The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team. Subscribe to the weekly Spotify playlist (1.2k subscribers) or the daily playlist (4.9k subscribers).

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Jon Hopkins – Emerald Rush

British producer Jon Hopkins seems intent on developing his own signature variant of electronic music with this new single ‘Emerald Rush’. The track retains much of the sonic entropy on his 2013 album Immunity but finds the artist adding elements of contemporary art music. The track is the first single from his forthcoming album Singularity, due for release on May 4th.


2.

serpentwithfeet – bless ur heart

American experimental R&B and Gospel singer serpentwithfeet has released ‘bless ur heart’ as the lead single from his upcoming LP Soil. Having recently featured on Bjork’s ‘Blissing me’,’bless ur heart’ is sweet yet sombre thank you note to a lover. The artist seems to have been working on perfecting the nu-R&B school of sound, Soil is due for release on June 8th. The album will be released under the joint supervision of Secretly Canadian and Tri Angle Records.


3.

Alyss – MisKayani

Alyss has built her reputation on maintaining a forward thinking approach to writing and releasing dance music. Recent releases have included the hypnotic ‘TSIER’ and the pop infused ‘Pyramid’. This new release ‘MisKayani’, inspired by Peruvian mythology, instantly impresses with catchy hooks and pulsing rhythms.


4.

Beach House – Dive

American dream pop duo Beach House have returned from their brief hiatus with new single ‘Dive’. The song is the first to be released from the band’s upcoming album 7, due for release on May 11th. While it does feature many of the sonic elements the band have spent the best part of 15 years developing, the group sound rejuvenated on this track. The addition of fuller drum sounds and whirling guitars give the song a much needed kick.


5.

Young Fathers – Toy

Edinburgh-based hip hop outfit Young Fathers have seen a return to form with their new album Cocoa Sugar and this fine track.The album recently featured on our 6 new albums to hear list. ‘Toy’ feels like a spiritual homage to the punk energy of the group’s debut long-form release Dead.


6.

George Fitzgerald – Roll Back (feat. Lil Silva)

English producer George Fitzgerald has released ‘Roll Back’ as the lead single from his new album All that must be. The single, featuring English producer and DJ Lil Silva, is a slow burning thoughtful electronic track. Fitzgerald has stated that the new album intends to give more focus to the piano, a statement backed up by the patiently and attentively crafted ‘Roll Back’.


7.

Bicep – Opal (Four Tet remix)

Fresh from their self titled album release in 2017, Bicep have quickly established themselves as one of the most exciting dance music producers in the scene. With a reputation for innovation is English musician Four Tet, who here superbly remixes ‘Opal’. A match made in musical heaven.


8.

Tom Misch – It Flows Through Me (Feat De La Soul)

This charming song from London singer songwriter Tom Misch combines the best elements of the pop, jazz and hip hop traditions. The end result is the fantastic ‘It Flows Through Me’, which features a verse from De La Soul. A love letter to music itself, this track is full of movement and joy.


9.

Leon Bridges – Bad Bad News

American artist Leon Bridges may have his roots in gospel and soul, but new track ‘Bad Bad News’ sees him pushing for a more attitude-driven R&B style. The song features on his forthcoming album Good Thing, due for release on May 4th, and is driven by an infectious groove and Bridge’s excellent vocal delivery.


Posted on March 13th, 2018

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


1.

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.


2.

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’.


3.

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.


4.

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.


6.

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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As has become a dance, drink and DJ tradition, Casa Bacardí is back at the sold out Electric Picnic this year and they’ve announced their DJ lineup.

It includes:

Joey Negro (Friday), George Fitzgerald (Saturday), A-Skillz (Sunday), Jackmaster (Sunday), Maurice Fulton (Sunday), The Reflex (Friday), Oliver Nelson (Saturday), Idjut Boys (Saturday), Rayko (Friday), Kokiri, Billy Scurry, Stevie G, Kelly-Anne Byrne, Steve Manning, Christian Homan, Benefit DJs, Southpaw DJs and Dave Treacy.

More info: Facebook or @BacardiIreland on Twitter.

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below.

The songs

  1. Julio Bashmore – ‘Holding On’ feat. Sam Dew
  2. Roots Manuva – ‘Facety 2.11′ Production by Four Tet
  3. Le Galaxie –Le Club
  4. St. Vincent – ‘Teenage Talk’
  5. Samantha Urbani – ‘1 2 3 4′
  6. Tame Impala – ‘Cause I’m A Man’
  7. Wet – ‘Deadwater’
  8. George FitzGerald – ‘Call It Love (If You Want To)'[Feat. Lawrence Hart]
  9. King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard – ‘The River’
  10. The Cyclist – ‘Heart of Stone’
  11. Young Wonder – ‘Sweet Dreaming’
  12. Braids – ‘Miniskirt’
  13. Hot Chip – ‘Need You Now’
  14. Lianne La Havas – ‘Unstoppable’
  15. Oddisee – ‘That’s Love’
  16. Ratatat – ‘Cream on Chrome’
  17. Shit Robot – ‘Where It’s At’ feat. Reggie Watts
  18. Ben Khan – ‘1000’
  19. Oh Wonder – ‘Midnight Moon’
  20. EMBRZ – ‘Silent’
  21. Towkio – ‘Reflection’ (prod. Kaytranada)
  22. Torres – ‘Cowboy Guilt’
  23. i am niamh – ‘Wonderland’
  24. Tell No Foxx – ‘Dust’
  25. Tourist – ‘Holding On’ featuring Niia & Josef Salvat
  26. Made In Heights – ‘Forgiveness’
  27. Tei Shi – ‘Go Slow’
  28. Future Islands – ‘The Chase‘
  29. Young Fathers – ‘Sirens’
  30. Cinema – ‘Horizon’

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Posted on May 5th, 2015

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Here are the top 15 tracks of the last week:

  1. Wet – ‘Deadwater’
  2. Cinema – ‘Horizon’
  3. George FitzGerald – ‘Call It Love (If You Want To)'[Feat. Lawrence Hart]
  4. Young Wonder – ‘Sweet Dreaming’
  5. Chemical Brothers – ‘Sometimes I Feel So Deserted’
  6. EMBRZ – ‘Silent’
  7. Blonde Maze – ‘Awake / Asleep’
  8. Lianne La Havas – ‘Unstoppable’
  9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’
  10. Roots Manuva –  ‘Like A Drum’
  11. Calm Candy – ‘Tunnels’
  12. Lyttet – ‘Saint Etienne’
  13. Evvol – ‘Four Steps From Home’
  14. Jaga Jazzist – ‘Oban’ (Todd Terje Remix)
  15. Moullinex – ‘Take A Chance’

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Posted on April 24th, 2015

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Bank Holidays always mess with schedules, and so does illness. I was inflicted with the latter on the former this weekend so things were slow for me. All good now though.

Here are the top 10 tracks of the last week:

  1. St. Vincent – ‘Teenage Talk’
  2. Todd Terje – ‘Alfonso Muskedunder’ (Mungolian vs Tangoterje Dub)
  3. Oddisee – ‘That’s Love’
  4. Champs – ‘The Balfron Tower’
  5. Liza Flume – ‘Sheets’
  6. King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard – ‘The River’
  7. White Sage – ‘Parnell Street June 1955′
  8. George FitzGerald – ‘Full Circle’ (feat. Boxed In)
  9. Tell No Foxx – ‘Dust’
  10. Ben Khan – ‘1000’

Like your new music on Spotify instead? Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. Updated weekly.

Posted on April 10th, 2015

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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM, which celebrated its first birthday this week. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Part One

  1. Jamie xx – ‘Loud Places’ (featuring Romy)
  2. Say Lou Lou x Lindstrøm –  ‘Games for Girls’
  3. Lindstrøm And Grace Hall –  ‘Home Tonight’
  4. Oddisee  – ‘That’s Love’
  5. Joey Bada$$  – ‘Teach Me’ (feat. Kiesza)
  6. Action Bronson – ‘Baby Blue’ feat Chance the Rapper
  7. Hælos – ‘Earth Not Above’
  8. Ben Khan – ‘1000’
  9. Villagers  – ‘Courage’
  10. Villagers  – ‘The Soul Serene’
  11. St. Vincent –  ‘Teenage Talk’
  12. The Hard Ground  – ‘Pucker’

Part Two – listen link to follow

  1. Tame Impala – ‘Cause I’m a Man’
  2. Champs – ‘The Balfron Tower’
  3. Leo Drezden – ‘Black Palace’
  4. King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard  – ‘The River’
  5. Manu Dibango –  ‘Les Cavaliers’
  6. BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah –  ‘Ray Gun’ (feat. DOOM)
  7. Todd Terje  – ‘Alfonso Muskedunder’ (Mungolian vs Tangoterje Dub)
  8. Caribou –  ‘Your Love Will Set You Free’ (c2’s Set U Free RMX)
  9. The Cyclist – ‘Hot House’
  10. Palmistry  – ‘Ascension’
  11. Heems – ‘Home’
  12. George FitzGerald  – ‘Full Circle’ (feat. Boxed In)
  13. Le Galaxie – ‘Le Club’
  14. Nozinja –  ‘Xihukwani’

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 10th, 2015

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Tuesday February 18th

  • Squareyes, Carriages @ Twisted Pepper (Free)
    [new bands] Benny Smiles’ new project and folk-tronic duo. 
  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyles (€6, 9pm)
    [Acoustic] The long-running night of new music awakens from its slumber. 

Wednesday February 19th

  • We Cut Corners @ St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra (1pm, Free)
    [Lunchtime gig] The duo play a string quartet in their old college. 
  • George Ezra @ The Sugar Club ( SOLD OUT)
    [Acoustic] Rather good Bristol singer-songwriter.

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Sunday February 23rd

  • Midlake @ Vicar Street (€23)
    [Alternative] Texas band have a new album Antiphon.
  • 12 Sundays  @ The Bernard Shaw (Free, 5pm til late)[DJs] Diskotekken DJs. 

Monday February 24th

  • To be continued…

Posted on February 17th, 2014

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Highlights:  Shackleton, Stone Roses, 10 Days In Dublin, Popical Island all-dayer, George FitzGerald, Lafaro +No Spill Blood, Die Antwoord.
This is the weekly list of recommended Dublin gigs taking place over the next seven days published every Tuesday. All times are 7.30/8pm unless stated. Feel free to recommend events not present in the comments below. If you’re looking for tickets to sold out gigs try #ticketfairy on Twitter.

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Posted on July 3rd, 2012

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