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.
Rejjie Snow – Dear Annie
Dublin-born rapper Rejjie Snow has finally staked his claim on the international hip-hop landscape with the release of his long-awaited debut album Dear Annie. The album is released under the watchful eye of 300 Entertainment, home to artists such as Migos and Young Thug. Rejjie first appeared on the scene as Lecs Luther, channeling MF Doon and Tyler, The Creator and while he hasn’t left the influences of those artists entirely behind, he has penned a A stylish and polychromatically produced debut record where the vocalists like Portland’s Aminé, London’s Ebenezer and Jesse James Solomon, Norway’s Anna of the North and American singers Dana Williams, Caroline Smith and Jesse Boykins III shine on the hooks.
Rejjie’s choice of intermissions negate the album’s romantic sincerity but there’s much to enjoy here in the vein of a soft glow rooftop down R&B-tinged rap tip. Snow hasn’t quite escaped the shadows of his forebearers but at 24 years-old, he’s finally on a path to showing his own colours. Hear more from us on the album on this week’s podcast.
Wyvern Lingo – Wyvern Lingo
Wyvern Lingo’s self-titled debut album arrives on Rubyworks with much fanfare based on hard work, a regular gigging schedule and crucially, great preview songs. If lead single ‘I Love You Sadie’ is a starting point, then the group spend the rest of the album fleshing out and expanding upon that polished R’n’B sound with harmonius intent and a keen eye to real-world events. Without a doubt, the most exciting Irish prospect at the moment. Listen to them interviewed about the entitlement of Irish male artists of the past in our recent podcast.
Everything Is Recorded – Everything Is Recorded
The modern-day supergroup is a rarity, however, head of XL Records Richard Russell has assembled an impressive team to create this eclectic album. Featuring a plethora of artists ranging from Kamasi Washington to Sampha to Ibeyi to Giggs, with all musical ground in-between covered, the final product is the wonderful and sometimes bizarre Everything Is Recorded. . Don’t go into this album expecting loyalty to any singular genre, Russell instead seems to be concerned only with bringing out the best from the artists on each individual track. When it works, it shines but it sometimes feels a little lightweight.
Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy
Most artists focus solely on moving forward, writing and releasing an album to move on to the next project. Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo makes the interesting choice to revisit and re-imagine an old project with this remake of 2011’s Twin Fantasy. The addition of a bigger budget allows some of the lo-fi elements of the original release to be tweaked and upgraded. A worthwhile listen for those interested in seeing how far the group have come over the past seven years.
Imarhan – Temet
Temet marks Algerian desert rock sextet Imarhan’s second studio album. The band’s name, translating roughly into “the ones I care about”, is reflective of the passionate music the group create. Employing a hybrid sound of Western surf-rock guitars with pan-African rhythms and vocal deliveries, this release finds the group sounding more polished than their debut album.
Poliça and Stargaze – Music For The Long Emergency
Setting out to soundtrack the end of the world, this collaborative project between American synth-pop group Polica and Berlin-based orchestral ensemble Stargaze results in a stunning collection of novel music. Released under the supervision of London label Transgressive Records, this short album is packed full of haunting melodies and evolving textures. Landing somewhere between industrial and modernist, the apocalypse has rarely sounded better than on this album.
Posted on February 26th, 2018
Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back
Far from the somewhat disturbing visual we saw yesterday teasing the song, ‘To The Moon And Back’ is the closest thing we’ve had to The Knife since they split in 2014. The song has the familiar electro mechanised beat and Knife-esque synth. It also has the line ‘I want to run my fingers up your p**y’ which on Spotify is given an Air Horn mix. The video for the song keeps things weird as the visuals proceeding it with a cryogenically frozen Karin reanimated.
Everything Is Recorded feat. Syd & Sampha – Show Love
Two of the best contemporary voices in R&B, The Internet’s Syd and Sampha get together with XL boss Richard Russell for yet another memorable track.
Smerz – No Harm
The Norwegian duo on XL Recordings made one of my favourite songs of 2016 and here they keep things odd and inviting.
Jens Kuross – Spiraling
Recent New Artist pick returns with a gorgeous brooding piano ballad.
King Krule – Biscuit Town
It’s hard to pick a highlight from The Ooz, Archy Marshall’s new album as King Krule. My current favourite is the album opener which has a beat that sounds like it’s falling down the stairs on repeat as the lyrics slip deeper still – “He left the crime scene without the Motorola / still had dreams of being young Franco Zola.” A fine descent into one of the album’s of the month and possibly year.
Mind Enterprises – Idol
Giraffage & Japanese Breakfast – Maybes
From San Fran producer’s new album Too Real, his collaboration with Michelle Zauner aka Japanese Breakfast is an immediate warm cup of sonics, like a gentle EDM track that works. The album dropped today on Ninja Tune’s sublabel Counter Records.
DJ Seinfeld – Time Spent Away From You
Previews of Mr lo-fi house himself’s forthcoming album on November 3rd have raised expectations for an already buzzed about artist. Tracks like this proves their is substance beyond the style and movement tag applied to the Swedish producer.
Badbadnotgood – I Don’t Know (feat. Sam T. Herring)
A bonus collaboration between the nu-jazz Canadians and Future Islands singer after their fruitful get-together on the IV album last year on ‘Time Moves Slow’. Future Islands may as well be Future Irelands as they arrive to play Donnybrook next year. This track has a beautiful 70s soul quality to it.
Floating Points – Ratio
Anything Sam Shepherd does is worthy of a listen and as it’s Friday, why not indulge in the 18 minute version of this live favourite as opposed to the 3 minute one.
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Posted on October 20th, 2017
My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.
Fort Romeau – ‘Emu’
An absolute electronic monster from Fort Romeau on Running Back. ‘Emu’ is the 6-minute lead off track from the release and it moves from propulsive mechanical synth dance to siren-building constructions. It sounds great in a club as I confirmed at Lumo this weekend.
‘Day I Die’ is a highlight among many on Sleep Well Beast, which may well be The National’s most interesting and rewarding album yet. It’s a song that echoes the rest of the album’s themes – the difficulties of being in a long-term relationship (somewhat complicated by the fact that Matt Berninger’s wife co-wrote the words).
Mount Kimbie’s new album Love What Survives finds them moving away from post-dubstep towards kraut and electronic textures. I love this instrumental that falls somewhere between the middle with cheap car horn sounds, noise rock and intertwining synth lines.
Every time I listen to this, It confirms my gut feeling that Dermot Kennedy is going to be absolutely huge.
LCD Soundsystem – ‘Other Voices’
My current favourite from James Murphy’s American Dream. Their 3-night residency in Dublin’s Olympia confirms the vitality of a reformed band that ironically make their reputation from being jaded. Murphy is the ultimate micromanager, changing bass amp settings, loosening the cymbal and memorably, scrubbing out a song with a black marker on every member of the band’s setlist.
Maximalist Irish electronica with dark shades from a Hard Working Class Heroes highlight for many.
IDER – ‘Learn To let Go’
London duo recently signed to Glassnote making sweet comforting Maggie Rogers-esque pop.
Just great rock’n’roll with a Dublin accent.
Lilla Vargen – ‘Hold On’
The Northern Irish artist has since been developing her music with the support of Cork label Feel Good Lost. The just-released Hold On is the first public sign of that development, an emotionally resonant song written produced by Nick Raynor with a delicate chorus line.
New Jackson feat. Margie Lewis – There Will Always Be This Love
A post From Night To Night track from Permanent Vacation’s new 10th anniversary collaboration.
Posted on October 4th, 2017