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.
Secrets (Your Fire)
I was a big fan of LA duo Magdelena Bay’s cheeky fun bop ‘Wow’ , and to prove they make tunes of more substance, as their latest track from their forthcoming album Mercurial World (October 8th) makes clear with that light touch and tone intact.
Big Thief released two new songs last week because they clearly cannot stop making music whatever’s going on in the world. ‘Little Things’ is a jangly little jam that sounds like it going through the wash at the same time.
If U Ever
After their remix for For Those I Love, the UK XL duo Overmono have done a Fabric mix and they released this new song as part of it. What I love about Overmono is that their music sounds like intimate headphone music blown into the red for the club.
Anna B Savage
Since We Broke Up
Anna B Savage released an excellent album earlier this year called A Common Turn on City Slang. Indicative of the artist’s penchant for spinning intimately-drawn songs, ‘Since We Broke Up’ is from a forthcoming EP out September 24th.
It is a song about acknowledging making the right decision.
“This song exists in a post break-up liminal space. Where normally there is sadness, reflection and heart ache, I realised that for me this particular space was full of contentment, resilience and small joys. Addressed to the old partner, it allows for free-flowing if sometime tentative speech: actually, I hadn’t been lonely since, I didn’t make the wrong decision, I’m on my own a lot, and I’m loving it. This song explores the melodrama and the mundanity of those days after a break up, where small things can seem hugely altered now that you’re contending with them alone. I found myself for the first time in my life realising that I liked myself and that I was happy in my own company. I wanted this emotional back and forth to come across in the production, and I think the oscillation between the verses and choruses do this perfectly – the tug of war between all the different audible elements, the spaces between pain and joy, codependence and self-sufficiency. I guess it’s the happiest song I’ve ever written.”
Anna now lives in Ireland and I just copped she did a Tiny Desk filmed in Sligo two weeks ago.
In My Arms
Now that Disclosure are no longer on a major label deal, they sound refreshed and free on new song ‘In My Arms’, which is one of five songs the duo are releasing this week. They have 2 out currently. And that’s not a sampled gospel choir on the track, those are recorded in real life.
“The spark that ignited the creation of this body of work came from a place of wanting to revitalise a very fractured & uncertain dance music scene & club culture that has changed so much all over the world for obvious reasons in the last 18 months. While piecing together initial ideas during the spring of 2021, hope began to glimmer on the horizon for producers & DJ’s that we may soon be able to gather together again, dancing & listening to music as one, participating in something larger than ourselves. So we asked each other… what would we want to hear in those moments? What does that first moment back in a club sound like? What does walking into Shangri-la, Glasto at 2am feel like again? What does a headline show at Reading look like after all the difficulties 2020 brought on our whole industry? With all these questions unanswered & with the possibility that any of these events may actually be allowed to take place, we set to work on creating something that might fit one of those magical moments some of us have been longing to participate in again.”
Soulwax’s Deewee label is back knocking out electro-percussive bangers from the duo’s forthcoming Martino EP. This one is about wondering about the circumstances for which their local baker is missing some teeth. Standard lyrical fare really.
Art School Girlfriend
Is It Light Where You Are?
London artist and producer Polly Mackey shares the title track from a forthcoming Art School Girlfriend album, out September 10th via Fiction Records.
“This is probably my favourite track and video I’ve ever released. The song wrote itself really quickly; it felt like I was chasing it. It’s based around a phone conversation with someone I was trying to get over, someone who was in a different place to me both mentally and physically. The title ‘Is It Light Where You Are’ has a double meaning: obviously time zones, but also, my world felt quite dark to me at that point and I was trying to make it light.” The single is released today alongside a fan-contributed video. “I put a call out to fans asking them to film the skyline wherever they were in the world, all at the same time — 8:30pm BST on July 2nd 2021 — to help answer the question: is it light where you are?”
Seventeen Going Under
The title track from Sam Fender’s forthcoming album Seventeen Going Under is an authentic, anthemic, chestbeater of a song about reckoning with coming of age and childhood memories.
Zacari, Isaiah Rashad, Buddy
A three-way collaboration on Tog Dawg Entertainment that sounds like The Weeknd doing dark electro with rap vibes on a production by Bregma.
Check out my other favourite new tracks in the playlist below: