A bunch of tiers of Forbidden Fruit tickets went on sale yesterday and some sold out very quickly.

With headliners Flying Lotus, Bon Iver, Aphex Twin and Orbital, already announced, the organisers announced more names today including: Moderat, Maceo Plex, Motor City Drum Ensemble, NAO, KiNK & Mall Grab.

In case you needed further convincing. Ticket page.

Posted on February 10th, 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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Louise Bruton is a freelance journalist, pop culture enthusiast, lone wolf and party ledgebag. She loves Craig David and getting famous people on her knee. She combined both of those things just this week. She also runs Legless In Dublin which reviews Dublin places in terms of wheelchair accessibility.

See all the top 10 tracks of 2016 guest selections.


Kanye West – Fade

Aul Kanye gets a hard time but this song with dirty disco vibes and a bounce so smooth, your shoulders develop a rhythm of their own. The Life of Pablo is full of songs that give us insights into an unhappy life (No More Parties in LA, Real Friends) but Fade is a filthy club hit with dark undertones.


Beyoncé – Formation

I was at a party full of Irish people in London when Formation dropped and we ended up pausing all other playlists and had the song on repeat for the rest of the night. Its combination of pop culture and political statements make it one of Beyoncé’s most powerful songs, adding to the resurgence of protest music for the masses.


Drake – One Dance

When mopey Drake is kicked to the curb, we get dance delicacies like One Dance. This, for me, will forever be the sound of summer 2016. Even when I’m old and weary, the first few strains of this will take me back to dancing at a chip van in the wee hours of the morning at music festival, refusing to go to bed.


All Saints – One Strike

Now, this is a comeback. Influenced by Nicole Appleton’s divorce from Noel Gallagher, One Strike is an understated break up song about defiance that throws All Saints right back to that realm of cool that they specialised in in the late 90s and early 00s.


Rihanna – Kiss It Better

With its shrilling electric guitar riff and durrty R&B groove, Kiss It Better strikes me as the type of song that Lenny Kravitz wish he wrote. This song evokes wind machines, silk shirts and impractical sex scenes normally displayed in movies like Top Gun.


Run the Jewels feat. DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak

Not since Mousse T. has a song had so much horn. The collaboration between Run the Jewels and DJ Shadow is instantly recognisable and with lyrics that portray the worst of humanity, it’s an anthem for this trainwreck of a year that we’ve all managed to survive.


Ariana Grande – Into You

Although many pop fans were hesitant to accept another pop diva in our lives, Ariana came along with this song and we apologised for ever doubting her. With flirtatious lyrics and a throbbing beat, the dance floor becomes a very dangerous place when Into You starts to play.


NAO – Inhale Exhale

NAO was the breath of fresh air that the pop scene needed this year and Inhale/Exhale is a smooth and swirling R&B treat that melts in your mouth.


Tove Lo – Cool Girl

Tove Lo is the bold outlaw of the pop world, writing songs that celebrate our shameful moments instead of hiding them. Cool Girl trips over itself and the words roll into each other, making it an effortless ditty that challenges the power play in relationships.


Adultrock – Put ‘Em Under Nazareth (Jack Charlton v Justice)

Jesus Christ. The first time I heard this, I felt like I had been reborn. Put ‘Em Under Pressure should be Ireland’s national anthem but this version gets the blood pumping and it awakens a tribal roar that you never knew you could muster. Paired with the national pride we had during the Irish fans’ triumph at the Euros this year, this was an attack of the emotions.

Posted on December 8th, 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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Best of 2015: Albums | Songs | Videos | Readers’ Albums | Readers’ Songs Readers’ Gigs, Clubs & DJs | Your Intl. albums & songs | Top 10 Lists | Nialler’s Irish choices

Despite the rise of Spotify and streaming services, The music video continues to dominate in terms of artist marketing due to the domination of Youtube,  the major label’s push of Vevo and the independent artists making cracking videos on small budgets released through Vimeo. Music videos are still hugely effective for establishing an artist’s brand. For this list, I kept that in mind, while also representing the videos for songs that either I loved or liked previously, or videos that lifted or introduced a song to me. The power of a good idea and great execution is what is celebrated here.

A Youtube playlist of the videos.

Live TV performance of the year

Kendrick Lamar performing on Late Show with Stpehen Colbert

Lamar and his band played a To Pimp A Butterfly medley (or “The Very Horny Caterpillar” as Colbert called it) on the second episode of Stephen Colbert’s tenure at Late Show filling in permanently the big boots of Dave Letterman. It was a powerhouse of a performance, featuring the tracks ‘Wesley’s Theory’, ‘Momma’, ‘King Kunta’ and ‘u’ and performed with a tight band that includes Anna Wise, Bilal and Thundercat. Proof that Kendrick pushed his music and himself as much as possible this year.

Best use of video to promote an album

Anderson tries door to door sales

Video by: Colm Russell

20. Missy Elliott – ‘WTF (Where They From)’

Directed by: Dave Meyers & Missy Elliott

What better way for Missy to return that with a kickass dance video?

19. Sleep Thieves – ‘You Want The Night’

Directed by Mike P. Nelson

A brilliant collection of horror-mongering imagery to suit a foreboding song.

18. Major Lazer & DJ Snake – ‘Lean On’ (feat. MØ)

Video by: Tim Erem

MØ’s limber dance moves and the lads attempt at doing what the professionals do is a right laugh. More than anything though, the video and the dancing suited the song down to the ground.

17. Charli XCX – ‘Famous’

Video by: Eric Wareheim

Charli XCX’s saccharine bright pop is counteracted by Eric Wareheim’s warped mind which infects the neon space of the music video with ideas about the negativity of our reliance on our social media feeds, mobile devices and vanity.

16. Le Galaxie – ‘Love System’

Video by: Feel Good Lost

The song endures as a recent Irish classic but Brendan Canty gives its 2015 sax-version a new dimension that explores an unhinged couple’s escapade.

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Posted on December 10th, 2015


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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.

The top songs of the month

  1. Reykjavíkurdætur – ‘DRUSLA’
  2. Emmanuelle’s ‘Free Hifi Internet’
  3. Rusangano Family – ‘Heathrow’
  4. Grimes – ‘World Princess part II’
  5. Kiasmos – ‘Drawn’
  6. Bibio – ‘Petals’
  7. Disclosure –  ‘Magnets’ (Jon Hopkins remix)
  8. Brian Deady – ‘Clap Both My Hands’
  9. Mmoths – ‘Deu’
  10. Jaakko Eino Kalevi feat. Farao – ‘Everything Nice’ (Popcaan cover)
  11. Frances – ‘Borrowed Time’
  12. FaltyDL – ‘ Visceral’
  13. Hubie Davison – ‘Sanctified’
  14. Chris Power and Atari Jones – ‘Tales Of The Terrace’
  15. NAO – ‘Bad Blood’
  16. Floating Points – ‘Nespole’
  17. J.G. Wilkes – ‘Jaxon’
  18. Missy Elliott – ‘WTF (Where They From?)’ feat. Pharrell
  19. Banks – ‘Better’
  20. Cian Nugent – ‘Things Don’t Change That Fast’
  21. I Have A Tribe – ‘Medicine From Calgary’
  22. Cinema – ‘Trust The Feeling’
  23. Santigold – ‘Can’t Get Enough of Myself’
  24. Conor Walsh – ‘Quadrivium’
  25. Chinah – ‘Minds’
  26. Polica – ‘Lime Habit’
  27. Meltybrains? – ‘New Don’
  28. Sea Pinks – ‘Depth Of Field’
  29. Bagels – ‘To The End’
  30. Kiesza – ‘Give It To The Moment’ (Nozinja remix)

Listen on Spotify

Posted on December 2nd, 2015


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These songs represent my favourite 10 tracks of last week. Check the new music section. The new music playlist is available on Spotify and is updated weekly.

New music chart

  1. Hot Chip – ‘Dancing In The Dark’
  2. Peter Gabriel – ‘Kontrol’ (Fort Romeau edit) (on vinyl only)
  3. Charli XCX & Sophie – ‘Vroom Vroom’
  4. Daithí – ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’
  5. Savages – ‘The Answer’
  6. Paddy Hanna – Underprotected
  7. Chrome Sparks – ‘Moonraker’
  8. Forrests – ‘Teeth’
  9. Goldlink – ‘Spectrum’
  10. !!! – ‘I Feel So Free (Citation Needed)
  11. TĀLĀ & Banks – Wolfpack
  12. Nao – Bad Blood

Soundcloud version

Like your new music on Spotify instead? Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist. Updated weekly.

Spotify playlist


Posted on October 24th, 2015

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There was disappointment a few weeks ago when Bjork cancelled all her festival appearances including the November hometown shows at Iceland Airwaves.

Hot Chip were added last week to soften the blow and today, the festival have added 120 bands to the lineup including Kiasmos, Nao, Galway/London band The Drink, Chastity Belt, Formation, Lonelady, Anna B Savage and more. Wowair fly direct to Reykjavik from Dublin now. Ticket info is here. Full list below.

Full list:

  • Agzilla
  • Amit
  • Arnljótur
  • Art is Dead
  • Auður
  • Ave (FO)
  • Bárujárn
  • Beneath
  • Bistro Boy
  • Blaue Blume (DK)
  • Brilliantinus
  • BRNS (BE)
  • Börn
  • Bianca Casady and The C.I.A (US/FR)
  • Cell7
  • Chastity Belt (US)
  • Cheddy Carter
  • Chili and the Whalekillers (AT/IS)
  • Dad Rocks! (DK)
  • DALÍ
  • Daveeth
  • DJ Elvar
  • Dream Wife
  • The Drink (UK)
  • Döpur
  • Jóhann Eíríksson
  • Epic Rain
  • Exos
  • FM Belfast
  • Formation (UK)
  • French for Rabbits (NZ)
  • FURA
  • Gangly
  • Geislar
  • ghostigital
  • Good Moon Deer
  • Kut Grapje
  • Great Mountain Fire (BE)
  • Grúska Babúska
  • Stafrænn Hákon
  • H.dór
  • Halleluwah
  • HAM
  • Elín Helena
  • Hide Your Kids
  • Hjaltalín
  • Mike Hunt
  • Hymnalaya
  • Jack Magnet Quintet
  • Gunnar Jónsson Collider
  • JoyCut (IT)
  • Just Another Snake Cult
  • Justman
  • Kiasmos
  • Klassart
  • Magnús Leifur
  • Mikael Lind
  • Lonelady (UK)
  • Lord Pusswhip
  • Lucy in Blue
  • Holly Macve (UK)
  • Mafama
  • Mankan
  • Manu Delago Handmade (AT)
  • Andri Már
  • Meat Wave (US)
  • Jafet Melge
  • Milkywhale
  • MIRI
  • Mógil
  • Momentum + Malneirophrenia
  • Flo Morrissey (UK)
  • Mosi Musik
  • My Bubba
  • Nao (UK)
  • Nordic Affect
  • Oculus
  • Odinn
  • Ohm
  • Oyama
  • Par-Ðar
  • Plasmic
  • Porches. (US)
  • Serengeti by President Bongo
  • Ojba Rasta
  • Red Barnett
  • Royal
  • Ruxpin
  • Rúnar Thórisson
  • Samúel Jón Samúelsson Big Band
  • Anna B Savage (UK)
  • Jónas Sen
  • Severed
  • Shades of Reykjavik
  • Andy Shauf (CA)
  • Mr. Silla
  • Sin Fang
  • Mr.Signout
  • Sindri Eldon & the Ways
  • Sinmara
  • Sisí Ey
  • Skelkur í bringu
  • Skurken
  • Snooze Infinity
  • Stereo Hypnosis
  • Sykur
  • Telekinetic Walrus (US)
  • Thor
  • Tuff Love (UK)
  • Vaginaboys
  • Helgi Valur
  • VAR
  • Arni Vector
  • Verveine (CH)
  • The Vintage Caravan
  • Waage
  • Wesen
  • When ‘airy met fairy (LU)
  • Yagya
  • Yamaho
  • Þórir Georg
  • Þórunn Antonía og Bjarni
  • Æla

Posted on August 25th, 2015


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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below.

The songs

  1. Shura – ‘White Light’
  2. Joy Orbison & Boddika – ‘TMTT’
  3. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment – Wanna Be Cool
  4. Leon Bridges – Coming Home
  5. The Weeknd – ‘Can’t Feel My Face’
  6. Disclosure – ‘Holding On’ (Gus Pirelli 7″ VIP remix)
  7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘The World Is Crowded’
  8. Delorean – Crystal
  9. The Galleria – ‘Calling Card’
  10. Terriers – Believing The Crystal.
  11. The Chemical Brothers – Under Neon Lights
  12. Mac Demarco – Another One
  13. Cruising –  ‘Safe Corridor’
  14. Girls Names – ‘Reticence’
  15. Beirut – ‘No No No’
  16. Thundercat – ‘Them Changes’
  17. Ajo Arkestra – ‘Mother & Father’
  18. Night Trap – ‘Someone Like You’
  19. Nao – ‘Golden’
  20. Statik Selektah feat. Joey Bada$$ & Action Bronson – ‘Beautiful Life’
  21. Rejjie Snow – ‘All Around The World’
  22. Seven Davis Jr / Julio Bashmore – ‘Good Vibes’
  23. Janet Jackson – ‘No Sleeep’
  24. Oh Wonder – ‘White Blood’
  25. Hudson Mohawke feat. Antony – ‘Indian Steps’
  26. Laura Clock – ‘Fantasy’
  27. Tomorrows – ‘The Circle’
  28.  Slow Riot – ‘City Of Culture’
  29. Come On Live Long – ‘Speak Up’
  30. Robyn & Bagatelle Magique feat Maluca – ‘Love Is Free’

Posted on July 3rd, 2015


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Grimes Artwork by Dollychops.

My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour one

  1. Shit Robot – Where It’s At (feat. Reggie Watts)
  2. Beck – Beercan
  3. THEESatisfaction – QueenS
  4. Shura – White Light
  5. Shamir – Call it Off
  6. Grimes – REALiTi
  7. Julio Bashmore – Rhythm of Auld
  8. Kiasmos – Looped
  9. Talos – Tethered Bones
  10. Austra – Painful Like
  11. Super Furry Animals – Download
  12. Mac Demarco – Another One

Hour two

  1. Dan Deacon – Wham City
  2. Augustus And John – Crosslines
  3. Gilligan Moss – Choreograph
  4. Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz
  5. Beastie Boys – Shake Your Rump
  6. Statik Selektah – Beautiful Life feat. Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$
  7. The Galleria – Calling Card (Razor Dub)
  8. Jessy Lanza, DJ Spinn & Taso – You Never Show Your Love
  9. #vinyllove: Tom Tom Club – Wordy Rappinghood
  10. Rhye – The Fall (Maurice Fulton Remix)
  11. #vinyllove: Gary Low – You Are A danger
  12. #vinyllove: Righeira – No Tengo Dinero
  13. Seven Davis Jr. – Good Vibes (feat. Julio Bashmore)
  14. #vinyllove: Laura Branigan – Self Control

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 June 19th, 2015


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Here are the top tracks of the last week:

  1. Shura – ‘White Light’
  2. Nao – ‘Golden’
  3. The Galleria – ‘Calling Card’
  4. Delorean – ‘Crystal’
  5. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Indian Steps’ (feat. Antony)
  6. Slow Riot – ‘City Of Culture’
  7. Lyttet – ‘Saint Etienne’ (Adultrock remix)
  8. Rudi Zygaldo – ‘Sympathies Scrapbook’
  9. Daphni – ‘Usha’
  10. Beck – ‘Dreams’
  11. The Weeknd – ‘Can’t Feel My Face’

Like your new music on Spotify instead? Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. Updated weekly.

Posted on June 15th, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Hour one

  1. Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’
  2. Leo Drezden – ‘Black Palace’
  3. Girls Names – ‘Reticence’
  4. Nao –  ‘Golden’
  5. IZem  – ‘Agua viva’ (feat. Nina Miranda)
  6. Jape – ‘Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon’
  7. Orquesta  – ‘Kokomo’ (ft. Jape, Kathi Burke & Katie Kim)
  8. Disclosure  – ‘Holding On’ ft. Gregory Porter – Gus Pirelli VIP 7 Disco Mix
  9. Lightning Dust  – ‘Diamond’
  10. Tourist – ‘Holding On’ ft. Josef Salvat + Niia
  11. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Indian Steps’ (feat. Antony)
  12. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment – ‘Wanna Be Cool’
  13. A Tribe Called Quest – ‘We Can Get Down’

Hour two

  1. Ratking – ‘Snow Beach’
  2. The Weeknd – ‘Can’t Feel My Face’
  3. The Weeknd -‘House Of Balloons – Glass Table Girls’
  4. The Galleria – ‘Calling Card’
  5. Lyttet – ‘Saint Etienne’ (Adultrock remix)
  6. Bicep – ‘Just’ (Original Mix)
  7. Joy O and Boddika – ‘TMTT’
  8. Daphni – Usha’
  9. Baio – ‘Brainwash Yyrr Face’
  10. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Kettles’
  11. Paul McCartney – ‘Coming Up’

Listen: Hour two

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 June 12th, 2015


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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlists below.

The songs

  1. Jamie xx – ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’ ft. Young Thug & Popcaan
  2. Shamir – ‘Hot Mess’
  3. Bicep – ‘Just’
  4. Boot & Tax – ‘Dancin’
  5. Roosevelt – ‘Night Moves’
  6. Tame Impala – ‘Eventually’
  7. Alessia Cara – ‘Here’
  8. Anna B Savage – ‘I’
  9. Jake Houlsby – ‘Yannina’
  10. All Tvvins – ‘Too Young To Live’
  11. Fierce Mild – ‘Small Talk’
  12. Fight Like Apes – ‘The Schillaci Sequence’
  13. Nao – ‘Inhale/Exhale’
  14. Pleasure Beach – ‘Go’
  15. LA Priest – ‘Party Zute / Learning to Love’
  16. Roisin Murphy-  ‘Uninvited Guest’
  17. Nicolas Jaar – ‘No One is Looking at U’
  18. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – ‘Sacred Dance of the Demon’
  19. Tomorrows – ‘Free’
  20. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘ Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’
  21. Oh Wonder – ‘Livewire’
  22. Sorcha Richardson – ‘Petrol Station’
  23. Overcoats – ‘The Fog’
  24. Blooms – ‘Love’
  25. Mac Demarco – ‘The Way You’d Love Her’
  26. Jape – ‘Harrington Street’
  27. Real Lies – ‘Seven Sisters’
  28. Keita Sano – ‘Once I Found A Diamond’
  29. Palmbomen II – ‘Cindy Savalas’
  30. Neon Indian – ‘Annie’

Playmoss playlist (Soundcloud + Youtube)


Posted on June 2nd, 2015


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