Nialler9’s favourite songs of June 2022, all in one place. See the Spotify playlist at the end of the article.
The band’s fizzy electronic pop is anchored by Janet Planet and Sugar Lips. The band’s second album TILT moved them from a novelty act to proper festival buzzers complete with an arsenal of dance moves and upbeat bops with hooks galore.
I Was Neon
We really can’t wait for a new album from Australian song bopper Julia Jacklin, as she’s one of our favourite songwriters around these parts.
Pre Pleasure is the new album, out on August 26th via Transgressive Records, and the effervescent ‘I Was Neon’ follows on from ‘Lydia Wears A Cross’.
“I first wrote ‘I was neon’ for a band called rattlesnack, a short-lived much loved 2019 side project that I played drums in. I rewrote it for my album in Montreal, during a time when I was desperately longing for a version of myself that I feared was gone forever. I was thinking of this song when I made the album cover, this song is the album cover really.”Julia Jacklin.
LA singer-songwriter and excellent guitarist Madison Cunningham impressed in a live show in Dublin in May and she’s due back again soon. ‘Hospital’ is an ultra-meldic country-tinged rock track that reminds me of early St. Vincent.
A second album Revealer is due out on September 9th.
Make You Scream
London-based Polish producer aka Martyna Maja aka VTSS is bringing dark electroclash vocal pop styles on ‘Make You Scream’ with the ominous “i’m go’n make you scream / make your head disappear.”
Down (Sworn Virgins remix)
Hot Chip have a new album, their eighth, Freakout/Release out on August 19th.
Warmduscher’s Clams Baker is the vocalist with Sworn Virgins.
Two more remixes featuring Sheffield born artist Nyra (who adds an italo-disco hue) and Selector Dub Narcotic aka Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening(who adds a vocoder and slows the track).
Alela Diane is one of my favourite American folk voices, since the 2009 album To Be Still.
It’ll feature on her first album in six years
“‘Paloma’ was written down in Mexico during a violent thunderstorm that took out the power for a few days. It is a musing on the volatility of the systems we build, and the knowledge that nature always gets the last word.”
From the Belfast band’s album out in June entitled Living Isn’t Easy on First Taste Records, ‘Chromo Sud’ is a nine-minute track that is chiefly concerned with the Irish housing crisis.
“Shit house / shit flat / got keys / got out.”
Superb alt-pop smarts from the Dublin artist Anna Leah. ‘I Wonder’ has charming indie undulations and rock dynamics and recalls our gal Julia Jacklin in the best possible way – keeping the vocal front and centre no matter what’s happening.
Gramrcy, John Loveless
“Is this the biggest track of the summer?”
That is the email headline that Phantasy Sound piqued by interest with in their mailout.
It’s not, but if you were looking for a track that recalls the indie-sleaze electro-clash, synth-falling-down-a flight-of-stairs then you’ve found the boss level. It’s the sonic boom breakdown that is divisive.
It’s been played out currently by HAAi, Daniel Avery, Gerd Janson and eh, Mel C so you know, it’s catching. I heard Peggy Gou play it at Forbidden Fruit too.
I. Jordan (formerly India Jordan) is here to melt your mind on a big neon dance track that sounds like it’s trying to bring a cheesy 80s TV song undercover into the DJ booth.
About the name change, they say – “It felt heavy carrying around “India Jordan” when it really doesn’t resonate with me anymore.”
The artwork features a photo by El Hardwick, and is representative of this change, focusing on their hair, tattoos and an “J” signet ring Jordan gifted to themselves to celebrate the name change.
“As a trans person I’m forever changing. Being visible in the image without directly showing my face allowed me to avoid capturing something I might feel unconnected to in a few months time, but still shows off parts of my trans-ness”.
Zaska, J Smith
Gone In A Minute
Zaska is back with his pal J Smith for this gorgeous slice of neo-soul about climate change. The song is to feature on his upcoming album A Better Way, out on UK label edbl recordings, to be released in the Autumn.
“It’s a song about how fragile and vulnerable Mother Nature is, and that if we’re not careful it’ll be gone. But it’s not all gloom and doom. There’s a positive message that we can get together and do something about turning it around.”Max Zaska.
On The Edge
I’m really enjoying Excess, the new, and second album from LA new-wave post punk band Automatic on Stones Throw. It’s all good krauty spacey post-punk music.
Daithi, Ailbhe Reddy
‘Sunset’ reunites the Clare musician with Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy (as they previously collaborated on 2019’s album L.O.S.S.) and announces the start of album three for the artist, entitled I’m Here Now, which will be released on Friday 9th September 2022.
‘Sunset’ is the opening track from the album, and it sets suspended synth chords to Reddy’s vocals that speak of underlying turmoil and relationship breakdown – “If you can’t even look at me / then just stare at the sunset / I know it’s getting late / you don’t have to go yet.”
Don’t Press Me
“Don’t touch my gaming mouse, you rat.”
There’s nothing new at play on ‘Don’t Press Me’, a preview track from Dry Cleaning’s forthcoming second album Stumpwork, out October 21st on 4AD.
Apart from maybe the whistling, its short two-minute running time, and the fact it’s about the pleasure of gaming, “and the enjoyment of intense and short-lived guilt-free experiences”.
“The words in the chorus came about because I was trying to write a song to sing to my own brain, ‘You are always fighting me / You are always stressing me out’.”Florence Shaw.
Waterford brothers Clive & Scott Sullivan are dance producers SX2 whose latest release gets a seal of approval by releasing Moscoman’s tastemaker label Disco Halal.
Lead track ‘Miracle Mayhem’ is reminiscent of Justin Strauss, Marcus Marr and Joe Goddard’s Extra Credit project while B-side ‘Where We’re At’ is squelchy electro in the style of Boot & Tax, all swirling synths and floaty vocals, over shape-shifting beats. Fun is their ethos and there’s a lot to be had here with these tracks.
Pharrell, Tyler, 21 Savage
Cash In Cash Out
Oof, Pharrell is back on the rap banger tip.
Jordan Nocturne, Le Boom
Belfast producer Jordan Nocturne and Meath electro-pop artist Christy Leech aka Le Boom teamed up on a new release on revered German electronic label Permanent Vacation. It’s all acid-tinged tension-filled electronica with a full acid version on the flip of the three-track release.
Following on from April’s song ‘Inhaling’ and news of a deal with big indie MNRK, Dublin artist Ailbhe Reddy has released a new single in June entitled ‘A Mess’.
A rollocking insistent fuzzy rock song, ‘A Mess’ finds Ailbhe in her most sonically-full mode yet on a song about repeating relationship mistakes and feelings of inadequacy.
“‘A Mess’ is about not feeling good enough in a relationship and examining old patterns and habits. It’s about feeling fed up of going around in circles, while focusing on a throw away comment that ‘no wonder it was such a mess’.”
A super impressive indie-pop ditty from Dublin alternative band No Photos who have released their self-titled debut album last month. The vocals are Ailish By Myself, and rapper Zach Okay.
I previously featured ‘Every Single Day’ From the band, who apparently only formed in November last year.
Anna Mieke is the Wicklow songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is looking ahead to the release of a second album after 2019’s Idle Mind with the release of her first single in two years.
‘Twin’ is a lilting folk song featuring playing from Rozi Plain (This Is The Kit) on bass, Matthew Jacobson (ReDiViDeR) on percussion, Ryan Hargadon (Kojaque, Rachael Lavelle) on synths & piano,and Cora Venus Lunny on strings.
Every week, the Nialler9 Spotify Weekly Playlist is updated with new music, and in this corner, we share the playlist and highlight some some select songs from the list below.