The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team. Subscribe to the weekly Spotify playlist (1.3k subscribers) or the daily playlist (4.9k subscribers).


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Arctic Monkeys – Four Out Of Five

The Arctic Monkeys’ new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino is essentially a concept album about a luxury resort on the moon…. WAIT COME BACK. It’s actually really good. In abandoning the rock poses, Alex Turner embraces an organ sound and inspired by dystopian sci-fi flicks and ’70s psychedelia, he builds a taco bar on the roof of this lunar hotel. ‘Four Out Of Five’ is an easy album highlight, and encapsulates the album’s woozy sound and hotel host vibe.” I put a taqueria on the roof, it was well reviewed / four stars out of five / And that’s unheard of.”


2.

Saint Sister – Twin Peaks

Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre can we have the album soon? Turns out the answer is yes. A Saint Sister album arrives later this year and the “atmosfolk” duo have announced some dates] to back it up. ‘Twin Peaks’ is a timely reminder of the beauty that these two can create with harp, synth and harmony.


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White Denim – Magasin

The Texas band some of who were recently backing up Leon Bridges return to create their own idiosyncratic rock jams. They have a new album Performance, out August 24th through City Slang and ‘Magazin’ is a brass-inflected treat for the ears.


4.

Mike Paterson – Devils In The Water

A new artist to Homebeat’s expanding home-made roster is this German-based Cavan man Mike Paterson and his Devils In The Water EP. The title song is one that moves me the most with shades of Bon Iver, chest-thumping backing vocals and subtle production.


Super Extra Bonus Party played their first Dublin headline show in seven years over the weekend and I was struck by the new songs in the set as opposed to the pure nostalgia. The new songs are fully-formed entities that recall and this is a good thing – LCD Soundsystem, Caribou and Foals. The latter influence is particularly palpable on ‘Purple Heart’. For a band that were known for smashing genres together and a mixtape aesthetic, ‘Purple Heart’ is surprisingly emotional and anthemic in its delivery. Two members were also on the podcast last week and they are at Body & Soul, Castlepalooza and more festivals this summer.


6.

Brian Deady – Fire In The Woods

“A a searing summer banger about anxiety,” is how Cork soul singer Brian Deady put his new song in his own words. For my part, ‘Fire In The Woods’ displays Deady’s gift for matching that soul sensibility with pop-centred American roots and blues influences.


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The Internet – Roll ( Burbank Funk) – Kaytranada remix

Kaytranada on the remix. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥


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Jealous Of The Birds – Plastic Skeletons

Naomi Hamilton returns with a new five-track EP called The Moths Of What I Want Will Eat Me In My Sleep and a lead track that delves into a throwback indie rock sound. It reminds me a bit of Elastica and has shades of psychedelic English folk.

Hamilton says, “’Plastic Skeletons’ was written once I got back from SXSW in 2016. That was my first trip to America and I brought a journal and wrote a bunch of stuff in it. When I got home, I went through it and wrote that song in full. It’s a collection of little words and images that I picked up.”

The EP arrives on July 13th via Hand in Hive (UK & Europe) and Canvasback Music (US).

Tour dates?
May 16 | London, UK – The Islington
May 17-19 | Brighton, UK – The Great Escape
May 23 | Belfast, UK – Empire Music Hall
May 30 | Dublin, Ireland – The Workmans Club


9.

Professor Rhythm – Professor 3

Another Awesome Tapes From Africa release from the label that resurfaces lost music of the continent. This EP from Professor Rhythm, originally released in 1981, drops on June 1st and isn’t the first on the label.

I was really excited to meet Thami Mdluli last year in Johannesburg. I searched for his contact info for quite a while, dreaming of doing some reissues of his instrumental work as Professor Rhythm. He has made so many incredible recordings over the years. I randomly found the Bafana Bafana cassette, an album we re-released last year, in a shop in Pretoria so we worked on that record first because it was so surprising (Thami didn’t even recall that one)… Professor … is a recording more people know about. Which is fun because it makes an expensive, rare record easier to buy for everyone else.

‘Professor 3’ our chosen song from it is a fun and playful synth song with funk rhythms and drum machine hits vying for attention beside pitched-up vocal callouts.


10.

Roisin Murphy – All My Dreams

After a par-for-the-course star turn on DJ Koze’s new album, the Murph is back tending to her own solo career with a series of four 12” vinyl records recorded with Baltimore dance producer Maurice Fulton. Lead track ‘All My Dreams’ sounds like it takes inspiration from jazz-funk, the production of Larry Levan, strands of both Murphy’s last album Exploitation and her previous band Moloko.


Posted on May 15th, 2018

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Belfast is the latest city to welcome Other Voices when it lands later this month for a few dats around a three-day programme of music, creativity and technology in conjuction with Digital DNA, the 174 Trust and Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts.

OV Belfast takes place October 26 to 28 with performances at The Other Voices Stage at The Duncairn on the 28th from Beoga, Jealous of the Birds, Picture This, Rosie Carney and Touts. The show will be recorded by Other Voices for broadcast on both BBC and RTE television.

Tickets for The Other Voices Stage will only be available through local media and online competitions, details of which will be announced shortly on Othervoices.ie and at @OtherVoices on Facebook and @OtherVoicesLive on Twitter and Instagram.

The weekend also features featuring

Oct 26 & 27: The Digital DNA Creative Quarter at various venues:

schools, youth and community organisations from across Belfast will come together to take part in four events as part of the Digital DNA Creative Quarter, showcasing the power of community through the mediums of music and technology. These innovative, inclusive events will feature speakers and workshops with some of the biggest names in digital, technology and the creative industries including Catalyst Inc., Techies in Residence and Speed Motion.

Oct 28: The Belfast Edge at The Duncairn

A conference that aims to create discourse and collision of ideas around creativity, culture, technology, education and investment policies, firmly placing creativity at the centre of all policy-making and practice. The Belfast Edge is an extension of Ireland’s Edge, which takes place in Dingle, West Kerry, every year during Other Voices. The line-up of speakers and facilitators will be announced shortly. Tickets are free but registration required.

Other Voices Belfast is made possible by the support and investment of Belfast City Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Creative Ireland, BBC Northern Ireland, RTÉ and Tourism Northern Ireland.

Posted on October 12th, 2017

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Tonight, Music From Ireland and the London Irish Centre in Camden Square present the first of a series of showcase gigs featuring music from Ireland.

Tonight’s gig features 3 of Ireland’s new music finest:

Talos, Rusangano Family and Jealous Of The Birds.

This series will be an opportunity for the London music industry and the wider UK music industry to meet and hear their Irish equivalents. It kicks off at 7pm with an industry networking event and the bands start at 8:30pm.

100 tickets are available to the public for this very special event and are priced at £10 each.


Posted on June 29th, 2017

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Nialler9 & PRS for Music are team up to cohost four of Ireland’s brightest new bands at the evening showcase at Output Belfast Conference & Showcase with Generator NI on February 16th in Belfast’s The Dirty Onion. The show is free in and a part of the evening showcases of gigs featuring lots of new bands around the city.

Our night at The Dirty Onion features:

LE BOOM

Rising electro party-starters. 8.45pm


New Portals

Belfast Electronic pop duo. 9.45pm

Photo: Leah Carroll


Beauty Sleep

Dreamy indie pop trio. 10:45pm

Photo: Olga Kuzmenko


Jealous of the Birds

Indie-rock and folk-pop music from Naomi Hamilton and band. 11.45pm


Facebook event

Bands lined up to play the free showcase around the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast also include Silences, Chanele McGuinness, Hot Cops, Brash Isaac, Callum Stewart, Ryan Vail, Gross Net, Junk Drawer, Malojian, Robyn G Shiels, Autumns, The Wood Burning Savages, David C Clements, Carriages, Robocobra Quartet, Sullivan & GOld, Making Monsters, Touts, Larks, Susie Blue and more.

Hosts include Nialler9, Smalltown America Studios, The Thin Air, Chordblossom, The Greedy Pig, Homebeat, State, Voodoo, Help Musicians, Quiet Arch, PRS, IMRO, Sentric, The Nerve Centre, The Oh Yeah Centre, Primitive Sound and many more.

More info on the daytime and schedules.

Posted on February 6th, 2017

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Last year, in April, ‘Goji Berry Sunset’, a song from a seven-track EP called Capricorn, from Armagh singer-songwriter Naomi Hamilton aka Jealous Of The Birds turned heads.

Less than a year later, Hamilton’s lo-fi acoustic whistling Moldy Peaches-style tune has been given a polish for her debut album Parma Violets in April, the only track from the EP to graduate to it.

It’s expected that Parma Violets will go beyond this hushed folk sound with more instrumentation and style but for now, this version of the song will do just fine.

She plays the Output conference in Belfast on Feb 18th.

Jealous of the Birds – Parma Violets tracklist

Side 1

Goji Berry Sunset
Parma Violets
Russian Doll
Miss Misanthrope
Trouble in Bohemia
Tonight I Feel Like Kafka

Side 2

Dandelion
The Zodiac Bar
Powder Junkie
Marcus
Purple Octopus
Mountain Lullaby
Hornet’s Nest

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM.

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two


Hour one

  1. !!! Freedom! – ’15
  2. Transviolet – Girls Your Age
  3. Chet Faker – 1998 (feat. Banks)
  4. EL VY – Return to the Moon
  5. Day Wave – We Try but We Don’t Fit In
  6. Manor – Can You Hear Me Talking At You
  7. Girlpool – Chinatown
  8. Oh Wonder –  Drive
  9. R I T U A L – JOSEPHINE feat. Lisa Hannigan
  10. New Portals – Do It Right
  11. Vince Staples – Lemme Know (feat. Jhené Aiko & DJ Dahi)
  12. Raf Riley –  Summer Ft. Etta Bond, Avelino, Dun D
  13. The Bullitts – Close Your Eyes (feat. Jay Electronica & Lucy Liu)
  14. Widowspeak – Girls

Hour two

  1. Bon Iver – Heavenly Father
  2. Jamie Lidell – Pink Light
  3. Ghostpoet – Sorry My Love, Its You Not Me (Ghost Culture Remix)
  4. Chemical Brothers – Wide Open
  5. Glasser – Learn (John Talabot Remix)
  6. Batongo – Aguirre (Mano Le Tough Remix)
  7. New Jackson – Shoot Out The Lights
  8. Billie Black – Going Under
  9. Gwilym Gold –  I Know, I Know
  10. Katharine Philippa –  Home
  11. Jealous of the Birds – Goji Berry Sunset

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 August 7th, 2015

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Rarely a month goes by in which I don’t receive some Northern Irish music gem from BBC NI Across The Line’s keen team. I contribute to the show once a month and last night, new co-presenter Stuart Bailie really pulled something out of nowhere with this track.

‘Goji Berry Sunset’ is a track from a young Portadown singer-songwriter Naomi Hamilton and it’s taken from debut EP Capricorn under the name Jealous Of The Birds.

Hamilton has cultivated a bedroom lo-fi acoustic folk feel to her songs albeit with an advanced skill for creating an atmosphere through arrangement and tone.

‘Goji Berry Sunset’ has a Moldy Peaches feel to it, thanks to its responsive vocal delivery and whistling. It has great lines “your name fizzes on my tongue,” and “maybe you’re my favourite (I like the beard, don’t shave it).”

Get the EP at Bandcamp.

Posted on April 14th, 2015

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