With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


Drake – More Life

Drake’s new “playlist” dropped on Sunday and while those semantics suggest streaming services are going to have a bigger impact on big names over the strategy large artists, More Life is also freeing for Drake the artist. I wasn’t a big fan of Views as the quality just wasn’t there for me, but here in the “playlist” format Drake it at his best bringing in guests like Giggs, Skepta, Jorja Smith, Kanye, Quavo, Sampha and Young Thug across a release that has some of his best production work with Nineteen85’s production a standout (full credits). The run from ‘Passionfruit’ to ‘4422’ is as solid as Drake has got, and while his lyrics are often plagued by his woes, he’s left enough of them off for More Life to shine. Also ‘Blem’ features Lionel Richie.

Favourite tracks: ‘Madliba Riddim’, ‘Get It Together’, ‘Blem’.

Listen on Spotify


Sir Was – Digging A Tunnel

This debut album from the Swedish musician Joel Wästberg reminds me of Caribou, Bibio and Paul White. Digging A Tunnel weaves hip-hop rhythms, soul, jazz, pastoral folk, bagpipe and harmonica samples, handclaps, clarinets and sax. It’s all in the mix, resulting in an textured album of polychromatic exploration. If Beck was from Gothenburg and still making music in a lofi way perhaps.

Favourite tracks: ‘Digging A Tunnel’, ‘In The Midst’, ‘Falcon’

Listen on Spotify


Kelly-Lee Owens – Kelly-Lee Owens

Taking her cues from her label boss Daniel Avery in one hand, the UK producer Kelly-Lee Owens’ album’s sound is dominant with pulsing synths and techno percussion on songs like ‘Evolution’, ‘CBM’ (colour, beauty and motion as a schematic feels apt) and ‘Arthur’. On the other hand, there’s a deep ethereality in her songs a her repeating vocal lines work like mantras across the tracks including ‘Arthur’ and the slow synth-pop of ‘Keep Walking’. Elsewhere it’s the methodical chug of John Talabot that is conjured on ‘Lucid’ and ‘Bird’ and Jenny Hval guests on ‘Anxi’.

Favourite tracks: ‘CBM’, ‘Bird’, ‘Evolution’.

Listen on NPR

The album is released Friday.


JFDR – Brazil

One of Iceland’s brightest talents, Jofridur Ákadóttir has made music with Samaris and Pascal Pinon, Gangly among others. A prolific musician and maker at only 22, Brazil is her debut solo record that is characterised by JFDR’s brittle electronic ambiance, folk roots and intimate vocals. She also plays The Sugar Club on Saturday in Dublin, which you can win tickets for in the guide. Go to that, then come to Lumo after.

Favourite tracks: ‘White Sun’, ‘Instant Patience’, ‘Wires’

Listen on Spotify


Laura Marling – Semper Femina

Laura’s sixth studio album in nine years finds her embracing an increasingly folk and singer-songwriter maturity. Semper Femina is a celebration of women.

‘I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, and then I thought; “it’s not a man, it’s me,” says Marling. “I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy, or the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them, and by proxy, towards myself’.

Favourite tracks: ‘Wild Fire’, ‘Don’t Pass Me By’, ‘Soothing’.

Listen on Spotify

Posted on March 22nd, 2017


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Iceland Airwaves announced their first names for the festival in Reykjavik from November 1st to 5th later this year.

  • Ásgeir
  • Kelly Lee Owens
  • Arab Strap
  • Hatari
  • Benjamin Clementine
  • Be Charlotte
  • Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist
  • GKR
  • RuGi
  • Soffia Borg
  • Daniel OG
  • Glowie Gurr
  • Emmsje Gauti
  • Xylouris White

Ásgeir plays an exclusive show at Eldborg, Harpa at this years festival. Tickets for the Eldborg show will be allocated on a first come, first served basis from the venue on the day of the show with the date TBA.

Iceland Airwaves expands to Akureyri as well as Reykjavík

Iceland Airwaves is expanding to Akureyri in Northern Iceland for the first time, giving international and local music lovers the opportunity to enjoy the festival in three ways: you can buy a ticket for the whole four day Reykjavík festival (€145/17,900 ISK) or the two day Akureyri festival (€72/ 8,900 ISK), or even do a combination of the two, attending 2nd – 3rd November at Akureyri then flying to Reykjavík for the 4th – 5th November (€130/ 15,900 ISK).

As for just the Akureyri festival across the 2nd – 3rd November, 25 artists from the Reykjavík line-up will be performing with Off Venue bands too and the area has its own blue lagoon. Àsgeir will be playing.


Early bird tickets are now on sale priced €145./17,900 ISK with Wowair fly from Dublin & Cork

Posted on February 1st, 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 Civil Civic, Zack De La Rocha, Soulé, Kelly Lee Owens & more. This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.

Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud playlist.


Junior Boys – ‘Yes’

A banger from a new EP Kiss Me All Night.

Junior Boys follow up last year’s Big Black Coat album with a new four track EP. Leading the charge is ‘Yes’ a pulsating electronic synth jam that hits hard. The EP also features a cover of John Martyn’s ‘Some People Are Crazy’ and a Prince-inspired title track.


Sylvan Esso – ‘Radio’

The US electro pop duo return with a 12″ release.

Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn have returned as Sylvan Esso with their first bit of new music since their debut album in 2014.

‘Radio’ is the lead track of the new 12″ release on Lomo Vista along with ‘Kick Jump Twist’, a bouncy synth-pop of a track. It’s released in November physically and digitally tomorrow.

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Kelly Lee Owens – ‘CBM’

Daniel Avery’s collaborator continues to impress solo.

Doing little with lots, Kelly Lee Owens’ infuses throbbing electronics with a voice familiar to Daniel Avery fans (she featured on Drone Logic) of “the colors, the beauty, and the motion.” It’s from the Welsh producer’s forthcoming EP Oleic on Smalltown Supersound. Earlier this year she covered Aaliyah.

“C.B.M stands for Colours, Beauty, Motion,” Owens told The FADER. “It’s related to the cosmic perspective of our planet. I was inspired by astronauts interpretations of the ‘Overview’ effect – which “is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface.” The music represents in some way the motion of traveling around the planet at speed, that slightly lucid & disorientating experience as well as it being awe inspiring and maybe leaving you changed for good.”


Peter Gabriel – ‘The Veil’

A new song taken from the movie Snowden.

Peter Gabriel’s new song was written for the upcoming Oliver Stone movie Snowden about you guessed it, Edward Snowden.

Gabriel worked with music supervisor Budd Car and was inspired by the story of Snowden. “As we become so visible in the digital world and leave an endless trail of data behind us, exactly who has our data and what they do with it becomes increasingly important,” said Gabriel.

The 66 year-old musician came with an experimental electronic song that harks back to his work on 1980’s Melt album yet still sounds current, both lyrically and musically.


Windings – ‘You’re Dead’

Limerick rockers return with an atmospheric single.

Windings are set to release the long overdue followup to 2012 Choice-nominated I Am Not The Crow at the end of September on Out On A Limb. Be Honest and Fear Not follows on from the dark and dank double singles ‘Stray Dogs’ and ‘Helicopters’. First single You’re Dead contains more light but not much as Steve Ryan sings ‘finding pain where once was pleasure, and pleasure in the abiding of pain”.

As featured in today’s Irish Times New Irish music column.


Pional feat. Empress Of – ‘The Way That You Like’

A strong collaboration from the Barcelona producer’s new EP When Love Hurts.

Forthcoming on Ninja Tunes imprint Counter Records (September 30th), Pional and Empress Of get together to create a mesh of machines and human. Pional’s electronics surgically build through small synth stabs and rhythmic builds but Lorely Rodriguez brings heart to the tune. Do absolutely listen to ‘Casualty’ too.


Hounded feat. Bamiyah – ‘Feel So Right’

Aussie electronic pop.

Australian producer Hounded put together this tropical-house tinged electronic R&B song with Californian singer/songwriter Bamiyah and it is countering the autumnal weather inbound for me today. It’s reminscent of Nao and Mura Masa’s work together. The song is out on Majestic Casual

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Posted on September 9th, 2016

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night.

Part One | Part Two.

Part one

  1. PG Goes Dance/ Fort Romeau – P.I.C.T.U.R.E
  2. NAO – Bad Blood
  3. Bonzai – Doses
  4. HAELOS – Dust
  5. Quilt – Roller
  6. Sjowgren – Drifty
  7. Jaakko Eino Kalevi feat. Farao – Everything Nice (Popcaan cover)
  8. Prince Rama – Bahia
  9. LCD Soundsystem – Home (Loving Good Mix)
  10. Fatima Yamaha – Sooty Shearwater, King of Migration
  11. Hinds – San Diego
  12. Wild Nothing – Reichpop

Part two

  1. Anna B Savage – I
  2. Mind Enterprises – Idealistic
  3. Kelly Lee Owens – More Than A Woman
  4. M.I.L.K. – If We Want to
  5. Ódú – Different
  6. Towkio – Reflection (prod. Kaytranada)
  7. LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
  8. Katy B, Four Tet & Floating Points – Calm Down
  9. HAMO – Cotton Club
  10. The Internet – Girl (feat. KAYTRANADA)
  11. Archy Marshall – Ammi Ammi (feat. Jamie Isaac)
  12. Pusha T – Untouchable
  13. Little Shalimar – Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite) feat. Run The Jewels

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 January 8th, 2016


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Over the Christmas, I stumbled upon Lifetime broadcasting a biopic of Aaliyah. It was obviously awful, and no fitting tribute to the legacy of a singer who was so ahead of the curve, she’s still inspiring new artists. Her Timberland-produced music is partly responsible for a recent strand in R&B with the likes of Kelela, SZA and FKA Twigs among them inspired by the late ’90s singer.

Here’s a more fitting nod, a cover of ‘More Than A Woman’ by Kelly Lee Owens, a singer who recently featured on Daniel Avery’s Drone Logic album and who has been working her way towards a debut album later this year. Production on the cover is by James Greenwood and Owens and it takes a bubbling acid arpeggio take on the original while Kelly Lee Owens pays a fine tribute to the singer that continues to inspire.



Posted on January 5th, 2016


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