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).


Ross From Friends – John Cage

Lo=-fi house producer Ross From Friends’ may sound at first to be taking the absolute experimental new-age piss but repeated plays of ‘John Cage’ with thits pitched down vocals and aquatic ambience reveal, a beaut for the ages, that will be sticking around long on my playlists this year. It’s on an EP out now on Brainfeeder.


Lykke Li – ‘Hard Rain’ / ‘Deep End’

The Swedish singer is back and released two new songs today >Both ‘Hard Rain’ and ‘Deep End’ have a similar ambient R&B gait to them that is fresh for the artist. In fact, the songs sound like something that The Weeknd might have concocted. The songs are from her new album so sad so sexy will be released on June 8. Lykke supports LCD Soundsystem in Malahide Castle that week.


Tyler, The Creator – Okra

Tyler is back after his excellent Flower Boy album and dtermined to remind us he can rap. He succeeds with flying colours. He also dropped a demo from that album this week ‘Rose Tinted Cheeks’.


Arvo Party – Liberté (Club mix)

Herb Magee is a Northern Irish electronic artist, and former member of Lafaro, whose 2017 Arvo Party album was a late addition to my lists. For the followup track Liberté, Magee has constructed a song that builds with rushes of synthesizer trance euphoria that I first heard via The Thin Air. I remarked that the song was fantastic and I would love a club mix. Magee duly obliged.


Jenny Wilson – ‘Hi Lo’

Jenny Wilson is an artist not afraid of confronting difficult topics and the latest from her Exorcism album, out tomorrow is an album about Wilson’s experience of sexual assault. That she turned such a harrowing experience into a song as engnging as ‘Hi Lo’ but an album about it really indicative of how brave, strong and artistic the Swedish artist is. It’s a tough listen once you realise beneath the surface of her delivery that there is deep pain. She also released a song called ‘Rapin’.

On the album she released this statement:

This is the most difficult thing I’ve ever done.
In so many ways.

At first, I actually didn’t know if I even wanted to go on with music anymore.
Then, something terrible happened to me.

I ended up at a crossroads.
Either silent – or speaking.
It was not an easy choice.

I didn’t want to talk.
I didn’t manage to talk.

But I had to talk.

Not to bring justice or to take revenge.
Nothing is ever as easy as it seems.

I wanted to take back what I’d lost.
I had to get rid of what was hurting me.


Jens Kuross – It Could Happen To You

Art! At The Expense Of Mental Health Volume 1 is the latest EP from the oft-recommended LA singer Jens Kuross. His sound is still indebted to Radiohead Kid A era and that is STILL no bad thing.


Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay (Tunng) – Curse of the Contemporary

Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay (Tunng) have teamed up to record a full-length album called LUMP out on June 1st on Dead Oceans. ‘Curse Of The Contemporary’ is our first taste of it, a woozy folk song with an eera aura. “If you should be bored in California / I’m sure I’m not the first to warn you / We salute the sun / Because when the day is done / We can’t believe what we’ve become / Something else to prey upon,” Marling sings sounding more like Broadcast or Stereolab than her customary influence Joni Mitchell.


Superorganism – Night-Time

Superorganism’s hyper-active pop music is easier to digest and enjoy in smaller bites and newer focused single from the album ‘Night-Time’ benefits from a solo run. The band play Forbidden Fruit in June and The Academy in May.


Gang Gang Dance – Lotus

It’s been seven years since we last heard from Gang Gang Dance but they’ve returned with news of a new album Kazuashita on June 22nd. It’s hard to know what it’ll be like but Lotus is a pretty dreamy re-intro.


Ben Khan – 2000 Angels

Ben Khan’s music appears to have its nucleus in the music of Jai Paul. It’s very close into tone and timbre to the Pauls. He even has something called The Foundation where the Pauls have the Paul Institute. However, it’s still good on its own terms. Khan has announced his debut album too for this summer.

Posted on April 19th, 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 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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Laura Marling is set to release her sixth studio album Semper Femina on March 10th on her own Alarming Records in conjunction with Kobalt Music.

‘Wild Fire’ is our second taster of the album, and like her Reversal of the Music podcast which featured Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Haim and Shura among others), it is imbued with the exploration of femininity and the idea of a muse, in Marling’s recently adopted spoken-folk lilt.

“She keeps a pen behind her ear / in case she’s got a thing she really really wants to say / she puts it in a notepad / she’s going to write a book someday / of course the only time I want to read / is about her time spent with me / wouldn’t you die to know how you’re seen / are you getting away with who you’re trying to be?”

The record is on pre-order but Marling’s Semper Femina is also one of the first albums you can “pre-save” to your Spotify library by clicking here.

Hear previous single ‘Soothing’:

Following the release of Semper Femina, Laura hits the road in support of it. Her headline show at London’s Roundhouse has already sold out in March, with a second date now on sale. 

Laura Marling UK Tour

8th March – O2 Academy, Leeds
9th March – Colston Hall, Bristol
10th March – O2 ABC, Glasgow
12th March – Albert Hall, Manchester SOLD OUT
13th March – O2 Academy, Oxford
14th March – Institute, Birmingham
16th March – Dome, Brighton
17th March – Roundhouse, London SOLD OUT
18th March – City Hall, Salisbury
21st March – Roundhouse, London NEW DATE

Posted on January 11th, 2017


Tour dates

7 JUNE 2016 – The SSE Arena, BELFAST
8 JUNE 2016 – 3Arena, DUBLIN

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real along with support Laura Marling were confirmed in February for the 3Arena (June 8th), Dublin & SSE Arena Belfast (June 7th) as part of the Rebel Content Tour.

Extra tickets will go on sale Thursday at 9am from Ticketmaster.

GA tickets & a limited amount of excellent seats to be released

Promise of the Real are an LA-based rock band fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar), along with Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals), Anthony Logerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass) and Tato Melgar (percussion). They have also previously performed with Lukas and Micah’s father Willie Nelson.

Neil Young + Promise Of The Real setlists

Posted on May 5th, 2016

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Laura Marling will be in Dublin and Belfast for gigs on Thursday May 7th and Friday May 8th respectively in the Olympia Theatre and Belfast Waterfront.

Tickets for both gigs are on sale at 10am on Friday morning priced at €27+ / £24+ from Ticketmaster.

Marling has a new album Short Movie out on March 20th.

Laura Marling returns with her new album ‘Short Movie’ which will be released ahead of her live performances on March 20th 2015.

Here’s the title track and ‘False Hope’ from it:

Posted on February 18th, 2015



Other Voices came to London last month for three nights in St. Wilton’s Music Hall in Aldgate. Tonight at 11:20pm on RTE Two, highlights from the show shot that weekend featuring performances from Laura Mvula, Villagers, Dexys, John Grant, Matthew E. White and Laura Marling will be aired. Here are five of my highlights from that weekend. Some video from the weekend is also below.

All photos: Rich Gilligan.


Posted on May 1st, 2013


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Photo: Laura Marling by Rich Gillgian at Other Voices London.

Photo: Laura Marling by Rich Gilligan at Other Voices London.

I’d kinda forgotten how good Laura Marling was until a few weeks ago when I saw her perform at Other Voices London. On the night she performed with only slight accompaniment of one player, but she didn’t really need anyone but herself. She commanded the room over the course of a short five-song set featuring songs from her new album Once I Was An Eagle. That title seems to reference Bill Callahan Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle but ‘Master Hunter’, her new single very obviously references Bob Dylan’s ‘It Ain’t Me Babe’. The song finds Marling in carousing traditional folk form, moving her voice around in a few styles and ranges from spoken ire to steely resolve with lyrics like “You can get me on the telephone but you won’t keep me there” and “wrestling with the rope from darkness is no fucking life that I would choose.” It’s Marling (who is only 23 still) at her most headstrong.


Posted on April 17th, 2013




The full lineup for Other Voices London has been revealed today with Laura Marling, Villagers and SOAK added to last week’s announcement of Imelda May, John Grant and Stornoway and the first three acts of Laura Mvula, Dexys and Matthew E. White.

So the full lineup is as above with the Banter Salon as chaired by Jim Carroll looking like this as well as additional performances from Shannon Saunders, Luke Sital-Singh and Olivia Chaney. It takes place in Wilton’s Music Hall from April 5th to 7th in association with the Barbican, whose Facebook page is the only place to get tickets.

Posted on March 21st, 2013



A selection of photos by The Noise In Our Heads‘ Danielle Graham from Electric Picnic. In order of appearance: The National, The Horrors, Friendly Fires, Two Door Cinema Club, LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, The Antlers, Villagers, Redneck Manifesto, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, ASIWYFA, Roxy Music, Foals, Jonsi, Laura Marling & Marc Almond.

See the full Electric Picnic gallery »

Posted on September 9th, 2010


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All added to Electric Picnic line-up today.

Robyn – Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do

Posted on July 21st, 2010


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Laura Marling plays The Academy on Saturday

A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin.

This week: DM Stith quietly visits Ireland and supports Adrian Crowley as well as gigs from Port O’ Brien, Antipop Consortium, Chew Lips, Laura Marling, DJ Feadz and local gigs worth going to including sets from The Cast of Cheers, Yes Cadets, Not Squares, Robotnik, Talulah Does The Hula, Sounds of System Breakdown, White Lies DJ at Propaganda and an All City Records takeover in the Bernard Shaw on Wednesday. Mp3s below too as always – make sure to check out the Four Tet remix of Antipop Consortium if you haven’t heard it.

FYI: Im DJing at Soundcheck on Thursday with The Bubble Boy and Platinum Jones.

Tuesday 6th April
C U Next Tuesday (indie/electro/pop/dance) @ Crawdaddy (11pm, €3/5)

See the full week’s listings »

Posted on April 5th, 2010


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New video shot in India from the new album I Speak Because I Can from the now-brunette Marling. The album is released in mid-March. Judging by this, her music has gone in a more pronounced English folk direction.

Posted on February 1st, 2010