Ciara Brady is a Disco, Funk, Groove and House DJ at The Little Disco The Academy, Pygmalion , Toast Dublin and Founder – of Citrus DJs Collective.


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L’atelier – Helene Francoise

The Dutch duo L’atelier have produced a serious hip shaking groover on The Shag Edits Vol.8 series that gets any floor moving. It’s the newest release from my favourite record label, Roots for Bloom and is by far my favourite track of the year that always puts a smile on my face and a pep in my step. If you haven’t heard of this series of releases be sure to get digging asap!


2.

Purple Disco Machine – Body Funk

This track is what I will remember when I look back and think of summer 2017. It brings back happy fun summer feels and reminds me how much I live for the Irish festival season every year. Body Funk is a stellar combination of Sylvester’s ‘Do You Wanna Funk’ and Hot Streak’s ‘Body Work’ and is described online as “joined together like bacon and eggs in a perfect Purple Disco Machine orchestrated interpolation”.


3.

Black bones – Malukacid

Malukacid is a weirdly wonderful & delightful track full of surprises released by the Belfast based edits label “Black Bones”. Malukacid is a complementary combination of afro, disco, house and acid found on the A side of this record. Each track on the release is equally enthralling to the ears and quite unique but come together to make a savage and extremely memorable record. These releases are like hot cakes and have limited press so make sure to pre-order if you want a piece of it.


4.

Folamour – The Power and The Blessing of Unity

Probably one of the only tracks this year that I put on repeat for about a half an hour when I heard it first! It has quite a hypnotic timeless disco quality feel to it despite echoes of modern brass melodies, catchy lyrics and tightly designed rhythm patterns throughout. Undoubtedly another reliable and classic release from Glitterbox Records.


5.

Snowboy & the Latin Section – Oya Ye Ye (LPMs Funky Lounge How Are You Mix)

When I stumbled across this gem of a track a while back I couldn’t believe to hear that LPM was an Irish producer let alone a fellow Toast DJ. It is the ideal track to inject a burst of energy into a dancefloor and give that uplifting sunny carefree summer vibe. LPM is a serious talent and is one to keep an eye on. This track was shared by the hottest new Irish collective & label “Doubleu” and are currently churning out quality music by some of Ireland’s very talented producers that truly deserve international recognition.


6.

Bellaire – Paris City Jazz

Bellaire has been by far my most intriguing discovery of 2017. The young French producer encompasses everything that I love about music, he seamlessly combines funky groovy brass riffs with sick jazzy piano melodies and throws them in the mix with old school hip hop lyrics. This producer is insanely talented and I’m so excited for his first release in early 2018 with AOC records. It was so difficult to pick my favourite track of his as they’re all class.


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Bas Roos – Take Life Easy

Take Life Easy is the B1 track on the album Shir Khan Presents Black Jukebox 18 released by the Exploited label back in May. The Dutch producer is extremely trustworthy for producing fresh, interesting and unique modern disco tracks and really brings a feel-good groove into this release. This track was a solid favourite of mine for most festival gigs this summer as the bass sounds insanely good on a large festival sound system

8.

Orange Tree Edits – Litmus Groove (Jimmy Rouge Edit)

Coming from the third release by the Dublin based label this year, Litmus Groove was one of the most intelligently produced tracks that left a lasting and memorable impression on me after hearing it. It unpredictably bends genres and rules by including an acidy bassline with enticing brass sections that carry you through the journey of the track. The musicality of this tightly produced track resonates with me from beginning to end and is just a flavor of exciting and promising things to come from this significant new label on the scene today.


9.

Adamant – Make You Mine

Make You Mine is one of those songs that serenades you to the dancefloor and wave your arms around with happiness like one of those wacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men! A stellar production by yet another member of the Doubleu collective & label. Adamant is one of the many scarily talented Irish producers fast making tracks through the music scene with flawless disco and house bangers.


10.

Denis Sulta – DKY (But I Do)

The Scottish music wizard himself, Denis Sulta played out this absolute banger during his Bolier Room set up at AVA festival this year and the whole place nearly took off. To my knowledge, it is unfortunately still unreleased but hopefully will be available on a future Sulta Selects release. Fingers crossed!


See all the guest selections of 2017 so far.

Posted on December 15th, 2017

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Foals’ Edwin Congreave are coming to Dublin for a DJ set at Opium Rooms on Paddy’s Day, March 17th courtesy of Bedlam and Abstract. The band’s Edwin Congreave will be in town to play a set. Congreave is one half of Deep Shit with Friendly Fires’ Jack Savidge. Check out two mixes – one disco mix from Edwin and a Deep Shit one from BBC6 a few years back.

Also lined up for the event are DJ sets from myself Nialler9 along with Ciara Brady, Marcus O’Laoire and Mix & Fairbanks. It’ll be an all-evening affair from 6pm.

Tickets are €10 from Resident Advisor.

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Share the event and comment “Foals DJ set @ Opium” and tag four friends to be in with a chance of winning guestlist + a 50 euro bar tab 👌

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Ciara Brady is one of the newest names on Dublin’s DJ scene but quickly made her name for her selection of Disco, Funk, Groove and House music at regular nights at Toast Dublin and Neon Neon’s The Little Disco at The Academy. Check out her Mixcloud. ~You can also catch her at Lumo’s Christmas Party on December 22nd.

See all the top 10 tracks of 2016 guest selections.


1.

St Germain – Real Blues (Malachi edit)

St Germain are unquestionably one of my biggest musical influences to date. To see Malachi’s modernisation of the classic St Germain track “Real blues” has enabled me to play it more frequently at gigs these days and share my love for them with everyone. No question about it, it is my track of the year. It always makes me a very happy camper when it comes on!


2.

Disco Credit – Ebony Cuts

With the first release on the “My Love is Underground” label in three years, I was overcome with excitement to hear what the releases on Jeremy Underground’s label had in store for us and by God was it good. “Ebony Cuts” incorporates tastes of two of my favourite sounds around; the fresh sound of French influenced Disco and the funky Italo boogie groove. It is by far one of my favourite disco tracks of the year.


3.

Crackazat – Coffee Time

Originally having only 300 copies available on vinyl from Eureka! in Japan, this motivational feel-good hip shaking anthem is the perfect song for strutting down the road to work in the morning after a rough weekend, triple shot latte in hand!


4.

Eli Escobar ft. Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz – Phreeky

Easily the best track from the latest album “Happiness” by New York’s house and disco legend; Eli Escobar. This toe tapper of a tune dares you put it playing on repeat. It’s the perfect song for getting that feel good, hands in the air, dancing vibes going on any night.


5.

Bobby Analog – When Will Our Day Come

This deep house/disco dinger is a fine example of what Belfast’s Bobby Analog is capable of. Constantly churning out more top class tracks than I can shake a stick at, we are only scratching the surface of his talent with this track. “When Will Our Day Come” brings a sense the beloved sun blazed foreign summer festivals, boat parties and piña coladas! A tune to get you through the dark and cold Irish winter months.


6.

Andrés – Mighty Tribe

Released this summer on the La Vida label, this track always reminds me of the exciting pilgrimage to Irish music festivals. Car packed to the rafters with tents, friends and raingear. Windows down, wind (and probably rain) in your hair and not a care in the world. And yes, that is a sample of Earth, Wind & Fire you hear in there!


7.

Long Island Sound – Delusions

This Dublin duo have been ubiquitous this year when it comes to festivals and putting on a good gig. “Delusions”, a quality track off their upcoming EP “Last Place You Look” is only a tiny taste of how talented this pair are. They incorporate a very distinct but constant smooth flowing sound into each track and performance combined with gentle groovy vocals and bass lines that you can’t help but dance to.


8.

Jamie Trench – Locks, Frocks & 2 Floating Sparrows

Despite having a ridiculously comical (yet ironically quite memorable) track title, this quality track from Jamie Trench’s SHAG Edits Vol. 2 just oozes sunny Sunday morning vibes while also showing us the high calibre of music production provided by his “Roots For Bloom” Label. It’s the perfect track to transition into the winding down of a set.


9.

Quinton Campbell – FM Patterns

You can see exactly why he won AVA Festival’s 2016 Emerging Producer of the Year and was immediately snapped up by Extended Play Recordings. I have not heard a track of this originality and quality in this genre in quite some time. It has so many intriguing layers, that together have provided us with pure musical wizardry, what an absolutely class tune!


10.

Unknown Artist – Oye Coma Va (K&F Edit)

A frightfully funky re-edit of Carlos Santana’s original, released on the vinyl only “Persies” label, London based duo Krywald & Farrer have churned out yet another top-notch party re-work. In their words, better described as “Beefed up, pared-down and dangerous”.


Posted on December 13th, 2016

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