Not content with featuring on DJ Koze’s first album in five years out today, Róisín Murphy returned with new music of her own and promise of more to come.

‘All My Dreams/Innocence’ is slated to be the first of four 12″ singles produced by Maurice Fulton and will drop on vinyl on May 18th through The Vinyl Factory. The songs are on Apple Music and Spotify today.

‘All My Dreams’ is a track that has a Larry Levan jazz-funk vibe while ‘Innocence’ is more of a 4/4 house track with electro vibes.

“Ultimately its about dancing,” says Murphy. “My kind of dancing: all low and funky, allowing itself to be a little out of control. It’s all very simple in a way but Maurice has spent a lifetime immersed in music for dancing. His experience and depth of knowledge is undeniable. I did as I was told!”

Posted on May 4th, 2018

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I’ve made an Electric Picnic DJ Mix every year since 2008. It’s always been a blast to make and a highlight of the site for me personally. 2016’s mix features 22 artists on the Electric Picnic lineup over 20 songs in just under 55 minutes.

It’s for bumping for your festival prep for the next week or in the car on the way down to Stradbally. Last year’s mix.

I’m DJing at the Red Bull Tropical Garden at EP on Saturday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Download links:

More? Here’s an Electric Picnic Spotify playlist with a song from every artist playing

Nialler9 Electric Picnic Mix 2016

  1. Lynched – Father Had A Knife
  2. Toby Kaar – Snapdragon
  3. Nao – Inhale / Exhale
  4. Muro Masa – What If I Go?
  5. Glass Animals – Youth (Instrumental)
  6. John Talabot & Pional – Destiny (Dubtool)
  7. Jessy Lanza – Keep On Moving
  8. Todd Terje – Alfonso Meskedunder (Deetron remix)
  9. Prince Rama – Bahia
  10. Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes (Hercules & Love Affair remix)
  11. New Order – Tutti Frutti (Tom Rowlands Chemical Brothers remix)
  12. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Prins Thomas remix)
  13. Shit Robot – End Of The Trail
  14. New Jackson – Shoot Out The Lights
  15. Daniel Avery – Knowing We’ll Be Here (KiNK remix)
  16. LCD Soundsystem – Home (Loving Good mix)
  17. Gene Dudley Group – Inspector Norse
  18. Super Furry Animals – Wherever I Lay My Phone (That’s My Home)
  19. Animal Collective – Brother Sport
  20. Broken Social Scene – Pacific Theme

Posted on August 26th, 2016


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Roisin Murphy is following up last year’s sophisticated album Hairless Toys with Take Her Up To Monto, a new album named after a Dublin district on July 8th on PIAS, which Murphy took from The Dubliners that her dad used to sing.

The album’s first single ‘Mastermind’ continues in the vein of last year’s experimentalism, with an increased dance production bent.

The album was made during the same five weeks with long term musical collaborator Eddie Stevens that spawned Hairless Toys.

As she did with Hairless Toys, Murphy will continue to make videos for the tracks and this album will be “less reference, a more aggressively modern aesthetic.”

“It’s about the London that I live in, it’s a lot about architecture, it’s about building and the future coming, it’s about here! It’s a bit fizzier and more present tense, irreverent, with guerilla filming, montage and crazy shit. I hope it’s a realism that makes you feel good about being alive.”

Murphy is playing Longitude this summer.

Take Her Up To Monto tracklist

Pretty Gardens
Thoughts Wasted
Lip Service
Ten Miles High
Romantic Comedy
Nervous Sleep
Sitting and Counting

Posted on April 19th, 2016


For the last couple of years, I’ve been compiling an up to date playlist of modern Irish music to celebrate and coincide with St. Patrick’s Day.

This year, I wanted to do something more to date and to roll it out across the year to coincide also with my weekly Irish Times column of new Irish music and as a companion to the general New Music playlist.

So today, I’m launching my New Irish Music weekly playlist which will be regularly updated. Because Irish music isn’t just for Paddy’s Day.

Join over 500 other listeners for fresh listens to new Irish music. There are songs from artists who have received support from Nialler9 in the last year or so from Brian Deady, Shit Robot, Roisin Murphy, Burnt Out, Saint Sister, I Have A Tribe, Le Galaxie, Rusangano Family, Come On Live Long, Daithi, Jape, Bitch Falcon, Pleasure Beach and many more.

The focus is on Irish music happening now, emerging and trending. I want this to be the definitive collection of new Irish music throughout the year in one place which I’ll be featuring as it comes on the site. Subscribe below.

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Posted on March 14th, 2016


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Well, the first acts announced for Longitude 2016 in Marlay Park from 15 – 17 July.

Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer & The National are each of the day’s headliners.

Also playing are Jamie xx, Father John Misty, Chvrches, Roisin Murphy, Action Bronson, MØ, Courtney Barnett, ASAP Ferg, Tyler, The Creator; Rejjie Snow, All Tvvins, Otherkin, Pleasure Beach and Saint Sister.


Tickets will go on sale next Friday 29th January at 9am at €159.50 + fee and day tickets cost €64.50 + fee. Three customers can get their hands on Longitude tickets before anyone else, presale tickets go on sale at 48 hours before general release. Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster.

Posted on January 22nd, 2016


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Best of 2015: Albums | Songs | Videos | Readers’ Albums | Readers’ Songs Readers’ Gigs, Clubs & DJs | Your Intl. albums & songs | Top 10 Lists | Nialler’s Irish choices

My top albums of the year with context and links plus it’s all in one place on Spotify. This is part of the Best of 2015 Series.

Best Albums of 2015 Spotify playlist

30. Beach House – Depression Cherry
29. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color
28. Boot & Tax – Boot & Tax
27. The Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes
26. Floating Points – Elaenia

25. Young Fathers – White Men Are Black Men Too
24. All We Are – All We Are
23. Wax Stag – II
22. Four Tet – Morning/Evening
21. D’angelo – Black Messiah
20. Villagers – Darling Arithmetic 

19. Jessica Pratt – On Your Own Love Again
18. !!! – As If
17. Braids – Deep In The Iris
16. Anderson – Patterns


Roisin Murphy

Hairless Toys


A peerless singer makes a fearless record.

Roisin Murphy’s third album is a sophisticated and layered album that furthers the career of an outlier and a creative artist, making accessible but avant-garde music that draws from pop, dance, disco and jazz.

From the elongated elegance of ‘Exploitation’ to the spooked ‘Gone Fishing’ to the warped ballad of ‘Unputdownable’ to the poppy bass-slung groove of ‘Evil Eyes’, Murphy creates duality throughout: intimate and anamorphic, detailed yet sparse, Glamourous yet grubby, Loungey yet dancy. Murphy remains the magnet at the centre of Hairless Toys as she has been throughout her career. Where-ever she goes, I will follow.

Listen on Spotify



Art Angels


This is what 21st Century pop music is supposed to sound like.

Claire Boucher’s followup to 2012’s breakthrough Grimes album Visions is wildly different. Art Angels is the result of three years of growth, touring, a decision to scrap a previous album and an hardening of artistic resolve. Grimes’ has often talked about her love of pop music and on Art Angels she’s made her own version of it with sugar-rushing rhythms, bubble-pop melodies and bright instrumentation. The album feels like it has its own internal logic and palette and inherent in its DNA, is Grimes’ own split personalities, adept at pairing up for a screaming match with Korean rapper Aristophanes on ‘Scream’, delivering clattering guitar pop on ‘Flesh Without Blood’, roping in Janelle Monae for a EDM-style banger and my personal favourite ‘World Princess Part II’, an electro pop crescendo. Boucher continues to write her own story.

Listen on Spotify


 Le Galaxie

Le Club

Le Galaxie

The Dublin electro band have made an album of joyous bangers.

For their second full-length, Le Galaxie enlisted the help of producer Erik Brouchek to solidify what most Irish music-loving people know from seeing the band live, that Le Galaxie are the best band for delivering gigantic song-led bangers built on dance music dynamism with live instruments.

Le Club feels like a victory lap, the band’s retro neon-electro having found new sinewy rhythms and strident sounds. Songs like ‘Put The Chain On’, ‘Streetheart’, ‘Le Club’, ‘Lucy Is Here’ and “Carmen’ already feel like modern Irish classics, the soundtrack to many a great festival night and gig. The new version of the Le Galaxie essential, the uplifting ‘Love System’ adds a sax-solo for extra celebration. A trip to Le Club is always fun.

Listen on Spotify


Empress Of


Empress Of

Lorely Rodriguez’s personal yet brisk electronic pop debut.

With the graduation to a self-produced debut album, Lorely Rodriguez also makes the leap from pleasing hazy synth pop to a gilded form of dance pop. Rodriguez’s lyrics address what it’s like to be a young woman in 2015.

Rarely does a personal album brim with so much danceable briskness. Me makes use of of pleasing discombobulating rhythmic pop sequences, buzzing synths, bouncing bass, drum machine stabs and an clearly elevated confidence. No longer covered in gauze, Empress Of’s talent is greater than was initially suggested.

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Empress Of

The Dublin band have made the highly-strung album of the year.

There weren’t more uncompromising sonic albums made in 2015 than this one and while it took its toll on its creators, their efforts have not gone unappreciated.

Holding Hands With Jamie is a bare psychosis, the breakdown of Dara Kiely soundtracked by dissonant, piercing and pulsing noise. Kiely spends howling into the pressurised turbulent wall of noise, fending off life expectations and minutiae.

The band match his intensity spectacularly with guitars that whirr and buzz like nasty synthesizers, drums that engulf the room in a live fashion and low-end that wipes the floor and shits on it afterward for good measure. The harshness of it all is a suitably foil for the discombobulating frame of mind that Kiely displays throughout. It sounds like post-punk, it sounds like garage-rock, it sounds like no-wave, it sounds like dirty bleedin’ techno.

The coiled wrestle between confrontation and escapism, both in the music and in the lyrics, is what makes Holding Hands With Jamie such an uncomfortable yet singularly brilliant album. That it uses the familiar language of rock music to do so makes it one of the albums of the year.

Listen on Spotify

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Posted on December 18th, 2015


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After her theatrical and moody art pop set at Electric Picnic this year and the release of her fine album Hairless Toys, Róisín​ Murphy has finally announced that she is to play her own headline Dublin show in the Olympia Theatre on Thursday February 11th.

Tickets are €28.40+fees on sale Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster.

She’s also playing The Limelight 1 in Belfast on Wednesday February 10th 2016, also on sale Friday at £23 plus fees.

Here’s her new video for ‘Unputdownable’ and below is a Nialler9 playlist of Roisin Murphy favorites.

Photo from Ruth Medjber’s Electric Picnic gallery.

Posted on October 27th, 2015


Lauren Laverne just announced the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize over the course of her show on BBC 6 Music for 2015 and the list is:

Aphex Twin – Syro
Wolf Alice – Bros
Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
C Duncan – Architect
ESKA – Eska
Florence & The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now
Jamie xx – In Colour
Soak – Before We Forgot To Dream
Gaz Coombes – Matador
Slaves – Are You Satisfied?

Not a bad list, leaning a bit too heavily on established names perhaps. Would have hoped for Jonnie Common, All We Are, Lianne La Havas and Gwenno but you have to pay to enter so who knows if any of them did. 

Here’s a Spotify playlist of all of the nominees:

Posted on October 16th, 2015


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Please enjoy my hour-long mix of tunes from artists playing Electric Picnic this weekend as first broadcast on TXFM last night. Take it with you in the car to Stradbally!

Here are the Electric Picnic stage times and My Spotify playlist with a track from each act playing..

Nialler9 Electric Picnic mixtape

  1. Hundred Waters – ‘Show Me Love’
  2. Grace Jones – ‘William’s Blood’ (Aeroplane remix)
  3. Florence + The Machine – ‘What Kind Of Man’ (Nicolas Jaar remix)
  4. Jape – ‘Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon’
  5. Future Islands – ‘Doves’ (Vince Clark remix)
  6. Chvrches – ‘Leave a Trace’ (Four Tet remix)
  7. Roisin Murphy – ‘Simulation’ (Mano Le Tough remix)
  8. Dee-lite – ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ (The Reflex Bootsy / Q-tip edit)
  9. Shamir – ‘If It wasn’t True’
  10. The 2 Bears – ‘See You’
  11. LA Priest – ‘Learning to Love’
  12. Julio Bashmore – ‘Rhythm Of Auld’
  13. Tame Impala – ‘Let it Happen’ (Hood Internet’s Migos/Usher mash)
  14. New Jackson – ‘Shoot Out The Lights’
  15. Hot Chip – ‘Need You Now (Percussions remix)
  16. Todd Terry & J Paul Getto – ‘Wash The Window’
  17. Le Galaxie – ‘Tell Me Twice’ feat. Senita
  18. Underworld – ‘Push Upstairs’
  19. Jack Garratt – ‘The Love You’re Given’

Download links: HearThisAt | Uploaded or Uploadable

Also on Mixcloud.

Posted on September 4th, 2015


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It’s May which means that the number of albums that start to get released go beyond what one person can capably handle (or write about) so as way as recommendation, here are five albums released this week or next I recommend you listen to:

Hot Chip – Why Make Sense

The English band doing what they do best on their sixth album, delivering dance-friendly electronic pop jams with heart and a guest appearance from De La Soul.


Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys

For her first album in eight years, Ms. Murphy doesn’t quite return to dancefloor bangers a la Overpowered. Instead, it’s an avant-garde update that falls somewhere between her two sides – the disco diva and the Matthew Herbert-collaborating experimentalist. Murphy’s nuance and skill around melody keeps the sometimes meandering album, always pleasing.


Young Wonder – Birth

It’s hard to believe Birth is Rachel Koeman and Ian Ring’s debut album such is are the high-quality productions they’ve made together over the last few years. In album format, both shine with Koeman increasingly becoming a lead singer and Ring, who I’ve said before is one of the most talented young producers in Ireland, pulls out an evocative bag of sounds that takes in sparkling synths, big bass, twisted vocal samples and arrangements that grow tall like canyons. Birth suggests these pair are carving their own niche into the electronic landscape.

Shamir – Ratchet (US only)

The Vegas androgynous singer’s debut is a glittering collection of electronic disco funk with some ballad switchups for good measure.


Posted on May 13th, 2015

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Directed by Murphy herself, it’s the video for her foreboding Latin-jazz tinged house single ‘Exploitation’ from her album Hairless Toys which is inspired by the documentary Paris Is Burning about New York ball culture.

Renowned for appearing in a number of ground-breaking videos throughout her career, Roisin made the decision to take up the director’s role too for ‘Exploitation’.

“As a grown up in this industry and someone who has always had a huge involvement in the visual side, it felt like it was time I took complete control of my image. I had a crystal clear vision for this video, after all I’ve had 8 years of collecting references and inspiration building up to it. It’s the story of an actress and a love affair. It’s about selling out, manipulation and exploitation within creative work and in a relationship. It’s ironic because as my own director I’m exploiting myself (if that’s possible) but I am manipulating you.”

Posted on April 13th, 2015


This week was the first of 2015 which a tidal wave of new music washed over me in a big surge. With SXSW out of the way, many artists began to set out their stall for the coming year who hadn’t already.

So we had two great new tracks from Jamie xx, a near-11 minute triptych song from Belfast’s Girls Names inspired by the Group Zero art movement, an impressive track from Matador’s new signing Haelos, new Irish music from Fight Like Apes, Little xs for eyes, Lakker, Roisin Murphy, Spies and Rusangano Family.

SXSW was buzzing for Shamir who dropped his fun track ‘Call it Off’ and Tei Shi capitalised on her appearances there with ‘Go Slow’.

There’s also brand new Hudson Mohawke, Teleman and Florence + The Machine. It was at times, an overwhelming music week. Here’s my way of digesting the best of it – a playlist. That’s not all of it nor does it include albums.

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

Posted on March 27th, 2015

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The love for Roisin Murphy has remained undiminished in recent years if my social network friends are any judge. Last year, the Italian pop covers EP gave us something different from the singer but we all want to hear Murphy do her thing in original format.

So joy then as Roisin will be releasing a new solo album called Hairless Toys, out in Pay on PIAS, inspired by the documentary Paris Is Burning a 1990 film which looked at the LGBT drag ball culture in New York clubs.

Said Murphy:

“I was deeply moved by this film. ‘I had to run this far from home’ – it’s about the outcasts who could never fit into mainstream society and how they created a safe place in the drag ‘Ball’ scene of New York in the ‘80s. ‘Will we live on? The children of La Beija’ refers to the ‘house’ of Pepper La Beija, who was one of the most notable figures on the scene, Pepper is also quoted in Malcolm McLaren’s song on the same subject ‘Deep In Vogue’. The culture was a flamboyant reaction to persecution and disillusionment, the imagination and bravery of these kids is simply awe-inspiring. I envisioned ‘Gone Fishing’ almost as a song from a Broadway musical version of this story. The making of one’s own world, a safer world and the creation of a new, better family in music or youth culture is a theme I touch upon elsewhere on my album Hairless Toys.”

Hairless Toys Tracklisting

  1. Gone Fishing
  2. Evil Eyes
  3. Exploitation
  4. Uninvited Guest
  5. Exile
  6. House of Glass
  7. Hairless Toys (Gotta Hurt)
  8. Unputdownable

Posted on February 17th, 2015


Róisín Murphy’s voice is welcome on just about any track. As she showed with her Italo Disco covers EP earlier in the year.

Here, she’s jumps on a track from Luca C & Brigante on the Hot Creations label, and her smooth expressive tones make it a winner. There’s a Jamie Jones remix too.

Listen to the regular and club mix:

See also: my Roisin Murphy Spotify playlist.

Posted on November 27th, 2014

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The stylish English/Irish singer Róisín Murphy, has returned with her first new solo material in quite a while. The Mi Senti EP is a six-track collection of classic Italian pop songs of the ’60s and ’70s, featuring five covers and one original. With Murphy, you come to expect the unexpected. Here are ten highlights from an illustrious career.

Listen to the Spotify playlist (with bonus songs)

1. Róisín Murphy – ‘Overpowered’

The title track from her second solo album released in 2007, which had an disco/electro vibe throughout.

2. Moloko – ‘Fun For Me’

Murphy famously chatted up Mark Brydon with the line “do you like my tight sweater?” which later became the title of Moloko’s debut album.

3. Moloko – ‘The Time Is Now’

This song was accepted by football fans everywhere when it became the theme tune to Sky Sports’ Sunday Premier League coverage.

4. Handsome Boy Modeling School – ‘The Truth’

One of the first collaborations of many, this appearance alongside J-Live on Dan the Automator and Prince Paul’s themed rap album So… How’s Your Girl? was a stroke of genius.

5. Moloko – ‘Sing It Back’

This became Murphy’s biggest hit in 1999 when it was remixed by DJ Boris Dlugosch who gave the album version a disco sheen.

6. Boris Dlugosch – ‘Never Enough’

Murphy returned the huge favour of massive chart success to Dlugosch by featuring on the German’s 2001 single.

7. Moloko – ‘Pure Pleasure Seeker’

From the band’s second album Things To Make & Do released in 2000, which featured more of a live band feel. Listen to those horns.

8. Róisín Murphy – ‘Let Me Know’

Another Overpowered cut, the video for this track featured Murphy wearing a serious hat while dancing in diner.

9. Róisín Murphy – ‘Momma’s Place’

A once-off single from 2010, features lyrics which serve as a forewarning to her just-born child Clodagh that her ma knows all the tricks.

10. Róisín Murphy – ‘Sow Into You’

A jazzy electronic number from Murphy’s experimental 2005 debut album Ruby Blue, featuring production by Matthew Herbert, this is probably the release’s most accessible track.

As published originally in the Irish Independent’s Insider Mag.

Posted on June 18th, 2014