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.


Mura Masa – Mura Masa

Collaborator laden debut albums are hard to create cohesively but Mura Masa’s production characterised by box-of-tricks percussion, playful steel drum tones and electronic and R&B pop music is strong enough to stand up to contributions from a wide cast of singers like Damon Albarn, Christine and the Queens, Bonzai, NAO, Charli XCX, ASAP Rocky and Desiigner. Much of it was heard in advance as is the custom these days but contributions from AK Paul, Jamie Lidell and Tom Tripp add to the flavour. The album feels like the start of a journey and it’s a very repeatable one.

Listen on Spotify


Oh Wonder – Ultralife

A band with a gift for melody, Ultralife is the English duo’s first album to be constructed as one, as opposed to 2015’s debut album which collected the singles they released monthly that garnered them fans in the first place. Not much has changed in the tunes department and that’s a good thing. Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West make bright and breezy songs that are easily-digestible; perfectly conceived. Pop but on their own terms. If anything, their songwriting has become moire confident and more upbeat without losing their initial charm.

Listen on Spotify.


Mr Jukes – God First

Bombay Bicycle Club’s Jack Steadman has made a hip-hop beat production record with guests like BJ The Chicago Kid, Charles Bradley, Lianne La Havas and De La Soul. It’s a fine record that crosses the streams between rap, soul and retro funk with aplomb, a surprising thing for a former indie band member but as a jazz-trained musician, Steadman is able to indulge and impress.

Listen on Spotify


Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love

There’s a lot to be said for mining the past when you take the best qualities while leaving the pomp. Philadelphia rock band Sheer Mag are the best 70s rock band around based on their new album. There’s nothing but kicking out the rock’n’roll jams and good times throughout with Tina Halladay’s sneering vocal bringing old sounds alive once more. This could totally work as an alternative soundtrack to Richard Linklater’s film Dazed and Confused.

Listen on Spotify


Shabazz Palaces – Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star / Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines

One Shabazz Palaces is usually dense enough to take in in one week but the Sub Pop alt-rap futurists went and released two albums. No one quite explores the outer fringes quite like Shabazz and these two albums compliment that interstellar, out-space quality with a laser-guided production precision that was lacking in 2014’s Lese Majesty. I’m still early days listening to these album but it’s quite a trip.

Quazarz vs. The Jealous Machines:
Listen on Spotify

Posted on July 18th, 2017


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

Nialler9 Weekly playlist


Mura Masa – ‘Nuggets’ feat. bonzai

After last Friday’s Damon Albarn and Christine & The Queens drops, Mura Masa returns to his old friend, the Irish/London vocalist and makes his best song in a while thanks to a rubbery bassline and Bonzai’s convicted delivery.


SZA – ‘Love Galore’

I spent a lot of time writing about SZA this week and this song keeps coming back to my ears.


Felix Pallas – ‘Similarities’

A Belgian band who are our blog friend Disco Naivete’s first release as a label, ‘Similarities’ is a sheenful dance-pop track rooted in full-band dynamics that reaches unexpected peaks.


The Academic – ‘Bear Claws’

The Mullingar band have re-recorded the song that turned everyone’s heads a few years back. This tighter version of the singalong indie-pop song is tighter and comes from the band’s debut album to come.


Shay Lia – What’s Your Problem?

Kaytranada on the beat and Shay Lia on the R&B low-end flow.


Skepta – ‘Hypocrisy’

“They try to disrespect me / When they’re online especially /But everything cool when they check me / Because I’m so cool and deadly / See, I had to realise slowly / That nobody actually knows me/ Yeah, man, I’ve got fifteen different iPhones / But I am so not phoney.” Skepta, true to form. He declined some amazing dinners and an MBE apparently.


Shabazz Palaces – ‘When Cats Claw’

Extraterrestial alt-rap group Shabazz Palaces will release two albums next Friday : Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star and Quazarz vs The Jealous Machines but until that overload arrives drink in ‘When Cats Claw’, a echo chambering track.


Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen’

Kieran Hebden returns to the relative calm of his early work with this minimally-pitched track that lets a string instrument become the main focus.

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 July 7th, 2017

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Forbidden Fruit Fruit added some regular visitors to Ireland and some new names to Dublin’s June Bank Holiday music festival for The Royal Hospital from June Bank Holiday Weekend, 3rd – 5th June with the addition of:

Saturday, June 3rd
67 (South London grime)
Icarus (Bristol electronic duo)

Sunday, June 4th
Mura Masa (Live)
Denis Sulta

Monday, June 5th
More to be announced very soon.


Submissions are now open for Irish artists, designers, and creatives for installation proposals for this year’s Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival on the ground of the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Please send us a brief visual and conceptual outline, the main area we are looking to commission a piece is the festival’s entrance.
(But we are extremely open minded to ideas, big or small using a wide array of mediums)
[email protected] – Deadline May 1st


All tickets are now selling on Final Price Tier

Tickets for Forbidden Fruit are on sale now via ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets.

3 Day Tickets (Sat / Sun / Mon)
General Sale – €145.50 (ON SALE)

2 Day Weekend Tickets (Sat / Sun)
Tier 1 – €99.50 (SOLD OUT)
Tier 2 – €109.50 (ON SALE)

Saturday Day Tickets
Tier 1 – €49.40 (SOLD OUT)
Tier 2 – €59.50 (SOLD OUT)
Tier 3 – €64.50 (ON SALE)

Sunday Day Tickets
Tier 1 – €49.40 (SOLD OUT)
Tier 2 – €59.50 (SOLD OUT)
Tier 3 – €64.50 (ON SALE)

Monday Day Tickets
General Sale – €59.50 (ON SALE)

Posted on March 30th, 2017


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Yesterday, NAO was announced for Dublin’s Forbidden Fruit Festival and today, the singer has dropped a remix companion EP to last year’s debut album For All We Know.

Featuring 5 reworks of songs from the album, it includes a dancehall, Autotuned version of ‘In The Morning’ from Mura Masa, A Stormzy feature on the Loxe remix of ‘Feels Like’, a Sam Gellaitry remix of ‘DYWM’, SBTRKT’s subdued low-end ‘Bad Blood’ rework, and as is often the case with these things, a standout bumping remix from Kaytranada that channels those ‘Cranes In The Sky’ for a new vibe on ‘Get To Know Ya’.

Posted on February 10th, 2017

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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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it might be sold out but Electric Picnic just dropped 20 more names onto its lineup today.

  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • The 1975
  • Nas
  • The Shins
  • Bat For Lashes
  • Catfish And The Bottlemen
  • Local Natives
  • Joey Badass
  • Editors
  • John Talabot
  • Dj Ez
  • Toots & The Maytals
  •  Mura Masa
  • Kano
  • Kevin Morby
  • Shit Robot
  • Jessy Lanza
  • Little Simz
  • Whitney
  • Frankie Cosmos
  • Lemaitre
  • Pumarosa

I’d be excited about Nas, Whitney (a nice album forthcoming), Pumarosa, Local Natives and Mura Masa on that.


Theatre of Food lineup announced
Trenchtown lineup
First lineup

Posted on June 2nd, 2016


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One of the Nialler9 New Artists of 2016 and a Mura Masa collaborator, the Dublin-raised / American-born / London-based Bonzai (most recently on ‘What If I Go?’) has released her latest EP on Mura Masa’s Anchor Point records.

Annie Mac trailed the release by appointing ‘No Rest’ as her Hottest Record In The World yesterday and the nine-track EP Sleep Hungry dropped today, the followup to Royah EP.

A bricolage of beats, bass and club sounds, the 19 year-old’s EP draws influence from rap, grime, dubstep, acid, techno and D&B and operates at a high-tempo.

Production comes from John Calvert, Royce Wood Junior and Mura Masa.

From the drum and bass menace pop of ‘Stepping’, the acid squelch of The Prodigy Jilted-Generaton-esque ‘No Rest’, gunshot Squarepusher-electro of ‘Kassi’  Bonzai marks herself apart by drawing on UK club culture past and juxtaposing it with bass and rap music of now.

Bonzai’s Irish connection?

Bonzai was born in Indiana to a jazz singer mother and raised in Wicklow, near Dublin, by a drummer father. She moved to London at 17 to start a music degree at Tech School & after being spotted by Native Management began taking things seriously as a solo artist. She fell upon her sound through sessions with John Calvert and Mura Masa where they encouraged her to mix up styles as much as she could.

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Live Dates

Mar 30th London Electrowerkz (headline) <Sold Out>
Apr 5th Manchester Deaf Institute (supporting Mura Masa) <Sold Out>
Apr 6th Nottingham The Bodega Social (supporting Mura Masa) <Sold Out>
Apr 7th London Anchor Point Label Party, Oval Space <Sold Out>
Apr 8th Bristol The Exchange (supporting Mura Masa) <Sold Out>
Apr 15th Paris Café La Danse (supporting Mura Masa)
May 19th Brighton The Green Door Store, The Great Escape

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Posted on March 23rd, 2016


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The Guernsey producer Alex Crossan AKA Mura Masa was one of the highlights of the Eurosonic festival in January.

His playful take on Hud Mo-style beats (his inspiration to make music was ‘Thunder Bay’), takes inspiration from peers like Cashmere Cat, EDM sheen and R&B pop. Previous singles featured Shura (the brilliant ‘Love For That’), Nao and Denai Moore.

On-stage and on this new song ‘What If I Go?’, he’s joined by Dublin-born London-based singer/rapper Bonzai (bigged up here) on a tropical bright electronic pop song that works best in this springtime sunshine.

Posted on March 15th, 2016

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

Listen: Part One | Part Two.

Part one

  1. Underworld – I Exhale (Radio Edit)
  2. Lapsley – Love Is Blind
  3. Bibio – Feeling
  4. Her – Quite Like
  5. Anderson .Paak – Come Down
  6. Guts  – Want It Back (feat. Patrice & The School Voices NYC)
  7. PJ Harvey –  The Wheel [Radio Edit]
  8. Katharine Philippa – Bieber
  9. The Natural History Museum –  Jackdaw is the Kingpin
  10. New Portals – Skyline
  11. Hyphen Hyphen – Just Need Your Love
  12. David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
  13. Savages  – T.I.W.Y.G.

Part two

  1. Rusangano Family –  Heathrow
  2.  The Very Best & Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
  3. Mura Masa – Firefly (feat. Nao)
  4. Toby Kaar – Snapdragon
  5. MMOTHS – Eva
  6. Foals – Give It All (Lindstrom Remix)
  7. Four Tet x Champion – Disparate
  8. Lime – I Don’t Wanna – Lose You (Radio Edit)
  9. Gerry and the Holograms – Gerry & The Holograms (Diplo edit)
  10. Orbital – Belfast (Original Version)
  11. Erykah Badu – Trill friends Whodini
  12. Young Marco – Darwin In Bahia

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 22nd, 2016


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In its 30th year, Eurosonic Noorderslag is a new music festival held in the student town of Groningen, two hours north of Amsterdam, that has become the primary European emerging talent festival. It’s where any European band who are looking to establish contacts with booking agents, and hence, a living, on the European festival circuit, should go.

Taking place in the quiet time of early January, the industry-focused festival has a lot of festival bookers from around the continent looking for acts to put on their bills. Further incentive is given to bookers signed to the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP), who receive money in return for booking an act at the festival (Body & Soul is the only Irish festival signed up). SOAK, who last year received 12 festival bookings as a result of Groningen, return to pick up an award in recognition of her success at the European Border Breakers Award alongside nine other European acts including Aurora, Oscar & The Wolf and Carnival Youth, in a ceremony hosted by Jools Holland (watch here).

Here are my own highlights from three days at the festival.


Mura Masa

UK R&B Electronic pop.

We are now at a time in music where teenagers’ first point of entry of electronic music is Hudson Mohawke and James Blake. That’s not a bad thing per se but it’s worth it in terms of contextualising the music of Mura Masa, the Guernsey producer who namechecks these two artists as his entry point into the music he currently makes.

Mura Masa, real name Alex Crossan, makes music that is very much a 2016 sound: percussive electro, Cashmere Cat-style bells, EDM-style breaks, modern R&B flourishes with a pop front. His music is a combination of low-end and high notes with space left in-between for singers like Nao and Shura who have contributed to two of his best songs to date – ‘Firefly’ and ‘Love For That’.

On stage in Simplon at Eurosonic, he’s joined by Dublin-born London based singer Bonzai who I bigged up recently. She leads the charge adding a front focus that allowed Crossan to use his pads, percussion and synths. Together, they created a razor-sharp live show.


Hyphen Hyphen

Big French energy.


There was very little let up from the word go with this French band’s set in the AA Theatre. The Nice band’s music is all about high drama and big energy using pounding light-boxed drums, a lot of jumping around and in vocalist, Samanta Cotta, the kind of emotional range that like London Grammar’s Hannah Reid sounds like its swallowing the song. On a record, there’s a lot more distracting atmospheric touches but live, Hyphen Hyphen kicked big butt.


Seinabo Sey

Swedish pop with a big finish.

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The StadSschouwburg, a 19th century opera theatre in Groningen, was a befitting place for a voice as a beguiling and as giant as Seys. The first was her collecting her European Border Breakers Award and the second was her festival show. At the former, she played ‘Younger’, that song originally released two years ago that swells with a belting emotional soul, its impact undiminished. Not even a Kygo remix (the aural equivalent of a happy slap) could ruin this majesty.


Rusangano Family

Irish rap trio go deep.


No suprise here. Rusanagano’s set in PlatformTheater at Eurosonic has the trio giving their full energy into every syllable and throwing themselves into the crowd for an impressive dance or a face to face with the audience. Two spoken word pieces go deeper into painting Murli and God Knows’ immigrant backgrounds. MynameisJohn, as always, keep things on point as a DJ, shifting and shaping old songs in new ways.

Look, these lads are one of the best live acts out there, especially so in the context of a European showcase. We already know this. Eurosonic might be the start of the rest of the continent catching up. One festival booker gushed afterwards about their set taking them back to the golden era of hip-hop via grime, jungle and drum and bass, which is part of their appeal.


Jeanne Added

French alternative music


I only caught about two minutes of the end of French singer Jeanne Added but it was enough to leave a big enough impression. The former jazz musician released an album, mostly in English, Be Sensational, produced by Dan Levy of The Dø, last summer in France and live, it translates as a mix of leftfield pop, electronica and even more alternative sounds like coldwave, ambient and Savages-style post-punk. Worth further exploration.



Danish R&B youngsters


A Danish five-piece who look super young but who make smooth and silky awkward teenage R&B pop. Early days yet, with only two songs online, but as they showed in Simplon, they’ve a lot more to give. The singer has a voice like Terence Trent D’Arby.



Jazz / soul / funk rap out of France

Guts would be a great addition to almost any festival. The producer draws his music from his vinyl collection passed along to him of grooves, funk and soul that come out via a sampler. On-stage he’s joined by a trumpet player Leron Thomas, a singer, rapper and three other players. ‘Want It Back’ is the highlight, extended jazz-style in the Minerva Art Academy to maximise singalong and earworm status.

Posted on January 19th, 2016


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Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival is still 6 months away but they’ve squeezed out an announcement of new artists to play the three-day festival in the seaside town from 19th – 21st May 2016.

The first bands are:

Oh Wonder, Shura and Mura Masa to play the first Spotlight Show at All Saints Church

As well as:
Banfi, Axel Flovent, Mystery Jets, Beach Baby, Saint Sister, Otherkin, Isaac Gracie, salute, Declan McKenna, Pumarosa, Trudy, Rukhsana Merrise, Dagny, Dilly Dally, Kloe, Alina Orlova, Elle Exxe, Conner Youngblood, Owen Rabbit, Will Joseph Cook, Book Seeka, Fort Lean, Holy Esque, Jack Watts, Strange Bones, Tiger CLub, Dirty Frigs, Dosal Fins,Fenne Lilly, LCMDF, Methyl Ethel, Natur3, NorthEast Party House, Slum Sociable, Timberwolf, Vant.

The 10 best bands I saw at The Great Escape 2015

Interestingly, TGE’s age limit will be reduced to 16+ in some venues.

Tickets are, for 3-day passes at Early Bird prices £49.50+fees. Delegate passes with access to the convention and priority access to live show are £150+fees. Info on travel and accommodation.

Posted on December 2nd, 2015


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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. My review of Airwaves is all here.

 Part one

New Order- Tutti Frutti
Vök – Waterfall
Augustus & John – There Goes My Train
Grimes – Realiti
Nao – Golden
Reykjavíkurdætur – Reykjavíkurdætur
Hundred Waters – Down From the Rafters (Huxley Remix)
Braids – Blondie
Banks – Better
Glass Animals & Joey Bada$$ – Lose Control

 Part two

Santigold – Can’t Get Enough of Myself (feat. B.C)
The Fixx – One Thing Leads to Another
Sheer Mag – Fan The Flames
Shura – White Light
Hot Chip – Love Is The Future
Richard Egan- Never Seen You
Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes
Slove – Le Danse
East of My Youth – Only Lover
Sophie – Nothing More to Say (Vox)
Grimes – Venus Fly feat. Janelle Monáe
Overcoats – Smaller Than My Mother
Saint Sister – Blood Moon

Cut Once – Playing With Fire
Para One – Girlhood
Bicep & Hammer – Dahlia

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 November 13th, 2015


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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. The second hour was a Halloween spesh:

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two

 Part one

  1. Grimes – Flesh without Blood
  2. Jack Garratt – Breathe Life
  3. New Order – Tutti Frutti
  4. Chance The Rapper – Angels
  5. Mura Masa – Love for That (feat. Shura)
  6. Hælos – Pray
  7. Julio Bashmore  – Rhythm Of Auld (feat. J’Danna)
  8. Sky Ferreira – Everything Is Embarrassing
  9. Hot Chip – Dancing in the Dark
  10. Elephant  – 14 Crows
  11. Roots Manuva – Don’t Breathe Out
  12. Augustus & John – Ombre

 Part two – Halloween Special

  1. Mica Levi – Love
  2. Symmetry – Blood Sport
  3. Psyche – The Saint Became A Lush
  4. John Carpenter – Night
  5. The Knife – The Captain
  6. Disasterpeace – Title
  7. Arca – Held Apart
  8. Burial – In McDonalds
  9. Visionist & Fatima Al Qadiri – The Call
  10. Zomby – Bloom
  11. Jamie xx –  Loud Places (Mike Simonetti Dark Places Remix)
  12. Forrests –  Teeth
  13. Forest Swords – Thor’s Stone
  14. Ray Mang – Look Into My Eyes

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 October 30th, 2015


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