District Magazine launched a collaboration album with all proceeds going to Pieta House.

The album, released on District Recordings label is a compilation of unreleased material from 20 Irish hip-hop artists including JYellowL, This Side Up, Wastefellow, Neomadic, Rebel Phoenix, Mathman and many more.

The album is available for purchase on District Magazine’s Bandcamp for €9.90 and a vinyl release is promised, along with a big party.

Posted on January 11th, 2018


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This Side Up are a Sligo trio that dropped an excellent album of West Coast (of Ireland) hip-hop in November.

‘Billy No Mates’ is an easy highlight from the LP, I said it “sounds like a Jurassic 5 throwback production” originally.

Watch the fun video by Gavin Fitzgerald of the track above.

This Side Up’s next gig is in the Grand Social in Dublin on Saturday.

Get their album on Bandcamp.

Watch the video for Sligo rap trio This Side Up’s ‘Snappin’ feat. Hamo

Posted on April 18th, 2017


A new festival to take place by the seaside Enniscrone, Co. Sligo has been announced for 26th and 27th of May and the lineup features predominantly indie, rock, pop. folk and jazz.

The all-ages family-friendly festival will feature headliners like Hothouse Flowers, The Riptide Movement along with Rusangano Family, Wyvern Lingo, Meltybrains?, Interskalactic, The Side Up, Disco na mBo and more.

Weekend tickets start from €100 and Saturday tickets are €60 from Eventbrite.

Full poster below. Win tickets to the festival via the Gleam widget:

Live on Air

Posted on March 28th, 2017


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Update: Richie Egan of Jape added to the show now.

The always condsidered Young Hearts Run Free put on unique events in special places with a mix of live music, performers, chat, poetry, comedy and more.

Every year they do a big Christmas bash in the Co-Op on Newmarket Square. This year’s event takes place on Saturday December 3rd and features:

  • Alaisdair Roberts
  • Tandem Felix
  • This Side Up
  • David O’Doherty
  • Le Boom
  • Paddy Hanna
  • Maria Kelly
  • Seen your Video
  • Booka Brass Band
  • Special guests

Tickets are available on the door for the BYOB gig and it starts at 7.30pn and goes on late. Tickets €22 and as ever, all proceeds go to the
Simon Community.

Posted on November 23rd, 2016


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Having formed in Sligo at a vinyl-only night in McGarrigles in 2008, This Side Up represent an West Of Ireland faction of hip-hop lovers brought up on the golden age of rap – call and response, posse cuts, samples and fat drum beats. On Myster-E, Shaool & Noone’s debut album there’s a playfulness in their bright hip-hop style that’s matched by their accents.

‘Billy No Mates’ sounds like a Jurassic 5 throwback production, ‘The Beast’ is a Beastie Boys flute loop with more bass, ‘All Nottin’ are these Sligo MCs in full flow, ‘Signs’ sees them team up with UK rappers Verb T and MoreOne.

Other guests include Spekulative Fiktion and MC Muipead (rapping as Gaeilge – “wild Atlantic shit”), while Hamo, one half of dance producers Brame and Hamo, also Sligo-born, contributes the beat to ‘Snappin’.

The album is out Monday via Bandcamp. Listen to it here first:

This Side Up have gigs in Cork and Dublin this month.

Posted on November 11th, 2016



This week’s chart is headed by French producer Para One’s incendiary slice of gospel house with the South African Youth Choir, a surprising rap debut from Future Islands’ Sam T. Herring with Madlib no less, new artists from LA (Transviolet), Brighton (Oslo Parks), Cork (Lakerama),  Wicklow (Joni), Melbourne (Cloves, pictured) along with  electronic heat from Jack J and new music from Chvrches, Tame Impala and Mac Demarco. Also available on Spotify.

New music chart

  1. Para One and the South African Youth Choir – ‘Elevation’
  2. Tame Impala – ‘The Moment’
  3. Madlib x Samuel T. Herring – ‘Trouble Knows Me’
  4. Jack J – ‘Thirstin’
  5. Transviolet  – ‘Girls Your Age’
  6. Joni – ‘Running’
  7. Youth Lagoon – ‘The Knower’
  8. Mac DeMarco – ‘I’ve Been Waiting For Her’
  9. Oslo Parks – ‘Slippin’ Away’
  10. Lakerama – ‘Take’
  11. Chvrches – ‘Leave A Trace’
  12. Cloves – ‘Don’t You Wait’

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

Posted on July 20th, 2015

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I’ve been looking back for much of the last month, revisiting and enjoying the first six months in music so far. Normally at this point I’d pick 50 songs to represent the half-year but I couldn’t limit it to 50 and went for 75. My albums of the year so far are also worth your ears.

In the meantime, the new music train keeps on running and while I was busy compiling and revisiting, I didn’t get the chance to share some doozies other than on the radio. So here are 20 of the  best new songs released in the last 14 days.

  1. Overcoats – ‘Smaller Than My Mother’
  2. Jack Garratt – ‘Weathered’
  3. Gallant – ‘Weight In Gold’
  4. Oh Wonder – ‘Livewire’
  5. Santigold – Radio
  6. Beach House – Sparks
  7. Chelsea Wolfe – ‘After The Fall’
  8. Girls Names – A Hunger Artist
  9. Bleeding Heart Pigeons – ‘A Hallucination’
  10. Manor – ‘Can You Hear Me Talking To You’
  11. Chinah – ‘Away From Me’
  12. Tory Lanez – ‘Acting Like’ (Production: Shlohmo)
  13. Lethal Dialect – ‘New Dublin Saunter’
  14. This Side Up – ‘True School’
  15. Four Tet & Steve Reid – ‘Strings Of Life’
  16. Groove Armada – ‘Love Sweet Sound’ (Kolsch remix)
  17. Daphni – ‘Vikram’
  18. Widowspeak – Girls
  19. Julia Holter – ‘Feel You’
  20. Seamus Fogarty – ‘Ducks & Drakes’

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

Posted on July 13th, 2015

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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.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour one

  1. Cruising – ‘Safe Corridor’
  2. Todd Terje – ‘Eurodans’
  3. Shamir – ‘If It Wasn’t True’
  4. Nao – ‘Inhale Exhale’
  5. Superhumanoids – ‘Anxious In Venice’
  6. Ciaran Lavery – ‘Left for America’
  7. Only Girl – ‘Remains’
  8. Overcoats –  ‘The Fog’
  9. Cut Chemist – ‘The Garden’
  10. Ájo Arkestra – ‘Mother and Father’
  11. Jack Garratt – ‘Weathered’
  12. Come on Live Long  – ‘Speak Up’

Hour two

  1. All Tvvins  – ‘Too Young To Live’
  2. The Weeknd – ‘Can’t Feel my Face’
  3. MuRli  – ‘Both Sides’ (feat. God Knows) [Prod. by mynameisjOhn]
  4. Lethal Dialect – ‘New Dublin Saunter’ feat. Jess Kav (prod. by Gerryboy)
  5. Rejjie Snow – ‘All Around The World’
  6. This Side Up – ‘True School’
  7. Gallant – ‘Weight In Gold’
  8. Dam-Funk – ‘We Continue’
  9. LA Priest – ‘Lady’s In Trouble with the Law’
  10. Hælos – ‘Earth Not Above’
  11. Oh Wonder – ‘Livewire’
  12. Anna B Savage I
  13. Four Tet – ‘Morning Side’ (radio extract)

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 July 3rd, 2015


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