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-based synthpop duo Flecks have made a strong return with their new single ‘Samurai’. The first material we’ve heard from them since 2016, the group have obviously pushed their songwriting skills forward. The end result is a carefully crafted pop tune laden with rich synth textures. Huge credit should be given to lead singer Freya Monks’ vocal delivery. It’s the added touch which makes the track golden.
A welcome addition to Ireland’s blossoming post-punk scene, Extravision are a brand new outfit from Dublin. ‘Extravision’ is taken from their Demo EP. Featuring some stellar guitar licks and a piercing vocal performance, the track is a very strong entry from a band on their first recorded outing. There’s definitely some lo-fi elements to the mix but they happily work together on this cut to give the finished product a considerable personality.
Woe betide the person at whom this song is directed. Mythill Grim’s new single ‘No Smiles’ finds the Dublin MC performing a straight up character assassination on a perceived foe. With expert flow over a dirty half-time beat, Grim is clearly not to be messed with.
Fresh off an excellent collaboration with Daithi on his track ‘Take The Wheel’, The Sei has released her debut single ‘Metroma’. It’s a broody fusion of electronica and piano balladry. The Swedish-Irish artist’s glitchy vocal performances comes with an emotional intensity, one which serves as the backbone of the entire track. Expect more good things to come shortly from The Sei.
Belfast producer Amerik’s ‘Three’ is a glorious piece of dark ambient music. Teetering right on the edge between a post-rock sound and the ambient label, the track is four minutes of evolving textures and styles. If ever a song fit the label of headphones music then this is it. Fans of groups like Tycho will find plenty to enjoy here, especially with the plucky electric bass line which helps propel the track throughout.
Old school hip-hop flows with a killer music video to boot. Shy Mascot’s ‘Pardon Me’ packs quite a punch. A funk inspired groove provides the perfect foundation for the MC Jamel to preach a hard man’s ethos. Shout out too to vocalist’s Fiadh Rua’s silky smooth vocal performance over the chorus. The puppet-themed video took over 6 months of production to make happen and it shows. Wicked.