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. Without further ado. More more extensive Irish coverage, follow our Spotify playlist or hit up the Irish section.
‘B4me’ is Laosie-based electro-indie artist Host’s second single and the follow up to the excellent ‘Goodbye’. This track follows a similar vein, with artist developing a distinct sound with plenty of 80’s pop and vaporwave influences. Upbeat and dreamy, ‘B4me’ is a blissful pop track.
Pat Lagoon X Paye Fox
Stack This Bread
Time for some Irish trap music. Waterford mc Pat Lagoon has teamed with Paye Fox to being us ‘Stack This Bread’, taken from their Agua Sippin EP. The track boasts an infectious trap beat with a summertime R&B flavouring. Lyrically, the track wears its heart on it sleeve, showcasing an MC full of ambition and focus. Fans of new school of hip-hop will find much to enjoy here.
Speaking of Irish hip-hop, Dublin-born producer Frendan put out ’27 Degrees’ this week. The instrumental features some stellar production. Lo-fi drums crackle beneath airy chord stabs. Throw in some beat repeats and a clever sample around the three quarter mark and you’ve got a fantastic trip-hop beat. It’s the sort of track that would feel right at home on an early Flatbush Zombies mixtape. Not a big surprise considering the producer has just emmigrated to New York.
Hailing from Dun Laoghaire county Dublin, Chirpy’s brand of subtle shoegaze is hard to resist. ‘Breathe’ is the single from her slef-titled debut album. The track is introverted and expansive. The warm vocal harmonies featured on this track compliment the spacous instrumental accompaniment. It’s a track that’s all too easy to get lost in.
Take Care of Yourself
Originally a part of Derry indie group The Wonder Villans, members of Happy Spendy dropped that project to move to Glasgow an start afresh. In the process it seems the group learnt the secret to creating gorgeous dream pop because ‘Take Care Of Yourself’ is just that. Sweet, subtle and downtempo, the track takes a nostalgic look at a past lover. The single is taken from their new EP under the same.
Let Me In
Sarah Beth is a highly versatile songwriter. Six months ago she was releasing hip-hop. Six months before that she was releasing piano ballads. ‘Let Me In’ is perhaps the happy middle ground between those two extremes. It Combines an upbeat instrumental touched with a little garage, think some of Robin’s music, with a sorrowful vocal delivery. Released via Inner Chapter Records, give ‘Let Me In’ some of your listening time today.
Irish MC JyellowL has come through with a hard grime track on ‘Medusa’. The song is aggressive, with hyped up verse flows on distorted bass sounds. While the Dublin artist’s previous work has shown a sharp political awareness, namely the material on his 2017 Bulletproof mixtape, this track sounds like an all out attack on the people who’ve tried to hold him back. Excellant stuff.
Jealous Of The Birds
‘Russian Doll’ is an alternative rock tune from Jealous Of The Birds, the brainchild of Naomi Hamilton. Coming from Portadown,Jealous Of Bird’s sound is trashy and raw. Running the vocals through a distortion and the guitars through plenty of fuzz gives the entire track a late 90’s vice. Detailing a love/hate relationship with a love interest, ‘Russian Doll’ is the realest song on this week’s list.
Dioscó na mBó
We Got Love
Who doesn’t love disco and sunshine? Check out Sligo group Dioscó na mBó’s ‘We Got Love’ to satisify your own cravings. A powerful vocal sample played over the group’s own analog synths and basslines will have you singing this one to yourself all day long.