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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

BEST OF 2010 Mixtape



Here's my 100 minute comp of my favourite tunes of the last 12 months. It wasn't intentional but there's quite a lot of synths on this, from the cold and discordant to the warm and lush. Oh I do love synthesizers!

TRACKLISTING:

Silverclub - Your Headphones
Ben Butler & Mouse Pad - Electric Bamber-Boo
Divorce - Bloody Horn
Fox Gut Daata - Frontal Skull Jamz (Cupp Cave Remix)
Tyler The Creator - VCR/Wheels
Mungo's Hifi - Belly Ska (Dubatak Mix)
Sad City - Sister
Ben Butler & Mouse Pad ft The Niallist - Infinite Capacity (Fulgeance Remix)
Dam Mantle - Purple Arrow
Horse MacGuyver - Nod
Detachments - Flowers That Fell (Niallist ColdMixx)
Goldfrapp - Hunt
Areil Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Fright Night
Nite Funk - Am I Gonna Make It?
Space Dimension Controller - The Love Quadrant
Lindstrom & Christabelle - Baby Can't Stop (Idjut Boys Remix)
Brassica - New Jam City
LCD Soundsystem - You Wanted A Hit
Gold Blood - I Dreamed A Dream
Liberta - The Fountain

Download my BEST OF 2010 Mixtape here.

There's info and links on the tracks after the jump:

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

HOUSE MACHINE Uh-Oh



I'm on a roll with HM! But then these tunes have been written in my Grooveboxes for a while now. Here's an old one that's a center piece of my live set - called "Uh-Oh" after the distinctive vocal-y synth sound:


Uh-Oh by House Machine

Sunday, 26 December 2010

HOUSE MACHINE Bang Goes The Clock (Instrumental Edit)



House Machine is still coming along strong - here's a short instrumental cover of "Bang Goes The Clock" by Connie's Crew on Cam City Records from Chicago, 1988. I'll put a vocal on this someday. And the clock pictured above is a relic from Hiroshima. Boom.



Bang Goes The Clock (Instrumental Edit) by House Machine

DISCO BEARD Beardumz EP Free Download

Another crosspost from Shallow Rave, where there are Christmas goodies galore!



Disco Beard may not really exist any more, but we have rounded up a few of their edits that kind of got away and put them all in one place. There are four tracks in total, two of which are disco, the other two are by indie darlings Stereolab:

1. CITI Roller Disco (Long Edit)
2. RICHARD T BEAR Sunshine Hotel (Disco d'Bear Edit)
3. STEREOLAB Interlock (Disco Edit)
4. STEREOLAB One Finger Symphony (Disco Edit)

Download here.

Friday, 24 December 2010

METATRON Black Christmas EP Free Download

X-posted from Shallow Rave.

Here's something to fill you all with Christmas cheer - a free EP of Christmas themed tracks from Metatron, now with added John Carpenter, cold wave and witch house influences.



1. Tundra
2. Midnight Sun
3. Black Ice

Download here.

This is for all the people who have just been dumped or lost someone they love. 'Cos Christmas sucks when that has happened. Happy Christmas! xxxx

Thursday, 23 December 2010

In Bent Magazine

Published by Disinformation!



My article on Kanye West's "Power" video (see below somewhere) was picked up and republished by one of my favourite sites Disinformation (www.disinfo.com). Nice! They've offered me a contributor's account which I have accepted - even though I only occasionally write about the esoteric/occult. But I will probably focus on the weird aspects of music anyway. So thank you Disinfo, and thank you Kanye!

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

ZSA ZSA NOIR - Hey Lean Diggy Doggy

Here's the video for the new single by gender bending Manchester performer/producer Zsa Zsa Noir, available to buy from iTunes right now. She makes a great dirty racket. I'm in the video for this, shot on the abandoned top floor of Islington Mill. Fierce!!

Monday, 20 December 2010

HOUSE MACHINE Pressure



More House Machine bidnis, this time a bit more doof doof doof than usual. This may just be a tribute to every ned's favourite Weegie techno club. I went to the first ever Pressure back in November 1998, fact fans (headlined by Green Velvet and the Chemical Brothers) but got ejected for being less than discreet with the contents of my shoe.


Pressure by House Machine

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Hogmanay 2010

Fuck knows if I am gonna be able to make it to Glasgow with the weather, but if I can I will be doing a short live PA at this party:

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Some Old-School House Clips Pt 2

I've been digging in the Youtube virtual crates for some more old school house - this time moving form the late 80s into the early 90s and form Chicago to NY and Detroit. This stuff is the roots of my House Machine stuff. Some of these will be getting interpreted for use in the House Machine live show:



According to legend, this is the first ever house track pressed to vinyl, dating from 1984. It's based on an earlier tune (itself a remix) from 1980 by MACH. Keeping the bassline alive, I am working on a House Machine version right now.



A Kevin Saundeson production from 1988, which I guess means it's techno, though it fits more into Chicago-style for me. The vocal hook is awesome, and getting nicked.



A Masters At Work production from 1994, this combines elements of booty-bass with some cheap Casio sounds before blossoming into an awesome deep house groove. This is why people rate MAW so highly.



An epic Wild Pitch remix by DJ Pierre, again on Strictly Rhythm which was THE coolest label in the world back in the early-to-mid 90s. This takes its sweet time, but it's worth it.

WILLOW SMITH versus HOUSE MACHINE "Whip My Hair (Vogue Dramatics Remix)"



I've set up a Soundcloud for House Machine, (whose album is coming along very nicely at the moment) and to help launch it I've done a cheeky wee vogue-style remix of Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair". This would be used in the ball category "dramatics" where the voguers really go off and do whip their hair (or wigs/weaves) around a lot. I hope they can werk to this:


Whip My Hair (Vogue Dramatics Remix) by House Machine

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Swamp Planet Christmas this Thursday!

I'm doing a wee reading at this on Thursday, it's at the Anthony Burgess Foundation here in Manchester, 6.30 to 8pm. For your aural delectation I shall be reading aloud a William Gibson Christmas tale! There will be mulled drinks, random present, and an Alien Santa. If you're about come down - more details are on the Facebook event page. Thanks to Bren O'Callaghan for asking me!

Monday, 13 December 2010

Niallist Interview on Weaponizer

Wahey! Weaponizer have published an interview with me, where I talk about making music, Metatron, Glasgow versus Manchester, and some other interesting bullshit. Read it here.



Weaponizer is a site dedicated to fiction and prose, run by Bram Gleiben in Edinburgh who also runs the Black Lantern netlabel. Black Lantern have put out two EPs of my music under the name Metatron. You can download them for free here and here, and if you would like to try before you "buy", here's a playlist of those tunes:

Friday, 10 December 2010

Mix for Che Camille




A mix for Che Camille, using some of the tunes picked for Edinburgh Fringe show and the Fierce Ruling Divas Ball. Happy Christmas beatchiz! xx.


Che Mix by theniallist

SILVERCLUB Fine Print
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM I Can Change
TIGA Shoes
ARMAND VAN HELDEN Witchdoktor
SHITROBOT I Found Love (Edit)
DIRTY DISCO YOUTH Minds Off (Tommii Sunshine & Figure Mix)
STEVE POINDEXTER Work That Motherfucker (Chuck Hampton Edit)
RÓISÍN MURPHY Momma's Place
EURHYTHMICS Love Is A Stranger (Coldcut Mix)
HARD TON Losers
THE COUNTACH Melvin Made Me Do It (Clouded Vision RMX)
CE CE PENISTON Finally (Jemex Remix)
SAUVAGE Release The Fashion
THE NIALLIST ft PRINCESS and BEN BUTLER & MOUSEPAD I'm Avoiding You
MGMT Congratulations

Thursday, 9 December 2010

"Witch-House" guest reviews on Lo-Quality

I co-reviewed the new compilation of "witch-house" music from the label Disaro with Alex over on Lo-Quality. The album is called "ISVOLT" and there are a few good tracks on there - though be warned they really are not house tracks, more like a cross between noisey shoe-gaze and southern hip-hop. With a gothic sensibility. Read the article here.



The big witch-house band of the moment is Salem. To do some preliminary research I looked them up on YouTube and was flabbergasted at how bad they sounded. However, they played their first Manchester show the other week at the Islington Mill and according to this review by Graham Dunning at Clogged Machinery, it was actually pretty good!

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

2nd place in the Pierre Pascual remix comp!



W00t! I came runner-up in the Pierre Pascual remix competition! :-)

"WINNER OF THE REMIX CONTEST !
MM Minimano ( Hong Kong )
2nd prize : Délicat mixx by The Niallist ( for the groove! )
3rd prize : Noisy pearls remix by KathCharles Martin Gonthier Béringer ( for the sensibility )
All 3 win COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY of Pierre Pascual !
...Thanx to EVERYBODY for your participation ♥ ♥ ♥"

Here's the winning mix:
Pierre Pascual - Sous Les Sycomores (MM Minimano Remix) by Pierre Pascual

Scroll down a bit to hear mine.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Kanye West "Power": Illuminati Overkill



So, have you sen the video for Kanye West's "Power"? And did you notice all the occult symbolism there-in? Come on, let's be honest here - you'd have to be a total fucking idiot not to.

I have commented on this kind of thing before (most notably Lady Gaga), but if you are new to the modern trend to read everything in pop music as being controlled by the Illuminati, then start here with a brilliant piece by the Fortean Times. Of course, written as it was about 12 months ago, it already seems out of date as it doesn't feature Kanye. But I'll come clean on all this "conspiranoia" fascination - I'm sick of it. I'm over it all. And why? Because the tables have turned - this is no longer about an audience reclaiming popular culture with fresh and bizarre readings. Now it's nothing more than a clever marketing gimmick. Conspiracists, KANYE IS TROLLING YOU.

Read the rest at Shallow Rave

Picture from Oh No They Didn't.

Monday, 6 December 2010

HOUSE MACHINE That Beat


I've got my House Machine mojo seriously workin at the moment. I've overcome a bit of a block with finishing this project, now everything is going on the back burner til this is done. I am gonna see if I can get an album done in the next two weeks or so. All the parts are already written on my two MC-303s, I just need to record, tweak and edit them. Here's one I made earlier, this was a beat for LGTFX that didn't get used but sounds good on its own:


HOUSE MACHINE - That Beat by theniallist

Saturday, 4 December 2010

More "I Came" reviews.

Couple of goodyins here, from Mixmag and Bent, though there still seems to be confusion over how to spell my name:



Friday, 3 December 2010

DETACHMENTS Flowers That Fell (Niallist ColdMIxx) out now



ANOTHER remix this week, this is one that I did almost a year ago and is now available to buy on MP3 from Thisisnotanexit Records. It's of the indie band Detachments and their very catchy single from 2009 "The Flowers That Fell". My inspiration was a cold wave breaking on a synth beach. Covered in pebbles. At night. In January. You can buy it from here - and while you're there, pick up a copy of T&A's remix of "Holiday Romance" by the same band. It is so ace I used it on the Menergy Heathers mix - it's the fire to this ice!


DETACHMENTS Flowers That Fell (Niallist ColdMixx) by theniallist

Blazin With Damien!



We went to see Fucked Up playing at the Kazamier in Liverpool on Wednesday night - one word: AMAZEBOLZ! We even got to blaze with Damien - he's lovely and he hugs like he means it. Man. If you ever get the chance to catch one of their shows, then do - I will too.

This was my first ever trip to Liverpool, and I saw Dane from the Invisibles (as he is now) coming out of a toilet in the Swan pub. I know it was him because he was wearing a mod-target jumper, and nobody else wears that, right?

On a related note, author Steven Blush is giving away 24 hours of American hardcore punk (1981-1986) for free on his website right now. That's 911 tracks of angry American people shouting and swearing. Go get it...

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Lo-Quality Niallist Interview Part 2


In the second part of Lo-Quality’s interview with The Niallist, we look deeper into gay club stereotypes, future LPs, and how Nibiru could put a dent on proceedings.

Gay-friendly clubs have a bit of a reputation for rating highly on the cheese factor in terms of musical content, and it's only in recent times that reputable dance has started to become an equal part of the focus i.e. Menergy, Club for Heroes, Horse Meat Disco and so on. What moved you to become involved with Menergy and introduce electronic stylin' to the crowds?


Find out right here.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

PIERRE PASCUAL "Sous Les Sycomores (Niallist Délicat Mixx)"



The next up in my current crop of remixes. Pierre Pascual is a French artist I have been following for a while, he also goes by the name "Chose Chaton". He makes romantic electro with a distinct queer edge, and his track "Teenage Love" will bring a tear to your eye. I did a disco-style remix for this, taking cues from French electro and nu-disco.


PIERRE PASCUAL Sous Les Sycomores (Niallist Mixx Délicat) by theniallist

More on Pierre here: http://www.pierrepascual.fr/

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

MASON ft RÓISÍN MURPHY "Boadicea (Niallist Bedroom Refurb)"




This is my entry into the Mason ft Róisín Murphy "Boadicea" "refurb" cover competition - recorded acapella in my bedroom using just my voice, a mic and Ableton. At first I thought this was a remix competition, but after reading the fine print I discovered that you weren't able to use the original parts and the finished article was not meant to be dance music. Which actually suited me better than doing a remix in the end. I'm happy with this :-)


boadicea bedroom refurb by theniallist

BTW Róisín's a fucking Goddess and if you don't agree get the hell off my blog!

Monday, 29 November 2010

Lo-Quality Niallist Interview Part 1

First of a two part in depth interview with myself on the Edinburgh-based club listings blog Lo-Quality. In this part we chat about my background, Little Rock, and the inspiration for I Came:


Keen to keep numerous projects on the go, on top of his latest release, the electro-disco / house / techno / acid / quirky electronic producer has just finished a Metatron EP for Black Lantern Music, and contributed lead vocals to ‘Infinite Capacity (For Love)’, the debut single from Ben Butler & Mousepad on digital download from Loaf Recordings. In between his production work, he appears as resident for Glasgow’s Menergy club, which returns in February 2011 at the School of Art’s Vic Bar: he helpfully advises that you can always download guest mixes from the Menergy blog, such as the recently compiled Hi-NRG mix by Frenchbloke, of music he was hearing at Glasgow’s Bennets venue in 1985 and 1986.


Read more here.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Sofabet.com predicts the X Factor


As much as I hate it (and hate to admit it), I have been drawn into this year's X Factor competition. Not for any particular reason other than it has been on, I have caught few episodes, and been sucked in. And, you know, sometimes it feels good to participate in the huge cultural happenings that bring us together as a nation. Sometimes.



Continues here.

Friday, 26 November 2010

BEN BUTLER & MOUSEPAD ft THE NIALLIST "Infinite Capacity (For Love)" OUT NOW



This just arrived by electronic mail today - the forthcoming EP by Ben Butler & Mousepad on LOAF Recordings, that features me singing on the lead track "Infinite Capacity (For Love)". Niiiice! The EP is out for digital download now, you can purchase a copy here.

BEN BUTLER & MOUSEPAD ft THE NIALLIST Infinite Capacity (For Love) by theniallist

There's a re-edit of the track from when we originally recorded it, way back in early 2009, by Dolby Anol that is excellent and not included in the EP. I can see why though, as it doesn't fit the overall sound. Here it is for you lot to download anyway.

Infinite Capacity (dolbyedit) by theniallist

What is included on the EP is the remix by Dam Mantle, as well as a remix by Fugelance. The Dam Mantle mix has been editted to fit the release, so here is his original full length remix for you lucky buggers as well:

Benbutlerandmousepadremix by theniallist

Thursday, 25 November 2010

That's nice dear.



But please spell my name right the next time.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Niallist Interview on Gaydar Radio


Glaswegian funk-machine-renaissance-man The Niallist is gearing up to release the rude and bouncy new track ‘I Came’, featuring the vocals of Miss Mac D.

Already a big figure on the Manchester and Glasgow gay scenes, we spoke to The Niallist about nights out, gay music culture, his fantasy gig and multiple orgasms.

Finish the sentence: A good track starts with...
A cowbell.

It ends with...
A string section.


Read more at: Gaydar Nation.

Monday, 22 November 2010

I Came On Record



A week today sees the release of my next single on vinyl, "I Came (Female Version)" with vocals by Ms Mac D. Exciting!! Some feedback is coming in already and so far so good. The 12" has remixes by me, Brassica and DFRNT. It's always satisfying to have your music on vinyl!




I CAME 12" (Lil064) by theniallist

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Niall & Danny

It's been great hanging out and catching up with Danny Wang this year, especially as he has been teaching me the darkest secrets of voguing. I love this photo - it's us tripping out to artist Richard Wright at Glasgow's Modern Institute.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Fierce Ruling Divas Ball = Tranarchy in the UK!

Wow, the Menergy Fierce Ruling Divas Ball went better than I could have hoped! The atmosphere is electric, and even though it was quite chaotic, we pulled it off with aplomb. I mean, queens started walking without even being called first!! What is this world coming to? After a while I had to abandon the rule book and go with the flow - let the queens walk and announce them as they appeared. But the crowd loved it!

Overall winner Nigela Von Scrumptious was very popular, as was overall runner up Lady P (who actually had lights in her wig! Now THAT'S fierce!), and everyone who walked got a good cheer. Except from the judges, who threw down a whole world of shade. Eventually the crowd invaded the catwalk to celebrate the winners (see video below) before I had to go and literally throw them off to make room for our special guest Vanity Von Glow to do her thing. And she nailed it with much aplomb, possibly being the crowd favourite queen of the night. Kid Zipper played a blinder, followed by Graham Peel of Dolby Anol, and Jon Pleased Wimmin, who dragged up for the first time in ages. Big shouts to Camille and all at LVB for being great sports, and putting so much effort into making this happen. Next stop, Manchester!





And thanks to Marina Maclean, Michael James, April McArdle, Les Garcons De Glasgow, the Nicest Kid in Town and Attention to Detail for the pics. There's lots lots more over at www.menergy.tv.









Quite frankly, the Fierce Ruling Divas Ball was the party of the year. Even if I say so myself.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Tranarchy & Me

Man, there are some amazing photos of me from the ball on Saturday - let me indulge myself a bit here! :-)









LOADS more pics over at www.menergy.tv

Saturday, 13 November 2010

VOGUING - House Of Ninja

Crosspost from Menergy.



Probably the most famous voguing house in the world is the House of Ninja, formed by the legendary Willi Ninja back (I'm guessing here) in the early 80's or late 70s. Even though drag balls already existed, as did the dance, Willi Ninja is regarded as the godfather of voguing, and is featured heavily in both the Paris Is Burning film and the "Deep In Vogue" video by Malcolm McLaren. In anticipation of our own Fierce Ruling Divas Ball on Saturday, here's a selection of some of the best moves by the house, that can also serve as a kind of introduction to how voguing (and "houses") work.

Continued here.

Friday, 12 November 2010

METATRON "Journeys" EP

Last post for just now - I have a new 3 track Metatron EP about to drop on Black Lantern Music. Before they gat it up though, here it is for you my blog readers. This is more experimental than the last EP, though it still falls roughly within the boundaries of what we call "dubstep" 9this time with some industrial, house and techno influences). It's a bit rough and ready as I am trying to capture a certain naiveté of production, and it was made mostly on train journeys up and down the land, hence the name.



1 - Planes
2 - Trains
3 - Automobiles

Download it from: http://www.sendspace.com/file/36m9lc

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Raymond Scott: Music, Machines & Mystery

I went to a great event here on Sunday evening - the Manchester premiere of a new documentary on the American composer/inventor Raymond Scott, directed by his son Stan Warnow. On the bill, along with the film itself, were special Scott-themed live sets by local acts Demdike Stare, Illum Sphere v Kidkanevil and the one-off supergroup The Manhattan Research Transfer Project.



Continued here.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

"Taxonomy of Bears"



As well as publishing my interview with Shunda K, issue #5 of Lock Up Your Daughters also featured a piece I wrote called "Taxonomy of Bears". This was to describe to the girls what all the different terms associated with "bear" culture mean. I ended up writing it in a nursery rhyme fashion, and Lucy from LUYD did some cracking illustrations to boot. I'd love to get this printed on a t-shirt some day...