Produced by J Dilla and recorded in late 2003 for Dilla & Guilty’s unfinished album, this poignant track samples James Brown and is concerned with Guilty’s relationship with his father. Choice lines include “Getcha ass off the phone with them damn girls / Chasin’ lust is the downfall of the damn squirrel / Now get… Read more »

Posted on June 20th, 2007

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Everyone’s favourite “world music” politi-pop star is giving away a free MP3 download of his new single “Rainin’ in Paradize” from his Official Site. The song is an agitated siren-riddled political pop song more in the vein of Manu’s older stuff as Manu Negra but with a deceptive sheen of friendliness. Listen closer and you… Read more »

Posted on June 20th, 2007

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Looking forward to this a lot. Maximum Joy Club on Friday night are having Greg Caz from NYC over to to drop some Tropicalia / 70’s Brazilian Funk tunes. You may have heard Greg’s recent Baile Funk / Samba compilations. The Brazilian connection continues with Super Extra Bonus Party’s Brazilian MC Rodrigo who has come… Read more »

Posted on June 14th, 2007

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Tropicalia legends Os Mutantes reformed in 2006 and played their first shows ever outside of their native Brazil after 30 years. Now they are coming to Dublin, Vicar Street to be exact on the 26th of July. Tickets are €33.60 but will definitely be worth it. The history of the Tropicalia movement is one of… Read more »

Posted on June 7th, 2007

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I want to do a quick post on some music and blogs I’ve seen over the last few weeks that deserve some attention if you haven’t seen them yet. All the Irish bloggers are going NUTS for Fight like Apes and their song “Lend me your Face” and rightly so from what I’ve heard so… Read more »

Posted on May 14th, 2007

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The latest fruits of the musical friendship between Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) and Steve Reid ( Behind the skins of a gazillion legendary acts – James Brown, Fela Kuti, Miles Davis & More ) is out this week. Tongues is the apogee of the duo’s releases thus far. By restricting each track to roughly five… Read more »

Posted on March 21st, 2007

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I’m delighted to introduce to you, the first nialler9 monthly podcast presented by Aoife Mc, radio DJ from The Indie Hour on 103.2fm Dublin City Anna Livia FM. Every Thursday night from 9 to 10pm, The Indie Hour aims to give air to the often forgotten and ignored homegrown talent of the Irish music scene,… Read more »

Posted on March 19th, 2007

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Mr Vegas has been a dancehall superstar in Jamaica for the last 10 years and his popularity has been seeping throughout the world in that time. He first appeared on my radar about 4 years ago when I heard “She’s a Ho” in a mix done by the Streets Mike Skinner. It’s a funky, bass… Read more »

Posted on March 13th, 2007

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An installment of the always excellent Fabriclive series I’ve overlooked recently has been number 26 from The Herbaliser. Previous releases include a jaw-droppingly good Diplo mix, and equally excellent offerings from the likes of Grooverider, DJ Format, Scratch Perverts and John Peel, god rest his good soul. This one seems to be well up to… Read more »

Posted on March 3rd, 2007

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So this week is the one year anniversary of J Dilla’s untimely death. As I said back in April last year, it’s sad that it takes the death of a person to recognise the value of their life’s work but the sentiments around the remembrance are celebratory, life-affirming even, if you’re familiar with the fruits… Read more »

Posted on February 12th, 2007

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Looks like The Avalanches are preparing to emerge from the studio once again. There’s a new temporary website up at theavalanches.com with free bootleg/remixes for download. It’s been five years since the group released Since I left You and since then, two of the original members – DJ Dexter and Gordon, have left to pursue… Read more »

Posted on January 30th, 2007

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Nas claimed Hip Hop is Dead with the release of his latest album last year and it sounds like RJD2 agrees. He told Pitchfork back in September “I’ve gone rap free in 2006” and he’s making good on this promise with the release of his third album The Third Hand on March 5th. Once signed… Read more »

Posted on January 24th, 2007

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15. Nomo – New Tones The funkiest album on the list, Michigan-based Nomo take their cue from the Congolese band, Konono N°1, respectively appropriating their percussive tribal sound to the Northern Hemisphere. Extending that ethos with breakneck brass, organ and guitar to produce a post-Afrobeat sound – the songs on instrumental New Tones are refreshlingly… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2006

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Since the heated debate about DJ Shadow’s new album The Outsider has subsided and the album has been released, it’s time to give my thoughts on it. What struck me on the first few listens was the lack of cohesion throughout. It’s like he deliberately set out to confuse not just fans but first time… Read more »

Posted on October 5th, 2006

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