Alot of Irish and Northern 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 new songs from emerging artists that deserve to be heard by you.
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Diffusion Lab artist Day_S new single ‘Dangerous’ is the Dublin artist’s finest pop-centric track yet.
Shane Richardson and Oran Hurley’s Ugolino makes an immediate impression with their debut single melding spoken word rap and live jazz instrumentation for something fresh.
Bad Bones returned as Alyxis earlier this month, and the Rush EP has just been released. ‘Mine’ is a minimally-constructed track that sounds like the hushed atmospherics of FKA Twigs.
Smilez x Youngiz
Tallaght and Dublin 24 are represented in Smilez and Youngiz‘ viral hit (200k+ hits in a week) ‘Outside’ which blends drill with a pop sensibility.
Honas is the solo artist who is a member of the Orchid Collective. ‘Redesign’ is a sweet pop track with electronic tones about a relationship that has run out of road.
‘Me Again’ is a sparking dance pop tune from new Irish artist Taylor Mas.
First Bus Home
KK Lewis‘ soft bedroom pop R&B style impresses on ‘First Bus Home’.
“The song captures a memory in Dublin City in the early hours of the morning waiting for the buses to start running again after a night out. It depicts my later teenage years and explores how isolating love can feel and how quickly these emotions can overtake you and leave you feeling completely lost. Listening to this song now, is like reading an excerpt from my diary, I can visualise the memory in my head so clearly and even though it was such a confusing and lonely time in my life, I can look back now with some clarity.”
I enjoyed this live version from a back garden.
Bread and Wine
The Watchful Eye Of The Stars is Adrian Crowley’s ninth album, produced by John Parish is the work of a songwriter hitting a masterful new level as heard on new song ‘Bread & Wine’.
The album features Nadine Khouri and Katell Keineg on backing vocals and Jim Barr of Portishead on double bass.
Quickly following up his ‘Al Bundy’ single, Jake Hurley’s Local Boy has a nervous energy on a track about profiteering mental health services.
Walk Then Dance
Ian Goulding featured here with his first single and now the Scotland-based Irish electronic producer has dropped a followup that has a fine electronic fettle to it.
Guilty Of Love (feat. Jessica Hammond)
Dua Lipa vibes abound with Belfast vocalist Jessica Hammond’s vocal over the dance pop production of Kyle Meehan.