Friday is all about new music, and with so much choice, Nialler9 is here to help you narrow down your listening to the best of the emerging.

New additions to the Nialler9 New Music Playlist today include:

  • A new single from Dublin’s Jafaris – the bouncy ‘Found My Feet’
  • EMBRZ returns with some kaleidoscopic electronica on ‘Like It Or Not’
  • Baba Stiltz dropped a new Showtime EP on XL – Check out ‘Serve’ from it.
  • Ross From Friends teased a track from his new album Family Portrait on Brainfeeder, due on July 27th. He’s also playing Button Factory on September 21st.
  • J Colleran, formerly Mmoths, debuted a new track from his upcoming Gardenia album
  • Sligo house duo Brame & Hamo give us ‘Limewire’
  • Joe Goddard is back with a new jam ‘So Much’
  • Olafur Arnalds teams up with SOHN on a track from his forthcoming album due in August.
  • Fort Romeau’s ‘Pablo’ was called Song of the Summer by Pitchfork. They are wrong but it’s a lovely buzz all the same.
  • Nite Jewel is leaving you ‘Back On Your Own’
  • Gorillaz team up with George Benson of ‘Give Me The Night’ fame on ‘Humility’. There’s another song out today called ‘Sorcererz’
  • Nils Frahm also released a new EP, Encores culled from the same sessions as his excellent All Melody album.
  • New albums out today include Lykke Li, serpentwithfeet, Snail Mail, Hilary Woods, Jorja Smith and Gruff Rhys.

Songs above have been added to the rolling New Music Playlist on Spotify.

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Posted on June 8th, 2018


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Trinity Ball, a rite of passage for many students is back this year with a stellar line-up.

Check out this gallery in the DailyEdge for some of its antics over the years.

Tickets this year sold out in record time but here is what to expect if you were lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket.

  • George Ezra
  • Hannah Wants
  • Jax Jones
  • Circa Waves
  • Denis Sulta
  • Versatile
  • Friend Within
  • Tom Walker
  • Mr Scruff
  • 67
  • Sinead Harnett
  • Hak Baker
  • Jafaris
  • Fangclub
  • Orla
  • Wild Youth
  • Mango X Mathman
  • Pearson Sound
  • Boots and Kats
  • DJ Deece
  • Dudj
  • Trinity Orchestra
  • Midnight Disco
  • Trinitones

Posted on February 21st, 2018


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Dublin-based rapper Percy Chamburuka aka Jafaris who is closely tied to Diffusion Lab label made his debut with ‘Love Dies’ last year and the subsequent Velvet Cake EP. He was a part of the 2FM Story of Hip-Hop gig too at Electric Picnic along with the Concert Orchestra, Erica Cody, Mango and Jess Kav.

His latest release what ‘What You Lookin Ah’ dropped on his birthday yesterday which sees him step up is rapping capabilities a notch with an authoritative tone.

You can catch Jafaris at the Trinity ball on April 9th. Tickets are now sold out.

Posted on February 21st, 2018



Eurosonic is the best European showcase for new artists on the continent. It’s a great place for new European acts to be seen and heard by the industry. After its first round of acts shared a few months ago, 31 new acts have been added to January 2018’s lineup for Groningen in the Netherlands. The acts come from 25 countries and include Irish acts Jafaris (see him on Thursday at Future Proof), Ryan McMullan, David Keenan and Rosborough.

  • Agar Agar (fr),
  • Andrea Belfi (de)
  • AV AV AV (dk)
  • Blackwave (be)
  • Canshaker Pi (nl)
  • Cléa Vincent (fr)
  • David Keenan (ie)
  • Dillon (de)
  • Erki Pärnoja : Efterglow (ee)
  • Foé (fr)
  • Freya Ridings (gb)
  • Goss (dk)
  • Hannah Williams & The Affirmations (gb)
  • Hearts Hearts (at)
  • Hior Chronik (gr)
  • Jade Bird (gb)
  • Jafaris (ie)
  • Loïc Nottet (be)
  • Luca D’Alberto (it)
  • Lydmor (dk)
  • Maximillian (dk)
  • Melissa Kassab (ch)
  • MEUTE (de)
  • Miriam Bryant (se)
  • Mueveloreina (es)
  • Nathy Peluso (es)
  • Nilüfer Yanya (gb)
  • Nordmann (be)
  • Odina (es)
  • Omiri (pt)
  • Papooz (fr)
  • Rohey (no)
  • RONE (fr)
  • Rosborough (ie)
  • Ruby Empress (se)
  • Ryan McMullan (ie)
  • Rytmeklubben (no)
  • Sam Fender (gb)
  • Snavs (dk)
  • Stefflon Don (gb)
  • Stereo Honey (gb)
  • SVIN (dk)
  • Tshegue (fr)
  • Tuvaband (no)
  • Warhola (be)
  • Weird Bloom (it)
  • Wildwood Kin (gb)
  • Xinobi (pt)

Posted on November 7th, 2017


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Wyvern Lingo are having a busy week, not only have they released a new single and video while announcing their next headline show in Dublin, all below, they have also released a new remix of their previous single ‘I Love You Sadie’.
The rework adds Afro dancehall pop textures to the song with production by Benza and a vocal assist from Jafaris (who you can see live at the next Future Proof gig in Bello Bar).

See also: Mix & Fairbanks’ remix of the track.

The band’s new song ‘Out Of My Hands’ is inspired by Karen Cowley’s experience in Mulligan’s pub the night of the Home Sweet Home demonstration when she met a man who had no time for activism. “She wouldn’t give it a break, crying inequality / Oh the 8th and the state, she’s never happy / Then she said I had ‘no empathy’ towards those refugees / I said that I just can’t see them as a priority.” Wyvern Lingo play Number Twenty Two on South Anne Street in Dublin on Friday 23rd February next year. Here’s the video for the track.

Posted on October 12th, 2017

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Longitude have filled out the last of their stages with two announcements today.

The Dirty Old Town Speakeasy which they call “the mad aunt of Longitude which welcomes peddlers of performance from the fringes of society” will feature: Spudgun, Third Smoke, Keywest, Le Freak (Friday), Rocstrong, No Monster Club, Bocs Social and Skatuesques (Saturday), Dublin Ukulele Orchestra, Manden Express, Graham Hopkins’ Square Pegs, Luna Bohys, CC Brez and Robin James Hurt.

Full info.

Meanwhile District are among the hosts of the Heineken ‘Live Your Music’ Stage and playing on that stage will be:

Jafaris, Soulé, Bobofunk, Lui Rwego, Rosbeg, Crego, Pear DJs, N.A.N.C.Y, George Feely, Mango & MathMan, Craig Connolly b2b Hannah O’Connell, James Kenny b2b Eric Davidson and more.

Posted on July 6th, 2017


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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.

Nialler9 Weekly playlist


Ardyn – ‘Together’

The new single from English duo is produced by Tourist and has a lovely soft-rock Fleetwood Mac vibe in the chorus. One for the re-spin.


Jafaris – ‘If You Love Me’

One of four tracks released today on Dubliner Jafaris’ new EP Velvet Cake. ‘If You Love Me’ is the instant standout for me, from a talented young man who is on the up.


Mix & Fairbanks – ‘Girls’

Mix & Fairbanks are two young Kildare producers and DJs Rob Smyth and Gary O’Reilly who in a short time have been nailing electronic disco productions in a live setting, via DJ edits, remixes and mixes.

‘Girls’ the Mix & Fairbanks song from the EP is an absolute dancefloor stomper, a synth-rush tune that melds the bouncing pinging synth of ‘Inspector Norse’ with a Daft Punk style vocoder robot vocal. I can’t stop playing it and I’m going to be playing it all summer long.

Along with other Newbridge, Kildare crew, they feature on the 045 Recordings EP out now and launching at Lumo this Saturday


Joe Goddard – Home (Morgan Geist remix)

A remix of a highlight from Joe Goddard’s album released today by Metro Area’s Morgan Geist. The sample is from Brainstorm’s ‘We’re on Our Way Home’ , which Goddard says he found on tour in his Electric Lines playlist.


Soulé – ‘Good Life’ (Mark McCabe remix)

A dancefloor rework of Soulé’s recent ‘Good Life‘ single by the one and only Mark McCabe. Soulé dropped a new single last week and plays Future Proof #3 in Bello Bar on May 25th.


Overcoats – ‘Smaller Than My Mother’

A highlight form my leading album of the week. A reworked version of an old song that shows how far these New York ladies have come in their career.


Songhoy Blues – ‘Bamako’

Light Afro funk from the Malian band’s new album Résistance
on Transgressive Records to be released June 16th. Iggy Pop features on the new album.

3 New Music flavours:

All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

The larger three-month New Music Playlist.

New Irish Music Playlist

Check out the regularly updated Spotify playlists.

Posted on April 21st, 2017

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Music Cork is a new conference and showcasing event for the music industry taking place in Cork from May 10th – 12th.

I interviewed the organisers for my Irish Times How Music Works series last week and they explained why they started it.

I am involved in one of the three live gigs taking place on Thursday May 11th and my lineup was announced last month and includes Le Boom, Ailbhe Reddy and Lyra.

Now, two other gig showcases have been revealed and they look like this:

@ Triskel (curated by IMRO) – Cry Harridan, Jafaris, Little Hours, Super Silly
@ Crane Lane (curated by Music Cork) – Alex & Echoes, BARQ, Rob Burch …plus final act to be announced very soon
@ Cyprus Avenue (curated by Nialler9) – Ailbhe Reddy, Le Boom, Lyra …plus final act to be announced very soon

The final announcements for these shows and the full lineup for The Old Oak and Cork Opera House are also coming soon.

Music Cork has already confirmed a wealth of industry speakers for the event, including Key Note Speaker, Darcus Beese, President of Island Records. In addition to Darcus, Music Cork will also welcome Mike Smith MD of Warner/Chappell and Rob Stevenson Executive Vice President of Republic/Casablanca.

Early Bird Tickets priced €110 plus booking fee are almost sold out with full details available on

Posted on April 3rd, 2017


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Percy Chamburuka aka Jafaris is a rapper and singer with ambition, and is part of the burgeoning new generation of hip-hop artists in Ireland. Formerly known as Profound, Jafaris is one of the most promising of the lot. He also played a bit part in the feel-good movie of 2016 – Sing Street.

He’s just dropped his new single ‘Love Dies’, vocal-lead cut of hazy R&B. It’s mightily impressive.

You can catch Jafaris on Wednesday at Diffusion Lab’s live cypher in The Sugar Club. Each artist will have 3 minutes to rap, sing, recite poetry or simply improvise accompanied by a house band. The topic of the night is Love.

Posted on February 13th, 2017