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Purity Ring – Asido

Can you believe it’s been five years since the Canadian duo released their debut album? To mark the occasion, Purity Ring dropped this new song with Mike Oldfield bells and their trademark electro pop shades for a once-off single.


Susanne Sundfør & John Grant – Mountaineers

Norwegian Susanne Sundfør is a songwriter, producer and singer who has released five albums so far but who has recently taken a step up recently by signing to Bella Union for her sixth Music for People in Trouble in August 25th. Now, that label’s biggest name has contributed vocals to this song from the album and he contributes his deep baritone in reverb to a choral duet that builds into something much more forceful, swirling and unexpected. Sundfør plays The Sugar Club on Saturday October 7th.


Bullion – ‘Spin2Glory’

Uk producer Bullion dropped a new three-track EP recently but my highlight from it is the driving Lindstrom-esque electronic guitar and disco buzz of ‘Spin2Glory’.


Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – ‘An Intention’

Smith’s EARS album is my de facto ambient album to turn to to get work done to but that’s not a slight, it’s an effective backdrop for passive listening but there’s a lot to pay attention to as well. ‘An Intention’ is the first track from her followup –The Kid and continues her beguiling ambient electronic explorations.


Boy Harsher – ‘Motion’

A dark slice of hypnotic Factory Floor-esque coldwave from Massachusetts duo.


Palms Trax – ‘Honey Lemongina’

The fourth release in Dekmantel Record’s 10th anniversary celebratory EPs features this gem.


Skott – ‘Mermaid’

After a run of great singles, the Swedish artist Skott slows things down for a modern pop ballad.

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Posted on July 27th, 2017

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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.

Part One

  1. Julio Bashmore  – Holding On (feat. Sam Dew)
  2. Future Islands  – The Chase
  3. Hot Chip  – Burning Up
  4. Towkio  – Reflection (prod. Kaytranada)
  5. Jungle  – The Heat (Creange Remix)
  6. Jape  – Absolutely Animals
  7. George FitzGerald  – Call It Love (If You Want To) [feat. Lawrence Hart]
  8. Braids  – Sore Eyes
  9. Eaves – Pylons
  10. Lianne La Havas –  Unstoppable
  11. Torres – Cowboy Guilt
  12. Le Galaxie – Love System 2015

Part Two 

  1. The Chemical Brothers –  Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
  2. Shit Robot – Where It’s At (feat. Reggie Watts)
  3. Roots Manuva  – Facety 2:11 (prod. Four Tet)
  4. Skepta  – Shutdown
  5. Oh Wonder –  Technicolour Beat
  6. Tennis  – Mean Streets
  7. Speedy Ortiz  – Raising the Skate
  8. Jamie xx  – Loud Places (featuring Romy)
  9. Purity Ring  – Bodyache
  10. Kudu Blue  – Bones
  11. Liquid Liquid  – Optimo
  12. !!!  – All U Writers
  13. Kendrick Lamar –  King Kunta
  14. Chance The Rapper –  Chain Smoker

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 May 1st, 2015


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If I’m honest and I always try to be, I’m not a massive fan of the new Purity Ring album Another Eternity with the exception of a few tracks – it didn’t pass the all important car journey test.

But, I do enjoy the band live so I would consider going to see them on Bank Holiday Monday May 4th when they hit Button Factory with support from Born Gold for a once off show.

Tickets are €20 from and usual outlets

Posted on March 11th, 2015


My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlist on Spotify | Soundcloud

The songs

  1. MuRli  – ‘Both Sides’ (feat. God Knows)
  2. Vallis Alps – ‘Young’
  3. Jonnie Common – ‘Crumbs’
  4. Oh Wonder – ‘The Rain’
  5. Jape – ‘Séance Of Light’
  6. Buffalo Woman – ‘U Make Me High’
  7. Bitch Falcon – ‘Wolfstooth’
  8. Jessica Pratt – ‘Jacquelyn in the Background’
  9. Skelocrats – ‘Lyin’ Eyes’
  10. Bjork – ‘Stonemilker’
  11. Tobias Jesse Jr – ‘Hollywood’
  12. Joey Bada$$ – ‘Teach Me’ feat. Kiesza
  13. Doomtree – ‘Gray Duck’
  14. Kanye West / Paul McCartney – ‘Only One’
  15. Badbadnotgood & Ghostface Killah – ‘Ray Gun’
  16. Aphex Twin – ‘Sams Car’
  17. Fort Romeau – Insides’
  18. Seven Davis Jr. – ‘Wild Hearts’
  19. Shlohmo – ‘Buried’
  20. Future Brown – ‘Room 302’ feat. Tink
  21. How to Dress Well x TALA – ‘The One’ (HTDW version)
  22. Purity Ring – ‘Begin Again’
  23. Kaytranada feat. Vic Mensa – ‘Drive Me Crazy’
  24. Marika Hackman – ‘Animal Fear’
  25. No Monster Club – ‘I’ve Retired’
  26. Courtney Barnett -‘Pedestrian At Best’
  27. Come On Live Long – Trough’
  28. Honningbarna – ‘Prinser Av Sarajevo’
  29. The Staves – ‘Steady’
  30. Laura Groves – ‘Dream Story’



Posted on February 2nd, 2015


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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.


  1. Ibeyi  – ‘River’
  2. Sampha –  ‘Too Much’
  3. Oh Wonder – ‘All We Do’
  4. Jape – ‘Seance Of Light’
  5. Purity Ring –  ‘Push Pull’
  6. Portable –  ‘Surrender (feat. Lcio)’
  7. Young Fathers –  ‘Soon Come Soon’
  8. All We Are –  ‘I Wear You’
  9. Future Islands – ‘Seasons’ (Waiting On You) [BADBADNOTGOOD Reinterpretation]
  10. Sharon Van Etten –  ‘Our Love’
  11. Arca – ‘Wound’
  12. Bonobo – ‘Flashlight’
  13. Wu-Tang Clan –  ‘A Better Tomorrow’

Listen part 1



  1. Ariel Pink  – ‘Black Ballerina’
  2. Azealia Banks –  ‘Chasing Time’ (Max Tundra Remix)
  3. Diplo – ‘Diplo Rhythm’ (feat. Vybz Cartel, Pantera Os Danadinhos & Sandra Melody)
  4. Shamir – ‘On the Regular’
  5. Boot & Tax – ‘Confuzed House’
  6. Martyn & Four Tet – ‘Glassbeadgames’
  7. Hubie Davison – ‘Get On’
  8. R.Seiliog – ‘Mt. Essa’
  9. R.S.A.G.  – ‘Don’t Move So Fast’
  10. George Maple –  ‘Vacant Space’
  11. Floating Points – ‘Nuits Sonores’

Listen part 2

Posted on December 5th, 2014


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New songs you should hear this week…

This weekly post features a playlist of the best new music debuted/heard in the last seven days or so. This week’s set includes tracks from Redinho, Monto, Austra, Manor, Keep Shelly In Athens, J Dilla, Julia Holter, Anna Meredith, The Third Policeman, Jon Hopkins featuring Purity Ring, Alba Lua, Lost Midas, I Have A Tribe and more.

Posted on August 12th, 2013

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Wallpaper by 400 Facts. Click to enlarge.

In which Aoife and I play a plethora of amazing tunes from the last few months, remind ourselves why Purity Ring is a weird band name, why bands need to stop releasing demos as finished tracks, take a brief exploration into ’80s fanzine-assisted electronica, and inadvertently insult loads of people throughout the podcast. Oops. Enjoy.

MP3: Nialler9 Podcast #40

See the full podcast tracklisting →

Posted on June 17th, 2012

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Paulo Gonçalves photo
Paulo Gonçalves photo

Grimes and Chairlift Forbidden Fruit photos by Paulo Gonçalves.

If there’s anything this weekend reminded me, it’s when it comes to festivals, you don’t have to travel to get the experience. With Bloom in the Park taking up a large space in the Phoenix Park to Forbidden Fruit in the Royal Hospital Gardens in Kilmainham, the green west part of the city was home to many more people’s weekends than normal, an encouraging display of the sentiment that the city is there for us to use.


Posted on June 5th, 2012


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Some tasty additions to Forbidden Fruit today:

Saturday 2nd June: Holy Fuck, Actress, Republic of Loose, Reid and White Collar Boy.

Sunday 3rd June: Purity Ring, Cloud Nothings, To Kill A King and We Cut Corners.

Monday 4th June: Chairlift, Autumn Owls.

Tickets are €49:50 for one day / Two Day Ticket: €89.50 / Weekend Ticket: €115.

Previous announcement.

Posted on May 1st, 2012


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This year was my fourth South By South West and before I left for Austin, I was apprehensive about the festival’s status as a relevant music event in its 26th year. Over 2,000 bands visit the Texas capital to try and advance their careers and I wondered why they bothered anymore? Was there actually worth in them playing? Any band who travel the large distance must have a profile, a buzz or are there to strike a deal on Texas soil to make it really worth their while. Bands that travel on blind faith and hope that something will happen for them are delusional and hopefully few and far between these days.

For me, SXSW is a festival that I go to for new music and the opportunity to gorge on it over five or six days. This year a a giant vending machine made the news, commercialism was rampant, Jay-Z playing a gig to credit card customers, Springsteen gave a (mighty) keynote speech while Kanye, Jack White and Skrillex all packed in venues. At the same time, you’ve got an art gallery playing host to a hippy-leaning label showcase, the Boiler Room broadcasting leftfield electronica from a backyard out of town, bands busking on the street and industry chasing the buzz for their own benefit. It’s contradictory, crass, nothing and everything all at once and that means that SXSW is just a pop-up macrocosm of the music industry as a whole.

Nialler9’s top 20 bands of SXSW 2012 …→

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Posted on March 23rd, 2012


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