See all the guest selections of 2017 so far.


1.

Fort Romeau – Emu II

I have a feeling the original mix is going to end up on a lot of these lists so I’ll go for the more club-ready Emu II. Harder kick, straighter arrangement and no messing around while maintaining the melodic highlights of the original.


Loved this from the first play, big fan of The Cyclist and Buz Ludzha. Joni’s vocals complement the tune perfectly and the bass/beats meltdown at 4.44 is worth the purchase alone.


DOI – I manage the band and I’m incredibly biased but I love this. Touches of Television and Pavement for the oul lads and Ought and Parquet Courts for the youngsters, it’s vibrant, discordant and hooky. Total winner.


I don’t know how they make it seem so effortless but I don’t think IATC can be matched in terms of the amount of emotion they wring out of their tunes. Electronic music can be quite static and cold at times and this has heart in spades. Tears on the dancefloor.


I reckon this album has made it ‘ok’ to declare yourself a James Taylor fan again. I love James Taylor. I also love this song – I’m a sucker for a good string part and the melodies are so simple but total earworms.


6.

Mount Kimbie – You Look Certain (I’m Not So Sure)

I wasn’t massively into this album like I was their previous work when I first heard it but through repeated exposure it’s started to grow on me a bit. I always liked this tune and Marilyn, and chose this one of the two because it reminds me of Broadcast which is no bad thing. Ethereal female vocals over post-punk – I’ll take all of that you got.


7.

Mix & Fairbanks – Back To Kingston

Another DOI – I manage M&F and I should probably be including ‘Girls’ here but I think since I got my hands on the demo of this track I’ve been lashing it out at Lumo and Liquid Disco. The lads are adept at edits at this stage but I think this one in particular showcases their powers to the max. Tastefully done and a total banger.

8.

James Holden & The Animal Spirits – Each Moment Like The First

The term ‘folk-trance’ scared the shite out of me when I first started reading about this album. Glad I chose to ignore it. This is my pick from it but it could be any of the tracks to be honest. Definitely a bit more out there than


I was going to put something from From Night to Night on this list but I’ve been playing this track solidly all year so I think it merits inclusion. Managing to be both perfectly understated and a dancefloor killer is not an easy skill to pull off but this tune does it somehow. Arps for days.


In on a technicality – my favourite! Re-released on Precession which I’m sure is gonna be on the top of loads of Irish albums of year lists, this is the tune I would show people to explain why I love Ships so much. Killer groove, copious amounts of synths and Sorca McGrath giving a masterclass in vocal attitude. Yes Ships. Yes.


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Posted on December 14th, 2017

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Liquid Disco is the work of Lumo Club’s Gavin Elsted who will be indulging his love of out-there italo-disco and electro.

“Expect Italo roof-raisers next to arpeggi-workouts, cosmic oddities and body music.”

Liquid Disco begins on February 24 in The Bernard Shaw and Gav put together a 20-track Spotify mixtape that serves as a mood board for the night.

Artwork: Rob Mirolo

Posted on February 9th, 2017

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Gavin Elsted is one of the three resident DJs at Lumo Club (alongside myself and Simon Roche), the monthly night which celebrated being a a year-old in Yamamori Tengu in Dublin in October, a year in which we also took the club ethos to Body & Soul, Metropolis, Forbidden Fruit and most recently, Dingle this weekend.

Gavin is also the producer known as Adultrock, who released the fine Push & Pull EP this year.

The next Lumo is Thursday December 22nd – our Christmas party. Tickets here.

Here are his top 10 tracks of 2016:


1.

Youandewan – ‘Waiting for L’

From one of my favourite albums this year. I had seen the name knocking about for a while and one of the online retailers like Phonica or Juno had posted this tune and I was hooked. Subtle, minimal instrumentation but a lot of emotional power in this track.


2.

Pional – ‘The Way You Like’ (feat Empress Of)

One of two tracks featuring Empress Of on my list. Pional’s productions are always very special and this is no different – equally at home on mainstream radio as it would be in the club.


3.

Parple – ‘Sacred’

I think I’ve played this at nearly every Lumo since I got my hands on it. A muscular modular workout from John Talabot under a pseudonym, this never fails to get bodies moving. The best bit is when it cuts to just the beat and the bassline – you can hear the tops off from a mile away.


4.

Machinedrum – ‘Do It 4 U’ (feat Dawn)

I am fond of the occasional bit of maximalism and this definitely ticks the hyper hyper box for me. Very close to something off Rustie’s Glass Swords but more hook-laden and a bit more direct.


5.

I Am The Cosmos – ‘Letting It Go’

A beat, a bassline and vocals. That’s all this is and yet it manages to be as engaging as anything else you’re likely to hear. If this is what the full-length that this is from is going to sound like, I can’t wait to hear it.


6.

Empress Of – ‘Woman is a Word’

My favourite pop song of 2016, hands down. Must have listened to it about 20 times on repeat when I first heard it. Super hooky, direct and to the point – no messing about.


7.

Cloud Nothings – ‘Modern Act’

Single handedly keeping me in shouty guitar man land are Cloud Nothings. This is technically a 2017 tune because the album’s not out yet but as teasers go it’s pretty enticing. Plus I wanted to put Brand New in here but I don’t think I’d get away with it.


8.

Asa Moto – ‘Wanowan Efem’

Super slinky electronic funk from the DeeWee label. One for earlier in the night to encourage loosening up, a secret weapon in the warm up for me.


9.

V – ‘La Nouvelle Epoque’

From the split with Ripperton (I reckon V is actually Ripperton as his remix history would suggest) on Fort Romeau’s Cin Cin label, classic chugging electro complete with New Order-alike bassline and Blue Monday-choirs. No complaints here.


10.

Mmoths – ‘Eva’

I think the Mmoths record is an incredibly accomplished piece of work and this is the standout from it. Deft touches to the tune bring it out of the machinery it was made on and back towards a starker, more humanised sound.


Posted on December 6th, 2016

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