Here’s a more in-depth look at 20 of my 75 already-revealed songs of 2017 so far. Get them in a playlist here.


Maggie Rogers – ‘On + Off’

It’s a testament to Maggie Rogers’ songwriting that I considered three of the four songs from her debut EP for this. ‘On + Off’ is the one I keep coming back to though. At her debut gig in London earlier this year, the crowd sang the chorus to this track prompting a flabbergasted Rogers to lose her momentum and train of thought. It was a cute moment but it was rooted in recognition of the song being a cracker that resonated more than she expected.


Stormzy – ‘Cold’

Grime 2017 belongs to Stormzy. ‘Cold’ is a standout on Gang Signs & Prayers and it’s the stabbing sinogrime beat and Stormzy’s energy that keeps this on repeat. It has grime’s first wave sound exemplified by Roll Deep in its DNA.


Aldous Harding – ‘Horizon’

The most intense song of 2017 so far? The New Zealand artist’s debut was heralded by this sustained note torch song and its live performances only heightened its inherent drama.


Overcoats – ‘Leave The Light On’

It’s an absolute pleasure to hear the progress of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s music as Overcoats. Two years ago, the New Yorkers spent the summer in Ireland and made a dent on the scene with their minimal harmonic-lead songs. Now with an Autre Ne Veut-produced album due on Arts & Crafts out, the duo have bolstered that folk harmony synergy with some technicolour magic. ‘Leave A Light On’ is indicative of the urgency they have brought to their craft.


SZA -‘Drew Barrymore’

A surprise, long overdue release from SZA, who spent years shining through guest features and once-off releases, and comes up trumps with CTRL, an album of conflicted lust, intimacy, self-worth and self-esteem issues. ‘Drew Barrymore’ is an easy in to the album as a whole, with SZA confronted with her ex-partner’s new girl and sees her insecurities and flaws back at her – ‘I’m sorry I’m not more attractive / I’m sorry I’m not more ladylike / I’m sorry I don’t shave my legs at night.” The chorus is both empowering and insecure at the same time.


Dermot Kennedy – ‘Glory’

One of those songs which stops you in your tracks. Irishman Kennedy’s ‘Glory’ grows from a dark folk tone, from a hush to a howl as the track grows in stature and sound, subtly bringing in electronic-tinged touches and vocal effects as the song builds to the chorus and crescendo with production alchemy. A headturner.


The xx – ‘Dangerous’

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A highlight from the xx’s third album, that also works well while DJing. ‘Dangerous’ is I See You‘s opening track and embraces the textured sampled approach that Jamie xx utilised on solo album In Colour. ‘Dangerous’ arrives with sampled horns, percussive beats and an immediacy that ushers the xx mk III.


Vince Staples – ‘Yeah Right’

‘Yeah Right’, from Staples second album Big Fish Theory encapsulates how different this album is and how much of a sonic weapon Staples has deployed throughout. Producer Sophie’s clattering fizzling metallic production is like a vehicular juggernaut with some distorted bass tones, Kilo Kish provides otherworldy vocals and Kendrick Lamar kills the whole thing in a verse.


Run The Jewels – ‘Call Ticketron’

The sickest beat on RTJ3. ‘Call Ticketron’ is a 21st century take on ‘It Takes Two,’ a thrill ride with El-P and Killer Mike.


Daphni – ‘Tin’

‘Tin’ is a euphoric reminder from Daphni’s upcoming Fabriclive mix of how good Dan Snaith aka Caribou is at creating warm and resonating dance music.

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Posted on July 5th, 2017


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Stormzy will headline Friday night at Longitude, it was revealed today.

The UK MC’s debut album Gang Signs & Prayer went to UK number one last week and was recommended right here.

Picture This have also been confirmed.

Here’s last week’s full announcement of acts including The Weeknd, Mumford & Sons and more.


Weekend tickets €189.50 / Two Day Tickets: €129.50 / Day tickets €69.50 

All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fee

Tickets available On Sale 9am Friday 10th March from Ticketmaster.

Posted on March 9th, 2017



My favourite songs of the past month. Listen to the continuous playlists on Spotify, Youtube & Soundcloud.

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Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet remix)

A headspinning Four Tet remix for an as yet unreleased Todd Terje song finally gets a full release after numerous radio rip uploads.

A vocal-lead cut of hazy R&B from rising Irish act Percy Chamburuka.

It’s a beautiful and brittle modern electronic ballad from Talos’ new album Wild Alee, out on April 21st.

From the excellent debut album from The Internet’s Syd, who makes sensual modern R&B feel easy. ‘Nothin’ To Somethin’ is my current favourite.

Every now and again, Missy Elliott returns to claim your ears. ‘I’m Better’ is a Missy jam of the highest order. Get low.

From a remix companion EP to last year’s debut album For All We Know, a standout bumping remix from Kaytranada that channels those ‘Cranes In The Sky’ for a new vibe on ‘Get To Know Ya’.

Jack Hamill returns to galactic electronic funk.

A highlight from the 23 yer-old grime superstar’s new album Gang Signs And Prayers.

Thundercat shuts down the friend zone, from the jazz-funk falsetto-flouting bassist’s new album Drunk.

Sampha’s soft voice is the kind that warms the soul, even when he’s singing of panic.

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Posted on March 2nd, 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.


PVT – Another Life

Album number four from the Perth electronic trio asks some urgent questions about the world we’re tending to. Electronic arrangements are often used as escapist fantasy soundtracks, and PVT have explored that vein in the past. While New Spirit pulses with transportive rhythms rooted in the 80s synth sound, the sentiment is of the personal looking outward, of a changing country of Australia, like other places in the globe, increasing in intolerance. It’s a dystopian view, one that includes digital evolution, a public homicide (Murder Mall) and environmentalism. Highlights: ‘Another Life’; Morning Mist, ‘Rock Mountain Bend’, ‘Kangaroo’.

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Clock Opera – Venn

Clock Opera returned with album number two last week, four years after their debut album failed to reach the audiences it deserved. Venn arrives on League of Imaginary Nations / !K7 with more baggage than before (it was inspired by a miscarriage) so the default reach isn’t always the anthemic, but there’s an impressive weight to this introspective textured electronic pop especially in its first third. Whether it’ll capture an audience in today’s noisy market feels like a slimmer chance than ever, which is a shame. Highlights include ‘Whippoorwill’, ‘Changeling’ and ‘In Memory’.

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Thundercat – Drunk

The jazz-funk falsetto-flouting bassist’s new album has a hangover. “I feel weird… I think I left my wallet at the club,” he sings on ‘Captain Stupido’. We begin with fever dream regret, delve into The Fear assisted by technology and desires to be a cat. Yacht rock stars Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins reduce the panic with smooth 80s vocals. A whimsical song about how great Tokyo is, and a song about being in the friend zone also lighten matters. Despite guest names like Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell, Drunk is thoroughly a punk-drunk jazz odyssey tinged with heartbreak. Highlights: ‘Bus In These Streets’, ‘Walk On By’, ‘Friend Zone’.

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Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayers

Arguably UK Grime’s biggest star. 23 year-old South London MC is poised to surpass the hard-graft of relative old-timer Skepta with his debut album. Leading with the big hit single ‘Big For Your Boots’, the surprise about Gang Signs & Prayers is that it’s not as tough as it appears with soft sung ballads replacing Stormzy’s trademark yelp on tracks like like ‘Blinded By Your Grace’, the NAO-featuring mid-tempo synth boom bap of ‘Velvet’ and Kehlani and Lily Allen-featuring piano ballad ‘Cigarettes & Cush’. It doesn’t always work in earnest like on the laboured metaphors on that track and ’21 Gun Salute’ and the best songs are when Stormzy is rhyming to a stabbing sinogrime beat as on ‘Cold’, ‘Big For Your Boots’ or ‘Return Of The Rucksack’.

Favourite tracks: ‘Cold’, ‘Big For Your Boots’, ‘Shut Up’.

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Dear Reader – Day Fever

South African musician Cherilyn MacNeil’s first album in four years, Day Fever, shares the spirit of Sufjan’s Illinoise phase – pastoral orchestral folk with a choral harmony thread and a female voice at its centre. It’s pleasingly retro in tone, like discovering an unknown 70s album smudged with modern techniques.

Favourite tracks: ‘Oh!, The Sky!’, ‘Mean Well’.

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Posted on February 28th, 2017


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Yesterday, NAO was announced for Dublin’s Forbidden Fruit Festival and today, the singer has dropped a remix companion EP to last year’s debut album For All We Know.

Featuring 5 reworks of songs from the album, it includes a dancehall, Autotuned version of ‘In The Morning’ from Mura Masa, A Stormzy feature on the Loxe remix of ‘Feels Like’, a Sam Gellaitry remix of ‘DYWM’, SBTRKT’s subdued low-end ‘Bad Blood’ rework, and as is often the case with these things, a standout bumping remix from Kaytranada that channels those ‘Cranes In The Sky’ for a new vibe on ‘Get To Know Ya’.

Posted on February 10th, 2017

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UK grime star Stormzy is coming to play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on March 29th.

Tickets from €26.40 go on sale this Thursday at 9am.

New song ‘Big For Your Boots’ was released last week and his new album Gang Signs & Prayer is out on February 24th.

Stormzy is also playing Belfast’s The Limelight 1 on Friday March 31st. Tickets £20 + Booking Fee. 18+ Only

Posted on February 7th, 2017


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