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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in,right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.

Tune back in Christmas Day and New Year’s Day at 10pm for my songs of the year specials.

HOUR ONE

  1. St. Vincent –  ‘Rattlesnake’ (St. Vincent)
  2. Sinkane  – ‘New Name’ (Mean Love)
  3. Angel Olsen –  ‘Hi-Five’ (Burn No Fire For Your Witness)
  4. Future Islands –  ‘A Dream Of You And Me’ (Singles)
  5. Glass Animals –  ‘Hazey’ (ZABA)
  6. Hundred Waters –  ‘Animal’ (The Moon Rang Like A Bell)
  7. James Vincent McMorrow  – ‘Post Tropical’ (Post Tropical)
  8. Alt-J  – ‘Warm Foothills’ (This Is All Yours)
  9. Lykke Li  – ‘Gunshot’ (I Never Learn)
  10. Warpaint  – ‘Keep It Healthy’ (Warpaint)
  11. Mr Twin Sister  – ‘Rude Boy’ (Mr Twin Sister)
  12. Fatima  – ‘Technology’ (Yellow Memories)
  13. God Knows + mynameisjOhn  – ‘Habbakuk’ (Rusangano/Family)
  14. Run The Jewels  – ‘All My Life’ (RTJ2)

Listen part 1

 

HOUR TWO

  1. Todd Terje  – Preben Goes to Acapulco (It’s Album Time!)
  2. Caribou –  Your Love Will Set You Free (c2’s Set U Free RMX)  (Our Love)
  3. Lone  – Airglow Fires (Reality Testing)
  4. Kiasmos –  Swayed (Kiasmos)
  5. Aphex Twin –  produk 29 [101] (Syro)
  6. Dorian Concept –  Ann River, Mn (Joined Ends)
  7. Shabazz Palaces  – Forerunner Foray (Lese Majesty)
  8. Flying Lotus  – Coronus, The Terminator (You’re Dead!)
  9. FKA twigs –  Numbers (LP1)
  10. SBTRKT  – The Light feat. Denai Moore (Wonder Where We Land)
  11. Sylvan Esso –  Play It Right (Sylvan Esso)
  12. Fatima Al Qadiri –  Shanghai Freeway (Asiatisch)
  13. The Gloaming  – Allistrum’s March (The Gloaming)

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Posted on December 19th, 2014

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Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 

For the ninth year, I’ve handed the mic over to you guys to see what Irish albums made you move or moved you. This year 92 individual albums voted for and if you want to see the top 50, it’s at the end. But here’s a focus on the top 25 Irish albums released in 2014 as voted for by Nialler9 readers.

If anything tickles your fancy, be sure to drop into one of the Tower Records in Dublin, on Dawson Street or Eason’s, O’Connell Street and support the artist by buying a copy, preferably on vinyl.

For more: see my own lists in the Best of 2014:
Remixes | Videos.

More results coming before Christmas.

Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham


Listen to the list on Spotify

Albums 25 – 11

25. The Riptide Movement – Getting Through
24. Mick Flannery – By The Rule
23. The Hot Sprockets – Brother Nature
22. Lethal Dialect x Jackknife J – 1988
21. Land Lovers/Windings – Split LP
20. Sinead O’ Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss
19. Adrian Crowley – Some Blue Morning
18. Women’s Christmas – Too Rich For Our Blood
17. SlowPlaceLikeHome – Romola
16. The Minutes – Live Well, Change Often
15. Sleep Thieves – You Want The Night
14. Rhob Cunningham – The Window and Day
13. Kormac – Doorsteps
12. Paddy Hanna – Leafy Stiletto
11. Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy


10. Shit Robot – We Got A Love

Shit RobotNYC-based robotic Dubliner’s second album on DFA Records

With artwork from fellow Dublin globe-travelling artist Maser, Marcus Lambkin’s second album for the influential label is thoroughly of the DFA cannon. Those drums often associated with the label are felt throughout: post-punk-style yet filtered through Lambkin’ productions.

For the most part, the songs rely on club textures and modes: filtering from synth-disco to rave to electro to house. Dance and pop tropes are reinforced by vocalists Nancy Whang, Jenr and particularly by Holly Backer on ‘Feels Like’. The title track featuring the comedian Reggie Watts doing his soulful warble thing to a house-piano beat is a highlight.

Listen: Spotify | Buy


9.Delorentos – Night Becomes Light

DelorentosFourth album from the rejuvenated Dublin indie rock band.

“Assured from start to finish, Delorentos can even offer a peon to their hometown (‘Dublin Love Song’) that doesn’t leave you curled up in a ball of embarrassment. Yes they’re not exactly swimming against the musical tide but that makes the results all the more impressive, that in a world full of guitar bands they can still leave their mark. Another potential hurdle cleared with few difficulties, there’s even the feeling that the real Delorentos story is only just starting.” Phil Udell – State.ie.

Listen: Spotify


8.Daithí – In Flight

DaithiThe Galway kid moves from fiddling around into EDM pop circles on his own.

From his first forays into fiddle-assisted electronica, Daithí O’Dronaí has really raised his own bar and his sights. The music on his debut album In Flight (Co-produced by rising talent Ian Ring of Young Wonder) was unlike any other Irish album made this year as it was unabashedly a pop record: albeit one with the underlying structure of house, pop, trad and electronic music

Granted Irish radio is less accepting of this type of music than the UK is which maybe explained why the album didn’t spawn a big hit but in tracks like ‘Case Closed’ with Cork singer Senita, ‘Chameleon Life’ with singer Raye and ‘Have To Go’ featuring soul singer Jesse Boykins III there are certifiable chart house-pop bangers. No-one else in Ireland is making that kind of crossover music right now. Time for some catchup.

Listen: Spotify | Buy


7.Aphex Twin – Syro

AFXYes, the electronic music pioneer is from Limerick so his first record in 13 years has been claimed.

“We know now that the contents of Syro is just some of the material recorded in the intervening years in one of James’ many studios. The oldest track stretch back six or seven years, using a massive 138 pieces of musical equipment (all listed in spiral on the artwork).

What appears before it also echoes the heavier side of Druqks but repeated listens reveal new textures, new moods, new avenues explored by James. The trademark eeriness of melody and general cheeky humour is still evident throughout but the greatest part of a new Aphex Twin record is that is truly allows you to get lost in its puzzle, a completely different musical terrain even when there are expected imprints of ambient works, electro, acid, jungle and squiggly funk.

The 10 minute experience of ‘XMAS_EVET10 [120][thanaton3 mix]’ feels different every time with environmental listening experiences changing the focus and feel (headphones, outdoors, late-night) as all the best electronic music can do. Syro still offers much to explore, many repeat listens in.

And that is the key to why Aphex Twin is pored over so minutely, because he goes into such detail in his music. James’ intricate compositional skills remains his biggest asset. While his sounds have been copied over the years, his brain is still peerless.”

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Cork DJ Colm K is known for his considered sets of soul and house music as well as his own electronic productions. A former RBMA attendee, Kenefick is working away on new music for next year and DJ-wise, you can find him at residencies at Sunday TImes and So What! in Gulpd Cafe, Cork. Here are his tunes of the year.


Max Graef  – ­’No 5 ­ The Gym’

Mac Graef has had a great year musically. His debut LP, Rivers Of The Red Planet, showcased the broad palette of sounds and influences that he uses in his music. However, this non album track appeared on 12″ only. No. 5 was huge for me this year. It has everything- chopped breakbeats to begin, nice jazzy stabs and then rests on a bumping house groove with a catchy vocal snippet.


Marvin Gaye  – ­ ‘Where Are We Going’ ­

‘Where Are We Going’ is part of wonderful re-issue released in conjunction with Record Store day back in April. It is a previously unreleased version of the Donald Byrd track that Marvin Gaye recorded with the wonderful Mizell brothers. The EP consists of four tracks shared evenly amongst Marvin Gaye and Donald Byrd, but this is the pick of the bunch. A perfect mid tempo soul record.


TR One  – ­ ‘AfroDiscoBeatDown’

This track was given to me by the amazing Irish producers that are TR One. Not out yet officially, it definitely got lots of spins from me this summer. I played it on Rinse FM as part of a guest mix for Alexander Nut’s show [about 17 minutes in] and the feedback was instant, with lots of heads looking for details about it. A cheeky Tony Allen sample flipped into a hypnotic house paced groove coupled with some warm pads makes this a perfect summer record. Maybe it’ll see the light of day by Summer 2015.

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Cian Ó Cíobháin is the man behind the long-running An Taobh Tuathail radio show on RnaG every Monday to Friday from 10pm to midnight. His Galway club night with Cyril Briscoe 110th Street just turned sweet sixteen.  The dude is also available for weddings.

As for the show, there will be two ATT Christmas specials broadcast on  Christmas Eve and Christmas day from 10pm to midnight.

In the meantime, here are his choices for his songs of 2014.

They are available as a Spotify playlist.

Photo above by Alex Sheridan.


1. Mica Levi – ‘Love’

From her extraordinary Under The Skin soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s film, this gauzy-dreamy, otherworldly composition is easily my tune of the year. It somehow evokes Loveless-era MBV, Angelo Badalamenti and elements of Bernard Herrmann’s film music. I only recently discovered that the movie is based on a book by Michel Faber. I am currently engrossed in his most recent novel ‘The Book Of Strange New Things’.


2. HTRK – ‘Give It Up’

Over a minimal, slow-mo, low-slung groove emerges that beautiful fragile voice. The refrain ‘This time I’m gonna love you much better’ is pregnant with regret and lost opportunity. Not to mention a hint of menace that’s bordering on the sexual. Ballard would’ve approved.


3. LesLord – ‘Dave Toole’

Last year poet Marcus Mac Conghail wrote a poem called ‘Ceol Baile’ (home music), where he embarks on a road trip while listening to my radio show. His observations are punctuated by my music selections and commentary. Earlier this year, he sent me a recording of himself reading the poem and asked was there anything I could do with it. I contacted two producers, one being Dubliner Les Ó Dochartaigh, who is one of our most imaginative sound-magicians. He got the go-ahead from the poet to “rip it up” whatever way he wished to. I was naturally apprehensive that I wouldn’t like the end product, having gone to the trouble of asking him to work with the recording. My fears were short-lived. I would go as far as to say as it’s one of his finest works. It really is an astonishing piece of sound art. I love so many things about it, including the plaintive piano that weaves its way into the track’s closing moments. It’s available on his latest LP Uimhir A Dó.

Footnote: Dave Toole, by the way, is how one or two non-Irish listeners who contacted the show over the years, addressed me, having misheard the words ‘An Taobh Tuathail’. One listener in the UK emailed me wondering if this was the first ‘meta’ ATT tune. I suspect it could be.


4. Aphex Twin – ‘minipops 67′ [120.2][source field mix]

My first reaction upon hearing his comeback track was one of relief that, thankfully, it didn’t tarnish his flawless reputation. Then I got more into it. Finally, there came the dawning that it simply is one of the tunes of the year on account of its complexity, its simplicity and its proud, beating (mini)pop heart.


5. Ariel Pink – ‘Not Enough Violence’

It’s so hard to pick one track out of Ariel Pink’s breathtaking new album, as I’ve only been listening to it a few weeks. The album is simply breathless with ideas. Some of the best tracks ‘Lipstick’, ‘White Freckles’, Black Ballerina’ – in the spirit of ABBA – contain so many riffs that lesser artists might never think to conceive over entire careers. However, I’ve gone with this one. It plunders – perhaps for the first time in music history – from a treasure trove of influences, that includes Nirvana’s ‘In Bloom’, The Cure, the intonations of Andrew Eldritch from the Sisters Of Mercy, Robert Wyatt, the dynamics of the kind of techno championed by the Berghain mafia, the drums from ‘Running Up That Hill’, vintage BBC Radiophonic recordings, sky-scraping shoegaze & 80s power-pop. Ariel Pink is my magpie of the year.


6. Augustus & John – ‘Crosslines’

Produced in Galway by Mike Smalle (he of B-Movie Lightning / Cane141 infamy) and Matteo Grassi, this is a subtle, light-as-a-feather approach to timeless electro-pop, much in the vein of ‘Ghost Trains’, Erlend Oye’s collaboration with Morgan Geist a few years back. Criminally ignored by most people, the Crosslines EP should be on everyone’s listening devices. Oh, and for the record, neither of the composers had ever heard the track ‘Ghost Trains’, until well after this tune was mastered. Or so I’ve been assured.

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Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.

Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 


 

20 remixes or edits from my year that made it into my DJ playlists and got the most regular play: from bangers to disco edits to floorfillers and wamp wamp rap remixes.

  1. Jessie Ware – ‘Tough Love’ (Cyril Hahn remix)
  2. Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’ (Soulwax remix)
  3. Caribou - ‘Your Love’ (Carl Craig’s Set U Free remix)
  4. Daniel Avery – ‘All I Need’ (Remixed by Roman Flügel)
  5. Smart Edit – ‘All This Love’
  6. CHVRCHES – ‘Lies’ (Lxury Remix)
  7. Future Islands – ‘Doves’ (Vince Clark remix)
  8. Kelis - ‘Runnin’ (Machinedrum remix)
  9. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’ (Peaking Lights remix)
  10. Ellie Goulding – ‘How Long Will I Love You’ [EMBRZ Remix]
  11. Smart Edit – ‘All This Love’
  12. Blood Orange – ‘Uncle ACE’ (Kindness Remix) [feat. Robert Owens]
  13. Tove Lo – ‘Habits remix’ (Hippie Sabotage) 
  14. The Knife – ‘Pass This On’ (Shaken-Up remix)
  15. Kelis - ‘Jerk Ribs’ (Mount Kimbie remix)
  16. Jungle - ‘Time’ (Joe Goddard remix)
  17. London Grammar – ‘Sights’ (Tourist version)
  18. Psychemagik – ‘Black Noir Schwarz’ (Mineo remix)
  19. The Weekend – ‘Often’ (Kygo remix)
  20. Jungle – ‘The Heat’ (Joy Orbison remix)
  21. Elaine Mai – ‘Lay with Me’ (SertOne remix)
  22. Alunageorge – ‘Kaleidoscope Love’ (Kaytranada remix)
  23. Glass Animals – ‘Pools’ (Roosevelt remix)
  24. Tvvins – ‘You Better’ (Daithí remix)
  25. Au Revoir Simone – ‘Love You Don’t Know Me’ (I Am The Cosmos remix)

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Kelly-Anne Byrne’ is a regular DJ at festivals throughout Ireland. She’s known for her love of disco and soul, which manifests itself in a monthly club night called Burnin’ Up (happening this Friday with Get Down Edits) and a nationwide show on Saturday night on TodayFM called The Beat Goes On. She also has three hours a day from Monday to Thursday on TXFM from 7pm to 10pm where she plays a lot of the music she chose as her favourite tracks of the year.

Her choices are available as a Youtube or Spotify playlist.

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.

HOUR ONE

  1. Ibeyi  – ‘River’
  2. Sampha –  ‘Too Much’
  3. Oh Wonder – ‘All We Do’
  4. Jape – ‘Seance Of Light’
  5. Purity Ring –  ‘Push Pull’
  6. Portable –  ‘Surrender (feat. Lcio)’
  7. Young Fathers –  ‘Soon Come Soon’
  8. All We Are –  ‘I Wear You’
  9. Future Islands – ‘Seasons’ (Waiting On You) [BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation]
  10. Sharon Van Etten –  ‘Our Love’
  11. Arca – ‘Wound’
  12. Bonobo – ‘Flashlight’
  13. Wu-Tang Clan –  ‘A Better Tomorrow’

Listen part 1

 

HOUR TWO

  1. Ariel Pink  – ‘Black Ballerina’
  2. Azealia Banks –  ‘Chasing Time’ (Max Tundra Remix)
  3. Diplo – ‘Diplo Rhythm’ (feat. Vybz Cartel, Pantera Os Danadinhos & Sandra Melody)
  4. Shamir – ‘On the Regular’
  5. Boot & Tax – ‘Confuzed House’
  6. Martyn & Four Tet – ‘Glassbeadgames’
  7. Hubie Davison – ‘Get On’
  8. R.Seiliog – ‘Mt. Essa’
  9. R.S.A.G.  – ‘Don’t Move So Fast’
  10. George Maple –  ‘Vacant Space’
  11. Floating Points – ‘Nuits Sonores’

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Posted on December 5th, 2014

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BBC Radio One DJ Annie Mac is back in her hometown tonight to play a gig at The Academy in Dublin. It kicks off at 11pm and to get you in the mood for it, I asked Annie for some of her favourite tracks right now and under specific categories…


What’s your favourite track right now?

Jack Garratt – ‘The Love You’re Given’

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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlist on Spotify | Youtube | Soundcloud

The chart

  1. Julio Bashmore – ‘Rhythm of Auld’
  2. Made In Heights – ‘Panther’
  3. Oh Wonder – ‘Dazzle’
  4. House Of Spirits – ‘Holding On’
  5. New Jackson – ‘Having A Coke With You’
  6. Run The Jewels – ‘Early’ Feat. Boots
  7. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’ (Peaking Lights remix)
  8. Boot & Tax – ‘Fusci’
  9. K.Stewart – ‘Close Enough’
  10. Billie Black – ‘I Don’t Need Another  Lover’
  11. Sylas – ‘Shore’
  12. Romare – ‘Roots’
  13. Loah – ‘Cortége’
  14. iamamiwhoami – ‘Chasing Kites’
  15. Portable – ‘Surrender’
  16. Kiasmos – ‘Looped’
  17. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Chimes’ Remix
  18. Floating Points – ‘Nuit Sonores’
  19. George Maple – ‘Vacant Space’
  20. Niia – ‘Body’
  21. Jessica Pratt – ‘Back, Baby’
  22. Hugh – ‘One Of Those Days’
  23. God Knows + MynameisjOhn Feat. MuRli – ‘Grand Job’
  24. Speelburg – ‘Kline’
  25. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – ‘Sunday Candy’
  26. Deers – ‘Between Cans’
  27. Wu-Tang Clan – ‘Ruckus In B Minor’
  28. Meltybrains? –  ‘IV’
  29. Giraffage – ‘Tell Me’
  30. Lxury – ‘Pick You Up’

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