I’ve called Body&Soul Festival one of the best festivals in Ireland in the past and the allure of the event at Ballinlough Castle is clear. It’s a festival with a considered lineup and offerings in the mediums of food, conversation, installations and site layout. For our festival preview, look out for a ticket competition, our playlist and irish acts to see in the coming days.


1.

Jon Hopkins

Body & Soul stage, Saturday, June 23rd.


British experimental dance music producer and composer Jon Hopkins will be bringing his highly immersive set to Westmeath this year. Following the release of Singularity, his second full studio album, earlier this year, this headline slot on the Saturday night is bound to be full of that Body’n’Soul magic. This is an absolutely essential gig. Fans of all genres will find something they’ll like in Hopkins creative musical process. Expect to feel the bass in your chest, a hypnotising light show and about 10,000 people having the time of their lives.

2.

Fever Ray

Body & Soul stage, Friday, June 22nd


Fever Ray’s latest release, Plunge, found the Swedish producer and songwriter sounding at their absolute best. Formerly one half of The Knife, Karin Dreijer’s solo material is far more experimental and nuanced. Fever Ray’s appeal will spread from fans of art pop music like Bjork’s to synth pop vibes. The artist is well known and admired for a theatrical live show and larger than life stage presence. Expect some surreal aesthetics and well crafted art music during their Friday night main stage appearance.

3.

Fatima Al Qadiri

Body & Soul stage, Friday, June 22nd


Born in Senegal, the now Berlin-based electronic producer Fatima Al Qadiri will be performing this year at Ballinalough Castle. Al Qadiri’s music has always had an anti-authoritative feeling to it, especially on Brute, her 2016 album which took a skeptical look at policing standards in America. Al Qadiri’s music is spacious and hypnotic, pulsing synth tones sleep underneath the cosmic choir voices she uses time and time again throughout her music. There’s little doubt how much her time spent growing up in Kuwait under Iraqi invasion has influenced her music. There’s a distinctly Eastern feeling to the melodies and the thematic content on her albums is always wary of aggressive powers. While her music varies from sparse to hyper aggressive, it always retains a sense of animal intensity. A perfect Friday night to get the blood pumping.

4.

Reykjavíkurdætur

Midnight Circus, Sunday June 24th


The recent success of Cardi B in hip-hop, a female MC succeeding in a crowded male space is a rare occurrence. Outside of the nucleus of North American scene, female hip-hop is still rarely visible.

In Iceland, an all-female collective are redressing the balance by employing a “power in numbers” ethos that means Reykjavíkurdætur numbers a dozen ladies strong.
Their name is Icelandic for Daughters Of Reykjavik and formed in 2013 in Icelandic’s surprisingly active rap scene, as a safe space for female MCs to find their voices. Since then, the sisterhood has developed as a force to be reckoned with – talented rappers who can wipe their floor with their male contemporaries. Though they rap in Icelandic, the language’s expressive rolls and pops are so suited to the genre that not understanding the words feels less of an issue than it should.
The band were the hit of Iceland Airwaves in 2015, and have repeated the trick every year since. On stage, they are a wild collective of performers with fierce attitudes, unapologetic demeanours, distinct personalities, styles and flows.

Their unique energy and spectacle was infectious enough that they have developed a cult following, yet their number is a prohibitive touring logistic that means they don’t get to travel beyond their hometown. With live shows rare, make it your business to see this Icelandic powerhouse at Body&Soul Festival this year.


5.

Susanne Sundfør

Body & Soul stage, Sunday June 24th


Take some time to yourself on the Sunday and go catch Norwegian singer songwriter Susanna Sundfør. Having been releasing music under her own name for more than ten years, Sundfør has become a master at penning expressive lyrical ideas to haunting minimalist melodies. Her latest release Music For People In Trouble is starkly beautiful. Songs like ‘The Sound Of War’ are delivered in a falsetto as clear as Kate Bush’s but with the lyrical temperament of a folk hero like Leonard Cohen. Her breakthrough album The Brothel, released in 2010, is far more electronic in nature. Full of moody synth sounds and layered vocals, it reached the number one spot on the Norwegian charts and became the best selling album of the year, helping her become one of the nation’s most popular artists. As such, the chance to catch her in what is sure to be an intimate performance is one you shouldn’t pass up on. Pensive and sweet, Sundfør’s performance will be hypnotic.

7.

Arca

Body&Soul Main Stage, Saturday, June 23rd


You’re not likely to see a show like this in a hurry. The Venezuelan artist Arca is known for his avant-garde electronic productions and collaborations with Bjork, but a recent live show was more akin to a energetic drag show with fake boobs, DJ sets, costume changes and an uncompromising barrage of future beats. One to witness.

8.

Shame

Midnight Circus, Sunday June 24th


While relevant post-punk bands are few and far between in the current musical climate, British group Shame have proven themselves to be one of the most vital young voices in rock with the release of their debut album Songs Of Praise earlier this year. Their music is dense, with layered guitars providing that wall of sound feeling. Add to that a killer rhythm section and a clever ear for a chord progression and you have the raw ingredients for Shame’s visceral take on the modern punk sound. The group excel lyrically too. Songs Of Praise tackles politics, sexual perversion and the “four chord future” (check out ‘The Lick’) with the sort of unyielding youthful fury sorely missed among much of modern guitar music. With this year’s lineup being filled with mostly electronic and acoustic acts, the blistering set Shame are sure to perform is going to feel wholesome and cathartic.

9.

Iron & Wine

Body & Soul stage, Sunday June 24th


Sam Beam, better known as Iron & Wine, is a Southern folk singer. Having been releasing music since 2002’s The Creek Drank The Cradle, he’s established a reputation as a tour de force songwriter. His music blends elements of folk, country & western and delta blues with a noire feel. Even when at his most optimistic, say on a release like 2013’s Ghost On Ghost, there’s always a sense of the oncoming storm. Perhaps it’s Beam’s anxious lyricism, which is utterly superb, or the dynamic instrumentation used throughout his discography. In any case, Beam’s music rarely feels downbeat, despite his foreboding. Instead, Iron & Wine’s music feels celebratory, finding the beauty in both the good and bad. His Sunday set will provide ample refuge for those craving some soul food.

10.

Tshegue

Midnight Circus, Friday June 22nd


Body&Soul is known for booking European acts that most festivals wouldn’t be even aware of. The French project of French singer Faty Sy Savanet and producer Nicolas Dacunha, Tshegue, is one such example. Tshegue mix beats, African sounds, percussion, tribal singing and hypnotic rhythms into a sound that is on the bleeding edge of what’s happening now.


Posted on June 15th, 2018

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.

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1.

Christine And The Queens

Girlfriend

Two years on from the French artist’s breakthrough album Chaleur Humaine, Héloïse Letissier is back and has teamed up with West Coast G-funk artist and Snoop Dogg collaborator Dam Funk for a lustful slice of magnetic synth-pop that explores gender stereotypes. It arrived with its original French version so you can get double the helping.

2.

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.”

3.

Beach House

Lemon Glow

The Baltimore dream-pop duo’s seventh album finds the band adding emboldened shades to a ready-recognisable Beach House sound. ‘Lemon Glow’ is indicative of such subtle shapeshifting.

4.

Pusha T

If You Know, You Know

Pusha T’s long-awaited Daytona doesn’t need more than seven tracks to make its impact. There is no time-wasted in King Push re-asserting his crown as one of the best rappers around. Whatever you think of Kanye’s own work, his production here is razor-sharp. ‘If You Know, You Know’ is the album’s intro and heralds a marquee return

5.

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.

6.

Kitt Philippa

Human

The Belfast-based Philippa is very talented and thoughtful singer and musician who performs in an open and honest way, unburdened by external pressure and it shows. There’s a sense of deliberation that follows through onto the tracks. Most recently, a name change from Katharine Philippa to Kitt Philippa gave the artist a greater sense of non-binary neutrality.

‘Humans’ sees the Northern Irish singer explore the complexities with that sensibility. The track features a slight change in direction with a more prominent pop-production than previous releases such as her 2013 EP ‘Broken To Be Rebuilt’. Yet, nothing has been sacrificed in terms of message and substance.

7.

Super Extra Bonus Party

Purple Heart

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.

8.

Bodega

How Did This Happen?

One of the buzz bands at the The Great Escape Festival in Brighton last month. The five-piece band recall the best parts of art-rock, post-punk and agit-pop with some witty sensibility. The band’s song ‘How Did This Happen?’ trades on razor-sharp guitar and kraut rhythms with lyrics about nonchalance in the face of protest. “I see you walk past the demonstration / Two chips on your shoulder / You’re a culture connoisseur and your pain is real,” the pair sing in tandem in infectious call-and-response.

9.

Trevor Powers

Playwright

Former Youth Lagoon front man Trevor Powers has released a debut song by the artist under his own name. ‘Playwright’ is an excellent art pop song with nods to the Japanese music tradition. Accompanying the track is a stunning music video starring aquatic ballet group Aqualillies . Having just founded his own label Baby Halo, it’s safe to say we can expect to hear more from Powers in the very near future.

10.

Childish Gambino

This is America

The song that launched a million think pieces and explainers cemented Donald Glover’s reputation as a visionary. It’s a long way from Troy and Abed in the morning.

11.

Róisín 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.

12.

Anderson .Paak

Bubblin’

There’s no staying humble with the return of Paak. Having made the best album of 2016, and collaborated all over the shop, .Paak returns with a bombastic song that talks up his status as one of the best? And why not? He’s known for his soulful voice and his drumming sure, but very rarely have you heard him go this hard in rap terms, not even on the NxWorries record. Paak’s exuberant almost-delusional flow is matched by a busy production by Jhalil Beats and Antman Wonder and an ecstatic video to match.

13.

The Murder Capital

More Is Less

It’s rare that a band’s first song, not least a live session video of a band’s first song, elicits a large reaction but that’s what happened last week when The Murder Capital performing More is Less to camera in a studio in Dublin. The reason? The young band draw on classic punk-rock energy, drawing comparisons to Fugazi and Black Flag and they can definitely play their instruments too.

14.

Jon Hopkins

Singularity

Jon Hopkins’ fifth album is release that has two approaches – nuanced and textured dance music with largesse and elongated ambient passages. The title track is an example of the bridging of both, and live at Primavera Sound last week, the song was humongous in its execution.

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Posted on June 7th, 2018

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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.


1.

Leon Bridges – Good Thing

The Fort Worth Texas soul singer Leon Bridges’ long awaited second album Good Thing has finally hit the airwaves, to massive critical and commercial acclaim. On Good Thing, Bridges takes his wholesome retro soul sound and gives it a 21st century update. Tracks like ‘Bad Bad News’and ‘Forgive You’ seem as indebted to contemporary R&B artists as the golden soul singers of yesteryear. The whole album is packed full of rich instrumentation, the perfect foundation for Bridges smooth vocal delivery. ‘Beyond’ is one of the best love songs penned this year. The only issue is whether the album’s two pop-funk tracks ‘If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)’ and ‘You Don’t Know’ An album that empathises with loss as much as it does with love, there’s something in Good Thing that will move all who listen to it.


2.

Jon Hopkins – Singularity

Jon Hopkins’ Singularity is a polarising record. While the English producer and composer’s breakthrough fourth release Immunity was largely viewed as a new lease on life for experimental dance music, many expected it’s follow up to fall somewhere closer to the dance side of affairs. Instead, Hopkins has delved deeper into experimental synth sounds and grainy textures with Singularity. The dance floor fillers of Immunity have been largely banished, replaced by a sort of dogged introspection. Hopkins has cited the influence of meditation and his interest in transcendentalism as a driving force behind the creation of this record. This album sounds best played as a whole through good headphones. For more context on the record, his interview with RA where he talks specifics about the processes and detail of the album give it more of an understanding.


3.

Rival Consoles – Persona

Ryan Lee West, known to most as Rival Consoles, has released his fourth full length album Persona on Erased Tapes. Rival Consoles is an electronic dance music project with a difference. While most dance compositions feel inherently non-organic, the music on Persona is strangely emotive and human. West’s dedication to sound design results in otherwise industrial sounds, take the roaring synth bass on ‘Phantom Grip’ for example, sounding alive and nuanced. This is not to say that Persona isn’t ultimately a dance record, songs like’Sun’s Abandon’ and the title track itself come packed with overwhelming bass and drum lines. Yet, Persona is a record intended for more than just the dance floor. It’s in equal parts intimate and grandiose.


4.

Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

 

Dirty Computer is the third studio album from musican and more recently actress Janelle Monáe. The follow up to 2013’s Electric Lady, this instalment from Monáe returning to more conceptual material. Themes of technology and the virtual space pop up again and again throughout the album. It’s one of those albums that has huge scope, ambition and brings a pop sound to Monae’s catalogue that was never really there before. The issue is that embracing pop artifice means a sacrifice of substance for the greater cause but with lyrical depth and a vision far beyond what most artists can access, Dirty Computer is one for repeated listens (and views thanks to her accompanying Emotion picture).


5.

DJ Koze – Knock Knock

 

German born DJ and producer DJ Koze has built a reputation for being one of the most forward-thinking and expressive dance music composers on the scene. His third studio album Knock Knock is a perfect illustration of why this is the case. This art music meets minimal techno album is a strange delight. Whether it’s the aquatic synth textures of album opener ‘Club der Ewigkeiten’ or the wonderful feature from Jose Gonzalez on ‘Music On My Teeth’, Knock Knock is an album that’s full of charming idiosyncrasies. So very worth your time.


6.

Iceage – Beyondless

Danish post-punk band Iceage formed in 2008 when the group were mostly teenagers. Their new album Beyondless is the sort of record you can only get from a fully matured band. The album bounces around its sonic influences; there’s the densely packed guitars typical of post-punk, see opening track ‘Hurrah’. However, the use of brass instrumentation and even the feature from Sky Ferreira on ‘Pain Killer’ depict a band interested in far more than one sound. The band do get the basics right too. It’s hard not to impressed with the booming guitars on a track like ‘The Day The Music Dies’, like something from an Iggy Pop & The Stooges album. Beyondless is a great example of the vitality and originality that rock music is still capable of.

Posted on May 10th, 2018

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Jon Hopkins has announced the followup to 2013’s Immunity album today. It’s been a long wait. Singularity, his next record will be released on May 4th on Domino and he has shared the first song from it called ‘Emerald Rush’ below.

More good news? As well as playing Body & Soul, he’s also announced headline dates around Europe and the UK including a stop at Vicar Street Dublin on October 18th. All tickets for UK and European solo shows will be available on general sale Friday 9th March at 10am via http://jonhopkins.co.uk See all dates below.

There’s a non-edited version of the song here:

Where Immunity – his hypnotic breakthrough LP – charted the dark alternative reality of an epic night out, Singularity explores the dissonance between dystopian urbanity and the green forest. Shaped by his experiences with meditation and trance states, the album flows seamlessly from rugged techno to transcendent choral music, from solo acoustic piano to psychedelic ambient. Its epic musical palette is visceral and emotionally honest: with a destructive opener full of industrial electronics and sonic claustrophobia and a redemptive, pure end on solo piano.Exploring the connectivity of the mind, sonics and the natural world, Singularity reflects the different psychological states Hopkins experienced while writing and recording. It is a transformative trip of defiance from his initial sense of frustration at the state of the contemporary world to the ultimate conclusion that a true sense of peace and belonging can only come from nature.

Singularity artwork

Singularity tracklist

  1. Singularity
  2. Emerald Rush
  3. Neon Pattern Drum
  4. Everything Connected
  5. Feel First Life
  6. C O S M
  7. Echo Dissolve
  8. Luminous Beings
  9. Recovery

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Jon Hopkins tour dates

10.10 – Rockefeller – Oslo
12.10 – Den Grå Hal – Copenhagen
18.10 – Vicar Street – Dublin
19.10- SWG3 – Glasgow
20.10 – Paradiso for ADE – Amsterdam
24.10 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels
25.10 – Astra – Berlin
26.10 – Le Trianon – Paris
02.11 – Brixton Academy – London
17.11 – Boiler Shop – Newcastle
22.11 – Albert Hall – Manchester
JON HOPKINS SINGULARITY FESTIVAL & DJ APPEARANCES 2018
30.03 – Invisible Wind Factory – Liverpool (DJ Set)
06.04 –  Ääniwalli – Helsinki (DJ Set)
07.04 –  Sónar İstanbul – Istanbul (DJ Set)
19.05 – Festival of Disruption – New York
25.05 – Villette Sonique – Paris
26.05 – Department – Stockholm (DJ Set)
02.06 – Primavera – Barcelona
09.06 – Park Life – Manchester
15.06 – Maifeld Derby – Mannheim
23.06 – Body & Soul – Co.Westmeath
29.06 – Down The Rabbit Hole – Ewijk
30.06- ASTRO Festival – Milan
11.07 – DOUR Festival – Dour
13.07 – Melt! Festival – Ferropolis
14.07 – Lovebox Festival – London (DJ Set)
15.07 – Latitude Festival – Henham Park
20.07 – Colours Of Ostrava – Ostrava
26.07 – WWW X – Shibuya
27.07 – Fuji Rock Festival – Niigata
03.08 – OFF Festival – Katowice
04.08 – Wilderness Festival – Cornbury Park
31.08 – Dimensions Festival – Pula

Posted on March 6th, 2018

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Time to look into the internet crystal ball and see who may (and who may not) release an album for our ears in 2018. Will Robyn finally release another album? Before we answer that, here’s some we know are on the way…


Tune-Yards

Release date: January 19th

Tune-Yards have announced that their fourth album I can feel you creep into my private life will be released on January 19th. They will be touring the US and Europe from February. Surely, an Irish date is imminent.


Nils Frahm

Date: January 26th

Nils Frahm’s new album All Melody is out on January 26th and was recorded in his custom-built studio in Funkhaus in Berlin. He also announced a world tour which starts on January 22nd in Berlin and lands in Dublin for a sold out show on Monday 26 February.


Frank Ocean

Possible Date: 2018

It’s been nearly a year and a half since the release of Frank Ocean’s album Blonde (add another week for Endless too). In November, he posted on Tumblr that he had finished a new album writing – “’Well I️ made the album before 30. I️ JUST AINT PUT THAT BITCH OUT!’ -quotes from an interview I️ haven’t given haha”. He also posted a picture on his Tumblr wearing a hat saying ‘If you likes 2017 you’ll love 2018. Frank was practically prolific in 2017 by previous standards with songs like ‘Provider’, ‘Chanel’ and ‘Biking’ released and first premiered on his Apple Music radio show Blonded.


Grimes

Possible Date: 2018

Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was reportedly halfway there in April 2017. Claire Boucher posted on Instagram in August 2017 that she needed two more months before finishing the new tracks. Last month she replied to a fan on Twitter regarding the new album saying ‘just played label new music they rly dig it so hopefully smthn soon’. Two days later on Instagram she said that she has all the tracks but needs to vox and drums on pretty much all of them. Signs are good.


When asked by Pitchfork about a new album release for 2018 Kevin Shields from the band said “Oh, we one hundred percent will,” he also gave details on the album stating “Basically, the record started off as an EP, and I realized it has to be, like, a mini-album, because it’s going to be at least 40 minutes long. So it’s going to be an album, but I don’t really know how many tracks it’s going to be. It’ll probably be seven or eight, by the looks of it.” He also stated that they will be touring this summer. This album will mark five years since the release of their third studio album MBV in 2013.


Franz Ferdinand

Date: February 9th

The Scottish indie rock band will release Always Ascending on February 9th a follow up from their fourth album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action which was released in 2013. The title track and some Galway/Dublin dates were previously announced.


Chromeo

Date: Spring/Summer 2018

The fourth album Head Over Heels from Canadian electro-funk duo Chromeo is on its way this year, a follow up from White Women which came out in 2014. They released a tralier for the album back in November as well as new track ‘Juice’.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Spring/Summer 2018

In a post on Facebook in May last year Jon thanked fans for being patient while he worked on his new album and left us with a cover of Laura Palmer’s Theme tune for Twin Peaks. He later stated that the album is nearly finished, or to be more accurate – “nearly fucking finished.”.


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Spring/Summer 2018


The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and set for release this year and former Fight Like Apes’ singer May Kay, who joined the band full-time, is set to feature on six tracks.. They released the first track off the new album ‘Pleasure’ in May last year but the album was delayed as the band signed a US deal for its release in late 2017.


Arctic Monkeys

Possible Date: Summer/Autunm 2018

The follow up to the Artic Monkey’s 2013 release AM is on the way. According to an interview with motorcycling magazine bassist Nick O’Malley said if the album isn’t out by 2018 ‘We’ve got problems’. Let’s hope that means the new album is on the way soon.


Blood Orange

Possible Date: Spring 2018

Last summer Blood Orange or Dev Hynes announced that he was writing new material via a post on Instagram. Last month he posted a video on his Instagram showing off some of the new material. The album will be a follow up to his 2016 release Freetown Sound.


The Good, The Bad and The Queen

Possible Date:Summer 2018

It’s been 11 years since Damon Albarn, Paul Simonon, Simon Tong and Tony Allen released an album under The Good, The Bad and The Queen name. According to NME, Damon Albarn reveled details on the new album hes’s been working on with Tony Visconti to radio DJ Zane Lowe: “We’ve got pretty much all the songs and recorded all the backing tracks but I’m just emoting over it at the moment. I can hear what I’m saying kind of, a bit, but it’s still a bit unintelligible.” He also stated that the album is “inspired by Brexit”.


David Byrne

Possible Date: March 2018


The former Talking Heads man has announced some live dates for this summer and that fact along with an apparent leak of the album title as American Utopia by an online retailer and a March date, more than suggest an album is on the way. His last album was his collaborative album with St. Vincent.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP and the release of new song ‘Good To Love’ in February 2017. Last year she confirmed that an album was on the way but would not be released in 2017 . According to NME she performed three new songs at Lastochka Festival in Moscow last summer. Could this mean that 2018 is the year for a new album release?


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Spring/Summer 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which premiered at Sundance in 2017. In November 2017 he released a video for new track ‘Post Requisite’ and on January 1st this year he tweeted a mix from Brainfeeder which includes a new track ‘Quarantine’. No date for the new album has been released but there are a few telling signs that its on the way soon.


Empress of

Possible Date: 2018


Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best To You’. She released a new track ‘Go To Hell’ in July. In Demcember, she dropped a cover of Lana Del Rey produced by DJ Dodger Stadium. Hopefully, her new album is finally on the way.


Vampire Weekend

Possible Date:Summer 2018

It’s been five years since the New York City band released Modern Vampires of the City and according to a tweet reply from frontman Ezra Koenig in September last year, 2018 could be the year of their long awaited return. Later in the year he explained to fans via Instagram that he spent 2017 working on the new album saying “we gotta take our time’. This album with be the bands first without Rostam Batmanglij.


Robyn

Possible Date: 2018/2019


It’s been almost eight years since Swedish singer Robyn has relesed an album. Last year her track ‘Honey’ featured on girls which she stated as being selected by Lena Dunham from music that she has been working on. In January last year she released a track with Mr Tophat but it may be nine years before she returns. 🙁


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

This time last year Daniel Avery was in studio hopefully that means a new release for 2018 is due to follow up from his superb 2013 album Drone Logic. It’s been too long already.


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There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017.


Alt-J

Possible Date: Summer 2017

It’s been three years since the Leeds band released their second album This Is All Yours, so time is ripe for another in 2017. Last August, drummer Thom Sonny Green told NME, the band had loads of ideas, which wasn’t exactly – “songs are written, we’re recording them and they’re sounding awesome,” but after a period where Green released a solo record, bassist Gus Unger-Hamilton opened a café in east London and singer Joe Newman featured on a Clams Casino track with Lil B, there are rumblings.

The band have posted pics from the studio including ones at Abbey Road where they were recording strings only last week.The band have announced festival dates this summer so a good guess would be around the time of June, when they start.


Caribou / Daphni

Possible Date: Late 2017 but more than likely 2018

Three years on from a career apex record Our Love and a song which dominated the summer and the rest of the year. Dan Snaith is DJing as Daphni a lot this year including Coachella so a new album from Caribou doesn’t feel likely at this moment (maybe a Daphni 12″ / single release though?)


Daniel Avery

Possible Date: Autumn 2017


After last year’s DJ Kicks, 2017 looks to be the year that Daniel Avery follows up his superb 2013 album Drone Logic, according to this tweet.


Empress Of

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Loreley Rodriguez’ debut Empress Of album Of Me was followed up with a killer once-off single and one of the best songs of 2016 collaboration with Blood Orange – ‘Best Of You’, as well as one with Pional, so I really want a followup in 2017. This is more hopeful than concrete, though signs are good.


FKA Twigs

Possible Date: 2018

Tahliah Barnett’s debut LP1 came out in 2014 and she’s been plenty busy with dancing, documentaries, stage shows, a once of single, and a 2015 EP. Last week, though a Nike ad directed and made by her featured a new track produced Oneohtrix Point Never suggested something isn’t far away, tweet replies to fans suggest it won’t be til 2018. 🙁


Flying Lotus

Possible Date: Late 2017 but looking like 2018

A new album was promised in 2016 from the Brainfeeder boss but Stephen Ellison was working on his feature-length film debut Kuso (starring Hannibal Buress and Tim Heidecker), which will premiere at Sundance this year. He also scored a short too. It looks like we’re getting V, a Captain Murphy record some time this year, as ‘Crowned’ featured in the recent Adult Swim Singles club. As for Fly Lo, a Kuso some songs on the soundtrack may be all we get.


Future Islands

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Three years on from their breakthrough album Singles, things are heating up with some dates at festivals like Bonaroo, Panorama and Coachella. Last year, Sam T. Herring collaborated with Badbadnotgood. Their last music was single ‘The Chase’ in 2015. An album is definitely on the way very very soon.


Grimes

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017


Grimes’ followup to Art Angels was halfway there last April ( “more chill vibes, downtempos, synth-y shit. That makes it sound boring. It’s not boring.”) and in a November interview, she said it would be “slow and reflective”.

“I’m really vibing on making something really slow and gorgeous that just breathes, and has room to breathe,” she explained. “I feel like my work has always been fast paced, kinetic, and almost just manic and I feel like for me the hardest thing I can do is make something that’s slow and heavy.”


Grizzly Bear

Possible Date: Spring 2017

Come on already. The Grizzlies’ last album was 2012’s Shields and a few years before, Jay Z and Beyoncé were showing up to their shows and a lot has changed in music since American indie folk was the dominant genre of choice, However in October, a tweet saying “Album 90 percent done. Last update until you hear it,” was posted. Any day now?


Haim

Possible Date: Summer 2017

Another album long overdue now. The LA sisters’ self-titled debut Days Are Gone dropped in 2013 and they even cancelled their appearance at music festivals last summer to finish it. It arrives this Summer.


Holy Ghost!

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

DFA Records’ disco dons Holy Ghost! will surely followup last year’s Crime Cutz EP with a third album, a followup to Dynamics. Alex Frankel released a solo EP last year too. I’ve a soft spot for these two.


Hundred Waters

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Gainesville Florida band Hundred Waters have made two stunning albums of folk and electronica thus far in their career and it looks like 2017 will see their third released. On Christmas day they posted (with a Neil Young cover) that they were finishing the album. Last year, they made a big remix with their label boss Skrillex and Chance The Rapper among others.


Jon Hopkins

Possible Date: Summer 2017


The followup to 2013’s Immunity is due this year according to Jon’s reply to a fan on Twitter. Yes. In the meantime, Hopkins plays piano on a track on the new Bonobo record.


Kelela

Possible Date: Spring 2017

A followup to 2013’s Cut For Me mixtape after 2015’s Hallucination EP is on the cards (check out this Song Exploder about ‘Rewind’). In an interview with Dazed, Arca, Jam City, and Bok Bok are to be reprising their role as co-producers and Kelsey Lu, one of my picks for new artists of 2017 guests.


LCD Soundsystem

Possible Date: Summer or Autumn 2017

After last year’s triumphant live return, that promised LCD Soundsystem album is indeed on the way as James Murphy told someone on Facebook this weekin response – “Sure. still working on it, but it’ll be done soon. winter tends to mess with my voice, so finishing the thing drags out.”


Le Galaxie

Possible Date: Autumn 2017

The Dublin electro band’s third album is done and it likely to get a worldwide releasearound September time. Former Fight Like Apes’ singer MAy Kay is set to feature on six tracks too.


Little Dragon

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

The followup to Nabuma Rubberband from 2014 looks to be coming this year from the Swedish band. They are playing Coachella so that’s a good sign.


Mount Kimbie

Possible Date: Spring / Summer 2017

Mount Kimbie played some new songs at Metropolis Festival in November so it’s a safe bet a new one is coming to followup the brilliant 2013 album Cold Spring Fault Less Youth.


St. Vincent

Possible Date: Summer / Autumn 2017

Annie Clark promises “the deepest, boldest work I’ve ever done” on her new record which is inspired by the topsy-turvy world events of the last year. “I feel the playing field is really open for creative people to do whatever you want, and that risk will be rewarded – especially now that we have such high stakes from a political and geopolitical standpoint,” he told Guitar World (while managing to get a dig in on the cover). The last St. Vincent album came out in 2014.

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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David Holmes is the latest person tapped for a Late Night Tales compilation.

The Belfast composer, producer and DJ will release his entry on October 21st and it’ll feature some new and rare music including collaborations with BP Fallon and Jon Hopkins, a “reading” of 10cc’s ‘I’m Not In Love’ by Holmes­-produced Song Sung.

In the sampler below, you will hear Stephen Rea reading an extract from Seamus Heaney’s AENEID BOOK VI ­ Elsewhere Anchises.

“I walk a lot. It’s amazing for listening to music: your phone or your emails aren’t going and you’re just in the forest listening to music. It’s so intimate. Anyway, I was listening to the KLF’s Chill Out album, which still sounds amazing, but it triggered an idea with concrete sounds through travelling and movement. And one of the things I was trying to do was to use this idea not just break up the moods but also as a metaphor for moving through life and arriving in different destinations or arriving at different stages in different parts of your life.

Memory, Love, Living, Family, Friendship, Healing, Death and The Afterworld are some of the themes I wanted to explore within this record. Although these strong themes and tracks are personal to me, I also wanted it to be a great listen that was unpredictable yet had a seamless flow ­ a journey that was personal to me yet to the listener a great compilation of music that they may or may not have heard before. I hope I’ve succeeded in the latter.”

Tracklisting:

1. Barry Woolnough – Great Father Spirit In The Sky
2. David Holmes & Steve Jones – The Reiki Healer From County Down (Exclusive Track)
3. The Children Of Sunshine – It’s A Long Way To Heaven
4. Spark Sparkle – Slythtovery (Exclusive Track)
5. Alain Maclean – Talking Judgement Day Blues
6. David Crosby – Orleans
7. Buddy Holly – Love Is Strange
8. After Dinner – Paradise of Replica
9. Lullaby Movement – Ru-Ru (Sleep Little Baby) (Exclusive Track)
10. Jeff Bridges & Keefus Ciancia – It’s In Every One Of Us (Exclusive Track)
11. Song Sung – I’m Not In Love (Exclusive 10cc Cover Version – Produced by David Holmes)
12. Neo Maya – I Won’t Hurt You
13. BP Fallon & David Holmes – Henry McCullough (Exclusive Track)
14. Documenta – Love As A Ghost (Produced by David Holmes)
15. Keith Fullerton Whitman – Stereo Music For Acoustic Guitar, Buchla Music Box 100, Hewlett Packard Model 236 Oscillator, Electric Guitar And Computer – Part 1
16. Eat Lights Become Lights – Into Forever
17. Geese – Andrew Parsnip (Exclusive Track)
18. DIE HEXEN – Gloomy Sunday (Exclusive Track)
19. David Holmes & Jon Hopkins feat Stephen Rea – Elsewhere Anchises (Exclusive Track)

Posted on August 18th, 2016

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Too early to think about Halloween yet? Absolutely.

However, you may have seen the lineup below advertised at Forbidden Fruit earlier this month.

Winterparty is a big Halloween bank holiday event happening on Sunday Oct 30th at the 3Arena. The party last happened 12 years ago and POD are bringing it back with the following lineup from 6pm to midnight:

Sven Vath
Hot Since 82
Jon Hopkins DJ set
Matador live
Dan Stritch

“A full sound, lighting & special FX production package” is also promised.

As it finishes at 12, there will be afterparties in town afterwards.

Tickets are €60.50 plus fee or €79.50 + fee with the afterparty. Over 19s ID required. Tickets on sale Friday at 9am or if you’re a 3Plus customer, you can get access to presale tickets from 9am today via Three.ie/plus

Posted on June 15th, 2016

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These songs represent my favourite new tracks of last week. Check the new music section. The new music playlist is available on Spotify and is updated weekly.

New music chart

  1. Emmanuelle  – ‘Free HiFi Internet’
  2. Mmoths – ‘Deu’
  3. Disclosure – ‘Magnets’ (Jon Hopkins remix)
  4. Jaakko Eino Kalevi feat. Farao – Everything Nice (Popcaan cover)
  5. Bagels – ‘To The End’
  6. Aidan Knight – ‘All Clear’
  7. Kodiak Blue – ‘Orbita’
  8. Badlands – ‘Caramisou’
  9. Hawk – ‘Sleep’
  10. Jamie xx – Loud Places feat. Romy (John Talabot’s Higher Dub)
  11. Meltybrains? – ‘New Don’

Soundcloud version

The Nialler9 New Music Weekly Spotify playlist. Updated weekly.

 

Posted on December 1st, 2015

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It’s hard to muster anything more than a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ for Disclosure’s new album Caracal. Like, it’s grand, unimaginative and lacking in dynamics, a bit too polished to love, the songs never quite jumping out quite as much as their thrilling debut.

The Lawrences have been having better luck on the remix front, via Gus Pirelli, Julio Bashmore, themselves, A-Trak and now Jon Hopkins who has turned their Lorde collaboration into an unrelated tower of sonic magnitude. This could be one of those “I had an existing track, I stuck a sample in” to justify the remix fee but it’s still a lot better than 90% of Caracal.

Posted on November 24th, 2015

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I spend most of my day listening to music of all tempos and styles, so when I get close to the night, and bed is calling, I rarely put on music. I used to fall asleep with headphones in my ears but those times are gone and sleep is more precious. Occasionally, my head will be buzzing too much with work and plans that I can’t relax. Music can help then.

Here’s a 3-hour Spotify playlist featuring music for such an occasion, for sleep-inducing, quiet times, for background noise, for night-marches into a deep consciousness or whatever you’re having your self.

It features music, ambient, atmospheric and minimal from Aphex Twin, M83, Brian Eno, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Jon Hopkins, Ebauche, Burial, John Foxx, Julianna Barwick, Tangerine Dream, Air, Stars Of The Lid, Boards Of Canada, Harold Budd, Laraaji, Arca, Nils Frahm and more. It will be updated again in future so subscribe. In the meantime, press shuffle and drift off when appropriate.

Next up on the themed playlists? Halloween, Running, morning time or something else? Let me know.

Listen to the ambient playlist

Nialler9 on Spotify.

Posted on October 22nd, 2015

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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.

Part One

  1. Roosevelt – Night Moves
  2. Alt-J – Left Hand Free (Lido Remix)
  3. Oh Wonder – Livewire
  4. Nao – Inhale Exhale
  5. Ben Khan – Zenith
  6. Shamir – Hot Mess
  7. Boot & Tax – Fusci
  8. Hot Chip – Love Is The Future
  9. Hælos – Earth Not Above
  10. The Slits – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  11. Fierce Mild – Small Talk
  12. Girlpool – Ideal World

Part Two 

  1. Mt. Wolf – Hamburg (Turtle Rework)
  2. Fight Like Apes – The Schillaci Sequence
  3. Tame Impala – Eventually
  4. Mac Demarco – The Way You’d Love Her
  5. Tomorrows – Free
  6. Young Wonder – Time
  7. Dornik – Rebound
  8. Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes
  9. Jo Tongo – Jangolo
  10. GL – Won’t You See
  11. Made In Heights -Slow Burn
  12. Klo – Make Me Wonder
  13. Nicolas Jaar – No One Is Looking at U
  14. Lyttet – Saint Etienne

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 May 15th, 2015

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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.

Part One

  1. The Chemical Brothers – Go
  2. Roosevelt – Night Moves
  3. All Tvvins – Too Young To Live
  4. Pleasure Beach – Go
  5. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
  6. Torres – Sprinter
  7. Tame Impala – Disciples
  8. Super Furry Animals – Ysbeidiau Heulog
  9. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone 7″ Remix)
  10. Real Lies – Seven Sisters
  11. Ratatat – Cream on Chrome
  12. Towkio – Involved ft. Vic Mensa (prod. Kaytranada)
  13. Kali Uchis – Rush (prod. Kaytranada / Badbadnotgood)

Part Two 

  1. Kendrick Lamar – These Walls
  2. Shamir – On The Regular
  3. Julio Bashmore – Holding On (feat. Sam Dew)
  4. Braids – Taste
  5. Stealing Sheep – Deadlock
  6. Sylvan Esso – H.S.K.T.
  7. Kelela – Send Me Out (Girl Unit Mix)
  8. St. Germain – Real Blues
  9. Mr Mendel – Who Do You Love?
  10. Boot & Tax – Brace Brace
  11. Phoenix – Lisztomania (Holy Ghost! Loves Paris Remixomania)
  12. Jon Hopkins – I Remember
  13. Lakker – Mountain Divide

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 May 8th, 2015

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Samhain Festival is back on Bank holiday Sunday October 26th this year in its new home – Loughcrew Gardens, Co, Meath.

Archetype, Hidden Agenda, Bodytonic, & Bedlam are behind the festival that this year will feature :

Jon Hopkins
John Talabot
Maya Jane Coles
Booka Shade
Jimmy Edgar
Rodhad
Leon Vynehall
Scntst

That’s a good start! The festival will not be BYOB this year and tickets start at €35 from www.samhain-festival.com

There will be more names announced obviously. There’ll be three stages, craft beer and cocktails, “theatrical nooks & crannies” and gourmet food.

The festival setting is “Shadowed by Sliabh na Caillíagh, the “Witch’s Mountain”, bordered by 300 year old Yew trees, grown to ward off evil spirits and centered around the ruined church of Saint Oliver Plunkett.”

Posted on August 25th, 2014

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What follows is a list of 50 songs released so far this year that are among the most listened to, most loved, most moving and most important (to me, personally). It could easily have been 100 but if you want more there’s always the monthly playlists to delve into – January / February / March / April / May / June. Looking for albums? Here’s my list of 2014 so far too.

In two flavours: Spotify and Soundcloud. Players below.

Spotify

Soundcloud

The list

  1. Future Islands – ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’
  2. Jungle – ‘Busy Earnin’
  3. Ships – ‘Space Inside’
  4. Little Dragon – ‘Paris’
  5. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’
  6. Banks – ‘Drowning’
  7. Shamir – ‘If It Wasn’t True’
  8. SZA feat. Chance The Rapper – ‘Child’s Play’
  9. Hundred Waters – ‘Down From The Rafters’
  10. Todd Terje – ‘Delorean Dynamite’
  11. Glass Animals – ‘Gooey’
  12. Jamie xx – ‘Girl’
  13. Krystal Klear – ‘Squad
  14. Ratking – ‘Canal’
  15. Ben Khan – ‘Savage’
  16. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Gold’
  17. Lykke Li – ‘No Rest For The Wicked’
  18. Fatima – ‘Family’
  19. Clipping. – ‘Work Work’ (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)
  20. The Gloaming – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’ (live)
  21. Warpaint – ‘Keep It Healthy
  22. Girl Band – ‘Lawman’
  23. Sylvan Esso – ‘Coffee’
  24. Fatima Al Qadiri – ‘Shanghai Freeway’
  25. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’
  26. New Jackson – ‘Satisfaction’
  27. Arthur Beatrice – ‘Midland’
  28. Angel Olsen – ‘Forgiven/Forgotten’
  29. Metronomy – ‘Love Letters’ (Soulwax remix)
  30. Beck – ‘Blue Moon’
  31. Villagers – ‘Occupy Your Mind’
  32. Alt-J – ‘Hunger Of The Pine’
  33. Talos – ‘Tethered Bones’
  34. FKA Twigs – ‘Two Weeks’
  35. Andrew Ashong – ‘Love The Way’ 
  36. Twin Shadow – ‘To The Top’
  37. Future – ‘Move That Dope’
  38. A$AP Mob – Trillmatic (feat. A$AP Nast & Method Man)
  39. God Knows + mynameisjOhn – ‘Standard’
  40. Juce – ‘Call You Out’
  41. Blood Orange – ‘Uncle Ace’ (Kindness remix feat Robert Owens)
  42. Kelis – ‘Jerk Ribs’
  43. Hozier – ‘From Eden’
  44. Adultrock – ‘Chants’
  45. SOHN – ‘Artifice’
  46. How to Dress Well  – ‘The Words I Don’t Remember’
  47. TALA – ‘Serbia’
  48. The Horrors – ‘So Now You Know’
  49. Jon Hopkins – ‘We Disappear’ feat. Lulu James
  50. Tomas Barfod – ‘Pulsing’ feat. Nina K.

Posted on August 21st, 2014

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