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.
Nils Frahm – All Melody
A sprawling beauty of an album from composer and musician Nils Frahm. All Melody was recorded in his studio in his custom-built studio in Funkhaus in Berlin which took advantage of reverb chambers and the space of the old place along with contributions from other musicians gives the album an endlessly exploratory feel and at 75 minutes that’s what it needs. It moves between ambient, classical and electronic, and the lines are increasingly smudged of those archetypes. It’s Frahm embracing possibilities in his compositions while still maintaining his owwn sonic imprint.
Khruangbin – Con Todo El Mundo
Texas psychedelic trio Khruangbin return with a second album of psychedelic laid-back band music. The band meld “60’s Thai funk, 70’s Persian rock music, and 80’s Algerian symphonia” with light funk and improvisational touches while the rhythm section keep things rolling nicely. More of a background groove than a marquee sound but it’s very effective. Live, I hear it comes into its own. They play Dublin on Sunday March 4th in Whelans.
Cadence Weapon – Cadence Weapon
The return of Rollie Pemberton to a full-length album after a number of years away finds the Montreal-based Edmonton artist in his best form since his breakthrough second album Afterparty Babies in 2007. That record explored family and community and there’s similar themes at play here – with Rollie reflecting on being an independent artist and making his way in the world as one, the community and parties around him and his place in it. Production is tight and airy with a beat by Kaytrananda on ‘My Crew’ and nods to the laconic production style of Future and Migos among beats built around jazz and funk chords. The presence of Blue Hawaii, Brendan Philip and Deradoorian add some vocal texture to a confident and unique artist. A welcome return.
Palmbomen II – Memories of Cindy
A compilation of four EPs from the LA-based Dutch artist Palmbomen II with a concept around a eulogy to a character called Cindy told through a “surreal, neo-noir lens.” and released over the last five years. Musically, that means lo-fi house, new age melodies, and soft-glow electronica with ambience and nods to AFX-style acid. Highlights include ‘Seventeen’ and ‘Love Story Fantasy’.
Robert John Ardiff – Between The Bed and Room
The ambience throughout the album is soothing and emotive, reflecting the honest sound that Ardiff set out to depict.
“I wanted to create something that sounded like it was made by a human sitting in a room playing songs. I limited the recording process to 12 tracks per song and used all analog gear like the synths, the acoustic instruments tascam 12 track onto which everything was recorded. The results are lo-fi but I feel I have achieved what I set out to do. The songs are ones that I have carried in my pocket for a long time. Some of them are about growing up in a small Irish village, while others explore themes of love, betrayal and understanding.”
The album also features collaborations with other artists such as Ken McCabe, Rob McComish, Niall Colreavy, Louisa Carroll, John Carney, Paul Kenny, Stuart McMahon.
Johnny Jewel – Digital Rain
A solo soundtrack-style LP from the Chromatics/Glass Candy/ Italians Do It Better composer/musician/producer explores the concept of precipitation in sound through evocative instrumental ambient synths. It’s the followup to last year’s Windswept which featured tracks Jewel made for the Twin Peaks revisited soundtrack. Still no sign of the Chromatics’ Dear Tommy however.
Posted on January 30th, 2018
Professor Rhythm – Leave Me Alone
The always-reliable Awesome Tapes from Africa digs up a 1995 kwaito dance gem from South Africa’s Professor Rhythm. The label has had some great stuff in 2017 including Umoja’s 707′ and Om Alec Khaoli ‘Say You Love Me’ and this is no different. Joy. Brian and his Awesome Tapes From Africa are in the Sugar Club in Dublin on November 11th with Super Silly, Farah Elle courtesy of Woweembeem.
The Go! Team are back and for their first song since 2015’s The Scene Between. The Brighton band arrive with ‘Semicircle Song’ with a marching band, The Detroit Youth Choir. The band’s mastermind Ian Parton took inspiration from Northern soul, Japanese indie-pop and old-school hip hop and went to Detroit to record with a marching band and choir.
Boy Harsher – Westerners
Massachusetts duo Boy Harsher impressed me with the dark and swirling ‘Motion’ and here’s another from their debut EP, a pulsating electro track with atmospheric care-free abandon and an old-school beat.
SONDAR – Ready
Effervescent electro pop from Cait and Katie, a duo from Nashville.
Burial – Rodent
I’d become less interested in recent Burial releases due to familiarity or apathy. That’s on me perhaps but the latest track from the enigmatic producer finds him in his most direct clubbing state in quite a while. From the the relentless bassline to the hypnotic vocal line to the snatches of sax, ‘Rodent’ is a fresh sound from a producer who already has a trailblazing tag.
Palmbomen II – Ultimate Lovestory Fantasy
The latest release, Memories of Cindy 3, from the LA producer has his trademark textured ambience in full effect: revealing itself like a soft breath in a warm fogged tunnel.
Four Tet – Lush
A mellow and melodic highlight from Kieran Hebden’s largely understated new record New Energy.
St. Vincent – Pills
Annie Clark’s Jack Antonoff-produced album Masseduction is out today. Clark has always been one to root for – as a kickass female artist in a male-dominated guitar space, she’s proved herself more talented and ambitious than anyone yet sometimes, her songs remain stubborn to letting you in beyond admiration. ‘Pills’ is maybe the most pop thing Clark has ever done but it doesn’t lose the swagger that got her to where she is in the first place. She’s in Dublin next week.
Baths – Out
Will Wiesenfeld is back as Baths with a new album Romaplasm on Anticon on November 17th and the album takes inspiration from anime and video games. ‘Out’ has that vivd bounce to it and Will says the title is “a dual meaning—either referring to someone going out for the night, or being an out gay person. It touches on the intersection of both but mostly deals with how I feel in a club environment.” Here’s first single ‘Yeoman’.
King Krule – Half Man Half Shark
Archy Marshall’s newest album as King Krule might be his most complete yet (one listen in). Marshall has a tendency to let his drawl do all the work on tracks sometimes but there’s plenty of shade and energy on the new record to warrant further investigation. It’s still got that loose jazz feel at times and ‘Half Man Half Shark’ is one such typical highlight.
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Posted on October 13th, 2017
This week’s selection is recent new music highlights as I never made one last week due to being at The Great Escape. So here is a mixtape of the best tracks since the last one of these taking in the Newcastle folk singer Jack Houlsby, new artists in the intense but brilliant Anna B Savage, new Domino signing LA Priest, Matador’s Haelos, Polish dude Oliver Heim, Niwel Tsumbu and friends as RiZA, Liverpool’s Johnny Sands sounding like Ben Howard, the Def Jam-signed Alessia Cara flipping Portishead/Isaac Hayes sample, and soon to be Dublin residents Overcoats.
There’s also a section marked ‘banging’ featuring analogue electronics from Boot & Tax, acid vibes from Stellar Om Source, psychedelic AFX style on Beats In Space from Palmbomen II with a track named after a minor X-Files character and house vibes from Jack J.
It might be a special weekend….
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Posted on May 22nd, 2015
My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.
- Slaves – ‘Cheer Up London’
- Real Lies – ‘North Circular’
- Jack Garratt – ‘The Love You’re Given’
- Le Galaxie – ‘Put The Chain On’
- Shamir – ‘On The Regular’
- Jamie XX – ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times’
- Major Lazer – ‘Lean On (feat. MØ & DJ Snake)’
- Alessia Cara – ‘Here’
- Tricky – ‘Hell Is Around the Corner’
- Jinx Lennon – ‘Guitar=magic Wand’
- Fierce Mild – ‘Small Talk’
- Fight Like Apes – ‘Pop Itch’
- Anna B Savage – ‘I’
- Girl Band – ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’
- Young Wonder – ‘Enchanted’
- LA Priest – ‘Party Zute / Learning to Love’
- Hot Chip – ‘Love Is The Future’
- Clarence Clarity – ‘Will To Believe’
- Rocstrong – ‘Hold Ya’
- Zola Jesus – ‘Go (Blank Sea)‘
- Hudson Mohawke – ‘Scud Books’
- Wet – ‘Deadwater’
- Keita Sano – ‘Once I Found a Diamond’
- Palmbomen II – ‘Cindy Savalas’
- Boot & Tax – ‘Dancin’
- Stellar OM Source – ‘Sudden’
After midnight (not recorded)
- Sylvan Esso – ‘HSKT’
- Sorcha Richardson – ‘Petrol Station’
- Oh Wonder – ‘Dazzle’
- Jake Houlsby- ‘Yannina’
- Overcoats – ‘The Fog’
- Lapsley – ‘Brownlow’
- Eaves – ‘Pylons’
Posted on May 22nd, 2015