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.


1.

Leon Bridges – Good Thing

The Fort Worth Texas soul singer Leon Bridges’ long awaited second album Good Thing has finally hit the airwaves, to massive critical and commercial acclaim. On Good Thing, Bridges takes his wholesome retro soul sound and gives it a 21st century update. Tracks like ‘Bad Bad News’and ‘Forgive You’ seem as indebted to contemporary R&B artists as the golden soul singers of yesteryear. The whole album is packed full of rich instrumentation, the perfect foundation for Bridges smooth vocal delivery. ‘Beyond’ is one of the best love songs penned this year. The only issue is whether the album’s two pop-funk tracks ‘If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)’ and ‘You Don’t Know’ An album that empathises with loss as much as it does with love, there’s something in Good Thing that will move all who listen to it.


2.

Jon Hopkins – Singularity

Jon Hopkins’ Singularity is a polarising record. While the English producer and composer’s breakthrough fourth release Immunity was largely viewed as a new lease on life for experimental dance music, many expected it’s follow up to fall somewhere closer to the dance side of affairs. Instead, Hopkins has delved deeper into experimental synth sounds and grainy textures with Singularity. The dance floor fillers of Immunity have been largely banished, replaced by a sort of dogged introspection. Hopkins has cited the influence of meditation and his interest in transcendentalism as a driving force behind the creation of this record. This album sounds best played as a whole through good headphones. For more context on the record, his interview with RA where he talks specifics about the processes and detail of the album give it more of an understanding.


3.

Rival Consoles – Persona

Ryan Lee West, known to most as Rival Consoles, has released his fourth full length album Persona on Erased Tapes. Rival Consoles is an electronic dance music project with a difference. While most dance compositions feel inherently non-organic, the music on Persona is strangely emotive and human. West’s dedication to sound design results in otherwise industrial sounds, take the roaring synth bass on ‘Phantom Grip’ for example, sounding alive and nuanced. This is not to say that Persona isn’t ultimately a dance record, songs like’Sun’s Abandon’ and the title track itself come packed with overwhelming bass and drum lines. Yet, Persona is a record intended for more than just the dance floor. It’s in equal parts intimate and grandiose.


4.

Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

 

Dirty Computer is the third studio album from musican and more recently actress Janelle Monáe. The follow up to 2013’s Electric Lady, this instalment from Monáe returning to more conceptual material. Themes of technology and the virtual space pop up again and again throughout the album. It’s one of those albums that has huge scope, ambition and brings a pop sound to Monae’s catalogue that was never really there before. The issue is that embracing pop artifice means a sacrifice of substance for the greater cause but with lyrical depth and a vision far beyond what most artists can access, Dirty Computer is one for repeated listens (and views thanks to her accompanying Emotion picture).


5.

DJ Koze – Knock Knock

 

German born DJ and producer DJ Koze has built a reputation for being one of the most forward-thinking and expressive dance music composers on the scene. His third studio album Knock Knock is a perfect illustration of why this is the case. This art music meets minimal techno album is a strange delight. Whether it’s the aquatic synth textures of album opener ‘Club der Ewigkeiten’ or the wonderful feature from Jose Gonzalez on ‘Music On My Teeth’, Knock Knock is an album that’s full of charming idiosyncrasies. So very worth your time.


6.

Iceage – Beyondless

Danish post-punk band Iceage formed in 2008 when the group were mostly teenagers. Their new album Beyondless is the sort of record you can only get from a fully matured band. The album bounces around its sonic influences; there’s the densely packed guitars typical of post-punk, see opening track ‘Hurrah’. However, the use of brass instrumentation and even the feature from Sky Ferreira on ‘Pain Killer’ depict a band interested in far more than one sound. The band do get the basics right too. It’s hard not to impressed with the booming guitars on a track like ‘The Day The Music Dies’, like something from an Iggy Pop & The Stooges album. Beyondless is a great example of the vitality and originality that rock music is still capable of.

Posted on May 10th, 2018

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Pitchfork Music Festival Paris have added Chvrches, The Voidz, DJ Koze, Stephen Malkmus and Dream Wife to the lineup for the eighth edition of the music festival which takes place at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris from November 1st to 3rd.

The lineup so far now looks like this:

  • Bon Iver
  • Mac Demarco
  • Blood Orange
  • Fever Ray
  • CHVRCHES
  • The Voidz
  • DJ Koze
  • Stephen Malkmus
  • Dream Wife

Three-day ticket priced at €100 are available now via digitick.com now.

Posted on April 26th, 2018

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Hidden Agenda, Subject and Research are hosting a whopper Paddy’s Day Block Party gig at District 8 this year across three stages.

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DJ Koze’s remix of Lapsley’s ‘Operator’ is the remix of the summer, a sunshine disco curtain-closer.

A 10-minute extended version of the song was released on 12″ but now there’s a video for the radio edit directed by Cherise Payne and conceived by Låpsley.

“The video Is inspired by an amazing night after my first ever Berlin show, when a group of friends took me out and introduced me to the city’s drag scene. That night’s stayed with me ever since and I wanted to pay homage and say thank you – this video’s as much for that scene as it is for me. Berlin’s also the city that first embraced Koze’s brilliant Operator edit so I wanted to return there to make the video, and try and create something that feels really timeless.”

Posted on August 22nd, 2016

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from The Invisible, Grace Lightman, Classixx and more.

Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud playlist.


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Lapsley – Operator (DJ Koze remix)

A firm festival DJ favourite if Body&Soul is anything to go by.

‘Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)’ from Lapsley’s debut Long Way Home already has a laid-back disco swing to it.

DJ Koze’s version of the track beefs up the track’s club dynamics and stretches it out over 10 minutes of lush disco. Check out the extended disco remix of the track as aired on Annie Mac in a shorter forms. The official release is to come but it is a doozy.


2.

Clams Casino – ‘All Nite’ feat. Vince Staples

The producer is back with a vengeance.

From his long-awaited debut album 32 Levels (July 15) which features a impressive guest list: Kelela, Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands), Joe Newman (alt-J), A$AP Rocky and Lil B. ‘All Nite’ has more bite than Clams’ entire clouded output prior to this.


3.

Portishead – ‘SOS’

Portishead dedicate their bleak Abba ‘SOS’ cover to Jo Cox.

Portishead’s dystopian and brilliantly bleak cover of Abba’s ‘SOS’, from the soundtrack to the movie High-Rise starring Tom Hiddleston is a chilling soundtrack to the very real Brexit leave vote that’s happening in the UK today. The video ends with a quote from Jo Cox, the UK Labour politician killed last week. “We have far more in common than that which divides us,” it offers. On dark days like this, strangely, the ever-bleak Portishead attempt to offer some sludged hope.


4.

Adultrock – Push And Pull

Adultrock’s Talabot-esque analogue dance cut is out now.

Gavin Elsted is my DJ cohort in Lumo Club (Body & Soul went well [video] so we’re looking forward to this Saturday), a Newbridge man (along with myself, Mmoths, DJ Deece, Knoxville Morning, Mix & Fairbanks, and Cinema to name a few, the Kildare town clearly likes its tunes), a former Super Extra Bonus Partyer and producer in his own right under the Adultrock name.

His debut EP on Bodytonic two years ago, found its way to the hands of Annie Mac, James Holden and John Talabot and this Friday, the label will release his second EP Push And Pull, three-tracks of melodic analogue electronic synth music with a chillwave haze and a dancefloor vision.

Lead track ‘Push And Pull’ is Elsted’s first vocal track with the refrain “How can you do it? How can you be so strong? Even if it all feels wrong,” set to synth arpeggios, crisp house rhythms and a rolling bassline that recalls Talabot at his best.

Push And Pull EP is out today via Bodytonic on 12″ and digitally. Bodytonic also released new music from Manzana Kicks and Ocho recently.

Adultrock plays the Nialler9 Stage at Interlude this Sunday evening.


5.

The Avalanches – ‘Subways’

A magical callback to their debut.
The Avalanches’ three songs from forthcoming album WildFlower have improved upon each other which is a relief.

If ‘Frankie Sinatra’ is a novelty rap song with decent guests, ‘Colours’ is effective moody psychedelia then ‘Subways’ is a magical callback to the sample tapestry of Since I Left You. It’s coincidentally the first song we’ve heard without a guest vocal. Samples include the Bar-Kays’ ‘Sang And Dance’,   Chandra’s ‘Subways‘ and Bee Gees’ Warm Ride’.


6.

Flores – ‘Ocean’

Svelte Norwegian R&B.

Produced by Maths Time Joy, this new track from the UK producer features a vocal that sounds exactly like Kelela and stays on that future electronic R&B tip.


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Posted on June 24th, 2016

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‘Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)’ from Lapsley’s debut Long Way Home already has a laid-back disco swing to it.

DJ Koze’s version of the track beefs up the track’s club dynamics and stretches it out over 10 minutes of lush disco. Check out the extended disco remix of the track as aired on Annie Mac in two shorter forms. The official release is to come for this but you can hear all 10 minutes of the song on my TXFM show Thursday night from 10.

Posted on June 15th, 2016

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If you’re looking for tickets to sold out Dublin gigs try #ticketfairy on Twitter.


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Ticket freebies this week:

How to enter – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig.


Tuesday March 4th

  • The Head and The Heart @ Whelan’s (SOLD OUT)
    [Folk] Seattle Band. Support Paul Thomas Sanders.
  • Picturehouse @ The Sugar Club (€12.50)
    [Pop] Elder ‘Sunburst’ Irish band back releasing records.
  • Rufus Wainwright @ Vicar Street (€44.05)
    [Songwriter] Best of show.

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Sunday March 9th

  • MURO Mini-Fest  @ The Generator, Smithfield (Free, Noon – Midnight)
    [DJs]Market, swap shop, workshops, live music (Jetsetter, Twin Headed Wolf), short films.
  • 12 Sundays: Space Dimension Controller @ The Bernard Shaw (Free, 8pm)
    [DJ] The interplanetary Belfast superfreak
  • Beyoncé @ The O2 (€82 – €100 with fees)
    [Pop] The Mrs. Carter World Tour. She might be Queen Bee but those tickets are expensive. Plays 8th, 9th, 11th.

Monday March 10th

Posted on March 4th, 2014

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Madlib is coming to town for a DJ set in The Sugar Club on Holy Thursday, April 17th. Tickets are €20 and the venue will be kitted out with a Funktion One soundsystem and visuals by Practice and Theory who also did the lovely posters in full below.

Choice Cuts are also bringing Pharoah Monche (Saturday February 8th), Dead Prez (Wednesday February 12th), Andrew Ashong (February 28th), Homeboy Sandman (Thursday March 6th) Prefuse 73 (Friday 21st March), Big Daddy Kane (Sunday May 4th) and previously announced Dean Blunt to the same venue in the coming months.


The same month, Kurt Vile is in Ireland. There are two solo dates so far: Whelan’s, Dublin on Monday April 7th and The Pavilion, Cork on Wednesday April 9th. Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession) supports. Tickets are €22 for Dublin /€20 for Cork on sale Friday.


It was a late entry to my albums of the year but Forest Swords’ Engravings is a fine album and its creator is playing Hidden Agenda on February 15th, an early show. Tickets €12 on sale now.


Iceland’s Asgeir plays The Sugar Club on Friday April 11th. Tickets €16 plus fees on sale tomorrow from Ticketmaster.


Before his slot at Life Festival, DJ Koze plays a four hour set at Hidden Agenda in Button Factory on Saturday March 8th. Ticktes €15 + fees (€18 general admission) on sale now from Resident Advisor.

Posted on January 22nd, 2014

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Just in time for the end of the year, the 44th Nialler9 podcast features great tracks that didn’t make my top 50 albums or top 100 songs list that deserved a bit more love. 14 tracks and 70 minutes in total with me babbling in between. Enjoy.

Podcast #44 Track list

  1. !!! – ‘Slyd’ – Thriller (Warp)
  2. Roosevelt – ‘Montreal’ – EP (Greco-Roman)
  3. Con Vos – ‘Central Park’  – Cocoon Bloom EP
  4. James Holden – ‘Renata’ – The Inheritors (Border Community)
  5. Wave Racer – ‘Rock U Tonite’
  6. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’ – Pull My Hair Back (Hyperdub)
  7. Glasser – ‘Keam’s Theme’ – Interiors (Matador)
  8. DJ Koze – ‘My Plans’ feat. Matthew Dear – Amygdala (Pampa)
  9. Lapalux – ‘Guuurl’ – Nostalchic (Brainfeeder)
  10. Forest Swords – ‘Thor’s Stone’ – Engravings (Tri Angle)
  11. Chance The Rapper – ‘Cocoa Butter Kisses’ – Acid Rap mixtape
  12. John Wizards – ‘Lukasa By NightJohn Wizards (Planet Mu)
  13. Wampire – ‘The Hearse’ – Curiosity – (Polyvinyl)
  14. MONEY – ‘So Long (God Is Dead’) – The Shadow of Heaven (Bella Union)

MP3: Nialler9 Podcast #44

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Posted on December 24th, 2013

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