The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team.


Young Fathers – In My View

Young Fathers seem immune anyone outside their clique, operating as a gang who were more interested in offering genuine healing through music that crosses rap, gospel and lo-fi sonics. ‘In My View’ is another idiosyncratic uplifting gem from these outliers, but if there’s anything obvious from their new material, it’s an increasing softness and directness that wasn’t present on their first two records. Their new album Cocoa Sugar is out in March.


The Go! Team – If There’s One Thing You Should Know

The Go! Team are back with a new album Semicircle, which is a return to their exuberant indie jams. And it works. The bandleader Ian Parton travelled across the US and recorded young choirs and brass bands and they add to the genuine schoolyard buzz of the record. ‘ If There’s One Thing You Should Know’ is a giddy highlight from it.


Wyvern Lingo – Maybe It’s My Nature

If you needed further proof that Wyvern Lingo are a band of naunce. They have followed up my Irish song of the year about celebrating the feminine characteristics of a man and vice versa with a song about the reality of monogamous relationships and whether it’s a part of our nature to lust or at least, look to others romantically when you’re in a long-term relationship. A monogamous relationship is often seen as a binary thing and singer Karen Cowley is exploring the buffers of those strict lines – a very nuanced subject for a smooth soul/R&B/indie pop song.


David Kitt – Imagination

Before David Kitt officially releases his album Yous physically, he dropped a four-track EP featuring a track from that and a three new ones. ‘Imagination’ is one of those songs that isn’t just B-side material.


The Golden Filter – End Of Times – Silver Dub

From a dub version of The Golden Filter’s latest EP, this ‘Silver Dub’ version is set up for the dancefloor with an ‘I Feel Love’-style arpeggio synth.


Jay Rock – King’s Dead (with Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake)

Kendrick has curated the Marvel Black Panther soundtrack gives us another reason to look forward to its release with this track:


Henry Green – Another Life

An atmospheric pop track from a new Bristol producer who previously featured here with ‘Stay Here’. It’s from his debut album due in March and of the song he says:

“I had a really vivid image/moment in mind when I wrote “Another Light”. I was sat on a silent beach in the early hours of the morning, slightly hazy from the lack of sleep and I wanted to write about the whirlwind of colours and textures, both in the landscape but also in my mind at that moment. So much change had happened in such a short amount of time and I was just reflecting on it all.”


Lone – Temples

Lone releases Ambivert Tools Volume Three, the latest in series of EPs that have been worthy listens.


Rejjie Snow – Egyptian Luvr (feat. Aminé & Dana Williams)

Dear Annie, Rejjie Snow’s long awaited debut album finally gets a release on February 16th. This is a a smooth jam. He plays the Olympia on March 12th.

Posted on January 23rd, 2018


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Mount Kimbie are back with new music ahead of an upcoming North American tour and they’ve enlisted James Blake as the vocalist on ‘We Go Home Together’.

The short song is a continuation of the atmospheric vibe of Cold Spring Fault Less Youth (which came out in 2013 and was my album of that year) and features Blake in a higher register uncharacteristic of his timbre.

It’s accompanied by a short film directed by collaborator Frank Lebon. Mount Kimbie have an NTS residency, starting this week and to include interviews and guest appearances from Julia Holter, James Blake, Actress, Oumou Sangare, Connan Mockasin, Savages, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Moses Sumney and Ash Koosha amongst others.

North American tour dates:
Sun 28 May – GEORGE, WA, Sasquatch Music & Arts Festival
Mon 29 May – DETROIT, MI, Movement Music & Arts Festival
Tue 30 May – SANTA ANA, CA, Constellation Room
Wed 31 May – SAN DIEGO, CA, The Music Box
Thu 1 June – LOS ANGELES, CA, El Rey Theatre
Fri 2 June – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 1015 Folsom
Sat 3 June – SACRAMENTO, CA, Harlows
Mon 5 June – SALT LAKE CITY, UT, Urban Lounge
Tue 6 June – BOISE, ID, The Reef
Wed 7 June – PORTLAND, OR, Star Theater
Thu 8 June – VANCOUVER, BC, The Imperial
Sat 10 June – BETHEL, NY, Mysteryland Music & Arts Festival
Sun 11 June – BOSTON, MA, The Sinclair
Mon 12 June – WASHINGTON, DC, U Street Music Hall
Tue 13 June – BROOKLYN, NY, Warsaw
Thu 15 June – MONTREAL, QC, Theatre Fairmount
Fri 16 June – TORONTO, ON, Velvet Underground
Sun 18 June – CHICAGO, IL, Thalia Hall

NTS Broadcast dates:
5th April 2-4pm (PST) from LA
19th April 3-5pm (GMT) from London
3rd May 2-4pm (PST) from LA
17th May 5-7pm (GMT) from London

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from all the below along with Cassius, Indian Wells, Jagwar Ma, Sundai, Bon Iver and more.

Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud playlist.


Frank Ocean – ‘Pink & White’

Blonde will sustain many more listens this year.

I wrote about Blonde being “the year’s most hyped record that reveals itself in subtle ways” on Friday. While there’s sill much to unpack, ‘Pink + White’ is the album’s most immediate cut, beautiful sunshine soul, a showcase for Ocean’s honey-toned voice.

Album of the week.


Vince Staples – ‘War Ready’

Outkast x James Blake x Vince Staples.

Grabbing you by the scruff of the neck with a classic Andre 3000 Atliens sample, ‘War Ready’ is a James Blake-produced track from Stapes’ new Prima Donna EP that is rough and ready.


Hazel English – I’m Fine

Swooning indie synth pop anxiety.
Californian-based Australian singer-songwriter and indie musician Hazel English makes hypnagogic indie pop music that comes from a place of guitar band roots. The 25 year-old has a debut EP coming on Marathon Artists/Canvasback in October and following on from the impressive title track, I’m Fine’ is a song about anxiety (“For most of my life I’ve felt a sharp uncertainty/ Now it’s just become a part of me.’) that is shimmering and summery in delivery.

See also: ‘Never Going Home’


Carriages – Moving Parts

The Irish folktronica duo create magic from found objects.

Harry Bookless and Aaron Page’s brand of field-recorded folktronica makes for a unique rhythm. ‘Moving Parts/ was made from some interesting sources: drain pipes, gravel, puddles, branches and a starter melody that features Harry’s three year-old nephew Alex singing. it’s wrapped up in a lush tune that nods to Bronksi Beat while sounding like Four Tet.


Thundercat – ‘Bus In These Streets’

A breezy 70s-style song about modern technology.

Thundercat has grown in stature recently, for his work with Kendrick Lamar and his own tunes like ‘Them Changes’.

‘Bus In These Streets’ is a song that sounds like a breezy 70s TV theme but is actually about technological dependence in the 21st century. It’s also a bit yacht-rock in tone.

The song is a once-off single out now that also features Louis Cole (keyboards, drums, programming); and Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus (programming, editing).


Phillipi & Rodrigo – ‘Mantra’

Soulwax’s label DeeWee is essential listening these days.

As proven by this recent Beats 1 show, Soulwax are well and truly back to the top of their game. Their label DeeWee has knocked out killer tunes by Emmanuelle, Bolis Popul, Asa Moto and Phillipi and Rodrigo, a Sao Paolo duo. Their first release ‘Gueto De Gent’ featured a Twin Peaks reference and here, the pair build up a mantric percussive electronic groove.

Posted on August 29th, 2016

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Having just released his The Colour In Anything album, James Blake has announced headline gigs at The Olympia Theatre, Dublin on Thursday October 27th and The Limelight 1, Belfast on Friday October 28th 2016

Tickets for Dublun are €37 + fee and Belfast is £19.50 + fee.

Ticketd go on sale this Friday, June 17th from Ticketmaster.

Dates in Bristol, London, Leeds and Manchester were also announced.

Posted on June 14th, 2016



James Blake dropped his new album The Colour In Anything last Friday, a release that was quickly shadowed by Radiohead’s release on Sunday.

That means that in the same week, we have two albums worthy of many repeat listens to delve into before any major judgement. While Blake lost out in the short-term, a new textured artful minimal video by United Visual Artists for his track ‘I Need A Forest Fire’ with vocals by Bon Iver helps readdress the balance and reminds us to give the album a deeper focus.

Posted on May 10th, 2016

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour one

  1. Jungle – Platoon
  2. Para One & The South African Choir – Elevation
  3. Metronomy – Love Letters (Soulwax remix)
  4. Tame Impala – The Moment
  5. Haelos – Dust
  6. Little Dragon – Paris
  7. Ibeyi – Ghosts
  8. Slaves – Cheer Up London
  9. Youth Lagoon – The Knower
  10. All Tvvins –  Too Young To Live
  11. Joni – Running
  12. The Chemical Brothers – Under Neon Lights
  13. Le Galaxie – Lucy Is Here

Hour two

  1. Todd Terje  – Oh Joy
  2. Caribou –  Your Love With Set You Free (Carl Craig set u free remix)
  3. Daphni – Usha
  4. Cashmere Cat – Adore (feat. Arianna Grande)
  5. SBTRKT – Higher feat. Raury
  6. Petite Noir –  Down
  7. Kaytranada – Leave Me Alone
  8. Toro Y Moi – Still Sound
  9. James Blake – Life Round Here feat. Chance The Rapper
  10. Glass Animals –  Gooey
  11. Bicep  – Just
  12. Leon Bridges – Smooth Sailin

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 July 17th, 2015


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James Blake was the somewhat surprising winner of last night’s Mercury Prize. Somewhat surprising because the nominated list was probably the most popular list of albums drawn together for the prize for quite a while. Still, awards are made for surprises and Overgrown, Blake’s murkier singular second album won out. There was a lot of talk on the More4 broadcast about giving it to an album which needs more ears. I don’t know how many copies of the album were sold in the UK but I’d imagine there’s potential for new more mainstream-tuned ears for the album, if people are willing to give it the time it needs.

Coincidentally, this week Blake released a remix of ‘Come Thru’, a track off his emotional peer Drake’s latest album Nothing Was The Same in which he injected some Blake-esque electronic eeriness. Drake plays the O2 on March 18th btw.


Posted on October 31st, 2013

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New songs you should hear this week…

This week’s instalment of new music in the last seven days is a busy one: it was a prolific week or so. There’s new Korallreven with Japanese hero Cornelius, Le Galaxie’s new single ‘Lucy Is Here’, The Cast Of Cheers meets Adebisi Shank members and make tvvins, synthtastic Sleep Thieves, discotastic Fort Romeau, reprisetastic Gold Panda, groovetastic Policy, collab-tastic James Blake with Chance The Rapper, game-tastic Flying Lotus (hear his entire GTA station here)

There’s Darkside, Letters to Fiesta, 3epkano, Samaris, Girls Names, Elephant, Blood Orange, Movement and Son Lux too. Something for all. Happy weekending.

Posted on September 27th, 2013

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In his short time as a prolific musician, James Blake has made music that could be called post-dubstep, experimental electronica, experimental singer-songwriter, IDM balladry, remixed classic rap and R&B tracks and collaborated with Bon Iver and Trim. On his self-titled debut, Blake’s soulful meditative voice was to the fore of his electronic gospel productions.

Posted on April 12th, 2013




Forbidden Fruit returns on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd of June in Grounds of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin. Lineup includes rock headliners Primal Scream and Kasabian, Chic, Crystal Castles, Four Tet, Neon Neon, James Blake, Daphni, Daughter, Austra, IamamiWhoami, Mykki Blanco, New Jackson, Frank B, Le Galaxie, Bondax, Fight Like Apes, Lee Scratch Perry, Girls Names, Tieranniesaur, Everything Everything, Kormac’s Big Band, Cyril Hahn, Woodkid and more to be announced.

There’ll be 4 stages, tickets are €99 plus fees for the weekend or €54.50 plus fees for a day ticket. Early bird tickets are €79.50 and €44.50 plus fees. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 9am via Ticketmaster.

Personally, I think this is a reasonable lineup considering the now-crowded mid Irish festival market we now have. Fingers crossed there’s more interesting smaller bookings on the way, along the lines of Mykki Blanco.

In terms of medium to large multi-day festivals that’s Longitude, Forbidden Fruit, Body and Soul, Oxegen and Electric Picnic happening this year. Considering those odds, POD and Forbidden Fruit did pretty well in their booking.

Last year’s lineup was pretty stellar so I can understand the initial disappointment from some but there was no Longitude last year meaning that this time around, MCD could offer act who were potentially Forbidden Fruit-bound more moolah to play in July at Longitude rather than June. With so few big headliners at the moment, Forbidden Fruit had to resort to the tried and tested method of rock bands who have done it before: Primal Scream and Kasabian to bring in guaranteed ticket sales despite the other audience of more indie/Primavera-oriented potential festival-goers who would prefer to have the festival to themselves. It’s going to be an interesting year for all of these festivals.


Posted on March 5th, 2013


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It’ll be interesting to see where James Blake takes his sound after a couple of years that saw him release a critically acclaimed debut, a few duff tracks with Bon Iver and a return to the more exploratory experimentalism of his early releases.  New album Overgrown is out on April 5th and ‘Retrograde’, the first single gives small pointers to where Mr. Blake is heading this time around. Its more succint combination of the singer-songwriter side of him, ‘Retrograde essentially is a song about a girl (“I’ll wait / so show me why you’re strong / Ignore everybody else / We’re alone now.”), and that unique plaintive electronic organ synth rise and fall that’s become his trademark. The song works in either form, so this could be Blake’s coat of best fit.

‘Retrograde’ is out now.

Posted on February 12th, 2013



These James Blake/Harmonimix edits of UK rapper Trim were originally intended to be lost in the digital ether by Blake, as “lost dubs, perhaps caught in the same kind of mythical limbo as fans had experienced with dubstep’s lost anthems” according to Martin Clark who wanted to release these tracks a few years ago. The tracks have been floating around the net for a few years and ‘Confidence Boost’ featured on Blake’s Essential mix.

It was a nice idea but I’d rather a tune as good as ‘Confidence Boost’ gets a release and heard by more than just online hunters. Last week Blake announced ‘Confidence Boost’ and ‘Saying’ would be released on R&S Records in September. ‘Confidence Boost’ is the big one of the two, a mangled harmonic twist of Trim’s vocals to a sustained synth progression.

As Harmonimix, Blake has previously released edits and refixes of rap and R&B tracks from Destiny’s Child, Snoop, D’Angelo, Outkast, Quasimoto and Lil Wayne.

Strike a pose…


Posted on June 25th, 2012

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