Dublin-raised UK based Bonzai is to play live and is bringing some friends to the city to DJ alongside here for a New Year’s Eve Eve party at District 8 this year on December 30th.

Joining Bonzai will be DJ sets from Mura Masa, Mumdance, Wastefellow and Bobofunk.

Tickets are €22+fee on sale now on Eventbrite. Facebook event.

Margaret Glaspy plays The Grand Social, Dublin on November 30th. Tickets €15+ fee on sale now.

Culture Vultures, Tony Clayton-Lea and Andrea Keogh’s music and interview event has found a new home at The Sound House, Eden Quay. The next one takes place on Tuesday, 13 December and features live music from Hilary Woods along with chat with myself and Bantum. Tickets go on sale on now from Dice at €10 without any fees.

Swedish songwriter Jens Lekman is to play Whelan’s, March 28th. Tickets priced €25 on sale now from Ticketmaster/ WAV.

Frances, the UK singer-songwriter plays Whelan’s on Saturday, April 1s. Tickets €16.50 +fee. Her debut album Things I’ve Never Said is released weeks before.

65daysofstatic play The Button Factory on Saturday 4th February 2017. Tickets €17+ fee on sale now from Ticketmaster. The band recently soundtracked a game: No Man’s Sky.

Bruno Mars plays 3Arena on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Donal Dineen is hosting a music and live art performance of ‘The Pipes, The Pipes’ an homage to the Irish uilleann pipes. The performance at the RHA Gallery on Thursday November 17th will feature pipers, Padraig McGovern, Leonard Barry and Maitiú Ó Casaide with visuals by Lionel Palun and Donal Dineen.

Andy Irvine & Paul Brady will head off on a nationwide 40th Anniversary tour accompanied by Dónal Lunny & Kevin Burke

Vicar Street, Dublin – Saturday May 20th
Cork Opera House, May 19th
Millennium Forum, Derry, May 25th
University Concert Hall, Limerick, May 26th
Black Box Theatre, Galway May 27th
Ulster Hall, Belfast May 28th

Tickets on sale Friday November 18th from venues or Ticketmaster.

Posted on November 15th, 2016

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from Lil Silva, Bonzai, Hundred Waters, Whitney, Barq, Asa Moto, Jessy Lanza and Anna Of The North.

Hit the last page for the fullSoundcloud playlist.


Hundred Waters

Show Me Love (Skrillex remix)


An album song gets a great rework and a new lease of life.

Last year’s Electric Picnic mixtape kicked off with a track from one of my favourite bands Hundred Waters. ‘Show Me Love’ is a short piece of music that kicks off their second album The Moon Rang Like A Bell. It was later given a solo version by singer Nicole Miglis.

Hundred Waters released their music on Skrillex’s OWSLA label so a remix from him isn’t a huge surprise. What is, is that he brought together Chance The Rapper, Robin Hannibal of Rhye & Moses Sumney in on the act too and made a video featuring most of them. You can get the track for download at ShowMe.Love. This is Skrillex at his most tasteful, drawing the best of the source material and collaborators and weaving it with the band’s involvement.

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‘Golden Days’

whitney-1photoChicago band announce debut album on Secret Canadian with another earworm.

Whitney introduced themselves to the world with ‘No Woman’, a track that furrows a way into your subconscious with a meandering orchestral country folk style.

The band’s debut album, Light Upon the Lake is due out June 3rd on Secretly Canadian and post-SXSW, Whitney have shared ‘Golden Days’, a more upbeat falsetto classic rock track that falls somewhere between the two main members associated bands – Max Kakacek (ex-Smith Westerns) and singing drummer Julien Ehrlich (ex-Unknown Mortal Orchestra).

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Posted on March 29th, 2016

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One of the Nialler9 New Artists of 2016 and a Mura Masa collaborator, the Dublin-raised / American-born / London-based Bonzai (most recently on ‘What If I Go?’) has released her latest EP on Mura Masa’s Anchor Point records.

Annie Mac trailed the release by appointing ‘No Rest’ as her Hottest Record In The World yesterday and the nine-track EP Sleep Hungry dropped today, the followup to Royah EP.

A bricolage of beats, bass and club sounds, the 19 year-old’s EP draws influence from rap, grime, dubstep, acid, techno and D&B and operates at a high-tempo.

Production comes from John Calvert, Royce Wood Junior and Mura Masa.

From the drum and bass menace pop of ‘Stepping’, the acid squelch of The Prodigy Jilted-Generaton-esque ‘No Rest’, gunshot Squarepusher-electro of ‘Kassi’  Bonzai marks herself apart by drawing on UK club culture past and juxtaposing it with bass and rap music of now.

Bonzai’s Irish connection?

Bonzai was born in Indiana to a jazz singer mother and raised in Wicklow, near Dublin, by a drummer father. She moved to London at 17 to start a music degree at Tech School & after being spotted by Native Management began taking things seriously as a solo artist. She fell upon her sound through sessions with John Calvert and Mura Masa where they encouraged her to mix up styles as much as she could.

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Live Dates

Mar 30th London Electrowerkz (headline) <Sold Out>
Apr 5th Manchester Deaf Institute (supporting Mura Masa) <Sold Out>
Apr 6th Nottingham The Bodega Social (supporting Mura Masa) <Sold Out>
Apr 7th London Anchor Point Label Party, Oval Space <Sold Out>
Apr 8th Bristol The Exchange (supporting Mura Masa) <Sold Out>
Apr 15th Paris Café La Danse (supporting Mura Masa)
May 19th Brighton The Green Door Store, The Great Escape

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Posted on March 23rd, 2016


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The Guernsey producer Alex Crossan AKA Mura Masa was one of the highlights of the Eurosonic festival in January.

His playful take on Hud Mo-style beats (his inspiration to make music was ‘Thunder Bay’), takes inspiration from peers like Cashmere Cat, EDM sheen and R&B pop. Previous singles featured Shura (the brilliant ‘Love For That’), Nao and Denai Moore.

On-stage and on this new song ‘What If I Go?’, he’s joined by Dublin-born London-based singer/rapper Bonzai (bigged up here) on a tropical bright electronic pop song that works best in this springtime sunshine.

Posted on March 15th, 2016

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night.

Part One | Part Two.

Part one

  1. PG Goes Dance/ Fort Romeau – P.I.C.T.U.R.E
  2. NAO – Bad Blood
  3. Bonzai – Doses
  4. HAELOS – Dust
  5. Quilt – Roller
  6. Sjowgren – Drifty
  7. Jaakko Eino Kalevi feat. Farao – Everything Nice (Popcaan cover)
  8. Prince Rama – Bahia
  9. LCD Soundsystem – Home (Loving Good Mix)
  10. Fatima Yamaha – Sooty Shearwater, King of Migration
  11. Hinds – San Diego
  12. Wild Nothing – Reichpop

Part two

  1. Anna B Savage – I
  2. Mind Enterprises – Idealistic
  3. Kelly Lee Owens – More Than A Woman
  4. M.I.L.K. – If We Want to
  5. Ódú – Different
  6. Towkio – Reflection (prod. Kaytranada)
  7. LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
  8. Katy B, Four Tet & Floating Points – Calm Down
  9. HAMO – Cotton Club
  10. The Internet – Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA)
  11. Archy Marshall – Ammi Ammi (feat. Jamie Isaac)
  12. Pusha T – Untouchable
  13. Little Shalimar – Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite) feat. Run The Jewels

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on January 8th, 2016


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As someone who spends an inordinate amount of my life seeking out new music and writing about it, it can feel a bit redundant to listicle your daily enterprise. However, I understand that you, dear dear reader, do not have that luxury, so here for you, are 20 new and recently arrived bands (and a few who have been around a while but who I predict are worth more of your time) who are already making great music and who I expect to hear more of that calibre in the coming year.

The playlists are on Soundcloud and Spotify.


All Tvvins

Grand synth-rock stylings.


Conor Adams and Lar Kaye met before their old bands, The Cast Of Cheers and Adebisi Shank were in full flight. Once things had run their course, the pair joined up and made a new band which mixed Kaye’s frenetic fretwork in Adebisi Shank (the best guitarist auteur in Ireland by a long shot) with Adams’ sharp indie-pop vocals. With a major record deal with Warner UK, came a more expansive and expensive sound, spacious arrangements held up by pristine production and melodies that squirrelled their way deep into rotating playlists of 2015 with killer singles ‘Thank You’, ‘Darkest Ocean’ (a FIFA placement gave it a boost to 1 million song streams on Spotify) and my personal favourite ‘Too Young To Live’. A packed Dublin show in November suggested the duo (and live drummer Lewis Hedigan) have different routes to explore in their sound on their forthcoming debut album to be released this year.



Electronic R&B at its finest.


New York trio Wet, Kelly Zutrau, Joe Valle and Marty Sulkow, have given us some great songs already since appearing a couple of years back. Their strength comes from creating the kind of songs that can uplift you and allow you to sink into their running time. Zutrau’s emotive melodies don’t allow for much wallowing and keeps the songs above water to a place of soothing sanctuary. Their debut album Don’t You arrives on January 29th on Columbia Records.



LA-based R&B singer on the rise.


21 year-old Maryland singer Gallant marked himself apart from the pack of new R&B acts by writing one of the best songs of 2015. While nodding to the synthesizer-rushing zeitgeist, Gallant lifts things by writing a better song than any of his peers – connecting on an emotional level with the soulful vocal delivery that could easily be drawn from the songbook of the past. Recently, he jumped on stage with Sufjan and made a track with songwriter James Fauntleroy. His debut album is in the process of being finished.


Anna B Savage

An intense and brittle singer-songwriter howl.

Anna B Savage

In an age where confessional writing has found an abundant home online, yesterday’s music’s cathartic power can feel reduced. Yet listening to the music of London’s Anna B Savage and the power of intimate raw emotion in song is immediately apparent – in both its simplicity, directness and its ability to make you feel vicariously uncomfortable.

Anna B Savage’s music achieved that to a powerful personal degree last year. On the highlight of her debut EP, ‘I’ she sings about her body image in the face others “Jesus I’m too insecure for this / for him to undress me and take the piss,” and “Jesus he came off smarter than that / to grab an inch of stomach and say fat.” Those gut punch lines are delivered in a gentle quivering tone that is beautiful in its operatic timbre as the song rises above such insults. On ‘II’ it’s a skulking blues guitar notes that slithers around her voice admonishing herself – “I will never amount to anything / Skipping showers every other day.” Again, “I’m getting on a bit,” leads to the song bursting into energy rather than tears, solstice in sound. It’s easy to hear the burning intensity of PJ Harvey in it.

Most of all though, Savage music and voice puts us in her shoes in a way that few mediums can. Anna B Savage holds us close. Sometimes uncomfortably so.


Saint Sister

Atmosfolk Belfast and Dublin pair

Saint Sister

Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre’s Saint Sister band were the best new band to emerge from Ireland last year. With a Celtic harp and a sibling-style gift for shared harmonies (alas they are not sisters – one is from Belfast, one from Dublin), their songs, both traditional and modern, were some of the best made on these shores.



The hardware store clerk turned pop hope


Louise McSharry reminded me of Kiiara, and that she was working in in a hardware shop in Illinois when she put her best track ‘Gold’ up online. That track, a modern earworm with production by Felix Snow featured mangled catchy vocals and finger-clicking percussion. It racked up over 7 million views. People clearly responded to it. See also, the tightrope-vocal iced walk of ‘Feels’ and the bright pop of ‘Intention’. There’s more to come from the hardware store clerk.



Seductive R&B that bangs


It was a gig at Iceland Airwaves in November that confirmed a year’s listening to Londoner’s NAO’s music (pronounced NAYO) that started with the head-nodding click clack thrill of ‘Inhale/Exhale’ and continued with her A.K Paul collaboration, the taut funk of ‘Golden’ and ended with a swimmingly-good slow song in ‘Bad Blood’. Nao has absolute jams sure but she has them in spades too, as a I found out in Reykjavik, as well a great live set and band.



Hypnotic London trio


The power of Haelos’ music thus far has been the English trio’s ability to create hypnotic rhythms for their songs to live in with a chorus of voices and a rush of synths to fill that space. A debut album is coming on Matador Records this year.



Dublin experimentalists find new forms for themselves.


Dublin band Meltybrains? began the year as searching rock experimentalists before discovering a new level of creativity that drew on their post-rock ambient foundations while diverting into tropical pop on ‘The Vine’, a rich-detailed six minute epic of ‘Donegal’, a rattling ‘New Don’ and then, just before Christmas, the space oddity of ‘Wiggly Worms’.

With each new song, the band showcase a different side of themselves, perhaps one they did not know existed until it manifests and with it comes a sense of identity. Who knows what 2016 will bring from the gang, but that’s part of their appeal.


Kacy Hill

Kanye snapped up this former model for his GOOD Music label

Kacy Hill

A former American Apparel model and Arizona-born musician, Kacy Hill dropped her debut EP on Kanye’s Good Music label a few months back, after she was a dancer on his Yeezus tour and he heard her collaboration with producer Jaylien Wesley – ‘Experience’.

Hill’s music is 21st century leftfield pop – synth-driven, spacious, slow and with great potential. ‘Foreign Fields’, her best track yet from that Bloo EP, has drawn comparisons to James Blake. Hill’s voice has a commanding magnetism to it, equally at home with pop melodies on ‘Arm’s Length’ and unfurling operatically on the commanding ‘Shades Of Blue’. Her 2016 debut is being produced by Kate Boy’s Oskar Engström and is expected to feature “90s alternative and left-field pop.”


Mind Enterprises

Italian London-based lo-fi dance musician


I first featured Andrea Tirone’s music back in 2013, with the impressive lo-fi dance-pop track ‘My Girl’ which sounded like a pleasant hangover from chillwave.

Mind Enterprises‘ new music has moved into a more loose-fitting indie disco territory and a debut album will be released in February on Because Music, that was partly inspired by Afro-funk music after he was given a hard drive of music by Salvatore Principato of Liquid Liquid. As you do. The title track, ‘Idealist’ has some of that rough funky charm to it.



Copenhagen electronic pop trio


An electronic pop and R&B trio from Copenhagen, Fine, Simon & Simon, released three fine slices of music last year, most notably the sophisticated ‘Minds’ and the brilliantly slinky ‘Away From Me’. More new music is expected this month.



New Dublin/London beats and bass


Dublin-born and London-based Bonzai received a Hottest Record in the World status from BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac last year with ‘Doses’, a swerving bass and beats track that falls somewhere between R&B, rap, pop, grime and spoken word. It was drawn from the Royah EP which affirmed those disparate influences and added some dubstep and drum and bass ones. Before that came the sweet warped pop of ‘KGB’. Both were released on Mura Masa’s Anchor Point level, who himself is a rising new artist.


Katie Laffan

Independent Dublin funk and pop

Katie Laffan

A fledgling Dublin musician with a sarky lyrical attitude and a penchant for creating fun bedroom funk pop music, as heard on her debut EP Dead as Disco, Katie Laffan makes exuberant music and may have a bright 2016 ahead.

The playlists are on Soundcloud and Spotify.

Posted on January 4th, 2016

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night.

Part One | Part Two.

 Part one

  1. Jamie xx – Gosh
  2. I Am The Cosmos feat Girls Names – Jape I Go remix
  3. Jaakko Eino Kalevi feat. Farao – Everything Nice (Popcaan cover)
  4. Emmanuelle – Free-HiFi_internet
  5. Brian Deady – Clap Both My Hands
  6. Bonzai – Doses
  7. ANOHNI – 4 Degrees
  8. Candi Staton – Hallelujah Anyway (Larse Vocal)
  9. Orbital – Chime (7″ Single Version)
  10. Disclosure – Magnets (feat. Lorde) [Jon Hopkins Remix]
  11. School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes
  12. Chairlift – Romeo

 Part two

  1. Jude Woodhead – Beautiful Rain
  2. FaltyDL – Visceral
  3. Floating Points – Nespole
  4. Tame Impala – The Less I Know the Better
  5. Bibio – Petals
  6. Beach House – Space Song
  7. MMOTHS – Deu
  8. Henry Green – Barcelona
  9. Kendrick Lamar – You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
  10. Erykah Badu – Phone Down
  11. Pusha T – Untouchable
  12. M.I.A. – Borders
  13. Hudson Mohawke – Ryders
  14. Reykjavíkurdætur – D.R.U.S.L.A ft. Ásdís María

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on December 4th, 2015


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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM.

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two

 Hour one

  1. All Tvvins – Darkest Ocean
  2. Julio Bashmore – Holding On (feat. Sam Dew)
  3. LA Priest – Learning To Love
  4. I Have A Tribe – Scandinavia (Minimum Maximum gig today)
  5. Girlpool – Before The World Was Big
  6. Battles – The Yabba
  7. #tbt: William Onyeabor – Good Name
  8. Sinkane – New Name
  9. Bicep & Hammer – Dahlia
  10. Percussions – Digital Arpeggios
  11. Autre Ne Veut – World War Pt. 2 (Age of Transparency Vol. II The Avatar Sessions)

 Hour two

  1. Chet Faker – 1998 (feat. Banks)
  2. Kwamie Liv – Pleasure This Pain feat. Angel Haze
  3. Sharer – Body Tonight
  4. Petite Noir – MDR
  5. Boots – Aquaria (feat. Deradoorian)
  6. Rizzla – Iron Cages (feat. Odile Myrtil)
  7. Transviolet – Bloodstream
  8. Hortlax Cobra – I’m Still Here (feat. Ane Brun)
  9. Roots Manuva – One Thing
  10. White Collar Boy – Priory Hall
  11. Space Dimension Controller – The Love Quadrant
  12. Katie Kim – FOREIGN FLEAS
  13. Låpsley – Hurt Me

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on August 28th, 2015


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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM.

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two

 Hour one

  1. Pleasure Beach – Go
  2. Cruising – You Made Me Do That
  3. Enemies  – Play Fire
  4. Rosa Nutty –  Fine Print
  5. Låpsley – Hurt Me
  6. Real Lies – North Circular
  7. Paradise 100 –  Heat.Wav
  8. Sinéad White – Better (Blend Bold Remix)
  9. Paul Engemann & Giorgio Moroder –  Scarface (Push It to the Limit)
  10. Kwamie Liv – Pleasure This Pain feat. Angel Haze
  11. Bonzai – KBG
  12. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment – Wanna Be Cool
  13. The Chemical Brothers – Sometimes I Feel So Deserted

 Hour two

  1. !!! – Freedom! ’15
  2. Deerhunter – Snakeskin
  3. TNLYF – Reflect
  4. Majical Cloudz –  Silver Car Crash
  5. Somadrone  – Invitation
  6. FKA Twigs –  In Time
  7. Planet Parade –  Blue Sky
  8. LA Priest – Lady’s In Trouble with the Law
  9. Bicep & Hammer –  Dahlia
  10. Gilligan Moss – Choreograph
  11. Four Tet – Moma
  12. Julio Bashmore – She Ain’t
  13. Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail  – The Colour Blue (Rachael Boyd Remix)

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on August 21st, 2015


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