With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly.
Nils Frahm – All Melody
A sprawling beauty of an album from composer and musician Nils Frahm. All Melody was recorded in his studio in his custom-built studio in Funkhaus in Berlin which took advantage of reverb chambers and the space of the old place along with contributions from other musicians gives the album an endlessly exploratory feel and at 75 minutes that’s what it needs. It moves between ambient, classical and electronic, and the lines are increasingly smudged of those archetypes. It’s Frahm embracing possibilities in his compositions while still maintaining his owwn sonic imprint.
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo
Texas psychedelic trio Khruangbin return with a second album of psychedelic laid-back band music. The band meld “60’s Thai funk, 70’s Persian rock music, and 80’s Algerian symphonia” with light funk and improvisational touches while the rhythm section keep things rolling nicely. More of a background groove than a marquee sound but it’s very effective. Live, I hear it comes into its own. They play Dublin on Sunday March 4th in Whelans.
Cadence Weapon – Cadence Weapon
The return of Rollie Pemberton to a full-length album after a number of years away finds the Montreal-based Edmonton artist in his best form since his breakthrough second album Afterparty Babies in 2007. That record explored family and community and there’s similar themes at play here – with Rollie reflecting on being an independent artist and making his way in the world as one, the community and parties around him and his place in it. Production is tight and airy with a beat by Kaytrananda on ‘My Crew’ and nods to the laconic production style of Future and Migos among beats built around jazz and funk chords. The presence of Blue Hawaii, Brendan Philip and Deradoorian add some vocal texture to a confident and unique artist. A welcome return.
Palmbomen II – Memories of Cindy
A compilation of four EPs from the LA-based Dutch artist Palmbomen II with a concept around a eulogy to a character called Cindy told through a “surreal, neo-noir lens.” and released over the last five years. Musically, that means lo-fi house, new age melodies, and soft-glow electronica with ambience and nods to AFX-style acid. Highlights include ‘Seventeen’ and ‘Love Story Fantasy’.
Robert John Ardiff – Between The Bed and Room
The ambience throughout the album is soothing and emotive, reflecting the honest sound that Ardiff set out to depict.
“I wanted to create something that sounded like it was made by a human sitting in a room playing songs. I limited the recording process to 12 tracks per song and used all analog gear like the synths, the acoustic instruments tascam 12 track onto which everything was recorded. The results are lo-fi but I feel I have achieved what I set out to do. The songs are ones that I have carried in my pocket for a long time. Some of them are about growing up in a small Irish village, while others explore themes of love, betrayal and understanding.”
The album also features collaborations with other artists such as Ken McCabe, Rob McComish, Niall Colreavy, Louisa Carroll, John Carney, Paul Kenny, Stuart McMahon.
Johnny Jewel – Digital Rain
A solo soundtrack-style LP from the Chromatics/Glass Candy/ Italians Do It Better composer/musician/producer explores the concept of precipitation in sound through evocative instrumental ambient synths. It’s the followup to last year’s Windswept which featured tracks Jewel made for the Twin Peaks revisited soundtrack. Still no sign of the Chromatics’ Dear Tommy however.
Posted on January 30th, 2018
It’s been too long but Cadence Weapon is baaack. And on a beat by fellow Canadian Kaytranada? Sweet.
‘My Crew (Woooo)’ is a fresh reintroduction to Rollie Pemberton. It’s his first since 2012’s Hope In Dirt City from the former Edmonton poet laureate and is inspired by his time spent in Montreal. Rollie says the song is “an anthem about unapologetically being who you want to be, no matter what anybody else thinks.”
“There’s a sense of personal freedom that’s unique to Montreal and ‘My Crew (Woooo)’ is a representation of that feeling. It’s a song about defying the labels that people try to place on artists. Is it underground? Mainstream? Conscious? Trap? Who cares, as long as it sounds dope.”
It is dope indeed.
Posted on February 24th, 2017
Cadence Weapon’s Hope In Dirt City slipped through the listening cracks last year a bit for me. The bass-heavy ‘Hype Man’ points at the gulf between Rollie and other rappers by highlighting the fact that Mr Pemberton doesn’t need one. Video by George Vale.
Posted on February 5th, 2013
Rollie Pemberton aka Edmonton rapper and producer Cadence Weapon is back with a new solo track ’88’ a tribute to old-school rap featuring the original instrumental of Grimes’ Visions‘ song ‘Eight’ as the backing track. An album of ‘existential rap’ entitled Roquentin is forthcoming. His previous release was this Tron mixtape.
Posted on February 22nd, 2012
From Arbutus Records, the home of recently featured TOPS, comes Paula who is actually a dude called David Carriere who eh, is also in TOPS. The lo-fi eight-track album Relaxed Fit is released today is rugged and raw and teeming with retromania influences of ’70s punk and ’80s synthpop, sort of like finding an unknown cassette of demos from the era in a second hand shop.
Posted on November 22nd, 2011
Here is the first single from Night Horses, the second album from SEBP with Cadence Weapon on vocals. It’s got a bit of everything: layered, swirling guitar riffs, a catchy chorus, beats, melancholic lyrics about life on the road, driving bass guitar, scratching and an energetic blippy synth-led outro. A video for the tune is in the works at the moment.
As for the album as a whole: It’s a different beast to their debut for sure. Still as eclectic as ever; it takes in hip-hop, rock, folk, electronica and pop but more cohesively so, largely down to the fact that all seven members of the band worked on this one together where their debut was largely a result of four members. R.S.A.G. adds vocal and percussion to the bouncy synth and horns workout of ‘Who Are You And What Do You Want?’, Mr. Lif features on The Knife-esque epic electronica of ‘Thin Air’, Heathers do wonders on the sunny pop of ‘Comets’, ‘Do Incio Ao Fim’ with Rodrigo Teles is built on a great old-school hip-hop sample, May Kay of Fight Like Apes throws tantrums atop the rocking ‘Eamonn’, Ireland’s best native rapper Captain Moonlight’s lyrics are impressive on ‘Tea With Lord Haw Haw’ (In fact, the album has some real depth lyrically), Ann Scott helps out on the folktronica of ‘Sonora’ and there’s some surprisingly lush instrumentals towards the end. Night Horses is out in May and the tour dates are in the more.
Full Disclosure: I help out with visuals and artwork for SEBP.
Posted on April 22nd, 2009
SEBP’s second album Night Horses will be released in May (the 1st I think) and features contributions from Cadence Weapon, Mr. Lif, Heathers, May Kay of Fight Like Apes, R.S.A.G, Captain Moonlight, Ann Scott and White Noise amongst others. Check back here next Wednesday to grab ‘Radar’ – the Cadence Weapon collaboration and lead single from the album as an MP3.
The cover was illustrated by Stephen Mooney. Tracklisting and tour info after the jump. Disclosure – I do visuals and artwork layout for the band.
Posted on April 17th, 2009
So the followup to the Super Extra Bonus Party debut album looks imminent for May, according to their site’s latest update. Night Horses will be another collaborative affair with some special guest vocalists to be revealed soon. The first single will be ‘Radar’ which features Cadence Weapon and a video is currently in the works.
From what I’ve heard so far, it is definitely a step away from the sound of the first LP. It’s darker, more cerebral, more band-orientated, more cohesive but still surprising. I’m looking forward to hearing the end product. A couple of videos featuring live versions new songs are after the jump. Here’s a video of the band recording some “fiery” drums.
You can still get the Remix album for free.
Photo by Sara.
Posted on February 16th, 2009
Another Cadence Weapon collaboration, this time with Shuttle, an electronic musician out of Massachusetts from his Tunnel EP coming on Ninja Tune in March. Shuttle also works as a remixer under the moniker Etan and it’s fitting that he reworked Daedelus’ ‘Hrs:Mins:Secs’ as this track touches those kind of cornerstones.
Posted on February 4th, 2009
New mixtape from Rollie serves as a nice stopgap between Afterparty Babies and what comes after it. It collates his remixes with some of his collaborations (including a sneak peek at a new Bonus Party track).
01 – Roll With The Winners (Prod. Herve & A-Trak)
02 – The Cansecos “Rise Up” (Cadence Weapon Mix)
03 – Pretty Girls Make Raves (Prod. Stuffa, Mapei and Sinden)
04 – Mini T.V.’s (Chad Vangaalen Cover, Live ft. Final Fantasy)
05 – Sailboats Are White “SAW” (Cadence Weapon Hi-Speed Edit)
06 – Sally Shapiro “He Keeps Me Alive” (Cadence Weapon Mix)
07 – Bad Graffiti (Prod. Murge)
08 – Roland Pemberton III “Rupture Vers Le Haut”
09 – The Morning After (Prod. C-Sekshun)
10 – RJD2 “Sweet Piece” (Cadence Weapon’s Ladykiller Remix)
11 – Kennedy Curse
12 – Kid Sister “Damn Girl” (Cadence Weapon Remix)
13 – Shout Out Out Out Out “Coming Home (We Do Acid)” (Demo)
14 – Busdriver “Sun Shower” (Cadence Weapon`s Raleigh Remix)
15 – Junior Bloomsday “Your Perfect Gene” (ft. Cadence Weapon)
16 – The Wet Secrets “The Chinball Wizard” (Cadence Weapon’s Samir-Themed Remix)
17 – House Music Medley (Bird Peterson, A1 Bassline, The Cansecos)
18 – Super Extra Bonus Party “Radar (Demo)”
19 – Roots Manuva “Buff Nuff” (Cadence Weapon Tuff Mix)
20 – The D.B. Buxton Revue “Sex With My Ex” (Cadence Weapon’s No Sex Mix)
Download the mixtape/ Name your price @ Cadenceweaponmusic.com/
Posted on January 19th, 2009
Posted on November 27th, 2008
How apt is that chorus in today’s economic climate? Like those Anglo Irish Bank fatcats who sold their shares before the bailout. How convenient. Hey, this is a music blog, I can say what I like about politics here.
Jenna pointed this video out, Thanks Jenna!
Posted on October 8th, 2008
My virgin attendance at a Public Enemy gig and I probably picked the best possible one to open my account with. PE performing one of my first and favourite rap albums It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.. in its entirey as part of the Don’t Look Back concert series, well I had expectations but didn’t expect them to be matched.
How wrong I was. 21 years after the fact and the PE machine is still very much in effect. Chuck D and Flava Flav are legends, no matter how many times their pre-show hype men repeatedly remind us, it still rings true. They are looking older now, no doubt. Chuck is 48, Flava is 49 but both of them have the energy of two six year olds.
Posted on May 26th, 2008
I love reading those pieces in magazines where artists are asked what’s on their stereo / iPod etc. I remember Buck 65 recommending John Fahey for example. So with that in mind, here’s a list of recommendations from artists I’ve interviewed lately. Hope you find something of interest. I’m digging Holy Fuck-recommended The Oscillations.
Foals – Edwin
“There’s a guy from Bristol called Peverelist who makes the most amazing rhythmically complex music that has a dancefloor edge but just blows my head off. There’s a new Charlottefield record out and another band called Dananananaykroyd. A weird name, a fucking weird name [Note: it took me a long long time to Google those fuckers]. It’s kind of like Fugazi and Minutemen.”
Posted on April 2nd, 2008
Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit vinyl artwork
It took us a while to get around to this one with everything going on but the tunes below are representative of what I’ve been listening to for the last month. Most importantly, they are still getting played. Think of it as a snapshot of February. Thanks to Aoife for presenting.
Podcast #12 – February 08
- Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band – X-Ray [X-Ray Spirit]
- Amplive feat. Del The Funkee Homosapien – Videotapez [Rainydayz Remixes]
- Cadence Weapon – Gettin’ Dumb [Afterparty Babies]
- Neon Neon – I Lust You [Stainless Style]
- Foals – Olympic Airwaves [Antidotes]
- Waiting Room – Denis [Roughage: Road Relish Compilation]
- The Jimmy Cake -Jetta’s Palace [Spectre & Crown ]
- Clark – New Year Storm [Turning Dragon]
- Freestylers – Ruffneck [An England Story: the Culture of the MC in the UK 1983-2008]
- Storkboy Choons – Rockfield Symphony [Supporting Casiotone for the Painfully Alone] in Whelans March 9th]
- Vampire Weekend – A-Punk [Vampire Weekend]
Posted on February 27th, 2008