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.
This week Paddy Hanna revealed the details surrounding his forthcoming third album. Entitled The Hill, the album will see release through Strange Brew Records this coming September.
That’s not all either, Hanna provided a possible insight into what his third platter might just sound like through ‘Cannibals’.
At times abrasive and always emanating a theatrical buoyancy, ‘Cannibals’ is a super catchy tune that really ought not to be given the dissonances and ominous arrangements throughout it.
London-based producer Blooms returns with brand new single ‘Bare Bones’.
I love the production on ‘Bare Bones’. This is a densely layered, carefully orchestrated arrangement – check it out on some good cans or speakers and try to wrap your head around all the elements sounding at any given time. That being said, ‘Bare Bones’ sounds clear, not at all muddy.
A fine blend of electronica and pop, Blooms’ silk vocals almost glide over the bubbling synths carrying the harmony.
You never really know what to expect from Dublin producer and Burner Records co-founder Marcus Woods.
Sometimes, as on previous single ‘Ukiyo’ and much of his first mixtape Demo, Woods swerves more toward experimental electronica, although the 808 swells which pepper nearly all his material always did harken toward hip-hop – most overtly on the Global Warming mixtape.
Here on ‘Tacenda’ and recently again on ‘Dain Yoon’, the influences feel less worn on the producer’s sleeve. There’s a blend of plenty of sounds, but more and more Woods’ material feels unique to himself. A sure sign of an artist growing in confidence and experience – good timing too with an album looming on the horizon.
Super sleek hip-hop from Irish MC BoyW1DR on new single ‘Jaguar’.
Built on a subby 808 pattern and an airy synth harmony, the MC’s voice receives just the right amount of autotune – piling bar on bar on bar.
Super skewed, off the wall club music from Dublin producer L’zula with ‘Dayuvm’.
All the more impressive considering its this projects debut outing.
Ice Rink (Pagan Remix)
A mess your whole day up kinda remix of M.I.K’s ‘Ice Rink’ by Irish producer Pagan.
Bars are super hard, the breakbeats equally so.
Bleeding Heart Pigeons
The excellent opening track from Bleeding Heart Pigeons’ new LP Stir.
‘Bubble Boy’ is slow and pensive, deliberately so. The track evolves, slowly adding layers until two-thirds of the way the full arrangement (spearheaded by the drums) kicks in.
Sounds of System Breakdown
Connect With Me
Another clever visual play on the difficulties surrounding zoom meetings (or any such software) during the lockdown from Sounds Of System Breakdown on ‘Connect With Me’.
Super solid electro-indie vibes all round.