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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Oh Wonder supported Walking On Cars at Royal Hospital Kilmainham last weekend but they’ve now got their own show at the The Academy Dublin on Wednesday November 1st, which was just announced.

Tickets €19.90 including booking fee go on sale this Friday June 30th at 9am from Ticketmaster.

The date is the same night as London Grammar.
Oh Wonder’s second album Ultralife is out 14th July and the title track is a jam.

Posted on June 27th, 2017


Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, aka Oh Wonder have trailed their second record with a new single called ‘Ultralife’.

The song is a more pop and layered take on the band’s super melodic sound and it moves away from the minimalism that defined their early work. It was like their debut, entirely written, recorded and produced by Oh Wonder.

Check it out here:

Buy the song.
The song has been added to the Nialler9 New Music Spotify playlist:

Oh Wonder Live:

12th April – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas
13th April – The Glass House, Pomona
14th April – Coachella Festival
17th April – Ace of Spades, Sacramento
18th April – Ace of Spades, Sacramento
19th April – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz
20th April – The Lobero Theater, Santa Barbara
21st April – Coachella Festival
19th May – El Plaza Condesa, Mexico City
23rd May – Town Ballroom, Buffalo
24th May – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park
26th May – Higher Ground, Burlington
27th May – Boston Calling Festival
28th May – The Stone Pony, Asbury Park
2-4d June – Heartland Festival, Kværndrup
3-5 June – Pinkpop Festival, Landgraaf
14-17 June – Bergenfest, Bergen
9-16 August – Sziget Festival, Budapest
18-20 August – Dockville Festival, Hamburg
16-19 August – Pukkelpop, Kiewit-Hasselt
25-27 August – Reading & Leeds Festival

Posted on March 31st, 2017


Electric Picnic just added a final glut of acts to the sold-out festival in Stradbally.

The new additions are:

  • Skepta
  • James Bay
  • Bell X1
  • Walking On Cars
  • Adam Beyer
  • Abc
  • Gorgon City
  • The Lightning Seeds
  • Lindsey Stirling
  • Oh Wonder
  • Mothers
  • Hermitage Green
  • Picture This
  • Rejjie Snow
  • Ryan Sheridan
  • Wyvern Lingo
  • Brian Deady
  • New Jackson
  • King Kong Company
  • Rusangano Family
  • Daithí
  • Otherkin
  • Pleasure Beach
  • Saint Sister
  • Talos
  • Hare Squead
  • District 8 Djs
  • Neon Wolf
  • Cc Brez
  • Barq
  • Eve Belle
  • Sample Answer
  • Wild // Youth
  • Fangclub
  • Áine Cahill
  • Tim Chadwick
  • Trinity Orchestra
  • Dublin Gospel Choir

Don’t forget you can win VIP tickets to the sold out festival on Nialler9.

Previous Picnic announcements.

Posted on August 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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Finally, Oh Wonder are coming to these shores for shows in Dublin and Belfast as part of their 2016 European tour. About time.

The duo will play Empire Music Hall, Belfast on Saturday March 12th and Sunday March 13th in Whelan’s Dublin.

Tickets are £12+fee for Belfast with Dublin are €14.90+fee. Full dates below.

Tickets from Ticketmaster or their site on Friday morning.


Posted on November 24th, 2015


Two of my favourite new artists on the same track. Awesome. Oh Wonder just dropped their debut album after 12 months and 12 songs – their melodic bright spacious pop music is still on rotation amongst it all. Jack Casey aka Kildare producer EMBRZ has been one of the most unique electronic producers to emerge from Ireland in the last two years, cultivating a twinkling modern electronic sound himself.

The EMBRZ remix is indeed like a collision of both their styles with an added higher tempo. Good work:

Here’s the new Oh Wonder video for ‘WithOut You’

Posted on October 28th, 2015

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It’s nearly 12 months since Oh Wonder first appeared and as the earth comes to a full revolution, the band are just weeks away from releasing their debut album on September 4th, which will be streamed in full here very soon.

Another marker for the band – their live debut, which was recorded for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale. Watch the band perform ‘Drive‘ above and catch more at the iPlayer (UK only).

Posted on August 26th, 2015


It’s almost hard to believe but the Oh Wonder album is dropping next month. ‘Drive’, the band’s latest single has just received a video treatment featuring the band on American-inspired road trip with “Anthony as a figment of Josephine’s imagination, encouraging her to take risks and lose herself in the moment”.

That’s quite a collection of tunes they’ve racked up.

Posted on August 12th, 2015


Here are the top tracks of the last week:

  1. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – ‘Slip Slide’
  2. Beirut – ‘No No No’
  3. Unknown Mortal Orchestra ‘The World Is  Crowded’
  4. Oh Wonder – ‘White Blood
  5. Disclosure – ‘Holding On’ (Gus Pirelli  Disco 7″ VIP remix)
  6. Fort Romeau – ‘Saku’
  7. Girls Names – ‘Reticence’
  8. Laura Clock – ‘Fantasy’
  9. Roosevelt – ‘Hold on’
  10. Vök – ‘Waterfall’
  11. Jake Houlsby – ‘Beyond All This’
  12. Tomorrows – ‘The Circle’

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

Posted on June 5th, 2015

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They’ve sold out their first four international gigs later this year and they’ve already given us a listen to what will presumably be 8 songs from their debut record. Today, Oh Wonder gave us another first, their first music video, though they don’t feature in the video directed by Mike Lee Thomas. The song is on ITunes.

Despite that, not everything is great in their world:

:: One of us is in hospital, the other is on holiday. But we're both having a great time! 󾔉⚓️ ::

Posted by Oh Wonder on Saturday, 9 May 2015

Posted on May 11th, 2015


Here are the top 10 tracks of the last week:

  1. Julio Bashmore – ‘Holding On’ feat. Sam Dew
  2. Torres – ‘Cowboy Guilt’
  3. Braids – ‘Taste’
  4. Towkio – ‘Reflection’ (prod. Kaytranada)
  5. Shit Robot feat. Reggie Watts – ‘Where It’s At’
  6. !!! – ‘All U Writers’
  7. Future Islands – ‘The Chase
  8. Kudu Blue – ‘Bones’
  9. Lung Dart – ‘B.OK’
  10. Oh Wonder – ‘Livewire’

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

Posted on May 1st, 2015

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You won’t get no April Fool’s from me, only great tunes like this one. London production duo Oh Wonder, Josephine and Anthony, dropped their eighth wonder ‘Midnight Moon’. The band have announced their first live shows in London, Paris, New York and LA later in the year. Would be nice to see them in Ireland huh?

They are definitely my favourite new band of the last year.

Here are all of their tunes so far:

Posted on April 1st, 2015


This week, songs that impressed came from Cork’s The Hard Ground, LA R&B singer Kelela in stark mode on ‘A Message’, Toro Y Moi doing what he does best, Chris Clark giving us a pummeling with ‘Silver Sun’ from his new Flame Rave EP and there was “psych afro-rock at 138 BPM” from Melbourne’s Broadway Sounds.

SertOne teamed up with another Aussie Maribelle on ‘Lost & Found’, the Chromatics gave us another free download single called I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around from their new album Dear Tommy. From the North of Ireland, Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail teamed up for ‘The Colour Blue’, the first track from a mini-album.

Loud Mouth Collective gave us a song from Volume 7 of their series, Kool Thing returned with a new sound and name – Evvol. Mullingar indie-pop band The Academic released their first track in a while called ‘Different’. The brilliant Oh Wonder came back with their seventh track ‘Technicolour Beat’ and news of their first live show in London and Action Bronson’s collab with Chance The Rapper showed us that his major label debut Mr Wonderful could be just that.

Finally, there’s room for a reissue from a release that kicked off the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog. A bonkers global dance album from Ghanaian singer/producer Ata Kak discovered on cassette gets a release on vinyl, CD, tape and digitally.

More new music? Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. Updated weekly.

Posted on March 6th, 2015

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