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A lot of Irish music comes Nialler9’s way and there’s little time to feature everything we think is worthy of a thumbs up or more ears. Every week, we collate the songs that pass our writers that deserve to be heard by you. For more extensive Irish coverage, follow our Spotify playlist or hit up the Irish section.
Dublin MC Archy Moor comes through with a dose of woozy, pysched out hip-hop on new single ‘Worldwide Drugs’. The track marks Moor’s fourth of the year and his finest to date. Each release seems to hear Moor finding his own unique artistic vision, turning away from what have been more than obvious influences. ‘Worldwide Drugs’ is a compelling single all round, whether in the delay dosed vocals or spindly lead guitar licks. An exciting emerging prospect in Irish hip-hop.
Operating in the sound sphere just adjacent to folk and trad, Sive sounds pensive on single ‘Oh Mother’. Not quite a climate protest tune in the traditional sense, but themes of nature are crucial to ‘Oh Mother’.
Operating out of Dun Laoghaire’s own Gonzo Collecitve, producer Rhosi proves to have a dab compositional hand when it comes to experimental electronica on new single ‘Fracture’. As a debut single ‘Fracture’ feels relatively focused and self-assured. There’s plenty of industrial elements here; icy synths and metallic textures. Combine these with some footwork/grime inspired percussive elements and sub-bass to cause whiplash and you can begin to picture what ‘Fracture’ is all about as a tune.
Somebody Or Nobody
The introduction to Irish MC’s Ama’s I Once Was, ‘Somebody Or Nobody’ is all bars. There’s a bling era vibe about the instrumental, interwoven neatly with an autotune propped vocal delivery. The sort of delivery you stand to attention for.
Nobody New Around You
We’ve already featured this track on the site when it originally released in August, but since Daithí’s album L.O.S.S. dropped last Friday we wanted to feature it again. It’s an album highlight and an example of Daithí at his melodic best.
His Father’s Voice
In The Shade
Four piece Limerick post punk band His Father’s Voice’s new single ‘In The Shade’ is a fine example of the stirring distroted guitars and piercing vocals which the genre can offer up when its written and performed well.
Dublin four-piece V98 aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty on new single ‘Conversation Killer’. It’s youthful apathy blasted against a wall of dirty guitars and screamed vocals. Very often this kind of indie rock can be forgettable, V98 do an excellent job of sticking the landing and offering a ton of character in the process.
Pearse McGloughin & Nocturnes
It’s a family affair from the McGloughin’s today. Pearse (of Nocturnes and solo acclaim) teams up with brother Kevin to delivery an 8mm, nostalgia fuelled video for the beautiful and ambient ‘Arrow’.
A Little Love
Down native and overt poptimist Rich Wilson dropped a debut album recently, we’re big fans of ‘A Little Love’ so we’re platforming it here. In a world of indie musicians trying to look sad and interesting, it’s more than a touch refreshing to come across a little upbeat jam like ‘A Little Love’.
Dublin indie band (well, the bassist is from Limerick) Bedrooms return with their second single ‘Chunky’. It’s not a perfect track, the reverb on the vocals is probably a bit heavy-handed, the songwriting could be more memorable but there’s more than enough to ultimately win us over here including some snappy lyrics and tight rhythm section.