This week’s episode features Aoife McCann and Dan McIntyre from AE MAK talking about being accepted to Festival Republic’s ReBalanced programme – a new initiative that aims to address the gender imbalance in the music industry. Dan meanwhile, discusses his just-announced acceptance to the Red Bull Music Academy later this year in Berlin.

Niall and Ellen also talk albums of the week from Young Fathers, Fickle Friends, Soccer Mommy and Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock. There are tracks of the week from Sigrid, BARQ, Fenne Lily, Sofi Tukker and The Voidz (Julian Casablancas interview with Vulture mentioned.)

We also talk the Electric Picnic lineup, the return of Block Party and Spotify’s new urban playlist.

Feedback so far has been really positive since we kicked back into the podcast gear so if you like what we’re doing please like and subscribe and leave a review on iTunes. It helps us get noticed by the podcast gods.

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Tracks of the week:

Sigrid – Raw
Sofi Tukker – Baby I’m A Queen
The Voidz – Aliennation
Barq – Sassy Mouth
Fenne Lily – On Hold

Albums of the week:

Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar
Fickle Friends – You Are Someone Else
Spook of the Thirteenth Lock – Lockout
Soccer Mommy – Clean

Closing Song: Casisdead – Pats Earrings

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Previous podcasts in this series:
Podcast #004: Jape on creativity and procrastination
#003: Quare Groove, Caroline Rose, RIP State Magazine
#002: Nialler9 Podcast – Rejjie Snow, Christian Tierney, All Together Now
#001: Wyvern Lingo. Black Panther & more
Nialler9 Podcast: One More Flourescent Rush
Nialler9 Podcast 3: Lumo live set
Nialler9 Podcast #2: Halloween Synths
Nialler9 at Night #1

Posted on March 22nd, 2018

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Follow the Nialler9 new album Spotify playlist featuring two songs each from each recommended recent album.


1.

David Byrne – American Utopia

Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne’s first solo album release in 14 years sees him collaborating with artists such as Brian Eno, Sampha, Blood Orange, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jack Penate and a bunch of other male contributors, a factor that resulted in some backlash for the Scottish-American musician that he addressed directly and apologetically.

American Utopia shouldn’t be overshadowed by those fact. The album is excellent, filled with has certain sound elements that project his musical roots with Talking Heads yet it also proves that David Byrne is a long-standing solo artist with distinction who is still able to make relevant and engaging art-pop in 2018. Further proof is in his stand out performance of ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’ on Colbert.


2.

David Kitt – Yous

David Kitt has been releasing music under his electronic project name New Jackson of late, this is his first release as David Kitt in over eight years. Yous is an understated record, a singer-songwriter record in the vein of his early work. He is accompanied mostly by guitar and the violin and voice of Margie Lewis with some underpinnings of synths and drum machines. It was recorded at his Dublin home with a blend of electronics, samples and live instrumentation (with some additional production by Karl Odlum). Other contributors include Dunk ‘Sunken Foal’ Murphy, Michelle Stoddart (The Magic Numbers) and Robbie Kitt.

A cover of Fever Ray’s ‘Keep The Streets Empty For Me’ is included as are acoustic versions of his ‘Make It Mine’ and ‘There Will Always Be This Love’ which are both from his electronic project New Jackson. First listen standouts include ‘Cling Film’, ‘Like Lightning’ and ‘Still Don’t Know’.


3.

Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar

Scottish trio Young Fathers’ Cocoa Sugar via Ninja Tune is the alt-rap group’s third studio album. The previewed sound on the album from the first single releases of ‘In My View’ and ‘Lord’ suggested an increased softness and directness that wasn’t present on their first two records. That slight change in direction is present throughout the new album gives it a fresh soulful sound with feel-good gospel constructions to relish in.


4.

Caroline Rose – Loner

Caroline Rose made her debut with I Will Not Be Afraid in 2014. Now four years later the self-described “queer feminist” presents the release of new album Loner, a dark-edged album of manic and millennial modern pop, drawing on indie-rock, surf music, synth hooks and bright production, which Rose herself was responsible for.


5.

George Fitzgerald – All That Must Be

This is the second full-length LP from English electronic producer George Fitzgerald. All That Must Be which is out on Domino Record features collaborations with Bonobo, Hudson Scott, Tracey Thorn and Lil Silva. Tracks like ‘Nobody But You’ delves deep into a nostalgic territory of summer nights spent in South London, embodies a transcendent sound. The album documents the 10-year period Fitzgerald spent living in Berlin right through to his departure back to London to become a father. Each track has its own unique layered ambiance but hey are constructed with a common thread of building synthesizer electronica.


6.

Paddy Hanna – Frankly, I Mutate

Paddy Hanna presents album number two with Frankly, I Mutate which was produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox. It represents a polished, reformed and mastered sound from the Dublin singer-songwriter. The album brings its own unique element of quirk that is harmoniously backed up with string arrangements by Éna Brennan aka Dowry. Paddy establishes himself as an artist with distinction and reverence with this one.


Posted on March 12th, 2018

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Eight new acts have been announced for this year’s BBC Biggest Weekend in Belfast which takes place from May 25th to 26th.

Acts added include:

  • Orbital
  • Young Fathers
  • The Breeders
  • Ash
  • First Aid Kit
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Little Dragon
  • Goldie

They will be joined by Beck, Courtney Barnett, Manic Street Preachers and Public Service Broadcasting.

Four-weekend shows in four UK and NI cities of Perth (Scotland), Swansea (Wales), Coventry (England) and Belfast (Northern Ireland) from May 25 – 28th this year under The Biggest Weekend.

Tickets for Belfast go on sale on Monday February 12th at 10am and are available from Ticketmaster.

Posted on February 7th, 2018

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The most essential tracks of the last week handpicked by the Nialler9 team.

1.

Young Fathers – In My View

Young Fathers seem immune anyone outside their clique, operating as a gang who were more interested in offering genuine healing through music that crosses rap, gospel and lo-fi sonics. ‘In My View’ is another idiosyncratic uplifting gem from these outliers, but if there’s anything obvious from their new material, it’s an increasing softness and directness that wasn’t present on their first two records. Their new album Cocoa Sugar is out in March.


2.

The Go! Team – If There’s One Thing You Should Know

The Go! Team are back with a new album Semicircle, which is a return to their exuberant indie jams. And it works. The bandleader Ian Parton travelled across the US and recorded young choirs and brass bands and they add to the genuine schoolyard buzz of the record. ‘ If There’s One Thing You Should Know’ is a giddy highlight from it.


3.

Wyvern Lingo – Maybe It’s My Nature

If you needed further proof that Wyvern Lingo are a band of naunce. They have followed up my Irish song of the year about celebrating the feminine characteristics of a man and vice versa with a song about the reality of monogamous relationships and whether it’s a part of our nature to lust or at least, look to others romantically when you’re in a long-term relationship. A monogamous relationship is often seen as a binary thing and singer Karen Cowley is exploring the buffers of those strict lines – a very nuanced subject for a smooth soul/R&B/indie pop song.


4.

David Kitt – Imagination

Before David Kitt officially releases his album Yous physically, he dropped a four-track EP featuring a track from that and a three new ones. ‘Imagination’ is one of those songs that isn’t just B-side material.


5.

The Golden Filter – End Of Times – Silver Dub

From a dub version of The Golden Filter’s latest EP, this ‘Silver Dub’ version is set up for the dancefloor with an ‘I Feel Love’-style arpeggio synth.


6.

Jay Rock – King’s Dead (with Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake)

Kendrick has curated the Marvel Black Panther soundtrack gives us another reason to look forward to its release with this track:


7.

Henry Green – Another Life

An atmospheric pop track from a new Bristol producer who previously featured here with ‘Stay Here’. It’s from his debut album due in March and of the song he says:

“I had a really vivid image/moment in mind when I wrote “Another Light”. I was sat on a silent beach in the early hours of the morning, slightly hazy from the lack of sleep and I wanted to write about the whirlwind of colours and textures, both in the landscape but also in my mind at that moment. So much change had happened in such a short amount of time and I was just reflecting on it all.”


8.

Lone – Temples

Lone releases Ambivert Tools Volume Three, the latest in series of EPs that have been worthy listens.


9.

Rejjie Snow – Egyptian Luvr (feat. Aminé & Dana Williams)

Dear Annie, Rejjie Snow’s long awaited debut album finally gets a release on February 16th. This is a a smooth jam. He plays the Olympia on March 12th.


Posted on January 23rd, 2018

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It Takes A Village is a new festival due to take place from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th April 2018 next year in Trabolgan holiday home in East Cork conceived by The Good Room.

There will be three stages of music, self-catering houses and apartments, spoken word, swimming pool DJ parties (with wave machines, a slide and hot tubs), pop-up art installations, arcades, talks, walks and outdoor activities (go-karting, archery, 5-a-side soccer, zip line, climbing walls, crazy golf ,and par 3 golf) on an 120 acre site.

  • Young Fathers
  • Andrew Weatherall
  • Talos
  • Fujiya & Miyagi
  • Brian Deady
  • The Altered Hours
  • Le Boom
  • Oh Pep!
  • Donal Dineen
  • John Daly
  • Bitch Falcon
  •  Nialler9
  • Anna Mieke
  • Seamus Fogarty
  • Cian Finn
  • Sunday Times
  • Strength NIA
  • Lilla Vargen
  •  MyNameIsJohn
  • Ryan Vail
  • Kevin Barry
  • Sim Simma
  • Bocs Social
    & many, many more to be announced

I’m looking forward to playing some tunes at the pool party 🙂

Tickets can be bought per house or chalet and cost from €205 – €255 (including booking fee) per person for Tier 1 booking options, and “you must, with your friends, buddies, lovers, colleagues or family, book a house, apartment, or camper van ticket, for the weekend. It’s a collective ticket, with 2-9 sleeper options available.”. Ticketbuyers have to be over 21.

Tickets go on sale Thursday 7th December at 4pm from http://ittakesavillage.fm/. Get early access on Wednesday 6th December by registering.

Here’s the official blurb.

Ever fancied being at a festival, hidden away from the world, in a secluded setting on the edge of the Atlantic… with a roof over your head? This coming April, there’s something happening in Cork that will change the way people think about festivals in Ireland. From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of April, It Takes A Village drops itself on to the landscape in the idyllic and pastoral surroundings of Trabolgan, East Cork.

It Takes A Village is unique in that they offer 150 self-catering houses and apartments, plus 35 fully-serviced campervan sites, contained in Trabolgan Holiday Village. There is no camping in muddy fields here, your booking includes accommodation and unlimited access to the huge variety of entertainment. It’s a residents only affair for the festival weekend, with a limited amount of day tickets on Sunday. This event is strictly over 21’s.

The village will feature three main venues, as well as a multitude of pop-up stages all over the 120 acre site. The swimming pool, with its wavemaker, slide, hot tub, and balmy conditions will host some steamy tropical party tunes from supreme DJs on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with some amazing aquatic audio and synchronized sounds. All leisure activities at Trabolgan like go-karting, archery, 5-a-side soccer, zip line, climbing walls, crazy golf ,and par 3 golf, will operate from during the daytime over the weekend. If that isn’t enough, the festival will also host some talks and walks around the Roches Point and Trabolgan area for those interested in a bit of history and a stroll.

Expect big sound, killer lighting and top live performances. Wordsmiths, MC’s, raconteurs and poets will be dropping rhymes and reason; art installations will be popping up, down, and around, the wooded valley on site; great food will be brought to you by some savage stalls and food trucks from only the finest local producers in the rebel county. It Takes A Village will be a home away from home with a musical soundtrack covering a broad palette of tastes, styles and rhythms. It’s a place to meet and make new friends whilst having modern conveniences, comfort and never being more than two minutes walk from your new home!

It Takes A Village is brought to you by Cork entertainment mavericks The Good Room, Joe Kelly and Ed O’Leary. They are the guys behind Live At St Luke’s, Crosstown Drift and Fleischmann In The Glen at Cork Midsummer Festival, as well as many top class events and parties over the years. They never fail to create memorable experiences in unique spaces around the city and county of Cork, this will be no exception.

Posted on November 30th, 2017

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Scottish trio Young Fathers will play The Academy Dublin on March 28th.

Tickets priced €25+ are available from Ticketmaster.ie

They have just finished recording their third album, no details on the release have been given yet but they have left us with this new track ‘Lord’.

Posted on November 14th, 2017

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


Nialler9 Weekly playlist


1.

Tune-yards – Look At Your Hands

Now officially a duo of Merril Garbus and Nate Brenner, tune-yards will release a fourth record called I can feel you creep into my private life on January 19th. The sound of this song ‘Look At Your Hands’ is a nice taster, it’s more focused, danceable and electronic-leaning while retaining some of that Afro looped pop exuberance that is a key part of the Tune-yards identity.

“Thematically, the twelve new songs tackle race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album arrives as Tune-Yards’ most immediate and upbeat music yet – this is music to dance to.|


2.

Pink Kink – ‘Munchie Magic’

A Liverpool band whose second single equates a desire for fast food with oral sex, ‘Munchie Magic’ is a gang-shouting slice of glittering shouty neon pop.


3.

Lankum – Déanta In Eireann

From one of my albums of the past week (and a band who announced a Vicar Street show this morning) comes this standout from Between The Earth & The Sky about Ireland. The 8-minute ‘Deanta in Eireann’ that could be about nearly any time in Irish history but are applicable to the now – migration, a government who doesn’t care about the little people and using your Irish charm abroad but it turns the song’s gaze back on the homeland – “if the Dáil are the pimps, then we are the whores” and in the end, you’ll want to stand up and declare the song our new antagonistic national anthem.


4.

Marcus Marr – High Times

THE DFA producer that brought us the absolute dancefloor riproar of ‘Rocketship’ brings the funk and house on this new track. Reminds me of early Daft Punk.


5.

Gorillaz & Little Simz – Garage Palace

An uncharacteristic banger from Gorillaz with UK rapper Little Simz on vocals. This is a fresh thing.


6.

Bibio – ‘Phantom Brickworks III’

Bibio has a new album out Friday called Phantom Brickworks and it’s a collection of mostly improvised ambient pieces that are quite evocative.

Phantom Brickworks is a collection of mostly improvised musical pieces, that for some years now, have provided me with a mental portal into places and times – some real, some imaginary, some a combination of both. Human beings are highly sensitive to the atmospheres of places, which can be enhanced or dramatically altered when you learn about the context of their history. Echoes and voices can sometimes be heard, in some way or another. Places sometimes have things to say.” Bibio


7.

The Cyclist – When We All Break Down

Derry producer Andrew Morrison dropped his new album Sapa Inca Delirium last Friday and his stated aim was to bring some warmth into electronic music. On one of the album highlights, he hooks up with Joni, who recorded her vocals in one take over some percussive synth dance music with a nod to garage and drum ‘n’ bass.


8.

Hamilton Leithauser & Angel Olsen – Wild Hunger

Olsen’s been on fire on the collaboration front lately and here, her turn with the Walkmen singer is a great match as his retro singing style is reinforced when she appears.


9.

Young Fathers – Lord

Glasgow trio Young Fathers have finished recording their third album and so they’ve shared the closing cut from it to coincide with some UK dates. You can’t dance to it they want you to know. It is a slow alt-gospel ballad in their unique style.


10.

Teen Ravine – Steady On

Toronto act Teen Ravine bring the crystallised dream pop vibes from an upcoming album.


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 November 1st, 2017

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The followup to Irvine Welsh’s Danny Boyle-directed Trainspotting film is being released this Friday as T2: Transpotting and we already know that Limerick’s Rubberbandits’ Dad’s Best Friend features (as does Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Blondie, Wolf Alice and The Prodigy remixing the first film’s iconic ‘Lust For Life’ by Iggy Pop.)

Scottish alt-rap trio Young Fathers have six songs in the film, three on the soundtrack – ‘Rain Or Shine’, ‘Get Up’ and ‘Only God Knows’. The latter is a new lo-fi punk-gospel song that plays over the closing credits and features the Leith Congregational Choir, which include some of the members’ aunts.

Says Danny Boyle of the band:
“Trainspotting, the original book is like a modern Ulysses. It’s unsurpassed I think, and reading it is still like the ‘rush of ocean to the heart’. You’re always looking for the heartbeat of a film. For Trainspotting it was Underworld’s Born Slippy. For T2 It’s Young Fathers. Their songs are my heartbeat for the film. And Only God Knows is that rush again. The ocean. The heart.” Danny Boyle 18th January 2017.

Trainspotting 2 Soundtrack tracklist

1. Iggy Pop – ‘Lust for Life’ (The Prodigy Remix)
2. High Contrast – ‘Shotgun Mouthwash’
3. Wolf Alice – ‘Silk’
4. Young Fathers – ‘Get Up’
5. Frankie Goes to Hollywood – ‘Relax’
6. Underworld /Ewen Bremner – ‘Eventually But (Spud’s Letter to Gail)’
7. Young Fathers – ‘Only God Knows’
8. The Rubberbandits – ‘Dad’s Best Friend’
9. Blondie – ‘Dreaming’
10. Queen – ‘Radio Ga Ga’
11. Run D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevis – ‘It’s Like That’
12. The Clash – ‘(White Man) In Hammersmith Palais’
13. Young Fathers – ‘Rain or Shine’
14. Fat White Family – ‘Whitest Boy on the Beach’
15. Underworld – ‘Slow Slippy’

Posted on January 24th, 2017

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After their two Dublin gigs last week, Massive Attack have dropped a new Ritual Spirit EP on Virgin/EMI today featuring 4 tracks of collaborations with their old pal Tricky, Roots Manuva, Azekel & Young Fathers.

It’s the first of two EPs to be released this year with an album to follow. Ritual Spirit EP has been written and produced by Robert del Naja and studio collaborator Euan Dickinson. A second Massive Attack EP, written and co-produced by Daddy G, will be released in the spring.

Here’s the video for the dark moody Tricky track, directed by Hiro Murai and starring Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes:

The EP in full is on Spotify and iTunes:

‘Ritual Spirit’ EP track list:

1. Dead Editors (Massive Attack & Roots Manuva)
2. Ritual Spirit (Massive Attack & Azekel)
3. Voodoo In My Blood (Massive Attack & Young Fathers)
4. Take It There (Massive Attack, Tricky & 3D)

Only last week, the band launched the Fantom app – a sensory music player that remixes and reforms songs uniquely using a variety of environmental variables including location, movement, time of day, heartbeat and the integral moving image camera.

Posted on January 28th, 2016

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Massive Attack are embarking on their first headline tour in five years next January and February with a date at the Olympia Theatre on Tuesday January 19th. Support comes from Young Fathers, tickets are €50.65+fees and on sale from Ticketmaster on Friday at 9am (as is Grimes and Foals). Full live dates below.


Youth Lagoon will play Whelan’s on Saturday February 6th. Tickets are €22.50+fees on sale also on Friday. Busy morning for some ticketbuying.


Tour dates – Massive Attack

19th January Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

22nd January O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK

25th January De Montford Hall, Leicester, UK

27th January O2 Academy, Leeds, UK

28th January The Apollo, Manchester, UK

30th January O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK

31st January The Guildhall, Portsmouth, UK

1st February The Dome, Brighton, UK

3rd February Brixton O2 Academy, London, UK

4th February Brixton O2 Academy, London, UK

7th February Tap 1, Copenhagen, Denmark

9th February Rockhal, Esch Alzette, Luxembourg

10th February Palais 12, Brussels, Belgium

12th February Fabrique, Milan, Italy

14th February Geox Theatre, Padova, Italy

16th February Palladium, Cologne, Germany

17th February Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany

20th February Gasometer, Vienna, Austria

21st February Tonhalle, Munich, Germany

24th February Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, Netherlands

25th February Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands

26th February Zenith, Paris, France

Posted on October 6th, 2015

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There aren’t many bands out there who sound like they care what people think less than Edinburgh’s Young Fathers. That trick must have been increasingly difficult to pull off after their debut album Dead won the Mercury Prize and the band’s inner bemusement, joy or apathy with the the accolade manifested in a stonewall of seriousness and a stated intent not to talk to right-wing media outlets. Those things were interpreted as hostility, silly boys not playing the media game, but it was actually just a near-forgotten concept in the music world, political conviction.

Young Fathers still don’t really give a fuck. Awards are awards, they don’t drive creativity, or at least these guys. The Scottish trio retreated to a bunker in Berlin just days after winning the Mercury to record some of their followup – White Men Are Black Men Too.

It was also recorded in non-studio rooms in Illinois, Melbourne, London and Edinburgh. “Do NOT cup the mic!” is about as far as production guidelines went for it, according to their press release.

Clearly, Young Fathers are more interested in energy than clarity. Early TV On the Radio releases are an immediate comparison to the sonic space of White Men Are Black Men Too. Lo-fi, distant and bombastic. Inquisitive, zealous and dynamic. It’s not rap, it’s not rock, it’s electronic, it’s not indie, it might be alternative but really, it’s somewhere in the middle.

Lyrics and the title feature a first-person view on race, politics, violence and religion (“Tonight I don’t love God”).

The band are Scottish, Liberian, and Nigerian and they expand on the album title with a unique interchangeability – “I’m tired of playing the good black…. I’m tired of blaming the white man.. His indiscretion don’t betray him / a black man can play him. Some white men are black men too.”

‘Shame’, ’27’ and ‘Rain Or Shine’ are digestible versions of Young Fathers, not pop – any song with “cunt” in the first lyric isn’t aiming for that sensibility, but there is an impressive distillation at play on those three songs.

‘Rain Or Shine’ is built on an organ stab and a disembowelling bass-heavy rhythm and could be about a messiah or the street preacher offering advice. ‘Shame’ is their most TVOTR-esque sound as healing-moment yet. ’27’ offers melodic prettiness and barrel percussion under lyrics like “I killed a man with my bare hands, please forgive me.”

Above it all, Young Fathers remain visceral and entrenched in urban dystopia. Against the decaying world they shove, whilst simultaneously carving an increasing melodic sweetness with a zealous cacophonous tribal punk spirit.

Posted on April 17th, 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.

Part One

  1. Caribou –  ‘Can’t Do Without You’
  2. Tame Impala – ‘Let It Happen’
  3. Young Fathers –  ‘Shame’
  4. Samantha Urbani – ‘1 2 3 4’
  5. Ratatat – ‘Cream on Chrome’
  6. Le Galaxie  – ‘Put The Chain On’
  7. Austra – ‘Painful Like’
  8. Made In Heights –  ‘Forgiveness’
  9. little xs for eyes – ‘Funk Island’
  10. Jealous of the Birds – ‘Goji Berry Sunset’
  11. Portico – ‘101’ feat. Joe Newman
  12. And So I Watch You From Afar  – ‘Redesigned a Million Times’

Part Two 

  1. Action Bronson  – ‘Baby Blue’ feat Chance the Rapper
  2. Tyler, The Creator  – ‘F**king Young’
  3. White Sage – ‘Parnell St June 1955’
  4. Kiasmos – ‘Looped’
  5. Tell No Foxx –  ‘Dust’
  6. Chromatics – ‘In Films’
  7. #throwbackthursday: Thin Lizzy  – ‘Showdown’
  8. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Momma’
  9. Cashmere Cat  – ‘Adore’ (feat. Ariana Grande)
  10. SertOne  – ‘Lost+Found’ (Feat Maribelle)
  11. Flying Lotus  – ‘Never Catch Me’  feat. Kendrick Lamar
  12. Jamie xx  – ‘Gosh’

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 April 17th, 2015

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Other Voices will return to TV screens for its thirteenth season on RTÉ2 from Sunday April 12th at 10.50pm.

The thirteenth series as ever was filmed in Dingle and this year was co-presented by Aidan Gillen and Huw Stephens. You can read all about the filming and the performances from December in my dispatches.

Look out for favourites Young Fathers, All We Are, Jessie Ware, Rusangano Family and Ibeyi in there.

Schedule

Episode 1 – April 12th
Damien Rice
All We Are
Eaves
Cloud Castle Lake
From the archives Anna Calvi

Episode 2 – April 19th
Jessie Ware
Delorentos
Jape
Rusangano Family
From the archives John Grant & Conor O’ Brien

Episode 3 – April 26th
Ibeyi
Walking On Cars
Join Me in the Pines
Booka Brass Band
From the archives James Vincent McMorrow

Episode 4 – May 3rd
The Lost Brothers
King Creosote
Kormac’s Big Band
Somerville
From the archives The National

Episode 5 – May 10th
Wild Beasts
Melanie De Biasio
Wyvern Lingo
Staring at Lakes
From the archives East India Youth

Episode 6 – May 17th
Young Fathers
Buke & Gase
August Wells
Ye Vagabonds
From the archive: The XX

Posted on April 7th, 2015

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Young Fathers released another preview from their forthcoming album White Men Are Black Men Too, out on April 3rd. Hear also ‘Rain Or Shine’. The song is accompanied with this piece of writing.

Yes, you are on your way to work. Yes, you are late but you don’t give a fuck. That’s not why you’re flat-footing it up the concrete steps, feeling that rough corner burn on the palm of your hand. That’s not why you’re sweating (on the inside! The inside!) or why tendons are twitching and flicking the ends of your toes while you wait, tapping, for the gap in the revolving door to swing too slowly your way.

It’s not because you did something wrong and now there are people, the police, sending sirens, howling like dogs after your heels. They won’t catch you, not worried. Fuck ‘em.

It’s not because you’re running from school, from the sight of your face in the steamy glass as you arrive for another day of drear, running towards unknown fields.

It’s because… this prodding, insistent (move it! Pick up! Come on!) this audio whip, this escalator gone mad in your ears and then that slow down and the choir (The Leith Congregational Choir no less) and what does it take to feel better? When will you be happy again? Who cares. Keep moving and then, a moment and you realise, hey I’m happy, just now, right now and it comes home and you feel no shame. No. Shame.

Take a breath.

(Perfectly audio-tuned for tinny ear phones).

The band play The Academy on Thursday March 26th.

Posted on March 12th, 2015

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