With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


HAIM – Something To Tell You

Haim’s debut album exceeded expectations for a new act. The Haim Sisters’ mix Fleetwood Mac-style soft rock, ’60s girl-group sways, early 90s pop/rock and pristine pop. Their second album isn’t a radical departure but nor should it be. Haim are so good at recalling vintage pop music while creating music of the now in a glossy but human fashion. As singles ‘Little Of Your Love’, “Want You Back’ and ‘Right Now’ have already revealed, Something to Tell You revels in heartbreak. But those aren’t the only highlights – ‘Ready For You’ plucks up an ’90s rhythm in the style of George Michael, the title song’s bass and drum combo keep things rolling in the Peach Pit, ‘You Never Knew’ might well be a Fleetwood Mac song (produced by Dev Hynes) and ‘Walking away’ has ’90s R&B tones. Haim should be too sickly sweet but their pop conjuring act is too good to dismiss.

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Broken Social Scene – Hug Of Thunder

Broken Social Scene still make albums. Nevermind making albums but a group of 17 members actually talking and organising regularly enough to do more than jam is the most impressive feat. Their fifth album may have taken seven years to arrive but the best thing about it is while it holds on to the Broken Social Scene pattern of bombastic indie-rock (which will likely be anywhere Kevin Drew and 16 other people may be) but Hug Of Thunder has a slightly different slant. Production by Joe Chiccarelli makes it sound enough apart from their previous discography to feel new. Leslie Feist (Feist) and Emily Haines (Metric) are back. It all adds to up a sense of invigoration and the bluster and bombast feels justified when it’s not papering over the songwriting cracks as it has in the past.

Listen on Spotify.


Toro Y Moi – Boo Boo

Chaz Bundick’s fifth album retains that soft retro electronic pop glow that has characterised most of his releases. Boo Boo feels like the one most indebted to the ’80s in tone and sonics. It’s languid and warm and perfect, as the video album stream suggests, for a summery drive.

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Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape 4

A free download EP of spacey beats and textures from Clams.

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DJ Shadow – The Mountain has Fallen EP

A surprise drop of four post The Mountain Shall Fall tracks featuring Nas, Danny Brown and Steven Price along with a drum’n’bass turntablist style instrumental.

Posted on July 7th, 2017


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As featured on the Silicon Valley series 4 premiere this past weekend, DJ Shadow And Nas have hooked up for their first collaboration.

It’s fun to hear these two together for the first time but it lacks a spark that gels. When RTJ and Shadow got together on ‘Nobody Speak’, it was taut and well-rounded. ‘Systematic’ meanwhile feels like it was recast from the mid-90s rather than recapturing a boom-bap magic, it feels like a track that didn’t quite work out. Maybe that’s why it’s on a TV show soundtrack. It’s not terrible in any way, Shadow’s production has enough flair to it but you do wonder if another MC would have done a better job with the track.

The Silicon Valley soundtrack is out June 16th.

Posted on April 26th, 2017


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Electronic festival Sónar have announced 40 new names for the Barcelona festival taking place in the city on June 15th to 17th, split into two locations, day and night.

New names announced include:

  • Anderson .Paak
  • Arca
  • DJ Shadow
  • Soulwax
  • AJ Tracey
  • Benji B
  • Carl Craig vs. Synthesizer Ensemble
  • Daphni and Hunee
  • Evian Christ
  • Jon Hopkins (DJ set)
  • Heidi
  • Little Dragon
  • Lunice
  • Marie Davidson
  • Nico Muhly
  • Optimo
  • Prins Thomas
  • Roosevelt
  • Seth Troxler & Tiga (6 hour set)
  • Vitalic

Previously announced artists include:

  • Justice
  • Nicolas Jaar
  • Moderat
  • Eric Prydz
  • De La Soul
  • Fat Freddy’s Drop
  • Nina Kraviz
  • The Black Madonna
  • Clams Casino
  • Cashmere Cat
  • Damian Lazarus
  • Nosaj Thing
  • Forest Swords
  • Nadia Rose
  • MC Tommy Cash

Ticket info.

Posted on January 24th, 2017


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DJ Skarface took beats from DJ Shadow’s discography and paired them with acapellas from Run The Jewels’ first album and it is gift.

It’s a mashup that makes sense as the trio collaborated last year. RTJ3 dropped over the Christmas period too.


Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
DJ Shadow – Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain
Run The Jewels – Twin Hype Back
DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Like Part 4
DJ Shadow – UNKLE Main Theme
Run The Jewels – Job Well Done
DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Part 2
DJ Shadow – In Flux
Run The Jewels – Banana Clipper
DJ Shadow – Building Steam With A Grain of Salt
DJ Shadow – Midnight In A Perfect World
Run The Jewels – Get It
DJ Shadow – You Can’t Go Home Again
Run The Jewels – DDFH
DJ Shadow – Trench Battle Beat/Walkie Talkie
Run The Jewels – Christmas Fucking Miracle
DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Like Part 3
DJ Shadow – Organ Donor

Posted on January 5th, 2017

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new music from Dark0, The Chemical Brothers, Ciaran Lavery, Ekkah, Alyss and more. Follow the playlist here.

This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.

Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud & Spotify playlists.


Daithí – ‘Falling For You’ feat. Sinead White

Galway electronic pop producer Daithí teamed up twice last year with Sinead White on ‘Love’s On Top’ and ‘April’.

It proved a fruitful partnership so the pair are at it again on the lead song from Daithí’s forthcoming EP Holiday Home, due in March. Holiday Home came about when Daithí bought a field recorded and began recording the sounds of the west of Ireland in an attempt to build a unique library of sounds.

‘Falling For You’, his collaboration with White, uses sea sounds from Inch beach in Cork and bell sounds from a wind chime I found in an Air Bnb in Achill. White recorded the vocals on Valentia Island.

Watch the video, also suitably set in the West of Ireland by Feel Good Lost.

First posted.


Toofools – ‘Touch’

In a short time, TooFools, a band brought to us by Lorcan O’Dwyer, Steven McCann and their big gang of friends have made a splash on the Dublin music landscape.

They introduced themselves with a live video by Christian Tierney of Insanity.

Now, nearly a year later and with much live experience under their belts, ‘Touch’ is an indication of what comes next – a disco-funking electronic soul stomper that recalls Jungle in its backdrop and falsetto.

The band play a headline show on November 24th in Button Factory and an EP is forthcoming.


Saint Sister – ‘Tin Man’

The atmosfolk duo Saint Sister, Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty have established themselves as one of the best new Irish bands of the last year and a bit.

The pair have now released two new songs to keep us sated.  ‘Tin Man’ and ‘Corpses’ are two songs recorded with Alex Ryan which are released through Communion Music’s Singles Club.

Communion have a habit of illuminating breaking folk artists and these two songs by the band, while they very much fit their harmony-folk aesthetic, there’s more atmosphere at play in the arrangements than before.

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Bonobo – ‘Kerala’

Bonobo has a new album called Migration and a Dublin date as part of a European tour.

Migration is Simon Green’s sixth album and he says it’s “the study of people and spaces.”

“It’s interesting how one person will take an influence from one part of the world and move with that influence and effect another part of the world. Over time, the identities of places evolve.”

‘Kerala’ from it features a sample of Brandy. The video was directed by Bison and features Gemma Arterton.

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DJ Shadow – ‘Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt’ (Salva remix)

DJ Shadow touched down in Dublin on Thursday for a rare live set at Metropolis. A producer with such a revered first album often struggles to stay modern in what follows (Shadow addresses that weight here). Luckily, his latest album The Mountain Shall Fall has some peaks on it (most notably Run The Jewels) but it’s a recent remix album of Entroducing featuring remixes by contemporaries like Hudson Mohawke, Teklife, Lee Bannon, Prince Paul and Clams Casino that attempts a reimagining of the seminal first album. Most successful of the lot is Salva’s footwork remix of ‘Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt’, which Shadow incorporated into his set at Metropolis.


Funeral Suits – ‘Chariot’

It’s hard out here for bands, particularly alternative rock bands. With the closure of TXFM, there’s barely any outlet for such music in Ireland. Last week Fight Like Apes called it a day. The same week, Dublin band Funeral Suits announced that their forthcoming album would be their last.

Which is a pity when they are knocking out songs like ‘Chariot’.


Roosevelt – ‘Teardrops’

Recent album of the week beneficiary Roosevelt delivers a fresh take on dancefloor classic Womack and Womack’s ‘Teardrops’. He’s on a European tour, though no Irish date.

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Posted on November 7th, 2016

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Sterogum’s 40 best new bands of 2016.

The xx have been sharing short snippets of tracks on Spotify in the past week. The first one is gone but there’s another on Young Turks now.

With the news of Fight Like Apes’ disbanding, Una Mullally looks back at the times she had with the band.

The seven-year stand off between GEMA and Youtube is over. Germans will finally be able to watch music videos in their own country on the platform.

DJ Shadow talks to The Quietus about the weight of Endtroducing’s legacy on his career

Boiler Room Weekender shut down by police

Solange was on Saturday Night Live over the weekend where she performed ‘Cranes In The Sky’ and ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’. Proxy needed for NBC version.

Space Dimension Controller is the latest DJ to participate in The Guardian’s Harangue The DJ series.

Mano Le Tough debuted on the Essential Mix a week back. Here’s his mix.

Twitter bots of note?

Lyrics from Thin Lizzy’s ‘Boys Are Back In Town’ tweeted regularly.

Once In A Lifetime Bot – the lyrics of Talking Heads’ ‘Once In A Lifetime’ reimagined.

Posted on November 7th, 2016

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POD & Hidden Agenda are bringing back Metropolis Festival in the RDS on November 3rd to 5th this year.

The Mother City festival takes place indoors at the RDS and this year the music will include:

  • Grace Jones
  • DJ Shadow
  • Solomun
  • Moderat
  • SBTRKT (DJ Set)
  • Booka Shade – Movements 10
  • Crystal Castles
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • Fatima Yamaha
  • Fakear
  • Girl Band


DJ Shadow will play the opening night on Thursday December 3rd in the Shelbourne Hall. Tickets for that can be bought separately at €39.50 inc. booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

Tickets for the rest of the festival are priced at:

DJ Shadow – Opening Party

Thursday 3rd November


Weekend Early

Bird (2 Day)

Friday 4th / Saturday 5th


Weekend (2 Day)

Friday 4th / Saturday 5th


DJ Shadow – Opening Party + Weekend (3 Day)

Thursday 3rd / Friday 4th / Saturday 5th


A Ticket Instalment Plan will be available until the end of August. Pay 50% of your ticket now and settle the remainder of the balance before October 3th.

Tickets go on sale at 9:00am this Thursday 11th August at €129 inc. booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

Posted on August 9th, 2016


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Nils Frahm is the latest collaborator on DJ Shadow’s upcoming The Mountain Will Fall album to get a public preview after last month’s excellent Run The Jewels tune.

‘Bergschrund’ features the Berlin-based musician, composer and producer Frahm going to town with Shadow on some percussive rhythms and synths as opposed to the piano music he’s known for.

“Nils Frahm is an insanely smart composer. He created a sinewy, gated vintage synth line which I then expanded upon, hopefully to complimentary effect. Our track is called ‘Bergschrund,’ an obscure German word for a particular type of crevasse, or ice cliff, usually found on mountains at very high elevations.”

Other guests on the album include Matthew Halsall, Ernie Fresh and Bleep Boop. It’s out June 24th on Mass Appeal.


1. The Mountain Will Fall
2. Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels
3. Three Ralphs
4. Bergschrund feat. Nils Frahm
5. The Sideshow feat. Ernie Fresh
6. Depth Charge
7. Mambo
8. Ashes To Oceans feat. Matthew Halsall
9. Pitter Patter feat. G Jones & Bleep Bloop
10. California
11. Ghost Town
12. Suicide Pact
13. Swerve (iTunes Bonus Track)

Posted on June 8th, 2016


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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from Lil Silva, Bonzai, Hundred Waters, Whitney, Barq, Asa Moto, Jessy Lanza and Anna Of The North.

Hit the last page for the fullSoundcloud playlist.


DJ Shadow

‘Nobody Speak’ (Feat. Run The Jewels)

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A collaboration that raises up Shadow back to where he belongs.

Last week, DJ Shadow returned with news of an new album The Mountain Will Fall prefaced with a title track that came across like serene trap music. That is to say, it doesn’t give much away for what is to come on the album.

Along with guests Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall and old-school MC Ernie Fresh, it’s Run The Jewels which piqued the interest of many, myself included. RTJ can’t really do any wrong and their presence on ‘Nobody Speak’ adds some vitality and focus to Shadow’s still able and nimble production.

‘Nobody Speak’ is part of the Run The Jewels’ Record Store Day release out tomorrow. ‘VRTJ’ is a Virtual Reality cardboard viewer that comes with a download code for the collaborative track.



‘Backtail Was Heavy’

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Most tracks that employ old-school rave breaks and samples feel like period pieces or homages. Matt Cutler aka Lone has a unique style of his own that he can bend into different existing shapes. For this once-off online release, his penchant for day-glow wavy synths are a great match for some old school rave-to-your-grave snatches and rhythm. The last minute of the track are the bones of the operation but it’s the suitable nod to the past that makes this a winner.


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Posted on April 15th, 2016

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The Nialler9 radio show airs live every Thursday night from 10pm to Midnight on 105.2FM TXFM. TXFM will close some time this year but the show continues until further notice. Like this website, it’s a new music show featuring myself presenting my favourite tunes.

Listen: Part One | Part Two.

Part One

  1. Imarhan – Imarhan
  2. Lil Silva – Lines
  3. Funeral Suits –  Tree of Life
  4. A. K. Paul – Landcruisin’
  5. M83 – Go! (feat. Mai Lan)
  6. Pumarosa – Cecile
  7. Katharine Philippa – Bieber
  8. Cassius – Go  Up (feat. Cat Power & Pharrell Williams)
  9. Rusangano Family –  Lights On
  10. Chairlift – Ch-Ching
  11. DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall
  12. Tourist – Run

Part Two

  1. Plutonic Dust – Bright Lights
  2. Mura Masa – What If I Go?
  3. Isaac Tichauer – Higher Level (Bicep Remix)
  4. SBTRKT – Ready Or Not
  5. Solar Bears  – Gravity Calling
  6. Michael Kiwanuka – Black Man In A White World
  7. Kendrick Lamar –  untitled 08 l 09.06.2014.
  8. Bibio – Raxeira
  9. sir Was –  Falcon
  10. Jessy Lanza  – vv violence
  11. Leon Vynehall  – Blush
  12. Moon Runner – Interactive Track
  13. Gold Panda – In My Car
  14. Bad Bones – Lang
  15. Liima – America

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on April 8th, 2016


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Brian Cross aka B+ is a well-respected photographer in the world of hip-hop. Born in Limerick, schooled in NCAD in Dublin, but based out of LA for a long time, he has been responsible for many an iconic image.

You will know his work:

  • The cover of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing
  • Brasilintime and Keepintime – documentaries bringing drummers and DJs together
  • Photoshoots with Beastie Boys, Old Dirty Bastard, Eazy-E, Jurassic 5, Company Flow, Blackalicious, Madlib, Blackalicious, The Fugees, Biggie, The Roots, Snoop Dogg,
  • It’s Not About A Salary – his book which featured West Coast hip-hop before many others.

Unfortunately, Cross’ had all his camera gear stolen recently and friends have setup a fundraiser for him to help him get back to making and creating more iconic work.

If you’ve ever appreciated his work or are just hearing about it for the first time, consider donating to the campaign.


Posted on March 9th, 2016



Update: It’s 2016, I found this post and enjoyed it. I’ve now added a Spotify playlist of all of the albums available.

Below is a list of my favourite records of the ten years between the turn of the millenium, the year 2000 and 2010. Ranking these albums was led by a) what the album means to me and b) how often I’d listen to it. Each and every one of these albums blew me away repeatedly at some time between the ages of 18 and 27. Each one has something special going for it, something magical that brings me back to it. For that I can only thank the creators of each.

Without further ado, here are my favourite 50 albums from the decade. And remember, you can’t be wrong if they are your favourites.

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Nialler9’s albums of the decade (2000-2010)

  1. The KnifeSilent Shout (2006)
  2. Joanna Newsom Ys  (2006)
  3. Broken Social SceneBroken Social Scene (2005)
  4. Queens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf (2002)
  5. Arcade FireFuneral  (2005)
  6. J DillaDonuts  (2006)
  7. BattlesMirrored (2007)
  8. Animal Collective –  Feels  (2005)
  9. RadioheadKid A  (2001)
  10. Why? Alopecia (2008)
  11. GorillazDemon Days  (2005)
  12. The StrokesIs this it?  (2001)
  13. MIA/DiploPiracy Funds Terrorism / Arular    (2004/2005)
  14. Four TetRounds (2003)
  15. Cannibal OxCold Vein (2001)
  16. Death in VegasScorpio Rising  (2003)
  17. LCD SoundsystemSound of Silver (2007)
  18. Panda BearPerson Pitch  (2007)
  19. The StreetsOriginal Pirate Material  (2002)
  20. Aphex TwinDrukqs  (2001)
  21. PlaidDouble Figure (2001)
  22. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLevez vos Skinny Fists (2000)
  23. Saul WilliamsSaul Williams (2004)
  24. MadvillainMadvillainy  (2004)
  25. Buck 65Talkin’ Honky Blues  (2003)
  26. SquarepusherGo Plastic (2001)
  27. Sufjan StevensSeven Swans  (2004)
  28. The AvalanchesSince I Left You  (2000)
  29. Super Furry AnimalsRings Around the World  (2002)
  30. BeirutThe Flying Club Cup  (2007)
  31. DJ ShadowThe Private Press  (2002)
  32. Girl TalkNight Ripper  (2006)
  33. Broken Social SceneYou Forgot it in People (2003)
  34. Grizzly Bear  – Veckatimest (2009)
  35. Bon Iver For Emma Forever Ago  (2008)
  36. CamilleLe Fil  (2006)
  37. Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post-Pavilion  (2009)
  38. El-PI’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (2007)
  39. Bloc PartySilent Alarm (2005)
  40. OutkastStankonia (2000)
  41. DangerdoomThe Mouse and the Mask (2005)
  42. The Beta BandHot Shots II (2001)
  43. Max TundraMastered by Guy at the Exchange (2002)
  44. MogwaiMr Beast (2006)
  45. Primal Scream XTRMNTR  (2000)
  46. Wolf ParadeApologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
  47. Jamie LidellMultiply  (2005)
  48. Dangermouse The Grey Album (2004)
  49. Flying LotusLos Angeles  (2008)
  50. Shugo TokumaruL.S.T. (2006)

Posted on February 25th, 2016


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The best of new album streams in A-Z form. Plenty more in the Streams category.

Boom Bip – Zig Zaj

DRC Music – Kinshasa One Two (Damon Albarn and more)

DJ Shadow – The Less You Know, The Better (alt link)
Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams
Land Lovers – Confidants
Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire
Spank Rock – Everything Is Boring & Everyone Is A Liar
The Stepkids – The Stepkids
Walls – Coracle
Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
Zola Jesus – Conatus

Posted on September 27th, 2011


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A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments.

Top 3 gigs this week:

  1. Wed 29th Sept: Little Dragon , Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands @ Crawdaddy (€12.50)
  2. Fri 1st Oct: A night with R.S.A.G with Donal Dineen and The Kilo 1977 @ Workman’s Club (€12)
  3. Sat 2nd Oct: Offset Afterparty: Vision Air, Laser Tom & the Blast Crew & more @ Twisted Pepper (€10, 11pm)

See the week’s full listings »

Posted on September 28th, 2010


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