwork with Soulé wielding a baseball bat. No messing. It’s out now on Streaming services. The song was added to the Nialler9… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2017

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Anthony Donnelly’s Floor Staff went quiet for a while there but it was the arrival of ‘Saviour’ that suggested something significant had changed. On Friday, the Convictions EP will be released and it marks a leap in ambition, craft and production. Lyrically, it addresses bereavement, fidelity and self-esteem. Opener ‘Choice’ makes that step clear with… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2017

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The new electronic Irish duo of Bebhinn Mc Donnell (producer) and Taylor Doyle (vocals) aka Sylk were featured here recently with their FKA Twigs meets Massive Attack ‘Am I Alone’. At the end of this month they are releasing their nwyr EP with a launch show at Wah Wah Club with Discotekken on April 30th…. Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2017

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Dundalk band We, the Oceanographers are off to Toronto for Canadian Music Week next week where they are record new music with Dave Newfeld who is known for working with Broken Social Scene. Before that though, they’ve released a brand new song ‘I Can’t Give You Both’, a song of both lo-fi ends and sweeping… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2017

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Donal Dineen and Myles O’Reilly’s This Ain’t No Disco online TV show recently travelled to New York with Villagers’ Conor O’Brien with the help of St. Patrick’s Festival. There, they met up with composer Nico Muhly and recorded a collaboration between then. The result is the beautiful new song ‘Fortunate Child’, which was released today…. Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2017

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