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.
New Jersey artist Audrey Nuna came to my attention with the 2020 banger ‘Damn Right’, and last week, she dropped her debut mixtape A Liquid Breakfast last week, and among thre tracks with Jack Harlow and Saba, the snakey industrial beat of ‘Cool Kids’ is among the most edifying.
Bow And Balance
What are the chances? One label with two albums with “bath” in the title from artists with Irish connections? Yep. Label Trapped Animal has followed up the Choice Music Prize-nominated Bath Time album from Maija Sofia, with Emma Houton’s The Bath.
Houton is a New Yorker with Irish roots in Donegal and The Bath is an album inspired by the artist conducting an ethnographic study into their Irish folk song roots and was recorded as part of their senior thesis in electronic music.
It was originally written to be performed for eight voices to sing live, but COVID meant that Houton recorded all parts themselves, and ‘Bow and Balance’ is a beautiful choral murder ballad inspired by the dominance of water in Irish folklore that serves as a fine introduction to the immersive world of The Bath.
“It tells the story of two sisters who are in love with the same man. When he proposes to the youngest sister and she accepts, the oldest sister pushes her sister into the sea. A bystander nearly saves her, but the oldest sister gives him gold in exchange for pushing her sister back into the sea. The youngest sister drowns, and the oldest sister is hung, and the miller is burned at the stake.”
Made Of Stars
Hud Mo vibes.
Margate producer Raven Bush goes for deep synth stabs and big atmosphere for the second single from his forthcoming album Fall Into Noise due August 13th via PRAH Recordings.
“The first version of this tune was made for a performance at Funkhaus in Berlin, where I had the pleasure of composing music for the inimitable KDV dance ensemble alongside Floating Points and Lotic.
For me, this piece is about remembering that during the process of change we find ourselves in uncomfortable spaces. And to remember it’s these moments where we grow the most, so hold tight.This is also the first piece of released music that uses my daughter’s voice.”
One half of Maribou State, Chris Davids has an album out as Shire T on August 20th on the bands own Dama Dama imprint. It’s called Tomorrow’s People. ‘Blue Kiss’ is a big acid break banger from it, that seems like Davids is going to offer something tougher and clubbier than the band’s discography.
Let It Flow feat. Brice Blanco
Houston based singer-songwriter Peyton has released the fine an fun track ‘Let It Flow’ from her forthcoming debut album PSA for Stones Throw.
“Following your own path can be scary, especially when there are many valid thoughts of doubt. ‘Let It Flow’ is an anthem and a mantra that encourages going with the flow and trusting your intuition.”
Singer songwriter Helena Deland and producer Ouri have both featured here separately and together, the Montreal artists are putting out an album of work they put together over eight days in the studio called Hildegard , melding their two worlds of folk and electronic genres. It’s out on June 4th and the rhythmic synth and voice leading opener sets a real nice sound and scene for what’s to come.
Hildegard of Bingen was a 12th century was “a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, visionary, and polymath of the High Middle Ages.”
Moving away from the Kawaii punk of their debut, the Japanese band CHAI released a second album Wink last week. I’ve not heard it yet but the bright electronic pop of ‘In Pink’ with guest vocals from Mndsgn is totally a fun vibe.
Georgia Ann Muldrow, Shana Jensen
Georgia Ann Muldrow released her new album VWETO III last week and this rolling piano instrumental really struck a chord with me this week.
Charlotte Day Wilson
If I Could
Devastatingly beautiful vocals going on here. Debut album Alpha is out July 9th. Wilson has been great for a few years so delighted to hear an album is coming.
Hit the playlist for the full song, as the video is more like a trailer.
Check out my other favourite new tracks in the playlist below: