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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The Cork, now London-based producer Toby Kaar has followed up his debut EP from last year with a new track ‘Promises’. The song is a robotic vocal-lead track that sounds like a mangled rip of an Italo vocal with a booming beat production. Like Daft Punk and Panda Bear’s ‘Doing It Right’ in a way…. Read more »

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Shamir’s Ratchet was one of the best releases of 2015, a sophisticated disco-house pop album anchored by Shamir Bailey’s squeaky falsetto. While that album was produced by Nick Sylvester, Shamir was keen to show that he had other influences, like the country acoustic pop demo he shared around that time. Shamir it seems has been… Read more »

Posted on April 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. 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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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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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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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 »

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I shared a jazzy house track from Kilkenny producer Replete last year and now it’s featured on a vinyl release from Ele Records alongside similar tracks of jazz and soul dance grooves from Contours, the bassline garage-sax of ‘Night Shift’ and the sax- synth track Sameed which shares the same Al Green sample as FaltyDL’s… Read more »

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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 »

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Super Extra Bonus Party were a party band when there was a dearth of such things in Ireland. They didn’t care about genre, they mashed indie with hip-hop, with electronics, with folk with whatever. They put on high energy live shows with an MC rapping in Portugese and made on a dancing sesh happen at… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2017

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Four Tet has been a regular collaborator, fellow DJ and producer with Jamie xx, with a ‘Seesaw’ production credit and club edit, VCR remix =, ‘Angel’ remix and b2b sets a regular occurence. The xx released their newest and third album I See You in January and yesterday, Four Tet posted his remix of ‘A… Read more »

Posted on April 12th, 2017

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