With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly. 1. King Krule – The Ooz Archy Marshall’s guttural vowel-swallowing voice has been the biggest draw across nearly all his work a King Krule, Zoo Kid,… Read more »

Posted on October 18th, 2017

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Slow Place Like Home, the project of Keith Mannion has morphed from bedroom electronic project to a full live band in recent years and new album When I See You…Ice Cream! is affirmation of his new inclusive ethos. The second SPLH album was still recored in Mannion’s bedroom but features vocals from Whipping Boy’s Fearghal… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2017

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Eoin Dolan is a Galway musician who channels the Beach Boys’ sunny warmth like no other in the country. As I’ve said before, it’s more Salthill than Santa Monica but his latest release, the full-length Ubique certainly echoes the late-era Beach Boys music on an an album that has a pleasing psychedelic haze. Joined by… Read more »

Posted on October 10th, 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 Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly. 1. Daphni – Joli Mai Any new music from Dan Snaith is always welcome around here and a new Daphni album largely culled from his recent… Read more »

Posted on October 9th, 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 Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly. 1. The National – Sleep Well Beast Two weeks since it’s release, Sleep Well Beast is developing into The National’s most interesting and rewarding album yet,… Read more »

Posted on September 25th, 2017

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After all the goodbyes and last hurrahs, LCD Soundsystem’s seven-year itch is over. And so the unlikely frontman, the jaded rock star, the studio nerd who was never supposed to be part of the narrative returns to take his place in the limelight. If there’s a short-hand for how American Dream is different to the… Read more »

Posted on September 1st, 2017

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The Dublin-based musician and producer Djamel Medjy aka neonfrench, has appeared with a full album called half-caste of electronic explorations. With a background in mixing and production, Medjy spent some time in Berlin dealing with depression and bipolar disorder. His music is a release to him (along with running and martial arts) and back in… Read more »

Posted on July 28th, 2017

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After months of marketing transmissions from the Everything Now corp employees, the fifth Arcade Fire album is here finally and the music speaks for itself. I’ve loved everything they’ve released from it to date especially the rousing title track and the Talking Heads meets Blondie of ‘Signs Of Life‘ and like those varied bag of… Read more »

Posted on July 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. Album of the week: Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy Odd Future feels like a long time ago after listening to Flower Boy. The boy… Read more »

Posted on July 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. 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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