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Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back

After some teasing of her first new music in 9 years earlier this week, Karin Dreijer formerly of The Knife has returned to her solo Fever Ray project.

Far from the somewhat disturbing visual we saw yesterday teasing the song, ‘To The Moon And Back’ is the closest thing we’ve had to The Knife since they split in 2014. The song has the familiar electro mechanised beat and Knife-esque synth. It also has the line ‘I want to run my fingers up your p**y’ which on Spotify is given an Air Horn mix. The video for the song keeps things weird as the visuals proceeding it with a cryogenically frozen Karin reanimated.


Everything Is Recorded feat. Syd & Sampha – Show Love

Two of the best contemporary voices in R&B, The Internet’s Syd and Sampha get together with XL boss Richard Russell for yet another memorable track.


Smerz – No Harm

The Norwegian duo on XL Recordings made one of my favourite songs of 2016 and here they keep things odd and inviting.


Jens Kuross – Spiraling

Recent New Artist pick returns with a gorgeous brooding piano ballad.


King Krule – Biscuit Town

It’s hard to pick a highlight from The Ooz, Archy Marshall’s new album as King Krule. My current favourite is the album opener which has a beat that sounds like it’s falling down the stairs on repeat as the lyrics slip deeper still – “He left the crime scene without the Motorola / still had dreams of being young Franco Zola.” A fine descent into one of the album’s of the month and possibly year.


Mind Enterprises – Idol

The creator of one of my under-rated albums of 2016 returns with an Italo twisted pop song. There’s also a Prins Thomas Diskomix, always a good sign.


Giraffage & Japanese Breakfast – Maybes

From San Fran producer’s new album Too Real, his collaboration with Michelle Zauner aka Japanese Breakfast is an immediate warm cup of sonics, like a gentle EDM track that works. The album dropped today on Ninja Tune’s sublabel Counter Records.


DJ Seinfeld – Time Spent Away From You

Previews of Mr lo-fi house himself’s forthcoming album on November 3rd have raised expectations for an already buzzed about artist. Tracks like this proves their is substance beyond the style and movement tag applied to the Swedish producer.


Badbadnotgood – I Don’t Know (feat. Sam T. Herring)

A bonus collaboration between the nu-jazz Canadians and Future Islands singer after their fruitful get-together on the IV album last year on ‘Time Moves Slow’. Future Islands may as well be Future Irelands as they arrive to play Donnybrook next year. This track has a beautiful 70s soul quality to it.


Floating Points – Ratio

Anything Sam Shepherd does is worthy of a listen and as it’s Friday, why not indulge in the 18 minute version of this live favourite as opposed to the 3 minute one.

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Posted on October 20th, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place.

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Fort Romeau – ‘Emu’

An absolute electronic monster from Fort Romeau on Running Back. ‘Emu’ is the 6-minute lead off track from the release and it moves from propulsive mechanical synth dance to siren-building constructions. It sounds great in a club as I confirmed at Lumo this weekend.

‘Day I Die’ is a highlight among many on Sleep Well Beast, which may well be The National’s most interesting and rewarding album yet. It’s a song that echoes the rest of the album’s themes – the difficulties of being in a long-term relationship (somewhat complicated by the fact that Matt Berninger’s wife co-wrote the words).

Mount Kimbie’s new album Love What Survives finds them moving away from post-dubstep towards kraut and electronic textures. I love this instrumental that falls somewhere between the middle with cheap car horn sounds, noise rock and intertwining synth lines.

Every time I listen to this, It confirms my gut feeling that Dermot Kennedy is going to be absolutely huge.


LCD Soundsystem – ‘Other Voices’

My current favourite from James Murphy’s American Dream. Their 3-night residency in Dublin’s Olympia confirms the vitality of a reformed band that ironically make their reputation from being jaded. Murphy is the ultimate micromanager, changing bass amp settings, loosening the cymbal and memorably, scrubbing out a song with a black marker on every member of the band’s setlist.

Maximalist Irish electronica with dark shades from a Hard Working Class Heroes highlight for many.


IDER – ‘Learn To let Go’

London duo recently signed to Glassnote making sweet comforting Maggie Rogers-esque pop.

Just great rock’n’roll with a Dublin accent.


Lilla Vargen – ‘Hold On’

The Northern Irish artist has since been developing her music with the support of Cork label Feel Good Lost. The just-released Hold On is the first public sign of that development, an emotionally resonant song written produced by Nick Raynor with a delicate chorus line.


New Jackson feat. Margie Lewis – There Will Always Be This Love

A post From Night To Night track from Permanent Vacation’s new 10th anniversary collaboration.

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Posted on October 4th, 2017


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The Nialler9 weekly Spotify playlist is updated every week with new music selections (and the odd timely classic). It’s designed to be a shorterm more digestable version of the The larger rolling three-month New Music Playlist,, the Irish specific playlist , my DJ chart list and the monthly best of.

This week’s playlist contains new music from XL boss Richard Russell’s new Everything Is Recorded project featuring Sampha and a Curtis Mayfield sample, the return of Florida’s Hundred Waters,Icelandic rap from Ulfur Ulfur, rising new producer crew Superorganism, new songs from !!!, Mac DeMarco, Yumi And The Weather, Niia, Asgeir, Aldous Harding, Bibio and Little Simz; new Irish music from New Jackson, Ships, Kojaque, Le Boom as remixed by Mix & Fairbanks along with a classic track from Steely Dan.

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Posted on May 15th, 2017

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The ever essential NPR Tiny Desk Concert series hosted Sampha recently who played stripped-down versions of songs from his album Process – ‘(No One Knows Me) Like the Piano’, ‘Blood On Me’, and ‘Plastic 100°C’. Treat yo’self.

Also, ‘No One Knows Me’ spawned the year’s best music meme:

Posted on March 28th, 2017


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Check out the Songs of the week playlists for more songs from London Grammar, Code Walk, Mac Demarco, M83, Fionn Regan, Future Islands, Chinah and more.

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Syd – ‘Nothing From Somethin’

From the excellent debut album from The Internet’s Syd, who makes sensual modern R&B feel easy. ‘Nothing From Somethin’ is my current favourite.


Missy Elliott – ‘I’m Better’ featuring Lamb

Every now and again, Missy Elliott returns to claim your ears for a long weekend and provide talented kids with songs to dance to. ‘I’m Better’ is a Missy jam of the highest order. Get low.


Bolis Pupul – ‘Wei’

Soulwax continue their run of releasing mega records on the Dee Wee label. Bolis Popu’sl ‘Wei’, currently riding high in my DJ chart, is my absolute favourite, a pure Soulwax electro-roller.



Sampha – ‘Kora Sings’

Current highlight from the long-awaited debut album from Sampha. More on the album.



Dirty Projectors feat. DAWN – ‘Cool Your Haart’

The DPs’ forthcoming self-titled album hets its most pop and most intriguing moment yet with ‘Cool Your Heart’ a collaboration with D∆WN Richards. “An anthem against co-dependency and about feeling cool by yourself”, the song (and video) leads by example. Tyondai Braxton helped out on the production and Mauro Refosco “brings the Bahia beat.”


Soulé – ‘Good Life’

Dublin singer Soulé’s debut single ‘Love No More’ made a big enough impression locally that is was nominated for an Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year. And it’s easy to hear why. Soulé is one of the most promising new artists in the soul, R&B and pop sphere in Ireland and to further prove it she has dropped her follow up single ‘Good Life’, a song inspired by ’90s house, 2step and garage.


Joshua Burnside – ‘Tunnels Pt.2’

The Northern Irish alt-folk singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside has a new album forthcoming on Quiet Arch called Ephrata on May 5th.

Ephrata‘s lead single ‘Tunnels Pt.2’ is awash with urgency, imagination and immediacy.


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Posted on February 10th, 2017

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With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly.


Sampha – Process

The long-awaited debut album from the English singer and musician. Is there a debut-releasing artist in recent years who his audience are more intimately familiar with his voice than Sampha? Thanks to collaborations with Jessie Ware, SBTRKT, Drake, Kanye and Solange, Sampha’s voice has been everywhere else and how he’s brought it back into focus on a fine solo debut of substance.

Sampha has suffered with anxiety in recent years, his mother passed away of cancer in September 2015 after a few years of fighting the disease and Process manifests those experiences on the paranoid ‘Blood On Me’ and the piano ballad to the instrument and his mother ‘No-One Knows Me (Like The Piano)’. Sampha worries about family, his health, his mortality and explores his grief.

There are moments of SBTRKT-style sonics so it’s if you were expect an album of all piano ballads, this isn’t it. Sampha’s soft voice is the kind that warms the soul and the main reason why Process is such a pleasure despite any heaviness under the surface.

Favourite tracks: ‘No-One Knows Me (Like The Piano)’ , ‘Kora Sings’.

Listen on Spotify


Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle

This reissued album on Matador from the 21 year-old Memphis songwriter Baker is reminiscent of SOAK in its folky finger-plucked youthful vulnerability. The album was originally released in 2015 but is now getting a new lease of life on a larger label and a physical release on March 17th.

Favourite tracks: ‘Blacktop’, ‘Brittle Boned’.

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Syd – Fin

The debut album from The Internet’s Syd. It feels like a long time since she was behind the decks at Odd Future gigs. Continuing the intimate sensual modern R&B feel of The Internet, Fin is the beginning as opposed to a logical end. Syd steps out in front and while she’s been downplaying the album’s status in her career already (“This album is not that deep, but I feel like this is my descent into the depth I want the band to get to.”), there are few people making tender close-up R&B that swings low and stays high as this.

Favourite tracks: ‘Know’, ‘All About Me’

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Sheer Mag – Compilation (I, II & III)

The first three EPs from Philadelphia independent punk rockers is rough and ready rock music that sounds like it was only slightly primed for modern ears. Refreshingly retro and a lot of fun – like Alabama Shakes letting loose and getting gritty.

Favourite tracks: ‘Nobody’s Baby’, Sit And Cry’.

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Posted on February 3rd, 2017


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Ah bless.

‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’ is a new song from Sampha written in tribute to his mother Binty Sisay and the piano that she owned. It was in her house from the age of three and was used in much of his upcoming album Process on Young Turks on February 3rd.

Sampha says of his mother – “The more time that passes, the more I see the extent of her love for me.”


‘Blood on Me’ and ‘Timmy’s Prayer’ also feature on the album.

The album is on pre-order.

The song has been added to the Nialler9 Spotify New Music Playlist – join the 3,700 plus followers for regular updates.

Posted on January 12th, 2017


Hey, it looks like we’re finally going to get that Sampha debut album soon.

‘Blood On Me’ is a new track, co-produced with Rodaidh McDonald from Sampha’s forthcoming album Process to be released on Young Turks. The follow up to ‘Timmy’s Prayer’ is more upbeat than his usual style and lyrically, has a sense of foreboding – “I swear they smell the blood on me / I hear them coming for me.”

Sampha will be on Late Show With Stephen Colbert tonight and he recently featured on Frank Ocean’s Endless visual album.

Posted on September 1st, 2016


Sampha likes to take his time huh? In the five years he’s been making music in the public, first with SBTRKT and later on his own, there’s been a slow release of tunes. His last solo material was ‘Too Much’/’Happens’ in 2013 but in the meantime, he’s featured on songs from Kanye West, Drake and Katy B.

New song ‘Timmy’s Prayer’ arrives three years after his last solo track and as ever, the honeyed tones of his voice are always emotive and welcome to these ears.

The song is available for download now.

The song has been added to the Nialler9 New Music Spotify playlist.

Posted on May 17th, 2016


Tahliah Barnett wanted to be a dancer. After begging her mother, she finally went to dance college, where she felt nothing substantial. She danced in big pop videos for Jessie J and Ed Sheeran but she realised it was music was the source of her desire so she became the musician, twigs and later, FKA twigs, the artist formerly known as who had yet to really be discovered.

The first phases of FKA twigs were an impressive ethereal first EP in 2012 and a second EP which was trailed with the impressively visually-lead videos for ‘Water Me’ and ‘Papi Pacify’. Those videos and their hypnotic R&B electronic songs, suggested a parallel brutality and sensuality. They flirted with danger in form and were amorphous and hypnotic in sound.

twigs has showed herself in public through artwork and videos which have hyper-realised versions of herself (large eyes, elongated neck, disfigured faces), that she is interested in examining and distorting her identity, including the very name she’s persisted with – Formerly known as.” On LP1, she shares seemingly true intimate versions of herself.

The majority of her debut concerns twigs attempting to convince a lover to accept her as exactly that and she goes through different stages in order to achieve her antagonising goal. It starts with shame. “I love another, and thus I hate myself,” Twigs sings on the opening track to a draggy beat, setting the scene for an album, which on the surface sounds sensually futuristic but is filled with realism, helped by cohesive yet caustic productions by Arca, Paul Epworth, Emile Haynie, Sampha, Dev Hynes and Clams Casino.

Stage two is seduction. The lead single, ‘Two Weeks’, a monument to carnal ecstasy is the most singular highlight as its epic brooding instrumentation is perfectly matched by a flight of lyrical fantasy. “My thighs are apart for when you’re ready to breathe in,” she sings on the song in which she hyperventilates the words climatically, sounding less in the throes of passion, more in a sort of desperation because she’s pleading her lover to choose her over another (“I can fuck you better than her”).

Stage three is distress. ‘Hours’ and ‘Pendulum’ are surface-level lascivious tracks with an uneasy stop-start musical arrangements that amp up the uncertainty – “So lonely trying to be yours / when you’re looking for so much more.”

In taking a track to address her music video past (and present), ‘Video Girl’ addresses the view others might have of her (“Is she the girl that’s from the video? / You lie, you lie, you lie”) and what she might think of herself (“I can’t recognise me.”)

Stage four is an increasing desperation. ‘Closer’ appears to offer some sort of calming plea (“closer / I’m here to be closer / closer / to you, to you, to you, to you”) while stage five is approaching uncomfortable stalker tendencies on ‘Give Up’ – “I know that sometimes you wish I’ve gone away, away / But I wish that you would know that I’m here to stay, to stay.”

Stage six and seven are clear on the album’s final track is ‘Kicks’, First, resignation, before fulfillment, with twigs getting her kicks (“I just touch myself / And say, I’ll make my own damn way” ) and removing that album long frustration.

There is no worry that the separation of the music from the visuals FKA twigs has become synonymous with has lessened the impact of LP1 or that twigs has nothing to say. A longer sustained running time means rather than snatches of character-forming opinion, we get a confidential look at the artist herself talking sex, self-image, desire, loneliness, intimacy, and state of mind, subjects normally guarded from others more vehemently, particularly for new artists.

The combination of twigs’ alien otherworldliness, her ambient often anguished electronic R&B style and her intimate and lustful portrait of herself, directly or reflected in others, makes for an iconic release and helps form a person who feels human and real. By the end of the album’s 10 tracks, twigs decides that she knows herself best, after all.

Listen to the album on Spotify

Posted on August 13th, 2014


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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour One

  1. SBTRKT  – ‘New Dorp. New York’ (feat. Ezra Koenig)
  2. Caribou –  ‘Can’t Do Without You’ (Extended Mix)
  3. Real Lies – ‘North Circular’
  4. letthemusicplay  – ‘Our Town’ (feat. Kate Tempest)
  5. Perfume Genius  – ‘Queen’
  6. Sounds of System Breakdown  – ‘Neon Contrails’
  7. Sleaford Mods – ‘Tied Up in Nottz’
  8. Girl Band  – ‘De Bom Bom’
  9. Banoffee  – ‘Got It’
  10. Octave Minds – ‘In Silence’
  11. Hudson Mohawke – ‘Chimes’
  12. Jungle – ‘Time’ (Joe Goddard remix)

Hour Two

  1. Slam Dunk’d  – ‘No Price’ (radio edit)
  2. Bande Apartment – ‘Lubricating Rita’
  3. Metro Area – ‘Dance Reaction’
  4. Fred Wesley — ‘House Party’
  5. D Train – ‘Keep On’
  6. Ships – ‘Space Inside’ (7” mix)
  7. Sinead Harnett – ‘No Other Way’
  8. Wet  – ‘Dreams’
  9. Lapsley – ‘Painter (Valentine)’
  10. Sampha  – ‘Too Much’
  11. Great Lakes Mystery  – ‘The Gleam’

Posted on July 25th, 2014


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Electric Picnic have added 23 new acts today including a good lot of Longitude artists as well as SBTRKT, Sampha, Shit Robot, Wild Beasts, Nick Mulvey and more.

James Vincent Mcmorrow • SBTRKT • Bombay Bicycle Club • Wild Beasts • The 1975 • Hozier • Hercules&Love Affair • Cathy Davey • Asgeir • Nick Mulvey • Sampha • Seinabo Sey • Rustie • The Strypes • Walking On Cars • Le Galaxie (DJ set with live drums, vocalists and lasers – pew pew) • Shit Robot • Bp Fallon • Nightbox • Sheppard• The Whereabouts • Trinity Orchestra • Dublin Gospel Choir

There are only €229.50 weekend tickets available for the festival at this point with Sunday and Family Camping now sold out.

See all lineup additions.

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Posted on July 22nd, 2014


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SBTRKT and Sampha have connected on a track once again, which bodes well for the likelihood of a followup of the debut SBTRKT album, now released three years ago this month.

‘Temporary View’ is a reworking of ‘Resolute’, the instrumental released on SBTRKT’s recent Transitions EP, now sounding fully-formed with the dulcet presence of Sampha.

Posted on June 8th, 2014

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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:

  1. Pharrell – ‘Happy’
  2. Busta Rhymes feat. Q-Tip – ‘Thank You’
  3. New Jackson – ‘Of A Thousand Leaves’
  4. Daniel Avery – ‘Drone Logic’
  5. Somadrone – ‘Reckoning’
  6. Katharine Philippa – ‘Pawns’
  7. Lisa O’Neill – ‘Come Sit Sing’
  8. Roosevelt – ‘Montreal’
  9. Daithí feat. Senita – ‘Case Closed’
  10. Todd Terje – ‘Q’
  11. Metronomy – ‘I’m Aquarius’
  12. Lethal Dialect – ‘School Dayz are Over’
  13. A$AP Ferg – ‘Shabba Remix’ feat. Busta Rhymes and Migos
  14. Sampha – ‘Too Much’
  15. Ellie Goulding – ‘How Long Will I Love You’ (EMBRZ remix)
  16. Fight Like Apes – ‘Carousel’
  17. ZZ Top – ‘Legs’
  18. Go Wolf – ‘Voices’
  19. Benihana – ‘Tell You’
  20. Majical Cloudz – ‘Savage’
  21. Flume and Chet Faker – ‘Drop The Game’
  22. Chvrches – ‘Lies’ (Ikonika remix)
  23. Four Tet – ‘KOOL FM’ (Champion remix)
  24. Penny Penny – ‘Dance Khomela’
  25. Bobby – ‘Tame The Shrew’
  26. Deady – ‘Lightning and Thunder’
  27. Angel Olsen – ‘Forgiven /Forgotten’
  28. Sam Smith, Disclosure, Nile Rodgers & Jimmy Napes – ‘Together’
  29. Tinashe – ‘Vulnerable’
  30. Janet Jackson – ‘If’ (Kaytranada Remix)

Posted on December 3rd, 2013


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While part of me wants to hear Sampha only on SBTRKT-style electronica, the man’s sweet voice can definitely carry any kind of tune and the kind he’s been making as a solo artist, with this year’s Dual EP was largely soulful piano music. It’s a sound he continues to explore on the new double A-side Young Turks single. You may have heard ‘Too Much’, his solo version of the song from Drake’s Nothing Was The Same album last week. ‘Happens’ is on a similar tip, but no less impactful in its musicality and emotion as a result. The tracks are on iTunes now and a 7″ in January.

Posted on November 13th, 2013