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.
Rejjie Snow – Dear Annie
Dublin-born rapper Rejjie Snow has finally staked his claim on the international hip-hop landscape with the release of his long-awaited debut album Dear Annie. The album is released under the watchful eye of 300 Entertainment, home to artists such as Migos and Young Thug. Rejjie first appeared on the scene as Lecs Luther, channeling MF Doon and Tyler, The Creator and while he hasn’t left the influences of those artists entirely behind, he has penned a A stylish and polychromatically produced debut record where the vocalists like Portland’s Aminé, London’s Ebenezer and Jesse James Solomon, Norway’s Anna of the North and American singers Dana Williams, Caroline Smith and Jesse Boykins III shine on the hooks.
Rejjie’s choice of intermissions negate the album’s romantic sincerity but there’s much to enjoy here in the vein of a soft glow rooftop down R&B-tinged rap tip. Snow hasn’t quite escaped the shadows of his forebearers but at 24 years-old, he’s finally on a path to showing his own colours. Hear more from us on the album on this week’s podcast.
Wyvern Lingo – Wyvern Lingo
Wyvern Lingo’s self-titled debut album arrives on Rubyworks with much fanfare based on hard work, a regular gigging schedule and crucially, great preview songs. If lead single ‘I Love You Sadie’ is a starting point, then the group spend the rest of the album fleshing out and expanding upon that polished R’n’B sound with harmonius intent and a keen eye to real-world events. Without a doubt, the most exciting Irish prospect at the moment. Listen to them interviewed about the entitlement of Irish male artists of the past in our recent podcast.
Everything Is Recorded – Everything Is Recorded
The modern-day supergroup is a rarity, however, head of XL Records Richard Russell has assembled an impressive team to create this eclectic album. Featuring a plethora of artists ranging from Kamasi Washington to Sampha to Ibeyi to Giggs, with all musical ground in-between covered, the final product is the wonderful and sometimes bizarre Everything Is Recorded. . Don’t go into this album expecting loyalty to any singular genre, Russell instead seems to be concerned only with bringing out the best from the artists on each individual track. When it works, it shines but it sometimes feels a little lightweight.
Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy
Most artists focus solely on moving forward, writing and releasing an album to move on to the next project. Car Seat Headrest’s Will Toledo makes the interesting choice to revisit and re-imagine an old project with this remake of 2011’s Twin Fantasy. The addition of a bigger budget allows some of the lo-fi elements of the original release to be tweaked and upgraded. A worthwhile listen for those interested in seeing how far the group have come over the past seven years.
Imarhan – Temet
Temet marks Algerian desert rock sextet Imarhan’s second studio album. The band’s name, translating roughly into “the ones I care about”, is reflective of the passionate music the group create. Employing a hybrid sound of Western surf-rock guitars with pan-African rhythms and vocal deliveries, this release finds the group sounding more polished than their debut album.
Poliça and Stargaze – Music For The Long Emergency
Setting out to soundtrack the end of the world, this collaborative project between American synth-pop group Polica and Berlin-based orchestral ensemble Stargaze results in a stunning collection of novel music. Released under the supervision of London label Transgressive Records, this short album is packed full of haunting melodies and evolving textures. Landing somewhere between industrial and modernist, the apocalypse has rarely sounded better than on this album.
Posted on February 26th, 2018
This Boys Noize remix of Poliça’s ‘Kind’ is totally my buzz.
The original features on the band’s United Crushers LP but just came out alongside remixes by Task Force and Fog on a new EP.
Of the remix, Boys Noize says he was inspired by the vocal to go “90s vogue house.”
“I ended up going for this 90s Vogue House-inspired dub mix because I just wanted to hear [the lyric] ‘fever high, fever high’ in the club.”
It is, a banger.
Poliça are on tour and play Dublin this Saturday night.
07 Oct – Warsaw, Poland – Proxima
08 Oct – Prague, Czech Republic – Rock Café
11 Oct – Zurich, Switzerland – Zurich
12 Oct – Paris, France – Trabendo
14 Oct – Leeds, UK – Stylus
15 Oct – Button Factory – Dublin
16 Oct – Glasgow, UK – SWG3
18 Oct – Bristol, UK – Anson Rooms
19 Oct – London, UK – Roundhouse
20 Oct – Birmingham, UK – Institute Library
21 Oct – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
23 Oct – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
24 Oct – Brussels, Belgium – AB
26 Oct – Amsterdam, Holland – Melkweg
27 Oct – Cologne, Germany – Die Kantine
28 Oct – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
29 Oct – Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefarlich
31 Oct – Oslo, Norway – Parkteatret
01 Nov – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Medis
02 Nov – Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega
04 Nov – Berlin, Germany – Astra
05 Nov – Munich, Germany – Technikum
Posted on October 11th, 2016
Castlepalooza have revealed more acts for the impressive looking festival in Charleville Castle from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July in Tullamore.
With new bargaining power in the form of Aiken Promotions, the festival has just added:
- New Jackson
- Field Music
- Little Scream
- I Am The Cosmos
- Lisa O’ Neill
- Son Lux
- Steve Davis (DJ & pool set)
- Little Scream
- Slow Reader’s Club
- Hare Squead
- Prins Thomas
- Let’s Eat Grandma
- Toby Kaar
- I Have A Tribe
- All the Luck in the World
- Paddy Hanna
- Orchid Collective
- J. Cowhie
- No Monster Club
- Morning Veils
- Rosa Nutty
- Like Chandeliers
Weekend tickets are priced €134 (weekend w/ camping) and €115 (weekend) are on sale now.
First tier day tickets are be available from today to the end of April priced €53.65+fee. Then from May priced €64.45 and from June priced €70.45. Tickets for CASTEPALOOZA
Here is the Day by Day Breakdown:
Caribou / Polica / Daphni / Romare (live AV set) / Lynched / Toby Kaar / Jarbird / The Altered Hours / Get Down Edits / Rosa Nutty / Like Chandeliers.
I’ll also be DJing on the Friday.
Jurassic 5 / Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong) / Prins Thomas / Steve Davis (DJ & pool table set) / Tiger & Woods / Little Scream / Hare Squead / Let’s Eat Grandma / Lisa O’Neill / Slow Reader’s Club / Overhead, the Albatross / Daithi / Badlands / All the Luck in the World / I Am The Cosmos / Seapinks / Malojian / J Cowhie / Tandem Felix / Oh Boland.
Villagers / Cat Power / New Jackson / Alle Farben / Field Music / Son Lux / Colm Mac Con Iomaire / Cian Nugent / I Have a Tribe / Somerville / Paddy Hanna / Orchid Collective / No Monster Club / Morning Veils.
Posted on April 26th, 2016
The top songs of the month
- Bibio – ‘Town and Country’
- Kanye West – ‘Ultralight Beam’
- Bantum & Loah – ‘Take It’
- Daithí & Sinead White – ‘Love On Top’
- Waffles – Waffles
- Charli XCX – ‘Vroom Vroom’
- Monika – Secret In The Dark (Juan Maclean edit)
- Polica – ‘Lime Habit’
- Holy Ghost! – ‘Crime Cutz’
- Santigold – Banshee
- Damien Lynch – ‘The Heights’
- J Dilla – ‘The Introduction’
- The Altered Hours – Saviours
- King – ‘The Greatest’
- The Gloaming – ‘The Hare’
- Junior Boys – Big Black Coat
- The Invisible – Save You
- February & Mars – ‘Secret Storm At The Edge Of Night’
- Chinah – ‘Colder’
- Pantha Du Prince – ‘The Winter Hymn’ feat. Queens
- FKA TWIGS – ‘Good To Love’
- J. Cowhie – ‘Long Way Home’
- Wyvern Lingo – ‘Beast At The Door’
- White Denim – Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)
- I Have A Tribe – ‘La Neige’
- Charles Bradley – Change for the World
- Little Green Cars – ‘Easier Day’
- The Natural History Museum – ‘Jeweller’
- Overcoats – ‘Nighttime Hunger’
- Gold Panda – ‘Time Eater’
Posted on March 2nd, 2016
My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night. You can listen back by date (Thursday – the new site isn’t done so the first hour is actually TXFM Evenings – 3 / then Nialler9 – 1)
- Augustus & John – There’s Goes My Train
- The Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing (J-Felix Remix)
- NAO – So Good (feat. A.K. Paul)
- Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts – Support Tours
- Cian Nugent – Things Don’t Change That Fast
- The Dø – Trustful Hands (Radio Edit)
- Grimes – World Princess part II
- Wild Nothing – Chinatown
- Lissie – Hero
- Operators – True
- POLIÇA – Lime Habit
- Daithi – Mary Keanes Introduction
- Sophie – Like We Never Said Goodbye
- Hudson Mohawke – Forever 1 (Cashmere Cat Edit)
- Righeira – Vamos a la Playa (Maxi)
- Philip Bailey & Phil Collins – Easy Lover
- Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen (Mojo Filter Macwood Mixdown)
- Peter Gabriel – No Control (Fort Romeau edit)
- New Order – Tutti Frutti
- Chvrches – Leave a Trace (Four Tet Remix)
- !!! – Freedom! ’15
- Reykjavíkurdætur – D.R.U.S.L.A ft. Ásdís María
- Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark (Blaster Mix)
Posted on November 20th, 2015
Next weekend, Other Voices moves to Derry for the second time to shoot the second leg of its current season after December’s regular recordings in Dingle. Performances from Public Service Broadcasting, Bell X1, The Gloaming, Poliça and East India Youth are lined up for the Glassworks in the city and I have a pair of tickets to give away to Sunday’s gig featuring The Gloaming, Poliça, George Ezra and East India Youth. Enter below.
Also happening in Derry next weekend, there’s Banter discussions, the Other Voices Music Trail, an Annie Mac night, OneTwoOneTwo music documentary festival showing Mistaken For Strangers and lots more.
Posted on January 31st, 2014
In the Christmas rush, I totally missed the announcement that Other Voices Derry will have Bell X1 and Poliça at the Glassworks in the city from February 7th to 9th. Today they’ve added George Ezra and recent Northern Irish album of the year winner Foy Vance.
Also in Derry this year will be the IMRO Other Room, Banter and the Music Trail. Applications for the Other Room are open til tomorrow at noon for bands to apply.
Posted on January 9th, 2014
The 30 tracks that made the month of music awesome in a Soundcloud playlist with links to where you can find the track.
The 30 tracks:
- James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Cavalier’
- Chromeo – ‘Sexy Socialite’
- Nadia Ksaiba – ‘Virtual Lover’
- Ali Love – ‘Another’
- Wave Racer – ‘Rock U Tonite’
- Polica – ‘Chain My Name’
- Kelela – ‘Guns ‘n’ Synths’
- Lorde – ‘Royals’
- Squarehead – ‘2025’
- Arcade Fire – ‘We Exist’
- The Juan Maclean – ‘Feel Like Movin’
- Darkside – ‘Paper Trails’
- Lasertom – ‘All The Time’
- Spies – ‘November Sun’
- Wiley – ‘And Again’
- Movement – ‘Us’
- Contour – ‘Change Your Ways’ (feat. Anna Doran)
- CON VOS – ‘Central Park’
- Ensemble Eriu – ‘3 College Square’
- Daniel Avery – ‘Drone Logic’
- Tiger & Woods – ‘Bash At Jacks’
- Gilligan Moss – ‘Choreograph’
- Ménage à Trois – ‘White Noise’
- Gentry – ‘Not Like Me’
- Lxury – ‘Jaws’
- Dioscó Na mBó – ‘Brassanova’
- We Cut Corners – ‘YKK’
- Danny Brown – ‘Dope Song’
- Emakousma – ‘Can’t Reach The Pedals’
- Mark Pritchard – ’1 2 3 4′ feat. Ragga Twins
Posted on November 6th, 2013
New songs you should hear this week…
I’ve decided to switch up the format here a bit so you get to read about about the tracks in question for some more context if wanted. I’m going to feature 10 of the tracks in that way and then post the playlist every week with bonus tracks worthy of your time (if you have more of it to give). So here are my top tracks of the week:
Posted on October 25th, 2013
Having played a sold-out date in Dublin in March, the Minneapolis indie band returned with a new single, Tiff, a synth-swirling track featuring Justin Vernon of Bon Iver on backing vocals.
Posted on April 26th, 2013