Here are a list of my most listened and loved records of 2016 so far with Spotify playlists for overall and Irish albums of the year. Anderson Paak’s soulful album has been on constant, while Bowie left us a legendary parting gift, Bibio turned in a career best work, Kendrick dropped an outtakes album that… Read more »

Posted on July 6th, 2016

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Artwork: Donough O’Malley/The Public House for Nialler9. Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record shops and its stock returns on Saturday and this year, it feels like there’s a lot less focus on the actual Record Store limited releases and more of a focus on the actual physical shops that exist and the… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2016

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from dvsn, Kaytranada, Kel Assouf, Kappekoff, Underworld and Toby Kaar. Hit the last page for the fullSoundcloud playlist. 1. Isaac Tichauer ‘Higher Level’ (Bicep remix) The Belfast boys deliver a stonker. The Belfast house duo Bicep have been on some roll… Read more »

Posted on April 11th, 2016

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Before Lianne La Havas was a Grammy-nominated artist, before she was a singer, her ears were piqued by the singular voice of Lauryn Hill. “She made me realise the power of a voice,” La Havas says of the R&B singer. “After I heard her, I really knew that singing felt nice. Before that, I didn’t… Read more »

Posted on March 21st, 2016

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“Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times.” – Björk. Over the weekend in Belfast, I participated in a talk about Women In Music at the Women’s Work festival at the Oh Yeah Centre. Being the “token male” was a joke of the panel but it was an experience that is… Read more »

Posted on March 8th, 2016

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Update: It’s 2016, I found this post and enjoyed it. I’ve now added a Spotify playlist of all of the albums available. Below is a list of my favourite records of the ten years between the turn of the millenium, the year 2000 and 2010. Ranking these albums was led by a) what the album… Read more »

Posted on February 25th, 2016

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Tomorrow night sees the inaugural Generator Live series take place in The Generator Hostel in Smithfield with a great new music lineup of Katie Laffan, Daithí, Cut Once and Beach playing live. Tickets are free and the other good news is that Generator have a whole load more planned. I talked to Generator’s event co-ordinator… Read more »

Posted on February 18th, 2016

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The superstars of the music world don’t generally discover themselves. Even in today’s digital age, with ease of access to the public, very often an artist needs a champion to gain wider recognition. John H. Hammond, as featured in the new Guinness Made Of More ad, was one such champion of music beginning in the… Read more »

Posted on February 17th, 2016

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I’ve always been interested in the background players of the music industry. John Hammond, most recently the subject of the new Guinness Made Of More ad campaign, is one such somewhat under-appreciated influencer. As a producer, critic, A&R scout and label man, Hammond was instrumental in the establishment of careers of some serious music legends:… Read more »

Posted on February 12th, 2016

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