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.


Album of the week:

Tyler, The Creator – Flower Boy

Odd Future feels like a long time ago after listening to Flower Boy. The boy known for anarchy and inciting disruption and violence (that got him banned from the UK) is a man now and while he’s still a lone wolf, he’s still anti-social and short-of-temper, Flower Boy is a mature effort. It’s the first time on record that Tyler has addressed that he’s gay, which won’t be a surprise to fans reading his tweets for the last few years but will be for anyone who knows him for derogatorily deliver homophobic slurs in his rhymes (his defence which is ignorant at least is that was ‘just another word.’). Flower Boy (or Scum Fuck Flower Boy as Tyler’s been billing it) is filled with references to his sexuality. “I’ve been kissing white boys since 2004.” / “Wonder if you look both ways / When you cross my mind/” and a song called ‘Garden Shed’ where the shed is basically the closet (“Garden shed for the garçons / Them feelings that I was guardin’ / Heavy on my mind”) are just some examples. Why does it matter? Because being gay in 2017 in rap is sadly still a big deal hence Tyler’s public reluctance to come out. Tyler’s friend Frank Ocean (who appears here twice) may have come out but Tyler had built his career on an Eminem-style world-hating characters so Flower Boy feels like the first steps of Tyler admitting who he really is.

Beyond the lyrical content, the album is lush and Tyler’s most focused album yet. The arrangements are kaleidoscopic, soulful and psychedelic jazzy. Tyler’s delivery is at his best, his tightest and his most interesting. ‘I Ain’t Got Time’ and the A$AP Rocky-featuring ‘Who Dat Boy’ is the toughest thing here yet the album is defined by a prettiness that is fresh. Guests Estelle, Jaden Smith, Steve Lacy, Kali Uchis and Anna Of The North fit into the tapestry of the album. The hooks are deep on ‘Boredom’, ‘November’ and ‘Pothole’ but there’s an overall sweetness to the tracks. Things are still complicated and divisive for Tyler but the self-discovery suggested on Flower Boy leads Tyler to his best, and most-honest statement yet.

Listen on Spotify


Cornelius – Mellow Waves

For his first album in 11 years, Keigo Oyamada, the Japanese musician with the cult following has somewhat surprisingly picked up where his discography left off. Mellow Waves isn’t massively different from his last album Sensuous in 2006 and that’s no bad thing because no-one makes music like this quite like Cornelius. Experimental in operation but always in thrall to the meeting points of melody and rhythm, cascading layers and harmonic prettiness, Cornelius albums are singular things. Mellow Waves, as the title suggests is probably his most chilled overall yet the bright sparks that defined this bright spark remains in the sonics.

Listen on Spotify.


Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life

The Hollywood obsessed Lana returns to deliver an album of faded glamour like no other. Lust For Life won’t likely win her any new fans but there are new shades to the music here with appearances by Stevie Nicks and Sean Ono Lennon among them. The American songstress languishes in languid retro pop for the most part but modern pop production seeps in as do zeitgeisty guests A$AP Rocky and The Weeknd. A Lana Del Rey song title generator could have come up with the titles of ‘Beautiful People Beautiful Problems’, ‘Summer Bummer’ and ‘When the World Was At War We kept Dancing’ for sure but Del Rey knows her American obsession is one of her greatest strengths. Lana is a drag but to those that love her, her mythic sadness and heartbreak whoever or whatever it’s aimed at, is central to her appeal.

Listen on Spotify

Posted on July 25th, 2017


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Lana Del Rey has released four albums thus far but has claimed with the release of her new song ‘Love’ that, album number five will be the first “for the fans,” and “and about where I hope we are all headed.”

It’s uncharacteristically hopeful for a singer known for luxuriating in faded glamour and summer sadness, but it’s not without precedent. Lana has the occasional burst of light in the dark. ‘Will you still love me when I have nothing but my aching soul? I know that you will, I know that you will,” she sings on ‘Young and Beautiful’.

All those songs were from her perspective. ‘Love’ is written as a love love letter to her fans. “Look at you kids with your vintage music,” the song begins. “Look at you kids, you know you’re the coolest / The world is yours and you can’t refuse it / seen so much, you could get the blues / But that don’t mean that you should abuse it.”

Lana knowns the world is a hard place for someone of a millennial age. She is aware that their prospects are less than their parents at their age. “And It’s enough just to make me go crazy, crazy, crazy.” Yet, she sees hope in them. “Don’t worry, baby,” she offers reassuringly.

Watch the video by Rich Lee.

‘LOVE’ is the first track to be taken from her forthcoming album, later this year. The album is a body of work created by Lana and her longtime producer and collaborator Rick Nowels. Producers Benny Blanco and Emile Haynie also participated on ‘Love’. The album is to feature some guests.

Posted on February 20th, 2017


I’ve made an Electric Picnic DJ Mix every year since 2008. It’s always been a blast to make and a highlight of the site for me personally. 2016’s mix features 22 artists on the Electric Picnic lineup over 20 songs in just under 55 minutes.

It’s for bumping for your festival prep for the next week or in the car on the way down to Stradbally. Last year’s mix.

I’m DJing at the Red Bull Tropical Garden at EP on Saturday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Download links:

More? Here’s an Electric Picnic Spotify playlist with a song from every artist playing

Nialler9 Electric Picnic Mix 2016

  1. Lynched – Father Had A Knife
  2. Toby Kaar – Snapdragon
  3. Nao – Inhale / Exhale
  4. Muro Masa – What If I Go?
  5. Glass Animals – Youth (Instrumental)
  6. John Talabot & Pional – Destiny (Dubtool)
  7. Jessy Lanza – Keep On Moving
  8. Todd Terje – Alfonso Meskedunder (Deetron remix)
  9. Prince Rama – Bahia
  10. Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes (Hercules & Love Affair remix)
  11. New Order – Tutti Frutti (Tom Rowlands Chemical Brothers remix)
  12. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Prins Thomas remix)
  13. Shit Robot – End Of The Trail
  14. New Jackson – Shoot Out The Lights
  15. Daniel Avery – Knowing We’ll Be Here (KiNK remix)
  16. LCD Soundsystem – Home (Loving Good mix)
  17. Gene Dudley Group – Inspector Norse
  18. Super Furry Animals – Wherever I Lay My Phone (That’s My Home)
  19. Animal Collective – Brother Sport
  20. Broken Social Scene – Pacific Theme

Posted on August 26th, 2016


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Electric Picnic’s 2016 lineup has just been revealed for Stradbally from Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September this year.

Lineup for Electric Picnic 2016

  • LCD Soundsystem
  • Lana Del Rey
  • The Chemical Brothers
  • New Order
  • HAIM
  • Super Furry Animals
  •  Years & Years
  • Todd Terje
  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
  • Animal Collective
  • Gavin James
  • Wolf Alice
  • The Avett Brothers
  • Wild Beasts
  • Glass Animals
  •  Jack Garratt
  •  Savages
  • Pantha Du Prince presents The Triad
  •  Phosphorescent
  • Broken Social Scene
  •  Ezra Furman
  • Mount Kimbie DJ Set
  •  Daniel Avery
  •  Blossoms
  • Aurora
  • NAO
  •  Girls Names
  • Meilyr Jones

Area wise, expect the return of all the main stages, Salty Dog, Body & Soul, Trailer Park, Trenchtown, Theatre Of Food, Casa Bacardi, Just Eat Retreat, Electric Ireland and Global Green.


Tickets are on sale at the full-price of €234 + fees or in instalments in three payments.

Family Weekend camping tickets are sold out.
Sunday day tickets are sold out.
Campervan/Caravan + Car passes are sold out.
Family Campervan/Caravan + Car passes are sold out.

Phone and Internet bookings are subject to 12.5% service charge per ticket (Max €6.10).

Alternatively, You you can register to cycle or run to Electric Picnic. See RaboDirect Tour De Picnic 2016 . It’s a €50 deposit to secure your place for a ticket to Ireland’s biggest and best festival this way and then you fundraise a minimum of €380 for charities: ISPCC, Headway and The Jack & Jill Foundation.

Posted on March 2nd, 2016


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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Links below.

Listen: Hour One

Caribou – ‘Can Do With You’
Banks – ‘Drowning’
Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise
Thomas Barfod – ‘Busy Baby’ feat. Nina K
La Roux – ‘Uptight Downtown
Little Dragon – ‘Klapp Klapp’
TALA – ‘On My Own In Hua Hin’
Wild Promises –  ‘Ballymore’
Fight Like Apes – ‘Crouching Bees’
Roses Gabor – ‘Rush’
Elaine Mai – ‘Lay With Me’ (Sertone remix)
Disclosure & Friend Within – ‘The Mechanism’

Listen: Hour Two

Autre Ne Veut – ‘Counting’
God Knows + mynameisjOhn – ‘Throw The Spear’
BadBadnotGood & Ghostface Killah – ‘Six Degrees’
Clipping. – ‘Work Work’ feat. Cocc Pistol Cree
#throwbackthursday: STONES THROW RECORDS
Dam Funk – ‘Mirrors’
Jaylib – The Red’
J Dilla – ‘Two Can Win’
J Dilla – ‘Love Jones’
Madvillain – ”Meat Grinder’
Seven Days of Funk – ‘Faden Away’
Busta Rhymes & Q-Tip- ‘Thank You’ feat. Kanye West & Lil Wayne
Taylor McFerrin – ‘Florasia’
Lone – ‘Begin To Begin’
White Collar Boy – ‘SUUU’

Posted on June 6th, 2014


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Tracks of the Week playlist

1. Clipping. – ‘Work Work’ (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)

One of the many amazing things that happened at Drop Everything, the cultural biennale on Inis Oirr on the Aran Islands in among the DJ sets, the dolphin swimming with people in the bay, the 8 minute flight to Connemara, the light and sound installation on the beach, the Ard Bia cocktails, the live music, the people and the Sunday knees up was this, a song introduced to me in my hotel bedroom by my friend. This tune blew me away. Amazing video too. It’s the little things.

2. Jungle – ‘Time’

While the formula is starting to emerge, it’s hard to deny the sunshine goodness of this tune from Jungle’s debut album.

3. La Roux – ‘Uptight Downtown’

A perfect pop single for me this one. Do you think Elly Jackson had Talking Heads and Bowie in mind when making this? Because it certainly sounds like it.

4. Vic Mensa – ‘Down On My Luck’

The Chicago rapper has toured with Disclosure and it sounds like their garage-house sound has rubbed off on the man’s new single. Production is actually by the unfortunately-named Stefan Ponce.

5. Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise’

Do you know Le Club? The retro-futurist electro Dubliners go hard hard with new single and some raved up chords.

6. Smart Edit – ‘All My Love’

From the Family EP, a release of disco edits from producers curated by Waterford’s Get Down Edits comes this seductive edit of Gwen McCrae’s 1979 track ‘All This Love That I’m Giving’.

7. Mr. Twin Sister – ‘Out Of The Dark

A name change and a disco noir direction for the Long Island band formerly known as Twin Sister. Free download too.

8. R.S.A.G. – ‘I’ll Be There’

Jeremy Hickey’s talents have been recognised by a contingent of musicians in France including Bo’tox, one of Justice and DVNO but before we hear what the latter will sound like, a third R.S.A.G. album is on the way and this track, a darker electronic cut points the way.

9. Lana Del Rey – ‘Shades Of Cool’

There are certain artists, after a while, that you lose interest in, as what drew you to them quickly becomes their schtick. I was tired of Lana’s musical and visual aesthetic of the faded American glamour puss. Then I heard the soaring chorus of ‘Shades Of Cool’ the wah-wah-assisted string chorus and I heard something fresh and classic all at once. From LDR’s second album Ultraviolence out on June 13th.

10. Ghostface Killah & Badbadnotgood & Danny Brown – ‘Six Degrees’

Toronto jazz hop live band trio Badbadnotgood have been known to play live with rappers, most notably with Tyler, The Creator. Here they team up with two of the best in the biz -Ghostface Killah and Danny Brown, for a limited edition single on Lex Records.

Posted on May 30th, 2014


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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Links below.

Listen: Hour One

La Roux – ‘Uptight Downtown
Elastic Sleep – ‘Leave You
RSAG – ‘I’ll Be There
Jurassic 5 – ‘The Way We Do It
Clipping. – ‘Work Work
God Knows + mynameisjOhn – ‘Standard‘ (pictured)
Lethal Dialect – ‘Headstrong’ feat. Jess Kav (premièring album here July 5th)
#throwbackthursday The Streets – ‘Has It Come To This
Fatima – ‘Technology
Hundred Waters – ‘Out Alee
Owen Pallett – ‘On A Path
Lana Del Rey – ‘Shades Of Cool

Listen: Hour Two

Le Galaxie – ‘Humanise
Smart Edit – ‘All This Love
Mr Twin Sister – ‘Out Of The Dark
Vic Mensa – ‘Down On My Luck
Disclosure – ‘F For You Feat Mary J Blige
Roisin Murphy – ‘In Sintesi
Los Porcos – ‘CFW (Menage A Trois remix)
Cvcxy – ‘Smoking Air
Dimman – ‘Sesame Boys
Glass Animals – ‘Pools
JJ – ‘All White Everything


Posted on May 30th, 2014


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Lana Del Rey’s newest single ‘West Coast’ is a snakey bluesy guitar song (good job Dan Auerbach), a perfect match for her faded glamour.

Four Tet’s new remix however, naturally, has none of that. Instead, Del Rey who on the original sounds in control and sultry sounds frustrated and full of longing thanks to Hebden’s emphasis on percussive tautness.

Posted on May 12th, 2014


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Marie Celeste, the debut EP from Dublin duo Terriers, Peter Ward and Ronan Downing has been creeping under my skin for the last couple of weeks. Its three tracks are unassuming enough, the kind of songs that permeate slowly into your consciousness. ‘Crave’ has a Boards Of Canada-esque psychedelic shuffle, ‘Blue’ growls with low end and ‘Truant’ is a head-nodding “fuck-it” with a “let’s go get high” Lana Del Rey sample.

Ward and Downing credit their inspiration to “admiration of atmosphere, the grimey disarray of Dublin city and their overall love for melody and underground bass tones” and there’s a smirky smoky vibe to their relatively bare tracks that could perceivably conjure up Dublin’s dark spots or if you’re feeling sinister, the littered floor of Rick’s Burgers on a Saturday night.

[ Soundcloud | Twitter | Get EP from Bandcamp ]

Posted on March 5th, 2013

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ASAP ROcky Lana Del Rey
ASAP ROcky Lana Del Rey

I’m beginning to think Lana Del Rey will work best on other people’s records. She appeared on Bobby Womack’s album last month and here, after the mehtastic video for ‘National Anthem’ where she appeared in a JFK-themed video with A$AP Rocky, the pair team up for ‘Ridin’ a song from A$AP’s forthcoming LongLiveA$AP album out in September. Somehow, Lana’s glamourpuss is better suited to the hyperreal world of hip-hop.

Posted on July 6th, 2012

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It’s been a while since I plugged my Indo column here but some things of interest:

How Lana Del Rey shook the music blogosphere – a look at ‘Lanagate’ and how it as brought up questions of authenticity and transparency.

Band of Blogs: Class Actress, AWOLNATION, Villagers & Tenaka

The Evolution of Music in three minutes and other videos of the week.


Posted on September 23rd, 2011