Follow the Nialler9 new album Spotify playlist featuring two songs each from each recommended recent album.


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David Byrne – American Utopia

Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne’s first solo album release in 14 years sees him collaborating with artists such as Brian Eno, Sampha, Blood Orange, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jack Penate and a bunch of other male contributors, a factor that resulted in some backlash for the Scottish-American musician that he addressed directly and apologetically.

American Utopia shouldn’t be overshadowed by those fact. The album is excellent, filled with has certain sound elements that project his musical roots with Talking Heads yet it also proves that David Byrne is a long-standing solo artist with distinction who is still able to make relevant and engaging art-pop in 2018. Further proof is in his stand out performance of ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’ on Colbert.


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David Kitt – Yous

David Kitt has been releasing music under his electronic project name New Jackson of late, this is his first release as David Kitt in over eight years. Yous is an understated record, a singer-songwriter record in the vein of his early work. He is accompanied mostly by guitar and the violin and voice of Margie Lewis with some underpinnings of synths and drum machines. It was recorded at his Dublin home with a blend of electronics, samples and live instrumentation (with some additional production by Karl Odlum). Other contributors include Dunk ‘Sunken Foal’ Murphy, Michelle Stoddart (The Magic Numbers) and Robbie Kitt.

A cover of Fever Ray’s ‘Keep The Streets Empty For Me’ is included as are acoustic versions of his ‘Make It Mine’ and ‘There Will Always Be This Love’ which are both from his electronic project New Jackson. First listen standouts include ‘Cling Film’, ‘Like Lightning’ and ‘Still Don’t Know’.


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Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar

Scottish trio Young Fathers’ Cocoa Sugar via Ninja Tune is the alt-rap group’s third studio album. The previewed sound on the album from the first single releases of ‘In My View’ and ‘Lord’ suggested an increased softness and directness that wasn’t present on their first two records. That slight change in direction is present throughout the new album gives it a fresh soulful sound with feel-good gospel constructions to relish in.


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Caroline Rose – Loner

Caroline Rose made her debut with I Will Not Be Afraid in 2014. Now four years later the self-described “queer feminist” presents the release of new album Loner, a dark-edged album of manic and millennial modern pop, drawing on indie-rock, surf music, synth hooks and bright production, which Rose herself was responsible for.


5.

George Fitzgerald – All That Must Be

This is the second full-length LP from English electronic producer George Fitzgerald. All That Must Be which is out on Domino Record features collaborations with Bonobo, Hudson Scott, Tracey Thorn and Lil Silva. Tracks like ‘Nobody But You’ delves deep into a nostalgic territory of summer nights spent in South London, embodies a transcendent sound. The album documents the 10-year period Fitzgerald spent living in Berlin right through to his departure back to London to become a father. Each track has its own unique layered ambiance but hey are constructed with a common thread of building synthesizer electronica.


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Paddy Hanna – Frankly, I Mutate

Paddy Hanna presents album number two with Frankly, I Mutate which was produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox. It represents a polished, reformed and mastered sound from the Dublin singer-songwriter. The album brings its own unique element of quirk that is harmoniously backed up with string arrangements by Éna Brennan aka Dowry. Paddy establishes himself as an artist with distinction and reverence with this one.


Posted on March 12th, 2018

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.

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Berlin-based Peggy Gou is a DJ and producer who has been steadily building her profile over the last couple of years.

It was ‘Gou Talk’ and subsequent high-profile building DJ slots at the likes of Dekmantel that helped in that regard.

Gou has a new EP coming on Ninja Tune on March 2nd on Ninja Tune and ‘It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)’ is a polychromatic piece of electronic house music infused with summer shimmers and tropical vistas. Gou also sings quite capably in Korean.

The Once EP is released on March 2nd and she plays District 8 on February 23rd.


Dear Annie, Rejjie Snow’s long awaited debut album finally gets a release on February 16th and he’s released two EPs featuring 8 tracks from it so far (for some reason). ‘Egyptian Luvr is a smooth jam. He plays the Olympia on March 12th.


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Superorganism — Everybody Wants to Be Famous

London-based eight-member pop crew Superorganism show off their off-kilter electronic pop with their second big single. An album comes out on Domino on March 2nd.


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David Byrne — Everybody’s Coming To My House

David Byrne will release his first solo album since 2004 on March 9th and it’s called American Utopia. He has made albums with Eno, St. Vincent and Karl Hyde, but it’s his first solo album. It’s produced by The xx cohort Rodaidh McDonald and features guests, Jack Peñate, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jam City and Thomas Bartlett,  and its choreographed live shows to come, Byrne has suggested are “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

Talk about expectations. ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’ is Byrne at his best – melding acoustic textures, brass and Afrobeat textures with his trademark pop songwriting.


Kendrick is curating Marvel’s Black Panther movie soundtrack and ‘All The Stars’ is our first offering from it. So that’s both creators of album number 1 and 2 of 2017’s best albums collaborating (they are on the same label). SZA outshines Kendrick on this – her honey-dripped voice beholden with power is very suitable for a superhero movie. Kendrick can’t compete.


Cardi B adds some Salt’n’Pepa ’90s shake to a highlight from Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic. Bruno didn’t deserve to win all the Grammys but that and the incredulous statements from the President Neil Portnow after doesn’t affect this song’s jam status.


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Marcus Marr — High Times

One of DFA Records’ new artists released one of the best tunes of 2016 with ‘Rocketship’, an electro-robot funk track that brought the Londoner to the attention of many a DJ. His recent single ‘High Times’ goes for a more minimal aesthetic, sounding like a French Touch Daft-Punk-esque house track trying to stay under the radar while remaining under the skin.


The Go! Team are back with a new album Semicircle, which is a return to their exuberant indie jams. And it works. The bandleader Ian Parton travelled across the US and recorded young choirs and brass bands and they add to the genuine schoolyard buzz of the record. ‘ If There’s One Thing You Should Know’ is a giddy highlight from it.


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Lone — Temples

Lone releases Ambivert Tools Volume Three this month, the latest in series of EPs that have been worthy listens and ‘Temples’ is an abmivert jungle-tastic acid banger.


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Young Fathers — In My View

Young Fathers seem immune anyone outside their clique, operating as a gang who were more interested in offering genuine healing through music that crosses rap, gospel and lo-fi sonics. ‘In My View’ is another idiosyncratic uplifting gem from these outliers, but if there’s anything obvious from their new material, it’s an increasing softness and directness that wasn’t present on their first two records. Their new album Cocoa Sugar is out in March.


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Posted on February 2nd, 2018

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The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team.

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David Byrne – Everybody’s Coming To My House

As suggested last week, David Byrne will release his first solo album since 2004 on March 9th and it’s called American Utopia. He has made albums with Eno, St. Vincent and Karl Hyde, it’s his first solo album. It’s produced by The xx cohort Rodaidh McDonald and features guests, Jack Peñate, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jam City and Thomas Bartlett,  and its choreographed live shows to come, Byrne has suggested are “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

Talk about expectations. ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’ is Byrne at his best – melding acoustic textures, brass and Afrobeat textures with his trademark pop songwriting.


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Wolf Alice – Don’t Delete The Kisses (Charli XCX x Post Precious remix)

A highlight from Wolf Alice last year gets a reworked electro-pop version from pop auteur Charli XCX. The song’s ode to young love and it’s “what if he’s not meant for me?” hook is wisely reinforced with new tones here.


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Kendrick Lamar x SZA – All The Stars

Kendrick is curating Marvel’s Black Panther movie soundtrack and ‘All The Stars’ is our first offering from it. So that’s both creators of album number 1 and 2 of 2017’s best albums collaborating (they are on the same label). SZA outshines Kendrick on this – her honey-dripped voice beholden with power is very suitable for a superhero movie. Kendrick can’t compete.


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Bruno Mars – Finesse (Remix) (Feat. Cardi B)

Cardi B adds some Salt’n’Pepa ’90s shake to a highlight from Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic. Props also for the 60fps video.


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Superorganism – Everybody Wants To Be Famous

London-based eight-member pop crew Superorganism show off their off-kilter electronic pop with their second big single. An album comes out on Domino on March 2nd.


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Rosie Carney – K

Donegal singer-songwriter Rosie Carney dropped a fine and faithful cover of a Cigarettes After Sex song written about lust and desire for a new partner on the Lower East Side.


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Reykjavíkurdætur – Hvao er Malio

Icelandic ice-queen rap collective Daughters of Reykjavík are always welcome around here, regardless of what they’re rapping about – the driinks menu? Either way, it bumps.


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Fischerspoooner – Togetherness feat. Caroline Polachek

The wandering Electro-clash Casey Fischerspooner returns with a fine electronic pop song featuring former Chairlift singer.


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Charli XCX – Backseat (Feat. Carly Rae Jepsen)

Charli XCX strikes again. December is a terrible time to release anything but Charli doesn’t give a fuck and dropped Pop 2 mixtape that kicks off with this M83 style banger.


Posted on January 9th, 2018

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St. Vincent and David Byrne have recorded an album called Love This Giant together. The pair have been working on music since 2009 when they were intially asked to collaborate on a track for charity. Rather than do just one track, they went the whole hog and the central theme of the record is the use of a brass band.

From the sound of first track – ‘Who’, it’s an inspired theme; both Byrne and Clark’s voices are suited to the brass instrumentation and Clark’s recent guitar work has echoed the sound of brass parps of late.

Download the track at the album site or below. Love This Giant is released on 4AD/Todo Mundo on September 7th in Ireland (September 10th UK and 11th in the US). US tour dates for the pair have been announced too.

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Posted on June 18th, 2012

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Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio’s new project Maximum Balloon will have appearances from Little Dragon, Theophilus London, David Byrne, Tunde Adebimpe, Kyp Malone, Karen O, Holly Miranda and Ambrosia Parsley (Kill Bill’s Shivaree – ‘Goodnight Moon’). The single ‘Tiger’ featuring Aku Orracu-Tetteh which is the soundtrack to this naughty NSFW Daisy Lowe video, which sort of makes it sound strip club friendly, gets a video next week. A track-by-track guide is here.

‘If You Return’ is the best track I’ve heard thus far and it features Little Dragon. This stream has annoying radio presenter ident tags on it by the way, so you’re not crazy if you hear some babbling.

With thanks to Some Kind of Awesome for uploading.

Posted on July 8th, 2010

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This rather amazing 31 track compilation is a must-have for anyone interested in any of the featured artists not because they feature but because the standard of songwriting is so high that it exceeds most other charity compilations (AIDS charity Red Hot – A good cause too right?). All and sundry culled from North American alternative and indie music is present including: The National, Feist, Grizzly Bear, Sufjan, The Books, Yeasayer, My Brightest Diamond, Iron and Wine, Spoon, Arcade Fire, Dirty Projectors, David Byrne, Bon Iver, Beirut, Cat Power, Kevin Drew and on and on.. Ridiculous line-up. The album is released today. I’m seriously considering forking out for the triple vinyl package.

Out of 31 tracks it was hard to pick favourites but these three streaming tracks to the right nicely represent the album.

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Posted on February 16th, 2009

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Another video from N.A.S.A‘s upcoming The Spirit of Apollo album coming on the 20th of February. Everyone knows Fatlip rules and N.A.S.A (North America South America) is like a Handsome Boy Modeling School for 2009 on crack. The album features:

Karen O, Lykke Li, Fatlip, Tom Waits, George Clinton, David Byrne, Z-Trip, Seu Jorge, Santogold, Krs-One, Cool Kids, Wu Tang (Method Man, Ghostface, RZA, ODB), Chali 2na, Gift of the Gab, DJ Swamp, John Frusciante, Amanda Blank, Spank Rock, Lovefoxxx, Sizzla, M.I.A, Nick Zinner, Kool Keith, Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & DJ Qbert. And probably a gazillion more.

N.A.S.A. – Spacious Thoughts feat. Tom Waits and Kool Keith

N.A.S.A. – Whatchadoin? feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A & Santogold

Yes, that’s TOM MUTHA FUCKIN WAITS KIDS. The album is solid hip-hop party jams all the way through. A trailer and another music video is after the cut.

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Posted on January 29th, 2009

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