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 for individual track features.
Limerick youngsters Powpig make a welcome return with this gentler song that has a biting lyric about someone flexing their intelligence in their company.
Buy the song on Bandcamp, all money made is being split between their local ICU (University Hospital Limerick) and MASI, the (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland).
We’ll Be Fine
The 18-year-old Irish Argentinian artist’s forays into original material (as first featured here in April) is worth paying attention for its delicate memorable pop stylings, and the song has a calming sentiment.
To coincide with the release, Luz has commissioned Charlie Drinkwater to create a limited edition print which is available to purchase at her site for £5 – all money will be directly donated to Black Visions Collective.
The Irish producer Shee has been knocking out fine dance tracks with a French house touch for a while now, and his latest release on House Of Disco, has an acid-house spacious feel.
Season 3, Episode 11
Warren McCarthy usually sings with Let’s Set Sail and Was Man is his solo project. ‘Season 3, Episode 11’ is an acoustic folk song inspired by the excellent Sopranos episode where Paulie and Chris get lost in a forest in the cold for an entire episode.
Lovette (feat. Sacred Animals)
irish producer Peter Vogelaar released a full-length last week called Inner Creatures which features Katie Kim, Deaf Joe and Cat Dowling among its collaborations.
I’m enjoying ‘Lovette’, the electronically-pulsating song with Sacred Animals on vocals.
Between spearheading the Black Lives Ireland protests and his art, JYellowL keeps getting better. ‘Jewels’ is an uplifting song about celebrating your strengths especially if those characteristics aren’t traditional.
It’s always good to hear what Goodtime John is up to, and his latest two tracker leads with this soft slice of indie-folk with Richie Egan on bass and Ross Turner on drums.
Hearts Don’t Break Alone
A debut track here from Diffly which immediately makes an impression thanks to its marquee vocals from Denitia and its evocative production. Diffly is a producer based in the west of Ireland.
Robert John Ardiff
The 13th Lock
Robert John Ardiff offers his doomy take on an old Dublin ballad, found courtesy of a Radio One documentary about the Grand Canal and the people who worked on it.
“It’s essentially a murder ballad about a fella sailing down the canal with the devil on board. The 13th Lock was rumoured to have been built through an old graveyard hence the sombre reference and people’s mistrust of it. Arthur Griffith famously wrote a poem about it as well.”
Ti Ein Afto
R&B singer Melina Malone changes tack with a partially-Greek sung song with summer holiday vibes.
You Have Used Me For Long Enough
Formerly known as Haüer, John Rooney’s John Maus-style electronic project now goes under the name Sirut Son. A debut album Photo Sensitive arrives on 4 September and ‘You Have Used Me For Long Enough’ revels in the darker coldwave side of electronic music.