Curated artist soundtracks are a relatively new concept in the world of OST with Lorde the most notable high-profile artist to “curate” the third Hunger Games soundtrack. That release served as a nice tie-in in music marketing for a mainstream movie. For Marvel’s Black Panther soundtrack though, the Marvel studio and the film’s director Ryan… Read more »

Posted on February 13th, 2018

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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. Nils Frahm – All Melody A sprawling beauty of an album from composer and musician Nils Frahm. All Melody was recorded in his studio in… Read more »

Posted on January 30th, 2018

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Come On Live Long singer Robert John Ardiff has released his debut album Between The Bed and Room. It was recorded in various locations including the boxroom of his own house, the Cultural Centre Irlandais in Paris and in Little Gem recording studio with Andy Walsh. Mixing on the record was done by Ken McCabe…. Read more »

Posted on January 23rd, 2018

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Nils Frahm’s new album All Melody was one we picked to look forward to this year but we didn’t have long to wait. As it’s out Friday, the Berlin-based composer is currently streaming the new album on NPR this week and it’s a super listen so far. It was recorded in his custom-built studio in… Read more »

Posted on January 22nd, 2018

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One of Cork’s lesser-known musical success stories is Robert O’Halloran, a beatmaker better known in Irish hip-hop circles as Jar Jar Jr. (or jar jar jr, as the kids say). Assembling jazzy, lo-fi beats of the old-school persuasion, O’Halloran’s traversion of “the Rhodes less travelled”, to coin his own phrase, has led to a dedicated cult… Read more »

Posted on January 15th, 2018

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It’s quite something to consider the body of work of Wirral-born/Cork-based troubadour Laurie Shaw. Having been doing the rounds locally for several years, the singer-songwriter’s body of work is frighteningly extensive for a man of 23, with several albums already to his considerable credit. Having already aired some of his music on UK label Sunstone… Read more »

Posted on January 4th, 2018

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2017 Best of | Best songs | Best albums | Irish albums | Irish songs | Club tracks | Guest selections This list of 50 tracks my most-played and most-loved songs I played out while DJing this year. Here’s to many more in 2018. If you like what you hear, there’s a DJ favourites playlist… Read more »

Posted on December 22nd, 2017

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2017 Best of | Best songs | Best albums | Irish albums | Irish songs | Club tracks | Guest selections Here we are: my 100 favourite tracks of the year with a Spotify playlist. Delve deep. 100. Lanark Artefax – Touch Absence Punishing low-end and mechanical Autechre vibes from a Glasgow producer on the… Read more »

Posted on December 21st, 2017

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2017 Best of | Best songs | Best albums | Irish albums | Irish songs | Club tracks | Guest selections 40. Talos – Wild Alee Since appearing with ‘Tethered Bones’, an emotional electronic ballad three years ago, Cork man Eoin French aka Talos has been refining and developing that style with every release. Now,… Read more »

Posted on December 18th, 2017

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2017 Best of | Best songs | Best albums | Irish albums | Irish songs | Club tracks | Guest selections That is was very very hard to stop at 75 this year is an indication of how much music is made in Ireland, how much variation in sound there is here and how there… Read more »

Posted on December 18th, 2017

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2017 Best of | Best songs | Best albums | Irish albums | Irish songs | Club tracks | Guest selections Here are my 25 favourite Irish albums from 2017 whittled down from a shortlist of 40 or so. Number 1 was a surefire since I heard it earlier this year but there were a… Read more »

Posted on December 12th, 2017

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There was a lot of snorts and retorts from the old guard in dance music noticed names like Ross From Friends, DJ Seinfeld and DJ Boring appeared on the scene with a sound that was co-opted and coagulated as “lo-fi house”. Essentially, house music roughed up and anything but pristine and clean, the sound was… Read more »

Posted on November 3rd, 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. Julien Baker – Turn Off The Lights 21 year-old songwriter signed to Matador Records who was my new artist of the week for the Irish… Read more »

Posted on October 27th, 2017

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Fever Ray’s first album in 8 years is now released on Rabid Records. Trailed by ‘From The Moon And Back’ last week, Plunge is an album that falls somewhere betwen the ambience of Karin Dreijer’s first Fever Ray album and The Knife’s heady percussive electro. Plunge was largely recorded in Karin Dreijer’s Stockholm studio in… Read more »

Posted on October 27th, 2017

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Having been around a few years now as an active project, Conan Wynne and Anna Doran’s joint music project Contour is now releasing a full-length. The pair’s musical dynamics are typically textured electronic music released over EPs and once-off tracks, with Wynne’s varied production drawing influence from disparate genres from jazz, funk, drum and bass… Read more »

Posted on October 26th, 2017

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