The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team.


Young Fathers – In My View

Young Fathers seem immune anyone outside their clique, operating as a gang who were more interested in offering genuine healing through music that crosses rap, gospel and lo-fi sonics. ‘In My View’ is another idiosyncratic uplifting gem from these outliers, but if there’s anything obvious from their new material, it’s an increasing softness and directness that wasn’t present on their first two records. Their new album Cocoa Sugar is out in March.


The Go! Team – If There’s One Thing You Should Know

The Go! Team are back with a new album Semicircle, which is a return to their exuberant indie jams. And it works. The bandleader Ian Parton travelled across the US and recorded young choirs and brass bands and they add to the genuine schoolyard buzz of the record. ‘ If There’s One Thing You Should Know’ is a giddy highlight from it.


Wyvern Lingo – Maybe It’s My Nature

If you needed further proof that Wyvern Lingo are a band of naunce. They have followed up my Irish song of the year about celebrating the feminine characteristics of a man and vice versa with a song about the reality of monogamous relationships and whether it’s a part of our nature to lust or at least, look to others romantically when you’re in a long-term relationship. A monogamous relationship is often seen as a binary thing and singer Karen Cowley is exploring the buffers of those strict lines – a very nuanced subject for a smooth soul/R&B/indie pop song.


David Kitt – Imagination

Before David Kitt officially releases his album Yous physically, he dropped a four-track EP featuring a track from that and a three new ones. ‘Imagination’ is one of those songs that isn’t just B-side material.


The Golden Filter – End Of Times – Silver Dub

From a dub version of The Golden Filter’s latest EP, this ‘Silver Dub’ version is set up for the dancefloor with an ‘I Feel Love’-style arpeggio synth.


Jay Rock – King’s Dead (with Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake)

Kendrick has curated the Marvel Black Panther soundtrack gives us another reason to look forward to its release with this track:


Henry Green – Another Life

An atmospheric pop track from a new Bristol producer who previously featured here with ‘Stay Here’. It’s from his debut album due in March and of the song he says:

“I had a really vivid image/moment in mind when I wrote “Another Light”. I was sat on a silent beach in the early hours of the morning, slightly hazy from the lack of sleep and I wanted to write about the whirlwind of colours and textures, both in the landscape but also in my mind at that moment. So much change had happened in such a short amount of time and I was just reflecting on it all.”


Lone – Temples

Lone releases Ambivert Tools Volume Three, the latest in series of EPs that have been worthy listens.


Rejjie Snow – Egyptian Luvr (feat. Aminé & Dana Williams)

Dear Annie, Rejjie Snow’s long awaited debut album finally gets a release on February 16th. This is a a smooth jam. He plays the Olympia on March 12th.

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.

Nialler9 Weekly playlist


Jessie Ware – ‘Midnight’

The soul singer with a penchant for featuring on upbeat dancefloor tracks and the UK’s closest artist to a new Sadé, Jessie Ware returns to her torch-bearing soul sound with more confident vocals than ever before and an Andre 300 Love Below-style production. It was co-written by Kiah Victoria, Jordan Thomas and Carrius Gold, three upcoming songwriters from London and co-produced by Carrius Gold and Pop Wansel (Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj).

Bantum’s mini-album Move from last year has spawned a series of solid remixes from Mix & Fairbanks and Phare and now, Daithí is the producer to tackle the Cork man’s track ‘Feel Your Rhythm’ with a fresh perspective.

The Clareman takes the original’s feature guests Rusangano Family and Senita (Lakerama, Shookrah) and brings some fresh energy to the original, adding new focus to Rusangano’s verses. This tune slayed at Body & Soul so catch Bantum and Another Love Story and Electric Picnic in the next month.


Kelela – ‘LMK’

One of my favourite new artists of the last few years, Kelela has returned with new music.’LMK’, which stands for “Let me Know” restablishes Kelela’s clubby R&B sound as heard on Cut 4 Me mixtape and Hallucinogen EP.

It’s taken from her album Take Me Apart out on October 6th on Warp Records.


King Henry feat. Rhye – ‘Moment’

I sometimes find Rhye’s music too soft or elegant to grasp when it doesn’t quite land but on this track from a one-time Bieber and Beyoncé collaborator its the mark. Mike Milosh’s beguiling effeminate voice is ably matched by a muted and buzzing arrangement.


Blue Hawaii – ‘No One Like You’

When not singing with her weightier band Braids, Raphaelle ‘Ra’ Standell has been playing with Alexander ‘Agor’ Kerby as Blue Hawaii since 2014 but they’ve just announced Tenderness, their first album in four years (October 6th via Arbutus Records).

The album’s lead track interpolates the hook of Kenix feat. Bobby Youngblood’s ‘There’s Never Been (No One Like You)’, an absolute jam it must be said.


Four Tet – ‘Planet’

Another beautiful dance track from the master. Last month it was ‘Two Thousand And Seventeen’ and ‘Planet’ falls somewhere between his soft and dancefloor sensibilities.


Bicep – ‘Glue’

Bicep, Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson are gearing up to release their debut album on Ninja Tune next month.

We’ve heard the excellent ‘Aura’ from the album and seen the tracklisting.

‘Glue’, the duo’s followup preview is a less dancefloor-focused but a shimmering slice of electronica.

Bicep is out on September 1st.


Tender – ‘Machine’

Songs about domination and control have traditionally been about relationships between humans but Tender addresses the very modern and young problem of a partner who spends too much time staring at their phone instead of spending time with the person in front of them. We are all guilty of it and should be aware of it actively. The London band uses the idea of cellular distraction as an example of an disintegrating connection in a relationship. Their album Modern Addiction is out Sept 1st.


Lone – ‘Mind’s Eye Melody’

Matt Cutler followed up his hip-hop-infused fifth album Reality Testing with Levitate last year which was more ravey and breakbeat-oriented (‘Backtail is Heavy’). Since then, there’s been an Ambivert Tools Vol 1 lead by the hard-edged ‘Crush Mood’ and this track which recalls his earlier melodic work.


Birthday – ‘Que Pasa’

Atmospheric electronic dreamy pop on Shlohmo’s LA- based Label WEDIDIT/ Tombstone Recordings from Birthday, who are a duo named after the venue in London Birthdays.

3 New Music flavours:

All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

The larger three-month New Music Playlist.

New Irish Music Playlist

Check out the regularly updated Spotify playlists.

Posted on August 4th, 2017

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The Nialler9 radio show airs live every Thursday night from 10pm to Midnight on 105.2FM TXFM. Like this site, it’s a new music show featuring myself presenting my favourite new tunes.

Listen: Part One | Part Two.

Part One

Metronomy – Old Skool
Skepta – Lyrics (feat. Novelist)
James Blake – Timeless
Radiohead – Daydreaming
Jens Kuross – Steadier
Anohni – Execution
Christine and the Queens – Tilted
Marcus Marr – Rocketship
Jungle – Julia (Soulwax Remix)
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – P.I.M.P.
Anderson Paak – Put Me Thru

Part Two

James Blake – I Need A Forest Fire
Mura Masa – What If I Go?
Radiohead – Glass Eyes
Bibio – Light Up the Sky
Skepta – Man
Skepta – Shutdown
De La Soul – Trainwreck
Junior Boys – M&P (Radio Edit)
Adultrock – Push And Pull
Jamie xx & Kosi Kos – Come We Go
Pleasure Model – Mounnroc
Charles Bradley – Ain’t It A Sin
A$AP Ferg – Beautiful People feat. Chuck D
Radiohead – Decks Dark
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 13th, 2016


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My favourite songs of the past month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below on Spotify and Soundcloud.

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The top songs of the month

  1. Isaac Tichauer – ‘Higher Level’ (Bicep remix)

  2. Rusangano Family – ‘Lights On’
  3. Feather – ‘Like No Other’
  4. Bibio – ‘Light Up The Sky’
  5. Leon Vynehall – ‘Blush’
  6. DJ Shadow – ‘Nobody Speak’ (Feat. Run The Jewels)
  7. Lone – ‘Backtail Was Heavy’
  8. M83 feat. Mai Lan – ‘Go!’
  9. Kaytranada & Anderson Paak –  ‘Glowed Up’
  10.  Arthur Beatrice – ‘Every Cell’

  11. Pumarosa – ‘Cecile’
  12. Lil Silva – Lines
  13. Drake – ‘One Dance’
  14. Humans – Water Water
  15. Pleasure Model – ‘Mounnrocc’
  16. Tiga – 3 Rules
  17. Skepta – ‘Man’
  18. dvsn – ‘One In A Million (DVSN remix)’
  19. Ryan Vail – ‘Never’
  20. Bonzai – ‘No Rest’
  21. Cassius feat. Cat Power & Pharrell Williams – ‘Go Up’
  22. Imarhan – ‘Imarhan’
  23. Badbadnotgood – Speaking Gently
  24. Lyra – ‘Rabbit In The Headlights’
  25. Funeral Suits – ‘Tree Of Life’
  26. Pleasure Beach – ‘Magic Mountain’
  27. Ciaran Lavery – ‘Okkervil River’
  28. Jens Kuross – ‘Nobody’s Problem’
  29. Rozi Plain – Marshes
  30. abovedat – ‘Addicted’

Posted on May 3rd, 2016


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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from Lil Silva, Bonzai, Hundred Waters, Whitney, Barq, Asa Moto, Jessy Lanza and Anna Of The North.

Hit the last page for the fullSoundcloud playlist.


DJ Shadow

‘Nobody Speak’ (Feat. Run The Jewels)

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A collaboration that raises up Shadow back to where he belongs.

Last week, DJ Shadow returned with news of an new album The Mountain Will Fall prefaced with a title track that came across like serene trap music. That is to say, it doesn’t give much away for what is to come on the album.

Along with guests Nils Frahm, Matthew Halsall and old-school MC Ernie Fresh, it’s Run The Jewels which piqued the interest of many, myself included. RTJ can’t really do any wrong and their presence on ‘Nobody Speak’ adds some vitality and focus to Shadow’s still able and nimble production.

‘Nobody Speak’ is part of the Run The Jewels’ Record Store Day release out tomorrow. ‘VRTJ’ is a Virtual Reality cardboard viewer that comes with a download code for the collaborative track.



‘Backtail Was Heavy’

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Most tracks that employ old-school rave breaks and samples feel like period pieces or homages. Matt Cutler aka Lone has a unique style of his own that he can bend into different existing shapes. For this once-off online release, his penchant for day-glow wavy synths are a great match for some old school rave-to-your-grave snatches and rhythm. The last minute of the track are the bones of the operation but it’s the suitable nod to the past that makes this a winner.

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Posted on April 15th, 2016

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The Nialler9 radio show airs live every Thursday night from 10pm to Midnight on 105.2FM TXFM. Like this site, it’s a new music show featuring myself presenting my favourite new tunes.

Listen: Part One | Part Two.

Part One

  1. M83 – GO!
  2. The Julie Ruin – I Decide
  3. A. K. Paul – Landcruisin’
  4. Whitney – Golden Days
  5. Sjowgren – Seventeen
  6. Lone – Backtail was Heavy
  7. Isaac Tauer – Higher Level (Bicep remix)
  8. Kaytranada – Glowed Up (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  9. ZOMBY & WILEY – Step 2001
  10. Rusangano Family – Love In A Time Of War
  11. David Kitt – Say No More
  12. Caribou  – Melody Day (Fout Tet Remix Featuring Luke Lalonde, Adem & On)
  13. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Wake Up The Sun

Part Two

  1. Riton – Rinse & Repeat (feat. Kah-Lo)
  2. House Of Spirits – Holding On
  3. Leon Vynehall – Saxony
  4. Cassius – Action (feat. Cat Power & Mike D.)
  5. Bantum & Loah – Take it
  6. KAPPEKOFF – All Day Long
  7. Boyboy – Boy
  8. Niki & The Dove  – So Much It Hurts
  9. The Invisible feat. Jessie Ware – So Well
  10. MMOTHS – Verbena
  11. Rozi Plain – Marshes (Radio Edit)
  12. Feather – Like No Other
  13. dvsn – Too Deep

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 April 15th, 2016


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The first Nialler9 show of 2015 was broadcast last Thursday at 10pm on TXFM. The two hour show leaned forward and featured some of the best new music coming out in the first months of the new year: from All We Are to Emmy The Great; Laura Marling to Jape, Marina & The Diamonds to Lapsley, Dan Deacon to Panda Bear. HAve a listen below.

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


Tennis – ‘I’m Callin’
All We Are – ‘Feel Safe’
Jape – ‘Seance Of Light’
Laura Marling – ‘Short Movie’
Emmy The Great -‘Swimming Pool’
Real Lies – ‘World Peace’
Purity Ring – ‘Push Pull’
Ibeyi – ‘Mama Says’
Oh Wonder – ‘The Rain’
Jessica Pratt – ‘Back, Baby’
Marina and The Diamonds – ‘Happy’
Hinds – ‘Between Cans’
Girlpool – ‘Blah Blah Blah’
The Drink – ‘Microsleep’

Kanye West – ‘Only One’ (feat. Paul McCartney)
D’Angelo – ‘Ain’t That Easy’
Meltybrains? – ‘IV’
Shamir – ‘On the Regular’
Hayden James – ‘Something About You’
GL – ‘Take Me Back’
KStewart – ‘Close Enough’
Eaves – ‘Timber’
C Duncan – ‘For’
iZem – ‘Sadeo’ (feat. Feather)
Lapsley – ‘Brownlow’
Dan Deacon – ‘Feel the Lightning’
Panda Bear – ‘Boys Latin’

Posted on January 12th, 2015


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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in,right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.

Tune back in Christmas Day and New Year’s Day at 10pm for my songs of the year specials.


  1. St. Vincent –  ‘Rattlesnake’ (St. Vincent)
  2. Sinkane  – ‘New Name’ (Mean Love)
  3. Angel Olsen –  ‘Hi-Five’ (Burn No Fire For Your Witness)
  4. Future Islands –  ‘A Dream Of You And Me’ (Singles)
  5. Glass Animals –  ‘Hazey’ (ZABA)
  6. Hundred Waters –  ‘Animal’ (The Moon Rang Like A Bell)
  7. James Vincent McMorrow  – ‘Post Tropical’ (Post Tropical)
  8. Alt-J  – ‘Warm Foothills’ (This Is All Yours)
  9. Lykke Li  – ‘Gunshot’ (I Never Learn)
  10. Warpaint  – ‘Keep It Healthy’ (Warpaint)
  11. Mr Twin Sister  – ‘Rude Boy’ (Mr Twin Sister)
  12. Fatima  – ‘Technology’ (Yellow Memories)
  13. God Knows + mynameisjOhn  – ‘Habbakuk’ (Rusangano/Family)
  14. Run The Jewels  – ‘All My Life’ (RTJ2)

Listen part 1



  1. Todd Terje  – Preben Goes to Acapulco (It’s Album Time!)
  2. Caribou –  Your Love Will Set You Free (c2’s Set U Free RMX)  (Our Love)
  3. Lone  – Airglow Fires (Reality Testing)
  4. Kiasmos –  Swayed (Kiasmos)
  5. Aphex Twin –  produk 29 [101] (Syro)
  6. Dorian Concept –  Ann River, Mn (Joined Ends)
  7. Shabazz Palaces  – Forerunner Foray (Lese Majesty)
  8. Flying Lotus  – Coronus, The Terminator (You’re Dead!)
  9. FKA twigs –  Numbers (LP1)
  10. SBTRKT  – The Light feat. Denai Moore (Wonder Where We Land)
  11. Sylvan Esso –  Play It Right (Sylvan Esso)
  12. Fatima Al Qadiri –  Shanghai Freeway (Asiatisch)
  13. The Gloaming  – Allistrum’s March (The Gloaming)

Listen part 2

Posted on December 19th, 2014


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Good evening Ireland, and that’s an order. Jameson have teamed up with Nialler9 in the pursuit of a great night out. So if you have no plans, read on…

 Highlights: Sinkane, Nite Jewel, Annie Mac, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Sleaford Mods, Yule @ The Co-Op, Seven Davis Jr, Lone, JJ, Jackmaster…

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Posted on December 2nd, 2014

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We’ve reached the half-way point of the year while at one time making a half-year list was pure clickbait, today there’s so much music out there, I find I need to digest and list them sometimes to make sense of my year so far. As with last year, here are my top 25 albums of 2014.5 with a separate list of Irish albums I’ve enjoyed.

Top 25 albums of 2014 so far…

  1. Future Islands – Singles
  2. Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like a Bell
  3. Fatima Al Qadiri – Asiatisch
  4. Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness
  5. Fatima – Yellow Memories
  6. The Gloaming – The Gloaming
  7. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
  8. St. Vincent – St. Vincent
  9. Ratking – So It Goes
  10. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
  11. Warpaint – Warpaint
  12. Glass Animals – ZABA
  13. Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
  14. God Knows + mynameisjOhn – Rusangano / Family
  15. Beck – Morning Phase
  16. Metronomy – Love Letters
  17. We Cut Corners – Think Nothing
  18. Isaiah Rashad – Cilvia Demo
  19. Shit Robot – We Got A Love
  20. Lone – Reality Testing
  21. Tune-Yards – Nikki Nack
  22. Chromeo – White Women
  23. Tomas Barfod – Love Me
  24. Lykke Li – I Never Learn
  25. Ramona Lisa – Arcadia

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Top Irish albums of 2014 so far

  1. The Gloaming – The Gloaming
  2. James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical
  3. God Knows + mynameisjOhn – Rusangano / Family
  4. We Cut Corners – Think Nothing
  5. Paddy Hanna – Leafy Stiletto
  6. Daithí – In Flight
  7. Sleep Thieves – You Want The Night
  8. Deaf Joe – From The Heights Of A Dream
  9. The Dublin Guitar Quartet Performs Philip Glass
  10. Ginnels – Country Life

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Posted on June 27th, 2014


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OK it’s been a few weeks due to me being away so there’s some songs that are a few weeks old in here.

Tracks of the Week playlist

1. Niia – ‘Simple Life’

‘Simple Life’, is as bare as they come, a piano-lead striking ballad with Niia’s jazz vocals yearning for something else as she “makes her lovers used the back door when they leave.” It’s an effective showcase of a new talent years in the making.

2. Todd Terje – ‘Oh Joy’

Probably the only banger we hadn’t heard from his debut and album of the week, It’s Album Time.

3. Tirzah – ‘No Romance’

Wobby electronic pop from a London singer produced by Micachu on the Greco-Roman label.

4. SBTRKT – ‘Gamelana’

The Transitions EP has been out a few weeks and this song first appeared in 2012 but this came on my headphones yesterday and took me by surprise.

5. Lone – ’2 Is 8′

Surprising hip-hop Bibio-style beats from the normally dance-oriented producer. From his new album for R&S, Reality Testing.

6. Sleaford Mods – ‘Tied Up in Nottz’

“It’s The Final Countdown by fucking Journey!” Nottingham Lo-fi English punk poetry.

7. Planet Parade – ‘Before & After’

Another quality free download track from the re-emerging Kildare duo.

8. SOAK – ‘The Mother We Share’ (Chvrches cover)

Just a lovely fresh take on the still ubiquitous track.

9.  Cornerboy Muzik – ‘Pull Up

Irish-rap beats from a Cork producer as used by Young Thug, Bun B and Fat Trel.

10. Halsey – ‘Ghost’

Speaking of the Glasgow band, this is some Chvrches’ style electro-pop from a New Jersey singer.

Posted on April 4th, 2014

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While his brilliant single last summer ‘Airglow Fires’ and previous albums displayed a more frantic electronic style, ‘2 Is 8’, our first taster from Lone’s new album Reality Testing out in June on R&S Records has more of a Bibio-style beat production feel and is distinctly happy (there are literally kids saying yeaah in unison). Definitely sounds like one for the summer playlist.

“I was listening to a lot of Detroit techno and old Chicago house that had the same grain and dirtiness to it as a lot of the hip hop I was listening to,” says Cutler of the genesis for Reality Testing. “That was the real spark – I wanted to make an album that had both hip hop and house beats, but that weren’t completely different from each other, that shared the same sort of vibe. I love the idea of two things sat side by side, but instead of it seeming like they’re complete opposites, [it’s more that] those two things could almost be the same thing.”

Posted on April 3rd, 2014




Lone rolls in the summer vibes here on new single ‘Airglow Fires’, a woogie-boogie track with an electronic centre and jazzy fringes. The whole combo is his first release since from Manchester producer Matt Cutler since his Galaxy Garden album. Love the “What?” sample. The track is out on July 14th on R&S Records backed with ‘Begin to Begin’.

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Posted on June 4th, 2013



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Azealia Banks

The seal around Azealia Banks has been broken. There’s no going back to the underground space she occupied for 2011. Kanye’s already emailed her, she’s inevitably on the BBC Sound of 2012 poll and ‘212’ is being noticed by those beyond the blogs and Tumblrs.

The Harlem club rapper’s latest track uses Lone’s ‘Pineapple Crush’ as the backing track for some “liquorice bitch” shit.

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Posted on December 17th, 2011

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