Nialler9.com is 13 years old this month. This site has always been about new music but I wanted to mark 13 years in the business of music writing and recommendations by picking a song from each year the site has been active since 2005. The song choices aren’t definitive in representing that year as a… Read more »

Posted on November 23rd, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place. Listen on Spotify 1. Fever Ray – To The Moon And Back After 9 years away, Karin Dreijer returned with her first album as Fever Ray last week, Plunge. ‘To The Moon And Back’ was the first taste from it and it is… Read more »

Posted on November 2nd, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place. Listen on Spotify 1. 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… Read more »

Posted on October 4th, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month – all in one place. Listen on Spotify 1. Four Tet – Two Thousand And Seventeen’ Kieran Hebden returns to the relative calm of his early work with this minimally-pitched track that lets a string instrument become the main focus. 2. Arcade Fire – ‘Signs Of Life’ Now… Read more »

Posted on August 2nd, 2017

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Click here for Nialler9’s top 75 songs of the 2017 All of these songs either featured in the Irish music section, my regular updated Spotify playlist or my Irish Times Irish music column. 30. Abovedat – ‘Better’ Low-end thriving electronic house-pop single with pitched silky vocal from Cork’s Stevie G and Ian Ring (formerly of… Read more »

Posted on July 6th, 2017

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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. 20. 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… Read more »

Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Here are my favourite songs of the year so far in a Spotify playlist. Check out the monthly playlists too.  Here are my albums of the year so far. 75 songs featured including Arcade Fire, Mix & Fairbanks, Kendrick, Ships, Mac Demarco, The Blaze, Haim, Run The Jewels, The xx, Aldous Harding, Overcoats, Maggie Rogers,… Read more »

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month. Listen on Spotify The top songs of the month Click the title of the song to see the original post. 1. Mac DeMarco – For the First Time My highlight of Primavera in a set with a naked drummer and singed body hair is also the cheeky Canadian who… Read more »

Posted on June 8th, 2017

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2017 was my third visit to Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival and my first since 2011. What has changed in that time is an increase of punters (around 35,000 each night) but also an expanded festival site at Parc del Forum. That meant more room for dance music and more room for the larger stages. And… Read more »

Posted on June 7th, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month. Listen on Spotify The top songs of the month Click the title of the song to see the original post. 1. Ships – Where We Are My rotational highlight from Precession, one of 2017’s best Irish albums. Precession by Ships 2. Mix & Fairbanks – Girls The first original… Read more »

Posted on May 3rd, 2017

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I’ve been listening to EL-P since the days of Rawkus Records (and subsequently famously denounced the label), since the days of SoundBombing compilations, since Cannibal Ox, since he ran Def Jux, through his solo material and of course, his crowning relationship with his cohort Killer Mike, as Run The Jewels. They have an alchemy that… Read more »

Posted on March 30th, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month. Listen to the continuous playlists on Spotify, Youtube & Soundcloud. Listen on Spotify The top songs of the month Click the title to see the original post. 1. Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet remix) A headspinning Four Tet remix for an as yet unreleased Todd Terje song finally gets… Read more »

Posted on March 2nd, 2017

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My favourite songs of the past month. Listen to the continuous playlists on Spotify, Apple Music & Soundcloud. Listen on Spotify The top songs of the month Click the title to see the original post. 1. The Black Madonna – ‘He Is The Voice I Hear’ 2. The xx – Dangerous 3. Run The Jewels – ‘Call… Read more »

Posted on February 1st, 2017

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There are plenty of albums to look forward to in 2017 and here are just a few of them which don’t have release dates yet. I’ve also included a few which we likely won’t see this year – just so you’re prepared. See also – My top New Artists of 2017. Alt-J Possible Date: Summer… Read more »

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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Now we’ve kicked 2016 to the curb, it’s time to look forward. January is all about freshness, so here are 20 acts from around the globe who I reckon you’ll be hearing much more of this year. Some will be familiar to you but I expect to make an even bigger splash and some, I… Read more »

Posted on January 5th, 2017

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