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.
The newest single from London-based Biig Piig marks a nice switch-up in style (no pun intended) for the Irish artist. Gone is the hazy, downtempo R&B. In its place a breakbeat driven, distorted new sound. Very cool to hear the variety in sound from Piig.
It’s still very early days yet for Dublin artist Adam Garrett, but latest single ‘All Worthwhile’ is a compelling new offering.
This is a pure dream-pop cut, awash in warm bass and nostalgia drench synth leads. There are still some rough edges which could be polished, with the vocal delivery feeling a little forced in spells. In turn, the production could feel a little more dynamic – especially given how strong the underlying groove in ‘All Worthwhile ‘ is.
These are just small details and ‘All Worthwhile’ is a genuinely exciting song. Dreamy, foot-tapping bliss.
Irish electronic producer & DJ Selky’s ‘Quelle Surprise’ should be your go-to house fix for the week.
Ship’s member Simon Cullen recently released an ambient album entitled Holding Patterns.
Composed and curated with tons of field recordings Cullen has collated (including some at Turkfest 2017), Holding Patterns is an engrossing listen from front to back.
What I’ve Learned/What I’m Learning
Belfast outfit Junk Drawer come through with new two-part single ‘What I’ve Learned/What I’m Learning’.
I really enjoy this single all round, from the gritty garage rock of the first half to the frantic, psyched out feeling of the second.
Galway artist Celaviedmai rockets through two and a half minutes of aggressive, sexually charged trap on new single ‘Reckless’. Bass goes really hard on this one too, get your good headphones out.
Jack O’Donoghue, operating under the Meastú moniker, recently released his first single ‘Saol’.
Apart from the leaning into Gaeilge via both artist and track name (which we always enjoy), ‘Saol’ stands as a soothing piece of piano driven ambient music.
Uwmami x RTL Bluuwoods
The latest cut from Dublin producer Uwmami feels like more focused and refined hip-hop that some of the material which landed on her mixtape last summer.
‘Seesaw’ sees plenty of variety, with the production shifting in sound and texture on a couple of instances throughout. The verses, provided by Irish MC RTL Bluuwords, hold up well against the production at large.
Berlin-based art-pop duo Evvol continue a streak of music releases with new single and video ‘Help Myself’.
‘Help Myself’ is considered, a track that builds upon an emotion with layers of vocals and, eventually, drums. It’s not a song that ‘drops’ as much as it builds to an inevitable release of tension and emotion.