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New releases out today: Kneecap, James Vincent McMorrow, John Grant, Mathman, Monjola & more

New releases out today: Kneecap, James Vincent McMorrow, John Grant, Mathman, Monjola & more

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Here’s a rundown of new releases on DSPs and physical releases in record shops this week.

Nialler9 keeps a rolling list of Irish album releases here.


New Albums


Kneecap – Fine Art

The debut album on Heavenly Recordings from Mo Chara, Móglaí Bap and DJ Provaí, the Irish language rap trio who are having a big year with a feature film on the way too.

 The 12-track album was produced by Toddla T, and blends Irish and English in its raps. The album features Lankum’s Radie Peat, Grian Chatten of Fontaines D.C. (as heard on previous track ‘Better Way To Live’) and Jelani Blackman, and is set in an imaginary pub in Belfast called The Rutz. Annie Mac recorded some sounds for the record.


James Vincent McMorrow – Wide Open, Horses

New album from the Irish singer-songwriter came to life from a forced bout of creativity and a deadline – to perform a new album in full over two nights in the National Concert Hall in Dublin. A band was assembled for a week of practice and the album was written and performed live. It was then recorded after what was learned from the experienced.

“The whole point was to expose the flaws and also highlight the special little moments. It was an odd experiment, but it worked great. The notion is so simple, ‘Write songs and perform them live’. Without cameras, they were the best shows I’ve ever played—which is interesting because no one knew the music.”


John Grant – The Art of the Lie 

The sixth album from the American singer-songwriter drifts further into retro-electronic synth pop, recorded with producer Ivor Guest.

“Grant likens the musical flavours of The Art of the Lie to the sumptuous Vangelis soundtrack for Bladerunner or the Carpenters if John Carpenter were also a member.”

Grant plays Vicar Street in October.


NxWorries – Why Lawd?

Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge are back with album two of their collaboration rooted in hip-hop, funk and R&B on Stones Throw. Guests include H.E.R., Thundercat, Earl Sweatshirt, Rae Khalil, Snoop Dogg, and more.


MathMan – SK83 – The Prequel

The Dublin producer Adam Fogarty releases his debut solo project, his first post Mango x Mathman called it a day.

Dublin City, 1998. Prepare to be transported back in time to the vivid streets of Dublin. A city in social, economic and artistic transition.

Set against an evocative sonic backdrop of jungle, drum and bass and breakbeat, SK83 weaves an elaborate narrative that captures the essence of adolescent life in Dublin in the late 1990’s.

Delve into a captivating sonic journey that explores the bevy of emotions and events that colour a teenagers journey to adulthood – from love and loss, first-time experiences, the pitfalls of peer pressure and the unmistakable pull of the city’s intoxicating rave culture.


Cola – The Gloss

Post-punk and alt-rock trio featuring Ought members Tim Darcy and Ben Stidworthy, and Weather Station/US Girls drummer Evan Cartwright. They play Dublin in November.

See Also


Conn Thornton – Meteorite Season

Belfast multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter releases their third record. Trades in dream pop, indie and rock. “Meteorite Season is a record that explores two major themes: emotional absence after moving to a new setting, and the importance of connection with other people as a way of coping.”


Cruza – Cruzafied

Orlando four-piece Cruza are purveyors of blunted R&B woozy textures, downbeats and razor-thing guitars under whispery vocals that feel like walking into a particularly nice band jam.


Martha Skye Murphy – Um

The debut album on AD 93 from the London singer-songwriter and artist whose music is elegaic, melancholic, sparse, and a bit eerie.


Sam Morton – Daffodils & Dirt

The debut album on XL Recordings from the actor/director made alongside label boss and producer Richard Russell, which features Alabaster DePlume, Laura Groves, Jack Peñate and Ali Campbell.


Mike Lindsay – supershapes volume 1

Debut solo album from Mike Lindsay, who is co-founder of pioneering folktronica band Tunng and one half of electronic alt-psych duo LUMP. supershapes volume 1 o looks at “everyday domestic objects, the daily rituals that shape us, heavily focusing on the majestic in the domestic”, and is inspired by his wife Lily’s MA studies in fine art.


µ-Ziq – Grush

Planet Mu boss Mike Paradinas marks 30 years of IDM and underground dance music with his 16th µ-Ziq (Music) album.


New EPs


Monjola – It’s Not That Deep EP

The Dublin Camomile Club rapper and singer drops his 8-track EP of lo-fi soul and rap vibes.


Also released today

  • Florrie – The Lost Ones
  • Guilty Simpson & Kong The Artisan – Giants of the Fall
  • Headie One – The Last One
  • Isobel Campbell – Bow To Love
  • Kasabian – Happenings 
  • Moby – Always Centered At Night
  • Mary Ocher – Your Guide to Revolution
  • Normani – DOPAMINE
  • Anna Prior – Almost Love EP
  • RJD2 – Visions Out Of Limelight
  • Sea Girls – Midnight Butterflies
  • Skee Mask – Resort
  • THIS IS THE KIT – Live at The Minack Theatre
  • Tove Lo and SG Lewis – Heat EP
  • Walt Disco – The Warping

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