With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


The National – Sleep Well Beast

Two weeks since it’s release, Sleep Well Beast is developing into The National’s most interesting and rewarding album yet, with a sense of reinvigoration in their template and songcraft that embraces their core characteristics while adding new digital textures. Matt Berninger’s lyrics about his relationship with his wife (who co-wrote the words) goes deep and real, while musically, they do things with the indie-rock template that feels fresh (Bryan Devendorf’s drumming adds so much too).

Listen on Spotify


Mount Kimbie – Love What Survives

Moving away from post-dubstep sound that they made their name with, Mount Kimbie’s third album delves into electronic 80s-inspired post-punk territory, with guests Micachu, King Krule and James Blake adding new shades to an album that sounds inspired by Broadcast and krautrock. There are depths in these layered songs to revel in.

Listen on Spotify.


Bicep – Bicep

A belated shout out for the Belfast house music duo’s debut full-length which after a series of regular dancefloor bangers that are starting to reach classic status, finds the pair creating 12 original tracks that pare back the bombast in favour of quietly-epic tightly-arranged dance music in the vein of Orbital updated for the 21st century.

Listen on Spotify


Hundred Waters – Communicating

No-one quite brings together acoustic sensibilities with electronic arrangements in as a delicate manner as Hundred Waters and their third album feels like they’ve scooped out the inside of a valley and cocooned themselves and their music into the landscape as the aura borealis shimmers above. I’m still in discovery mode with the album but there’s comfort in their music for sure.

Listen on Spotify


Nosaj Thing – Parallels

The fourth album from LA electronic producer Jason Chung is his most cohesive album thus far. Having provided beats for Chance The Rapper, Kid Cudi and Kendrick over the years, it’s great to hear Chung’s imaginative productions working so well with guest vocalists from Blonde Redhead and Steve Spacek adding focus to these ambient-infused electronic tracks.

Listen on Spotify


Indian Wells – Where The World Ends

Another career best, this time from Italian producer Pietro Iannuzzi on the LA Friends of Friends label. As is that label’s hallmark, this is considered and full-realised electronic music concerned less with sample ingenuity but with isolation and the borders that govern our globe informed by Iannuzzi’s existence near the Italian mountains. As such, the album has moments of glowing vistas and awe in its running time that stands on its own.

Listen on Spotify

Posted on September 25th, 2017


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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM.

Part One

  1. Grimes – ‘REALiTi’
  2. Kendrick Lamar – ‘King Kunta’
  3. Rusangano Family – ‘Wasteman’
  4. Snakehips – ‘Forever, Pt. II’ (feat. Kaleem Taylor)
  5. George Maple – ‘Where You End and I Begin’ (feat. Grande Marshall)
  6. Florence And The Machine – ‘You Got The Love’ (The XX Remix)
  7. The Go! Team – ‘The Scene Between’
  8. Haelos – ‘Earth Not Above’
  9. Leo Drezden – ‘Hunting Drums’
  10. The Redneck Manifesto – ‘The Dillon Family Dancers’
  11. Villagers – ‘Hot Scary Summer’
  12. The Postal Service – ‘Such Great Heights’

Part Two 

  1. Kendrick Lamar – ‘These Walls’ (feat. Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)
  2. Monto – ‘ Worlds Apart’
  3. Tobias Jesso Jr. – ‘How Could You Babe’
  4. Jape – ‘Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon’ (David Wrench mix)
  5. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Forever 1’ (Cashmere Cat Edit)
  6. Fort Romeau – ‘Not A Word’ (with New Jackson)
  7. Dave DK – ‘Halma’
  8. Nosaj Thing – ‘Cold Stares’ (feat. Chance The Rapper & Maceo Haymes)
  9. D’Angelo – ‘Till It’s Done Tutu’
  10. Mr Twin Sister – ‘Rude Boy’
  11. Evvol – ‘No Love’
  12. Yumi Zouma – ‘The Brae’
  13. Ghostpoet – ‘X Marks The Spot’
  14. Florence + The Machine – ‘What Kind of Man’ (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
  • 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 March 20th, 2015


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    Ticket giveaways:

    • Sunday:  Krystal Klear @ The Academy (11pm, €20)
    • Sunday: Onra @ The Sugar Club (10pm, €10/12)

    How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.

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    Tuesday October 21

    • Ben Caplan @ Whelan’s Upstairs (€15)
      [Bluesy folk] Melodramatic Canadian singer songwriter .

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    Monday October 27

    • Royal Blood @ The Academy (Sold out)
      [Rock] Chugrock Englishmen.
    • GLXY Present: UK Urban @ Twisted Pepper (€5)
      [Club] Abrand new UK urban night focusing on the best of the UK’s underground sounds covering grime, hip-hop, bass & dancehall.

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    Posted on October 21st, 2014


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    A roundup of 14 tracks not previously featured here that have been getting the new music veins pumping in the last seven days. These tracks are the besttracks not already featured on the site in the last week that popped up on my radar and left an impression in the last week or have appeared elsewhere. The Best New Music Weekly playlist will be posted every Wednesday.

    This week’s tracks include a new one from Austin’s Pure X, The xx’s Great Gatsy soundtrack song, Valentina and Bantum offering alternative takes on their songs ‘Gabriel’ and ‘Legion’ respectively, a track from former WU LYFers’ Los Porcos, Disclosure collaborator Sinead Harnett and new tracks from Azekel, Sea Pinks, Kelpe, Jamie Isaac, Nosaj Thing, Letherette, Thundercat and a song from Christopher Burman’s ambient soundtrack to a German car museum exhibit.


    Posted on May 2nd, 2013

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    Lots of albums being released at the moment so it’s hard to keep up. Here’s a handy list of what’s on offer at the moment.

    Local Natives – Hummingbird

    Excellent followup to the LA band’s debut sets them apart from their influences and sees them establish themselves as a considerable band in their own right. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner.

    Full A-Z →

    Posted on January 30th, 2013


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    A collection of music videos of interest which arrived in the last few days..

    Tanlines – ‘Not The Same’
    Tanlines’ new one for ‘Not The Same’ has the pair playing every instrument live that they played on the recording of the song that featured on Mixed Emotions. Of course, the only way to do that is to clone yourself:


    Posted on November 29th, 2012


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    Nosaj Thing - 'Eclipse/Blue' feat. Kazu Makino

    Last week, Forward/Slash announced that Nosaj Thing would finally be coming to Dublin. Now we have a brand new track, from his first release since 2009’s Drift album. ‘Eclipse/Blue’ featuring smokey vocals from Blonde Redhead’s Kazu Makino is a swirling downbeat track featuring some earthed guitar anchoring the track’s somewhat celestial sounds. It’s out on 10″ on Innovative Leisure with the album coming in 2013.

    Posted on September 24th, 2012

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    Nosaj Thing

    Forward/Slash is a weekly free night of electronic-leaning music that took place in The Bernard Shaw, Dublin up until recently. It’s now moving to the Twisted Pepper on Thursdays and with it a more expansive lineup and a couple of international guests, one in particular, Nosaj Thing, I’ve been dying to see in Ireland since I saw him at SXSW twice.

    It all kicks off again on October 18th with Bantum and proceeding weeks include Laurel Halo, Nosaj Thing on November 8th with White Collar Boy, Eatenbybears, Nanu Nanu, Spies, Clu, Tara Masterson Hally and more lined up.

    Full Forward/Slash listings…→

    Looking forward to hearing the new Nosaj Thing material. Here’s what he’s like live:


    Forward/Slash poster

    Posted on September 19th, 2012



    Nosaj Thing & jamie XX

    Friday at SXSW traditionally starts with the Irish Breakfast, an all-day event where most of the Irish bands at the festival play. It’s held in BD Riley’s an Irish pub seemingly transported across the ocean in pristine condition. There was only time for catching a handful of the acts: James Vincent McMorrow impressed everyone it seems at every show he did (that was a lot), Halves were their usual awesome selves, Funeral Suits have improved their brand of spiky electro rock since the last time out and Adebisi Shank brought the madness which featured red-masked Vinny defenestrating himself out the window onto 6th Street. Here’s how the rest of Friday’s key acts for me went down.

    Nosaj Thing / Jamie xx @ Firehouse Lounge

    Either these two are seriously underrated in the U.S. or people really didn’t know this was on, but this 1am club show just off 6th Street was oddly under attended. That was everyone else’s loss as these guys of are two of the best electronic producers DJs going.

    Nosaj Thing kicked things off with a glitchy knob-fixated (excuse me) set that was every bit as good as his set at SXSW two years ago. His live set took went from glitch to hip-hop to G-funk with a Burial remix along the way.

    Nosaj Thing Live at the Echoplex, LA – Feb 2010 (promo edit)

    Jamie xx’s DJ set was much more straightforward but like all good DJ sets, it was full of great tunes that you just want to keep dancing to. In the mix was his ‘Far Nearer’ tune that goes heavy on the steel pan, some Biggie, David Holmes, Letherette’s ‘Blad’, Luke Vibert’s Jamie Lidell remix and the only blight on the night, some ill-advised drum & bass. He finished out with what I can only presume was a new Jamie xx remix of Adele’s ‘He Won’t Go’ lest my ears deceived me. Much more understated than his ‘Rolling In The Deep’ one if so.

    Here’s Jamie’s still-amazing Benji B mix which you need in your life:
    Jamie xx – In The Mix for Benji B on BBC Radio 1
    More from Dirty Beaches, Computer Magic and Penguin Prison..»

    Posted on March 23rd, 2011


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    One of the better albums I’ve heard in recent months is Galaxy of Nowhere from Mondkopf. Part of the Fluokids family, Mondkopf is a 23 year-oldToulouse-born Parisian-based producer whose sound is a mix of the big beat drops of Modeselektor with the emotional synths of M83/Apparat with the electronic melodies of Nosaj Thing. He has remixed the likes of The Golden Filter, The Teenagers, and most recently, Caribou. Galaxy of Nowhere is the most engaging thoroughbred electronic album I’ve heard so far this year.

    Here’s an exclusive cut which doesn’t appear on the album as well as ‘Libera Me’, a Galaxy of Nowhere standout. [Buy from Rough Trade | Amazon | eMusic]

    Mondkompf – ‘First Light’

    Mondkopf – ‘Libera Me’

    Posted on May 5th, 2010


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    WATW Thankfully, this We Are The World have NOTHING to do with this. ‘Clay Stones’ is the first single in IAMSOUND’s The LA Collection is a series of limited edition split 7-inch vinyl singles. This first release from dance music’s beekeeper lookalikes We Are The World is not a split but expect further releases in the series to include the likes of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Moonrats, Fool’s Gold, Local Natives, Dead Man’s Bones, Rainbow Arabia, Nosaj Thing, IO Echo, Pocahaunted, Signals (ex-Mae Shi), Actually and Imaad Wasif. Sounds awesome.

    MP3: We Are The World – Clay Stones

    Pre-order. WATW’s debut album is out on Manimal Records on April 6th in North America and May 10th in Europe, though if you’re smart you can already get in on eMusic.

    Stereogum debuted another track from the band called ‘Fight Song’ today.

    Posted on February 10th, 2010


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    Yes, it’s still list season. As State kicks off its Top 50 of the year, here are my own top 30 albums of the year in four-page epic form.

    30. Channel OneSound to Light
    29. ClarkTotem’s Flare
    28. The Phantom Band Checkmate Savage
    27. MicachuJewellery
    26. DM StithHeavy Ghosts
    25. The Holy Roman ArmyHow the Light Gets In
    24. Florence and the MachineLungs
    23. Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca
    22. Dan DeaconBromst
    21. The HorrorsPrimary Colours

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    Posted on December 21st, 2009


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