Ruairi Lynch makes music under the name Bantum. This year, he released his second LP Move with guest features from Loah, Rusangano Family, CC Brez, Farah Elle and Senita.

He plays Cork tonight with Rusangano and Dublin on the 16th next week.
See all the top 10 tracks of 2016 guest selections.


Childish Gambino – Me and your Mama

A two-minute mellow soul intro leads to this insane psych-funk blowout. I was never that much of a Gambino fan, but this track has piqued my interest. From the screamed falsetto vocals, to the pitched laughter, to the fuzz guitar – I did not see any of this coming, and I love that.


Kendrick Lamar – untitled 03 05.28.2013

I’m addicted to the drums on this track, how the bass synth (?) follows the kick. It’s a short track from an almost casually released album by Lamar, but it’s become one of my favourites of his.


Waffles – Hankuri

I have the Lumo DJs to thank for this! Such a banger. I haven’t a clue what the singer is saying but the beat is so addictive. Shades of Soulwax / 2manyDJs in there…


DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak

A perfect match up. I especially love the horns (were they sampled??) and the fact that El-P I believe had to be convinced to include them in the mix. The video for this is essential viewing.


Kaytranada – Lite Spots

Another track with a great video. This kind of reminds me of the house tracks you used to hear on the radio in the ’90s. This was my introduction to Kaytranada and I proceeded to devour his 99.9% album.


A Tribe Called Quest – Melatonin

It was a toss between this and “The Space Program” from “We Got it From Here…” I just love the guitar in this, you can just hear the strain on the higher notes. Its all over the album. Q-Tips production is immaculate, and its great to hear his voice again.


James Vincent McMorrow – Rising Water

This might be my favourite song from James so far. Great uplifting chorus and driving beat. The production from Nineteen85 works really well, paring the instrumentation down to the most necessary elements.


Windings – Ambivalence Blues

A beautiful, melancholy song. Steve quoted this track the day Trump was elected – “I think I’m starting to dislike this place” – Fitting.


Frank Ocean – Nikes

I think I listened to this more than the rest of the Blonde album combined. I’m usually not too enamoured by pitched vocals but this works. It really adds to the effect around three minutes in when he comes in with the guitar and un-pitched vocals. Another very minimal arrangement.


Katie Kim – Ghosts

This song is so good I haven’t yet listened to the rest of Katie’s album through yet. A powerful album opener. The sparse drums, synths and vocals drenched in moody reverb make this sound massive.

Posted on December 9th, 2016


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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.


  1. Flying Lotus  – ‘Never Catch Me’ (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  2. Mos Def – ‘Hip Hop’
  3. Ghostface Killah & BadbadnotGood –  ‘Gunshowers’
  4. Glass Animals –  ‘Hazey’
  5. King Khan & The Shrines – ‘Squidbillies Theme’
  6. My Brightest Diamond –  ‘Lover Killer’
  7. Talos –  ‘Bloom’
  8. Young Fathers –  ‘Get Up’
  9. Kate Boy  – ‘Open Fire’
  10. Ekkah –  ‘Last Chance To Dance’
  11. Lion Babe –  ‘Jump Hi’ feat. Childish Gambino
  12. Run The Jewels –  ‘Blockbuster night part 1’
  13. Mick Jenkins – ‘Rain’
  14. Krystal Klear  – ‘Squad’


  1. The 2 Bears –  ‘See You’
  2. Tiga –  ‘Bugatti’
  3. Les Sins  –  ‘Talk About’
  4. Caribou  – ‘Mars’
  5. Flight Facilities  – ‘Two Bodies’ (feat. Emma Louise)
  6. Onra –  ‘Gonna Make U Mine’
  7. Mr Twin Sister –  ‘Out Of The Dark’
  8. Shit Robot – ‘Take Em Up’
  9. Dorian Concept –  ‘Ann River, Mn’
  10. Lethal Dialect  – ’26 Laws’
  11. Wonder Wonder – ‘Shark’
  12. Kindness  – ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’ feat Devonte Hynes & Tawiah
  13. Mmoths  – ‘Yago’

Posted on October 24th, 2014


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A regular roundup of five tunes that are getting repeated plays.

1. Holy Ghost! – ‘Do It Again’

I wasn’t convinced by this tune after the first two plays but hearing it next to something similar it really stood out. It’s also as Holy Ghost! have demonstrated in the past, DFA Records disco through and through. Their debut album is out in April.
Download: Holy Ghost – Do It Again

2. Yelle – ‘Safari Disco Club’

The new single from French singer Yelle is a tropical electro grower.
Download: Safari Disco Club by YELLE

3. Endgames – ‘Ecstasy (Jam City Refix)’

As heard on Benji B, Jam City take Glasgow’s ’80s funk band EndGame’s slowed-down track and give it some modern urgency and new percussion.


Posted on January 24th, 2011


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