The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team. Subscribe to the weekly Spotify playlist (1.3k subscribers) or the daily playlist (4.9k subscribers).

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Anderson .Paak

Bubblin’

There’s no staying humble with the return of Paak. Having made the best album of 2016, and collaborated all over the shop, .Paak returns with a bombastic song that talks up his status as one of the best? And why not? He’s known for his soulful voice and his drumming sure, but very rarely have you heard him go this hard in rap terms, not even on the NxWorries record. Paak’s exuberant almost-delusional flow is matched by a busy production by Jhalil Beats and Antman Wonder and an ecstatic video to match.

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Christine And The Queens

Girlfriend

Two years on from the French artist’s breakthrough album Chaleur Humaine, Héloïse Letissier is back and has teamed up with West Coast G-funk artist and Snoop Dogg collaborator Dam Funk for a lustful slice of magnetic synth-pop that explores gender stereotypes. It arrived with its original French version so you can get double the helping.


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Chromatics

Black Walls (Minimal Oxygen)

Dear Tommy is finally coming! You just have to wait until the Autumn. Whether you care or not is another thing though, as the Chromatics saga has been a long game one. Still, Johnny Jewel has been releasing a lot of cinematic music and even released an album this week of some of the music he sent to David Lynch for Twin Peaks that wasn’t used (there was 7 hours total). ‘Black Walls (Minimal Oxygen)’ isn’t much to get excited about, though it’s just good to hear some dark wave minimalism with Ruth Radelet singing again.

4.

Devon Welsh

I’ll Be Your Ladder

The former Majical Cloudz singer has continued making music as sparse and as effective as that band as a solo artist. ‘I’ll Be Your Ladder’ is basically a vocal drone with a slight uplift in the form of a song. The Montreal singer elongates his vocals with a production that relies on faraway horns and ambience with production by Austin Tufts of Braids.

“Time cools me with laughter / as I see the ways I am changing / and I know I want to be your ladder / with love’s elation in your eyes / I’ll be your ladder while you’re changing,” is how the song’s lyrics go.

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Baba Stiltz

Maze

Swedish producer Baba Stiltz, yes, that’s his real name, is a young 24-year-old who has made a name for himself with some emotionally-charged dance music like ‘Can’t Help It’. XL Recordings have taken note and signed him up for a new EP called Showtime, lead by ‘Maze’ a parping slice of electronic pulses and warped mumble-rap style vocals. He plays Wigwam on October 13 this year.

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Disclosure

Ultimatum (feat. Fatoumata Diawara)

A one-off single from the Disclosure brothers and it has all the hallmarks of it TBQH. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of summery Afrobeat house music at all, especially if they’ve drafted in the excellent Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara to sing it rather than sample something. It’s a fine tideover for now and a lot better than more than half of Caracal, which was mostly awful.

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Elephant

Happy (feat. KT Ball)

Dundalk’s Shane Clarke has been moving his music from folk to a more starry-eyed layered direction with nods to Bowie on recent tracks. For ‘Happy’ with vocals by KT Ball, the contrast is even more stark with alt-rock, synths and layer upon layer building up. KT Ball’s vocal add a nice counterweight. A new album called 88 will be released on the July 20th. Elephant’s next Dublin show is on August 24th.

Posted on May 22nd, 2018

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A year on from their relatively underwhelming Caracal album, Disclosure have dropped a new three-track EP for stream and purchase.

The Moog For Love EP that kicks back to the band’s roots with the dancefloor workout ‘Boss’, weaves in a sanctioned Al Green sample for ‘Feel Like I Do’ on a laidback sunny cut and an Eats Everything collaboration that takes us back inside the club with festival set kick drums and an uplifting sample

Stream Moog For Love EP on Spotify or Youtube below.

Posted on June 15th, 2016

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Disclosure with guest Vince Staples have just been announced for a Royal Hospital Kilmainham on June 28th this year.

Tickets are on sale Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster at a high enough price – €49.65 + fees. A “spectacular outdoor show” is promised so you would imagine this gig will feature live vocalists and a decent setup.

Over 18s only.

Posted on February 15th, 2016

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It’s hard to muster anything more than a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ for Disclosure’s new album Caracal. Like, it’s grand, unimaginative and lacking in dynamics, a bit too polished to love, the songs never quite jumping out quite as much as their thrilling debut.

The Lawrences have been having better luck on the remix front, via Gus Pirelli, Julio Bashmore, themselves, A-Trak and now Jon Hopkins who has turned their Lorde collaboration into an unrelated tower of sonic magnitude. This could be one of those “I had an existing track, I stuck a sample in” to justify the remix fee but it’s still a lot better than 90% of Caracal.

Posted on November 24th, 2015

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My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify and Soundcloud.

The songs

  1. Tame Impala – Let It Happen’ (Soulwax remix)
  2. Empress Of – How Do You Do It? – pictured
  3. Pleasure Beach – ‘Go’
  4. Soft Lit – I Can’t Help It
  5. Kodiak Blue – ‘Zapusk’
  6. Girl Band – ‘Pears For Lunch’
  7. Chvrches – ‘Clearest Blue’
  8. Kelela – ‘Rewind’
  9. Talos – ‘In Time’
  10. Maud In Cahoots – ‘Cure For The Crazy’
  11. Martyn – Falling For You
  12. Saint Sister – ‘Madrid’
  13. Pure Bathing Culture – ‘Palest Pearl’
  14. Anderson – ‘Things We Have In Common’
  15. Owiny Sigoma Band – ‘I Made You /You Made Me’
  16. Wounded Healer – ‘Panic About Love’
  17. Floating Points – ‘Silhouettes (I,II & III)
  18. Julia Holter – Sea Calls Me Home
  19. New Portals – ‘Groove Boy’
  20. Wet – ‘Weak’
  21. Disclosure feat. The Weeknd – ‘Nocturnal’
  22. Darkstar – ‘Stoke The Fire’
  23. Wyvern Lingo – ‘Subside’
  24. Rejjie Snow – Blkkst Skin feat. Rae Morris (Prod. Kaytranada)
  25. Med, Blu & Madlib feat. MF Doom – ‘Knock Knock’
  26. Roots Manuva – ‘Don’t Breathe Out’
  27. The Academic – ‘Northern Boy’
  28. Neon Indian – ‘Slumlord’
  29. EMBRZ – ‘Lights’ ft. pennybirdrabbit
  30. ZHU & AlunaGeorge –  ‘Automatic’

Listen on Spotify

Posted on October 1st, 2015

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The new Disclosure tune ‘Holding On’ is grand in the way that it’s nothing new or exciting but does the job.

Now, here’s something exciting though.

A disco remix by Gus Pirelli that’s going to get a 7″ vinyl release (come to me) too.

https://soundcloud.com/gus-pirelli/disclosure-holding-on-ft-gregory-porter-gus-pirelli-vip-7-disco-mix

Posted on June 5th, 2015

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Following their redux version of ‘F For You’ from Disclosure’s debut album Settle, the Lawrence brothers teamed up once again on some tracks on her upcoming The London Sessions release, which will also feature Sam Smith, Naughty Boy and Emili snoorefest Sandé.

You have have already heard ‘Right Now’, their first collab for the album. ‘Follow’ is part two, a song that’s very much in the vein of ‘Grab You’ from Settle, except with added million selling soul diva.

Posted on November 20th, 2014

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Guinness Amplify is a new initiative which aims to support new and upcoming Irish bands and acts through a programme of pub gigs (with some large well-known artists), industry workshops, studio time and media coverage. Full details of all of it are here including the judges (they include me).

Today, Guinness added Bastille, Disclosure and Jess Glynne to the lineup of established bands who will join Kodaline, Ellie Goulding, Walking On Cars and Daithi on the 500 pub gigs taking place throughout September and October. The application for bands to get involved closes tomorrow at midnight (July 31st), so you can log on at http://www.guinnessamplify.com.

Guinness Amplify Live scheduleDate
Leinster11th September to 14th September, 2014
Ulster18th September to 21st September, 2014
Connacht25th September to 28th September, 2014
Munster2nd October to 5th October, 2014
Dublin9th October to 12th October, 2014

 

Bands for the gigs are chosen by the publican and must agree a fee for playing with the publican directly.

Posted on July 30th, 2014

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Here’s last night’s show, which was all Longitude artists.

See also: Longitude Spotify playlist & 15 bands to see | Stage times.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour One

  1. Disclosure  – ‘Latch feat Sam Smith’
  2. NONONO –  ‘Like the Wind’
  3. Broods – ‘Bridges’
  4. Tvvins –  ‘Two Worlds’
  5. San Fermin –  ‘Sonsick’
  6. Parquet Courts  – ‘Bodies Made Of’
  7. Eagulls – ‘Possessed’
  8. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Post Tropical’
  9. First Aid Kit  – ‘My Silver Lining’
  10. Say Lou Lou  – ‘Everything We Touch’ (Yannis Remix)
  11. Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘Luna’
  12. #throwbackthursday: Massive Attack –  ‘Five Man Army’

 

Hour Two

  1. Chvrches – ‘The Mother We Share’ (Miaoux Miaoux remix)
  2. Banks  – ‘Drowning’
  3. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  4. Haim – ‘Don’t Save Me’ (Cyril Hahn Remix)
  5. John Talabot –  ‘Destiny’ feat. Pional
  6. Roosevelt – ‘Elliot’
  7. I Am The Cosmos –  ‘Monochrome’
  8. Krystal Klear  – ‘Squad’
  9. Bonobo – ‘Duals’
  10. Joey Bada$$  – ‘Hilary $Wank’
  11. The xx – ‘Night Time’ (Greg Wilson remix)

Posted on July 18th, 2014

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It’s plain to see that Disclosure have really hit the bigtime when the likes of Mary J. Blige are jumping on a track and sucking up some of your coolness. ‘F For You’ is one of my favourite tracks from Settle but it was totally ripe for a big euphoric vocal and there’s nowt much better than Mary “EMPRESS OF SOUL” Blige for that.

Posted on January 23rd, 2014

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Belfast producer Unknown teamed up with singer Gemma Dunleavy officially a few months back as UNKNWN for live performances but this edit is from the production wing of the duo.

You all know the original, a track which was revealed to be the track which connected most to audiences in a live setting. Here, UNKNWN kidnap Sam Smith with chloroform and make him sing in a reverbed hazy bunker, creating something evaporated in the process. Free download.

Posted on January 14th, 2014

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Artwork by Fatti Burke.

Of all the annual Best Of Lists, top tracks is the most fun to compile. You’ll find my 100 favourite songs of the year below and playlists come in three flavours: Youtube, Spotify and Soundcloud. Capping this at 100 was hard but then that’s what the blog is for. Check out my albums, remixes, Irish releases and videos of the year. Readers’ Poll results coming next week…

Top 100 songs of 2013

  1. Disclosure – ‘White Noise’
  2. Mount Kimbie – ‘Made to Stray’
  3. Drake – ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ (feat. Majid Jordan)
  4. New Jackson – ‘Sat Around Here Waiting’
  5. Daniel Avery – ‘Drone Logic’
  6. Sophie – ‘Bipp’
  7. The Knife – ‘A Tooth For An Eye’
  8. Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’
  9. John Grant – ‘Glacier’
  10. Todd Terje – ‘Strandbar (Disko)’
  11. A$AP Ferg – ‘Shabba’ remix feat. Busta Rhymes, Migos and Shabba Ranks
  12. HAIM – ‘The Wire’
  13. Lorde – ‘Royals’
  14. Run the Jewels – ‘Banana Clip’ feat. Big Boi
  15. Disclosure – ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ feat. London Grammar
  16. Jon Hopkins – ‘Open Eye Signal’
  17. Holy Ghost! – ‘Dumb Disco Ideas’
  18. Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’
  19. Kelela – ‘Guns & Synths’
  20. Autre Ne Veut – ‘Play By Play’
  21. Ikonika – ‘Beach Mode (Keep It Simple)’ feat. Jessy Lanza
  22. Chromeo – ‘Sexy Socialite’
  23. Busta Rhymes – ‘Thank You’ ft. Q-Tip, Kanye West, Lil Wayne
  24. Kate Boy – ‘The Way We Are’
  25. Glass Candy – ‘The Possessed’
  26. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Cavalier’
  27. Nadia Ksaiba – ‘Virtual Lover’
  28. Pedestrian – ‘Hoyle Road’
  29. Shit Robot feat. Reggie Watts – ‘We Got A Love’
  30. Daithí – ‘Chameleon Life’ feat. Raye
  31. Kanye West – ‘Black Skinhead’
  32. Polica – ‘Chain my Name’
  33. Come On Live Long – ‘Little Ones’
  34. Arctic Monkeys – ‘Do I Wanna Know?’
  35. Mount Kimbie – ‘You Took Your Time’ feat. King Krule
  36. Not Squares – ‘Simpler Vibe’
  37. Sampha – ‘Too Much’
  38. Lone – ‘Airglow Fires’
  39. FKA twigs – ‘Water Me’
  40. The Knife – ‘Full of Fire’
  41. I Am The Cosmos – ‘Leaving/The Shift’
  42. Pusha T – ‘Numbers On The Boards’
  43. Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’
  44. Ghostpoet – ‘Meltdown’
  45. SZA – ‘Julia’
  46. Future Brown – ‘Wanna Party’
  47. Zomby – ‘Soliloquy’
  48. Glasser – ‘Shape’
  49. Katy B feat. Jessie Ware – ‘Aaliyah’
  50. Zebra Katz – ‘Y I Do’
  51. Haim – ‘Let Me Go’
  52. Majical Cloudz – ‘Childhood’s End’
  53. ScHoolboy Q and Kendrick Lamar – ‘Collard Greens’
  54. Daft Punk feat. Panda Bear – ‘Doing It Right’
  55. Valentina – ‘Wolves’
  56. Blondes – ‘Elise’
  57. MØ – ‘Waste Of Time’
  58. King Krule – ‘Easy Easy’
  59. Four Tet – ‘For These Times’
  60. Janelle Monáe – ‘Primetime’ feat. Miguel
  61. MMOTHS – ‘All These Things’ (feat. Holly Miranda)
  62. Arcade Fire – ‘Afterlife’
  63. Dana Falconberry – ‘Please Sparrow’
  64. Young Wonder featuring Sacred Animals – ‘Time’
  65. Daughter – ‘Smother’
  66. Julia Holter – ‘Maxim’s I’
  67. Jai Paul – ‘Str8 Outta Mumbai’
  68. Shit Robot – ‘Feels Real’ featuring Luke Jenner of The Rapture
  69. James Blake – ‘Retrograde’
  70. Lightning Dust – ‘Diamond’
  71. Bicep – ‘Stash’
  72. Gramme – ‘Fascination’
  73. Bonobo – ‘Cirrus’
  74. Holden – ‘Renata’
  75. Jessie Ware – ‘Imagine It Was Us’
  76. Rhye – ‘The Fall’
  77. Dancing Suns – ‘The World’
  78. Woman’s Hour – ‘To The End’
  79. Villagers – ‘Passing A Message’
  80. Mano Le Tough – ‘Please’
  81. Austra – ‘Home’
  82. Space Dimension Controller – ‘The Love Quadrant’
  83. Factory Floor – ‘Fall Back’
  84. Hot Natured – ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ feat. Egyptian Lover
  85. London Grammar – ‘Strong’
  86. Sam Amidon – ‘My Old Friend’
  87. Thundercat – ‘Oh Sheit It’s X’
  88. Solar Bears – ‘Love Is All’
  89. Disclosure – ‘F For You’
  90. Lion Babe – ‘Treat Me Like Fire’
  91. Four Tet – ‘Kool FM’
  92. Adultrock – ’Chants’
  93. Foals – ‘My Number’
  94. Charles Bradley – ‘Strictly Reserved For You’
  95. Melt Yourself Down – ‘Fix My Life‘
  96. Darkside – ‘Golden Arrow’
  97. Jacques Greene – ‘On Your Side’ Feat. How To Dress Well’
  98. Toro y Moi – ‘Say That’
  99. inc. – ‘5 days’
  100. Vondelpark – ‘California Analog Dream’

Posted on December 20th, 2013

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Disclosure are doing two Heineken Live Project gigs in Galway Thursday and Dublin Friday this week. Both shows sold out straight away but I have a pair of tickets to giveaway to the Dublin show in the Olympia on Friday night. Use the widget below to enter but you only have til 10am tomorrow to do so!

Win tickets to Disclosure

Posted on November 11th, 2013

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