A lot music from Ireland and Northern Ireland comes Nialler9’s way and every week, we listen through it all and select the tracks from emerging artists (and some established acts) that deserve to be heard by you.
Rise (feat. Abroad)
EMBRZ is back at his best on this second single from upcoming album Moments out September 3rd.
Ahmed, With Love. & KhakiKid
Dublin rap artists Ahmed, With Love. and KhakiKid collaborate on this summery R&B track that is among the best of the genre from Ireland in recent months.
Video by directed by Pippa Molony. As premiered on District.
Dublin six-piece Loraine Club just released a new EP called Desire, and ‘Starting Now’ with its falsetto-laden glittery indie disco is my pick of the bunch.
Cabra OG Paulie Alwright is back with a new jam from his forthcoming album Songs of a Dead Dreamer. The track from the followup to LD50 Part III keeps that old-school texture intact.
Keep Your Head Up
Damien Lynch returns to his Diamond Dagger moniker on his Remote Town Records Wicklow label that saw him most recently release an EP under his own name .
This Diamond Dagger release O.T.S is, “a straight up Cosmic collection of Drum und Synthesizer space jams carefully compiled on classic electronic instruments such as Italo/electro heavy hitters the LinnDrum, Oberhime DMX, Drumtraks and Korg Polysix.”
‘Man’s Man’s Man’s Man’ is the track I chose to highlight here, which is a lovely synth chugger with a good title, and, sure, don’t they all have lovely titles.
Got a pair of red leather pants and a bullet belt? Put ’em on!”
Buy the EP on Bandcamp.
The Sunwise Turn
More people should be listening to Derry producer John McDaid’s Planting tunes. I love this one.
From A Dream
Cork producer Blakkheart says ‘From A Dream’ is inspired by ’90s acts like All Saints, Sneaker Pimps, Atomic Kitten and Garbage. I’m gearing a lot of nuance on this pop-fronted R&B electronic track.
Let’s Set Sail
Let’s Set Sail’s opening single from a forthcoming EP (Enzo, October 1st) is an 8-minute woozy vignette of a track that charts singer Warren McCarthy’s journey from Dublin to Toledo in Spain to visit his girlfriend.
The song was originally an instrumental that came after the death of Robin Williams which explains the Good Morning Vietnam reference.
Irish Nigerian artist Tomike follows up recent songs ‘Wildflower’ (do watch this live version) and ‘Hit Me Up’ with this bumping seasonal song about being in love. The track is produced by London producer Sudders.
Tomike is doing a Wild Youth festival live stream show at the SoundHouse on August 18th.
Drogheda R&B and Afroswing artist Wendy Godfrey impresses with ‘Venus’ a track produced by Solow The Astronaut. ‘Venus’ is a vibe, and I love the percussive touches on the track too.
Look out for collabs with Evans Junior, Andre Fazaz and IK3 to come.
After featuring here back in May with her debut lofi bedroom shoegaze single , Cruel Sister’s followup ‘Too Much’ is about the anger stage of heartbreak.
Keep Your Head Up
Following on from his track with Celaviedamai, Selu brings an encouraging sentiment to a beat from producer Uwmami.