As the return of Dublin city’s finest music festival Bulmers Forbidden Fruit returns to IMMA in Dublin 8, Nialler9 is previewing the forthcoming attractions in a series of posts recommending acts such as10 must-see Irish acts and 10 must-see acts plus offering playlists to see at the festival.

Here’s a look at the Bank Holiday Monday lineup of the festival which tends to provide a much more relaxed atmosphere for a more experienced crowd than the rest of the weekend.

Original Stage

The War On Drugs

21:15, Original Stage


The Pennsylvania indie-rock band lead by Adam Granduciel close the festival on Monday. Their fourth album A Deeper Understanding released in 2017 cemented the band’s Springsteen and Tom Petty-esque sound and live, its sweeping stadium rock music is one that echoes the charm of those greats. It’s an old-fashioned style but one, that has its graces.

Grizzly Bear

19:45, Original Stage


Grizzly Bear kicked off their world tour in Dublin last year and now they make a kind return to help us kick off our festival season in the City. Their highly anticipated fifth studio album Painted Ruins came out last August which added a more synth based sound to their soothing indie-rock aesthetic.

Spoon

18:45, Original Stage


Lead by Britt Daniel, indie art-pop group Spoon released their latest album Hot Thoughts last year which added a touch more funk to the bands consistent indie-pop aesthetic.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

16:45, Original Stage


Having built a reputation as a fine lo-fi psych-rock band,  the New Zealand/Portland-based band Unknown Mortal Orchestra, lead by Ruban Nielsen, have changed things up. The band released their fourth studio album Sex & Food earlier this year and it added strands of heavy-rock, yacht-rock and their oddball-funk trademark sound. It’ll be interesting to see how much of that they can bring to the stage at Forbidden Fruit.

David Kitt

16:00, Original Stage


David Kitt has been releasing music under his electronic project name New Jackson of late. His first release as David Kitt in over eight years Yous dropped earlier this year which was recorded at his Dublin home with a blend of electronics, samples and live instrumentation in collaboration with various other musicians. The live setting performance setting of this album is sure to provide a varied ambiance.

Undergrowth Stage

Warpaint

20:30, Undergrowth Stage


Californian four-piece rock band Warpaint are signed to Rough Trade and released their last album Heads Up in 2016. The album features a rhythmic ambiance and their live sets create a soothing and trance-like environment. The band have a large Irish following and they sold out the National Concert Hall last year.

Thundercat

18:30, Undergrowth Stage


Stephen Lee Bruner’s latest album Drunk which came out last year features collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Michael McDonald, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell. Thundercat has become the go-to guy for the likes of Kendrick to bring in live bass and he has a fervent live following himself in young jazz circles. He is a standout multi-instrumentalist/ singer-songwriter whose live performances deliver a soulful-jazzy array of funk, soul and jazz.

Rhye

17:00, Undergrowth Stage


With hit singles, such as ‘The Fall’ Canadian singer Mike Milosh is an artist who has a reputation for touching on the heart-strings with his upbeat, jazzy romantic-pop music. This year he continued the flow with the release of his second album Blood with singles such as ‘Taste’. Live this act, accompanied by a live band provide an emotive upbeat ambiance to rein in on.

Superorganism

15:30, Undergrowth Stage


Eight-piece super group Superorganism mark their Irish gig debut at Bulmers Forbidden Fruit. With catchy pop-art tracks such as ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous’ and ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’ this performance promises to be fun filled.

Bulmers Live

Nialler9

21:30, Bulmers Live Stage

Our very own Nialler9 will be bringing a close to the Irish proceedings of the festival. For a glimpse into what to expect from this set delve into some Nialler9 DJ mixes.

Sing Along Social

20:30, Bulmers Live Stage

Sing Along Social gives you the opportunity to sing to your favourite classic songs alongside your favourite friends and strangers soon to be acquaintances. This is a ‘singing party and commitment-free choir’ that promises nothing less than a fun time.

David Keenan

19:40, Bulmers Live Stage


Irish singer-songwriter David Keenan made his debut in made his debut back in 2015 and has been imparting his folk-take style of musicianship throughout Ireland ever since. His songwriting ability is one of transportive qualities, painting descriptive pictures and taking you on the journey back there with him.

Fontaines D.C

18:10, Bulmers Live Stage


These boys bring an infectious energy to their live performances delivering their fresh take on punk-rock in a colloquial-driven narrative. What better city to engage with this in than Dublin, the D.C does stand for Dublin City. Their latest double A-side ‘Chequeless Reckless’/’Boys In The Better Land’ dropped in February of this year.

Lilla Vargen

17:00, Bulmers Live Stage


Northern Irish singer-songwriter Lilla Vargen is an artist that projects soothing and soulful qualities. With stand out tracks such as ‘Downtown’ and ‘I Believe Me’ clocking up millions of hits on Spotify being proof that she is captivating attention with her music. Your soul-soothing opportunity awaits.

Ailbhe Reddy

16:00, Bulmers Live Stage


Dublin singer-songwriter Ailbhe Reddy has been developing her sound for over two years now. This year she released tracks such as ‘The Tube’ which introduced a more experimental sound and ‘Threads’ where she teamed up with Maria Kelly. This artist delivers a rousing indie-folk sound effortlessly and consistently throughout her live sets.

Molly Sterling

15:15, Bulmers Live Stage


Tipperary native Molly Sterling is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter who has been trekking her own creative path for a number of years and is now finding a place of resonance. Her latest single ‘Plain Static’ is a piano lead ballad based wholly in reality and its flaws that has intimacy in its construction. Her live performances enhance the powerful qualities of her voice, whilst accompanied by a live band for further effect.

check out this Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Monday Spotify Playlist.

Posted on May 30th, 2018

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Forbidden Fruit have announced that Rhye, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Nialler9 will join the line-up for Monday June 4th in Kilmainham.

The full line-up now looks like this:

Saturday 2nd

Justice
Richie Hawtin
Glass Animals

Sunday 3rd

Bonobo
Vince Staples
Four Tet

Across the weekend

Mike D (Dj Set)
Bicep (Live)
Denis Sulta
Ben Ufo
Hunee
Ibibio Sound Machine
Ross From Friends (Live)
Willaris K
Dj Deece
Ae Mak
R.Kitt (Live)

Monday

The War On Drugs
Grizzly Bear
Warpaint
Thundercat
Superorganism
Spoon
Rhye
Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Tickets
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Saturday Day (2nd)
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Two Day Weekend (Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd)
2nd Release – €119.00

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Posted on February 27th, 2018

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


Nialler9 Weekly playlist


1.

Jessie Ware – ‘Midnight’

The soul singer with a penchant for featuring on upbeat dancefloor tracks and the UK’s closest artist to a new Sadé, Jessie Ware returns to her torch-bearing soul sound with more confident vocals than ever before and an Andre 300 Love Below-style production. It was co-written by Kiah Victoria, Jordan Thomas and Carrius Gold, three upcoming songwriters from London and co-produced by Carrius Gold and Pop Wansel (Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj).


Bantum’s mini-album Move from last year has spawned a series of solid remixes from Mix & Fairbanks and Phare and now, Daithí is the producer to tackle the Cork man’s track ‘Feel Your Rhythm’ with a fresh perspective.

The Clareman takes the original’s feature guests Rusangano Family and Senita (Lakerama, Shookrah) and brings some fresh energy to the original, adding new focus to Rusangano’s verses. This tune slayed at Body & Soul so catch Bantum and Another Love Story and Electric Picnic in the next month.


3.

Kelela – ‘LMK’

One of my favourite new artists of the last few years, Kelela has returned with new music.’LMK’, which stands for “Let me Know” restablishes Kelela’s clubby R&B sound as heard on Cut 4 Me mixtape and Hallucinogen EP.

It’s taken from her album Take Me Apart out on October 6th on Warp Records.


4.

King Henry feat. Rhye – ‘Moment’

I sometimes find Rhye’s music too soft or elegant to grasp when it doesn’t quite land but on this track from a one-time Bieber and Beyoncé collaborator its the mark. Mike Milosh’s beguiling effeminate voice is ably matched by a muted and buzzing arrangement.


5.

Blue Hawaii – ‘No One Like You’

When not singing with her weightier band Braids, Raphaelle ‘Ra’ Standell has been playing with Alexander ‘Agor’ Kerby as Blue Hawaii since 2014 but they’ve just announced Tenderness, their first album in four years (October 6th via Arbutus Records).

The album’s lead track interpolates the hook of Kenix feat. Bobby Youngblood’s ‘There’s Never Been (No One Like You)’, an absolute jam it must be said.


6.

Four Tet – ‘Planet’

Another beautiful dance track from the master. Last month it was ‘Two Thousand And Seventeen’ and ‘Planet’ falls somewhere between his soft and dancefloor sensibilities.


7.

Bicep – ‘Glue’

Bicep, Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson are gearing up to release their debut album on Ninja Tune next month.

We’ve heard the excellent ‘Aura’ from the album and seen the tracklisting.

‘Glue’, the duo’s followup preview is a less dancefloor-focused but a shimmering slice of electronica.

Bicep is out on September 1st.


8.

Tender – ‘Machine’

Songs about domination and control have traditionally been about relationships between humans but Tender addresses the very modern and young problem of a partner who spends too much time staring at their phone instead of spending time with the person in front of them. We are all guilty of it and should be aware of it actively. The London band uses the idea of cellular distraction as an example of an disintegrating connection in a relationship. Their album Modern Addiction is out Sept 1st.


9.

Lone – ‘Mind’s Eye Melody’

Matt Cutler followed up his hip-hop-infused fifth album Reality Testing with Levitate last year which was more ravey and breakbeat-oriented (‘Backtail is Heavy’). Since then, there’s been an Ambivert Tools Vol 1 lead by the hard-edged ‘Crush Mood’ and this track which recalls his earlier melodic work.


10.

Birthday – ‘Que Pasa’

Atmospheric electronic dreamy pop on Shlohmo’s LA- based Label WEDIDIT/ Tombstone Recordings from Birthday, who are a duo named after the venue in London Birthdays.


3 New Music flavours:

All song added in the past week: Nialler9 Weekly.

The larger three-month New Music Playlist.

New Irish Music Playlist

Check out the regularly updated Spotify playlists.

Posted on August 4th, 2017

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Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify.

This is only a selection of new music – dig into more.
Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud & Spotify playlists.


1.

DJ Seinfeld – ‘U’

Lo-fi house it may have been dubbed due to its pisstakey name and peers (Ross From Friends, DJ Boring) but backlash aside, DJ Seinfeld’s music is proven to have a big heart as well as a sense of humour. ‘U’ is warm and emotive and even manages to turn a Bob Geldof sample into something sweet.

DJ Seinfeld plays Galway on NYE and Dublin at Hangar on January 14th. His recent release on Lobster Theremin.


2.

Bonobo feat. Rhye – ‘Break Apart’

Rhye, the music of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal has an elegant quality to it. When paired with Simon Green’s lush soundscapes as Bonobo, it’s a fruitful match. The song is from the forthcoming album Migration which will also feature Nick Murphy (FKA Chet Faker), Nicole Miglis of Hundred Waters and Moroccan band Innov Gnawa. You may have heard previous song ‘Kerala’ and it’s Gemma-Arterton-starring video.


3.

All The People – ‘Beach Club’

Smooth soulful indie atmosphere from All The People, who are three brothers Ashley, Simon and Curtis from the UK.

‘It’s reminiscent of memories of our childhood summers spent in caravan parks on the south coast where the actual beach club we refer to still stands. It actually started life as pure house track and then we played around with harmonies & took inspiration lyrically from ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gabrain shaping it into a slightly melancholy, nostalgic song’

A debut album called R Together is to be released in March.


4.

St. Francis Hotel — ‘You’d Gotta Be Alive’

St. Francis Hotel are a new Irish act/producers based in London who have released three songs thus far but have done enough to be noticed by the wider world via KCRW, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, BBC Six Music and Spotify.

They previously featured here as producers of the song ‘Writer’s Block’ with Lixo and Trim but their own music is much more band-based, psychedelic rock, synth atmosphere with pop tones, as heard on debut ‘Mondello’ and its reprise of sorts ‘Beyond Mondello’ below.

The duo (names unknown) met in London after emigrating to Dublin during the recession.

Newest song ‘You’d Gotta Be Alive’ is the best of the three: a soulful psychedelic groove with falsetto and laid-back atmospheric vibes.

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5.

Ta’East – ‘Withtheshit’

Over two years since the rapper Ta’East first featured on Nialler9, the San Diego rapper finally dropped his music acknowledging the wait with the title “>OK, I’m Ready, which features his first handful of tracks including this individual track.


6.

Kemt – ‘100 Reasons’

A smooth lo-fi-leaning house jam from a Parisian producer that autoplayed on Soundcloud for me earlier this week. Sound! Buy the track.


7.

Formation – ‘Powerful People’ (Krystal Klear Remix)

Dec Krystal Klear adds some synth-disco propulsion to Formation’s new single ‘Powerful People’. No official release yet.


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Posted on December 12th, 2016

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Last year’s Electric Picnic mixtape kicked off with a track from one of my favourite bands Hundred Waters. ‘Show Me Love’ is a short piece of music that kicks off their second album The Moon Rang Like A Bell. It was later given a solo version by singer Nicole Miglis.

Having released their music on Skrillex’s OWSLA label so a remix from him isn’t a huge surprise.

What is, is that he got Chance The Rapper, Robin Hannibal of Rhye & Moses Sumney in on the act too and made a video featuring most of them. You can get the track for download at ShowMe.Love.

Posted on March 22nd, 2016

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Body & Soul is back for its sixth year in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath for the Summer Solstice weekend of Friday June 19th to Sunday June 21st.

First here are the all-important first names:

Flight Facilities, Savages, Ásgeir, Austra, Goat, Nightmares on Wax, Rhye, Lamb, Matthew E White, Dan Deacon, Talaboman (John Talabot and Axel Boman), James Holden, Clark, SOHN, Mmoths, Brandt Brauer Frick, Songhoy Blues, Natalie Prass, Shit Robot, Alo Wala, Oy, New Jackson, Jonathan Toubin, Meltybrains? King Kong Company and Grounds For Invasion.

All of last year’s stages are expected to return and more names will of course, be announced soon. Meanwhile if you want a taste of Body & Soul, they are putting on Eriu on Monday in IMMA.

Ticket info

Body&Soul is this year offering a 5 Tier Ticket system for Three Day Camping tickets. Tier 1, 2, 3 have now sold out. A limited number Tier 4 tickets are currently available and Tier 5 will come on sale when they have sold out.

Full Tiered Pricing Details: General and Family Weekend Tickets:

Tier 4 €139.50 incl booking fee
Tier 5 €149.50 incl booking fee

Combined Weekend & Bus (return from Dublin) tickets available also:

Tier 4 €167.50 incl booking fee
Tier 5 €177.50 incl booking fee

Campervan tickets EU60 incl booking fee (Note separate event tickets required for each passenger.)

A Family Ticket is available for those wishing to stay in the dedicated Family Campsite. A family ticket permits entry for 1 adult and 2 children aged 12 or under. (Adults without children are not permitted into Family Campsite). Children U12 are free

All tickets can be purchased with the Easy Payment Scheme allowing you to pay in instalments.

A Sunday ticket is available for €55 including booking fee for those wishing to attend on the Sunday only. Note: No camping is permitted with this ticket. Sunday ticket holders are not permitted to bring alcohol into the festival. A Sunday & Bus ticket is available for €84 including booking fee.

All tickets from Ticketmaster include a charge – €6.10 for internet/phone bookings and €2.15 per ticket.


Posted on March 11th, 2015

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Artwork by Fatti Burke.

20 remixes or edits from my year that made it into my DJ playlists and got the most regular play: from bangers to disco edits to floorfillers and wamp wamp rap remixes.

  1. Letherette – ‘D& T’ (Dorian Concept remix)
  2. Bondax – ‘Giving It All’ (Joe Goddard remix)
  3. ASAP Ferg – ‘Shabba REMIX’ (feat. Shabba Ranks, Migos & Busta Rhymes)
  4. Bande Apartment – ‘Lubricating Rita’
  5. HAIM – ‘Don’t Save Me’ (Cyril Hahn remix)
  6. The Preatures – ‘Is This How You Feel’ (Classixx remix)
  7. White Collar Boy – ‘SUUU’ (Frank B remix)
  8. Janet Jackson – ‘If’ (Kaytranada Remix)
  9. FaltyDL – ‘She Sleeps’ (Martyn remix)
  10. Foals – ‘My Number’ (Hot Chip remix)
  11. Phoenix -‘ Trying To Be Cool’ (Breakbot remix)
  12. Liza Flume – ‘Poison’ (Daithi remix)
  13. Rhye – ‘Open’ (Maurice Fulton Alt mix)
  14. Mano Le Tough – ‘Please’ (New Jackson remix)
  15. Grimes –  ‘Skin’ (Four Tet remix)
  16. Ciara – ‘Got Me Good’ (Monto remix)
  17. Donna Summer – ‘Love Is In Control’ (Chromeo & Oliver remix)
  18. Hot Chip – ‘How Do You Do’ (Todd Terje remix)
  19. Blackstreet – ‘No Diggity’ (Bondax edit)
  20. Classixx – ‘Fortunate Star’ (Madonna Remake)

Posted on December 18th, 2013

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rhye-woman

From the white sleeve with the elegant font to the cover zoomed into the neck and shoulders of the titular woman, everything about Rhye’s debut album screams sophisticated.

Mystery surrounded the appearance of Rhye last year when they appeared on blogs, with the two sumptuous slices of Sade-esque soul pop of ‘Open’ and ‘The Fall’. What we know now is that Rhye is the work of the Canadian producer Milosh and Robin Hannibal who you may have heard with Danish band Quadron.

That the singer was revealed to be, Mike Milosh, a male, was most surprising to many listeners but as the title suggests, Woman is a celebration of a partner, of the physicality of a relationship and love.
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Posted on March 9th, 2013

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Every Friday, four new music picks from music blogs worldwide are published as part of my Day & Night pages. Follow Day & Night on Twitter or Facebook. The magazine is out today in print with every copy of the Irish Independent so pick it up to see my full internet-heavy section with a piece on Death Grips as well as the rest of the mag.

SOAK

Bridie Monds Watson is only 16 years old but the Derry teenager’s distinct young folk is fully-formed. She has been turning heads with simple songs like ‘Sea Creatures’ and her warm emotive voice. One to watch.


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Posted on November 2nd, 2012

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Rhye
Rhye

‘Open’ is the debut single from Rhye, a duo whose names are unknown but hail from Copenhagen and Toronto and are based in LA. The singer’s sultry voice certainly rings a bell, of whom I’m not sure. The song is the first from their Open EP out on Innovative Leisure which over its three tracks (and three instrumentals) elicits a ’70s disco funk buzz. It’s out now from iTunes / eMusic.

Here’s the NSFW vid featuring people-swapping sexual encounters:

Posted on February 20th, 2012

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