With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Releases Spotify playlist, updated weekly.
Kero Kero Bonito
Time ‘n’ Place
London-based three-piece, well vocalist Sarah Midori Perry and producers Gus Lobban and Jamie Bulled, Kero Kero Bonito surprise dropped their new LP Time ‘n’ Place for their fans. Released on Double Denim Records, Time ‘n’ Place marks the group’s third full-length studio release. Flush with glitchy synth leads and indie-styled guitar songs, the album is a lighthearted and charismatic romp from a group verging on widespread acclaim.
Leeds natives Alt-J have taken another step in removing themselves from the art-indie label which has plagued them since their debut with the release of Reduxer. A reimagining of last year’s Relaxer. The project leans heavily into the realms of hip-hop with features from Little Simz, Pusha-T & Danny Brown to name a few. A welcome evolution from a very talented bunch of musicians.
We Will Live Again
Cork-based DJ and producer John Daly’s new LP We Will Live Again is a nostalgic take on the acid house and breakbeat genres. Loosely inspired by time spent with his father during his unfortunate passing, there’s a strong sense of emotional catharsis throughout the project. Distribution is being handled by All City Records.
Moses Boyd’s Displaced Diaspora is the most unique release out last week. It recontextualises traditional African musics in a modern cosmopolitan setting. This is best heard in the album’s opening and closing tracks. Also featured heavily throughout are futuristic takes on jazz and gospel. A must listen for fans of world music.
German native Roosevelt’s Young Romance is an exhilarating ride through the highs and lows of the topic touched upon in its title. The album is 12 tracks of non-stop 80s synthwave and nu-disco anthems. Whether it be the melodramatic ‘Under The Sun’ or the pop-tinged ‘Pangea’ Young Romance is a masterclass in effective pop songwriting. It’s also a complete retread of his debut album so as enjoyable as it is, it does sometimes feel like diminishing returns as shiny and pleasant as it is.
Continuing the series of DJ-Kick’s releases, which included one from DJ Seinfeld a couple of months back, is Mount Kimbie. The British duo takes the listener on a journey through a very ambient mix of modern and classic tracks. Not the best entry point for the group but a welcome treat for longtime fans.
And Yet It’s All Love
The follow up to the superb Yellow Memories, Fatima’s new record is full of exuberant R&B and soul tracks. Released under Eglo Records, And Yet It’s All Love is a faithful follow up. ‘Westside’ is an obvious highlight. The artist stands out among her many nu-R&B peers for the surreal imagery in her lyrics, check out ‘I See Faces In Everything’ to get the full picture.
London-based trap crooner Ebenezer’s 53 Sundays marks the artist’s second full-length LP of 2018. Productivity aside, the album intermittently displays flashes of just how good Ebenezer could be. Unfortunately, the MC strays a little too close to Drake’s sound and shadow to particularly stand out in his own right. Still though, there’s plenty to enjoy on 53 Sundays and even more time for the London artist to come into his own.