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Sunday, 31 January 2010

NIALLIST Zombie Playa

Happy Friday!

Hot off the presses, here's a dubby/ravey number for ya, it's from the forthcoming Lust, Caution EP which features I Came and three new tunes. The term "zombie playa" was used to describe an annoying guy who hassles women and won't leave them alone, by the user Snarky's Machine in the comments section of the excellent Schrodinger's Rapist article on Shapely Prose. That article deserves a post in its own right. Anyway, here's the link for the tune:

Zombie Playa by theniallist

COLD CAVE Life Magazine (Niallist KlubEdit)

The other recent mix is a club edit of Cold Cave's Life Magazine off their rather good Love Comes Close album. I have added disco house trimmings, in a Norwegian style, so the shoe-gazey/New Order-y sound of the original has a bit more oomph. But it's all about the melodies, and the gorgeous chorus refrain. Get the MP3 here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/3qpxvg

COLD CAVE Life Magazine (Niallist KlubEdit) by theniallist

Saturday, 30 January 2010

DETACHMENTS Flowers That Fell (Niallist ColdMIxx)

A couple of new mixes finished off and uploaded for people to check out.

First up is a remix of a band called Detatchments on the excellent Thisisnotanexit Records. The song is called "The Flowers That Fell" and I have remade as cold synth-pop (as opposed to the original indie-club/Joy Division style). The original was produced by Trevor Jackson and had some great synth and drum sounds to use. The wav file is downloadable here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/8x7stb

DETACHMENTS Flowers That Fell (Niallist ColdMixx) by theniallist

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

identi .co.uk

Identi.co.uk is an excellent blog packed full of very pretty images of art, design, fashion, jewellery and photography. It is run by Denise Ross from Edinburgh, I do believe, who is a designer who also does work for charidee. Real work mind. Not Peaches Geldoff-style work. Check it out. Identi, not Peaches. She's too busy investigating Cern, which apparently is this thing in Texas where they're trying to make a black hole.

In November I co-hosted an African-themed fashion show at Che Camille. Denise took photos of everyone involved including this very nice one of me below. I was reminded of this last week so went hunting for it today. And rather nice it is too! Thanks Denise! There's also some other local sleb minors

Tuesday, 26 January 2010


This has been under raps for a while, but after working on it for a good few months, it's finally ready to make its public debut. Ali is the producer of the awesome Heartbreak, and makes shit hot records in his own right. The photo above is us at the last Rock'n'Shock. This isn't going to make it onto his debut solo album unfortunately, but it might see the light of day in some other way.

Needs w/ ALI RENAULT by theniallist

Monday, 25 January 2010

Niallist dj set @ MENERGY

Here's my next DJing gig, it's an alt-gay-old school disco night at the wonderful Flying Duck, hosted by the deeeeeelightful Lady Munter and also featuring my mate Kid Zipper and Gerard Black Leather (from the band Findo Gask) as resident jocks. It will be a sweaty, amyl nitrate drenched fest of Hi-NRG, Italo and electropop, the kind of thing you have heard me spin before on this here mix: http://www.littlerockrecords.com/discopia/SuperMachoMix.mp3

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Daniel Wang @ IT'S MUSIC, Cork

Was this co-incidence? Or something more?

After deciding to stay one last weekend in Ireland before heading back to Glasgow, I had taken my mum to lunch on Saturday afternoon when I got this text message from my friend Daniel Wang. "I'm in Dublin I know it's not Scotland but I'm on Connolly St saw 2 guys who look just like you. How's Glasgow? Eire feels tropical! DJ Cork later."

Danny hadn't met me in Ireland before, and he certainly didn't know I am here now and only an hour away from Cork. Naturally I wanted to be there - I hopped on a bus within the hour, and was able to meet him off the train from Dublin.

After soundchecking at the venue, we talked and caught up for hours, including a very nice Italian meal that being cheap we shared. The talk went from music to memes to love lives to friends and naturally back to music again. I hadn't seen Danny in about 2 years, so there was a lot to catch up on. He was still waiting for the Trippy Disco album to drop, so I had to fill him in about the end of that project, and the end of so much more that has happened since 2007. He told me about his father's passing, which was kind of sad, but how it allowed him to put down real roots in Berlin and how he's happier than ever there now. I told him about the Niallist and how I am channeling all my musical energies into that - he was one of the first people to hear (IILWTSFT) Pet Shop Boys and it is actually inspired by a story he told me. He told me how he is now beginning to sing songs he has written and is moving away from instrumental disco into telling stories about past loves. It was great!

After meeting up with my Aunt Mary to get a key to her house - it was great to see her too - I made my way back to BrĂș to see the Wangster spin disco. I was pretty shattered and thought I would leave round 1, but of course it was so good that I had to stay til the very end - 3.30am. I haven't been out dancing to disco in at least a month, so it was great to hear some, and the crowd thought so too - they really loved it. Though Danny couldn't really see because the pub was a wierd shape, people were dancing all the way along the bar, even into the back, on top of the pool table. I'm so glad the people loved his music, it made me feel proud to attend his first show in Cork! The crowd in Cork really love their disco, soul and funk and know how to party. As I told Danny, the south cost of Ireland is a real hidden gem of Europe.

I had to go crash after the music, and Danny was flying out at 6am, so I didn't hang around long. The guys who run the party IT'S MUSIC (Brian being the ringmaster) are really sound and it's great to have met a new generation of heads in Cork city. I've always loved it there, it's somewhere I would definitely consider living when I am a bit older. And I found out that CHIC will be playing Cork in May. That will be special - I shall do my best to be there.

Good Times!

Sunday, 10 January 2010


In the name of "getting my shit out there" I have also signed up to an account on Reverbnation. "What, another account?!" I hear you cry - ah but you see I have a cunning plan! I'm going to be putting different tunes on the different accounts so that if you want to hear all my stuff you'll have to visit them all. MWAHAHA! So the new tunes you can only hear on my Reverbnation account are:

Dance Club Party Party
Big Man
Work It (Live at Optimo)

Dance Club I have had knocking about for about 4 years now, and finally managed to get a vocal take down for it - it's synth-pop booty bass. Big Man is yet more balls-out Hi-NRG in the style of Sylvester and Patrick Cowley. I need to find a better vocalist for it, but the tune's all there. Infinite Capacity I have posted about before, and Work It is pretty self-explanatory.

Apparently Raverbnation can be hooked up to Facebook too, so even though I'm not that keen on the layout and design, I think it could be pretty handy. http://www.reverbnation.com/theniallist

Saturday, 9 January 2010


I have set up an account at Muxtape with a few tunes that aren't on my myspace. There's 5 tracks in total, including Remember and The Hots, but the new exclusive ones are:

(I'm In Love With the Singer From) The Pet Shop Boys
Still Have Feelings 4 U
Rock The Shop

"The Pet Shop Boys" is one of the poppiest things I have ever done, and people have told me it's very catchy indeed. Still Have... is Hi-NRG synth pop, with more than a splash of Yazoo, and Rock The Shop is the tune I recorded for the Che Camille spring/summer fashion shows last year. I'm still not sure exactly how Muxtape works, but come on over and check it out anyway: http://theniallist.muxtape.com/

Friday, 8 January 2010

A.C./I.D. T-shirts

These shall be forthcoming in the New Year too. I hope this is where you saw it !

Photo by Kepa, modelling by Eska

Thursday, 7 January 2010

2 x 12"

So I was able to bring home TWO 12" singles to my parents this time - which they can actually listen to now my sister bought them a record player for Christmas. They said they liked it, but you know, I don't think acid house is really their thing. I think they'd like Remember more, but the needle kept skipping because the player isn't used to handling dance music. I will have to affix a penny to it somehow.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010


The reason that the minimix below was acid house themed is because that is the genre of my next single release. It was originally slated to come out on Dissident, but we have instead decided to release it ourselves as the first ever vinyl release on Little Rock. Woo hoo!
Some of you may have heard this before as it was part of the proposed Trippy Disco album for Radius, but now it has been rebranded as House Machine. We've got some great feedback on this already, from some pretty top notch DJs, and the single and download release will be happening in late January. But for all you lucky people, you can get it now, weeks in advance, from this link: http://www.littlerockrecords.com/promo/A.C.I.D.wav Enjoy!

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

ACID Minimix

I was contacted by Fabric in September (by accident as it turns out!) in regards to doing a mini mix for their podcast. I did one anyway, though I don't think it got used. I put together a load of acid house tunes in about 10 minutes, which was a lot of fun, and makes for pretty good listening. There's even some surprise choisec in there. To hear the mix click on this link: http://www.littlerockrecords.com/promo/AcidMinimix.mp3


D-MOB Acieeeed!
TYREE Acid Over (Album mix)
TYREE Acid Over (12" Mix)
LIL LOUIS Video Clash
BARY MASON Body Get Your Body
HARDFLOOR Acperience
WINK Higher State of Consciousness

A.C./I.D. Promo Minimixx by theniallist

Friday, 1 January 2010


Yeah, basically Optimo was amazing! The crowd reaction, as ever, was great, though the bar area was not as busy as I was led to believe it would be. Still, people danced and sang along and in general had a great time. I think we played very well, apart from the major boob of Aleks' laptop running out of power during (I'm In Love With The Singer From) The Pet Shop Boys - just as some people were beginning to sing along with it! It was a priceless comedy moment, and y voice would have given out during the tune anyway. Apart from that it was great to do something that was more live and interactive as opposed to just singing over a backing track.

We have uploaded a live recording of the set if anyone wants to hear it, though we'll also probably put this out later in the year with some minor tweaking through Little Rock. But if you want it it's at: http://www.sendspace.com/file/0zitix

All the other acts on the bill played blinders too, especially Divorce, who had a mosh pit going in what was essentially a hotel lobby (picture below). Drums of Death was great too, from what I saw, but we had to go pack up our kit in his set so didn't get to see all of it. I went to a couple of great parties after too, even though the place was pretty snow-bound, and ended up talking about Quantum physics with some friends until well into the next day. Rock'n'roll!