Following on from the Winter Party taking place in 3Arena on on Halloween Bank Holiday Sunday October 30th with Sven Vath, Hot Since 82, Skream, Jon Hopkins, Matador and Dan Stritch, the organisers have announced a series of after parties for the occasion post midnight.
Knee Deep in Dublin – Hot Since 82 & Emanuel Satie @ Button Factory
Here are a list of my most listened and loved records of 2016 so far with Spotify playlists for overall and Irish albums of the year. Anderson Paak’s soulful album has been on constant, while Bowie left us a legendary parting gift, Bibio turned in a career best work, Kendrick dropped an outtakes album that is better than most regular albums, Radiohead returned with a personal album, Chance the Rapper continues to take over, Christine & The Queens stole our hearts, Rusangano Family made the best Irish rap album in quite a while, Blood Orange made a sprawling album of guest-filled tunes made for repeat, Beyoncé, James Blake aand Radiohead dropped albums at short notice, Kaytranada kept up on his promise and Skepta made a great grime album.
I would love to hear what records moved you so far this year, leave a comment below.
The Nialler9 mix series has been long overdue. Each mix will feature a theme and will be put together by some of my favourite DJs local or international. For this inaugural mix, DJ Deece is warming up the series with a mix that is themed on tracks he would play to warm up the room. He says:
“I put this mix together with the theme of the warm up DJ set in mind. I do a lot of warming up for international acts in the city at the moment, which is something that I’ve really grown to love. It gives me a chance to play tracks that are more like actual songs, rather than just peak-time club bangers. You can give tracks room to breathe, and actually listen to what’s being played. I would usually do a longer warm up set than 1 hour, but I’ve tried to get as much of my warm up style across as possible in this mix. I think it’s important during that opening DJ set to create a few moments of higher intensity but then creatively bring it back down again. It builds the room nicely, and leaves the crowd wanting more when the headline DJ goes on, which they can then provide. It’s a really under appreciated thing; the warm up. I feel it’s a great skill to have, and something that all DJs should try and master the art of.”
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DJ Deece is a resident at Somewhere Club? on Wednesday nights in the Workman’s Club, he is a resident with Hidden Agenda where he also runs the Deece Series which brings in an international guest to play with him. He can be found at most Irish festivals and also plays with Colin Perkins as Decent Perks.
Up soon, he’ll be playing Forbidden Fruit on June bank holiday weekend, where he’ll also host an afterparty with Jackmaster in Tengu.
Ben La Desh & Norm De Plume – Lotion
Chez Damier – Why (Classic Edit)
Leon Vynehall – Midnight On Rainbow Road (Beat Edit)
Kauf – Through The Yard (Fort Romeau Vocal Remix)
LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (Theo Parrish’s Space Cadet Remix)
Moon B – PV Hills (Fudge Fingas Remix)
Lauer – Hump Acid (Lexx Remix)
Brother G – Dominatrix (Pump Mix)
MMOTHS – Eva
Dego and Kaidi – Black Is Key
Cleveland – Shine
District 8 may be closed officially for the season but that doesn’t mean there can’t be some sneaky Tivoli / District summer fun in there.
After its 2014 edition featuring Daphni, DJ Harvey and Kerri Chandler, Dublin City Block Party is back in in District 8 & The Tivoli Grounds for two outdoor day events on Saturday June 2nd and Sunday 3rd with an opening night party indoors on Friday June 1st.
Hidden Agenda, Subject & Archetype Present have a whopper lineup featuring Kelis, Todd Terje & The Olsens, Matthew Herbert, Dusky, Late Nite Tuff Guy, Huxley, DJ Deece, Greg Wilson, Kelly-Anne Byrne and more, plus an opening party featuring Robert Hood aka Floorplan and Marcellus Pittman and an afterparty featuring Erol Alkan.
Nialler9 and Stevie G host Vinyl Love on the Sunday featuring all-vinyl DJ sets from Stevie G, Nialler9, Aoife Nic Canna, SpeakerTreatz, DJ Dandelion Sargent, Claire Beck (TXFM) & Eoin Monaghan B2B, Ruth Kavanagh (Mother), Sally Cinnamon, Tim O’ Donovan & Eoghan O’Sullivan (The Point Of Everything).
Opening Night with Robert Hood & Marcellus Pittman
Saturday July 2nd
Danny L Harle
Harvey Sutherland (Live)
+ After Party on Saturday 2nd July with Erol Alkan
Sunday July 3rd
Todd Terje & The Olsens (Full Live Band – Irish Debut)
Late Nite Tuff Guy
Jape (DJ Set)
Get Down Edits
Nialler9 & Stevie G Present VINYL LOVE with Stevie G, Nialler9, Aoife Nic Canna, SpeakerTreatz, DJ Dandelion Sargent, Claire Beck (TXFM) & Eoin Monaghan B2B, Ruth Kavanagh (Mother), Sally Cinnamon, Tim O’ Donovan & Eoghan O’Sullivan (The Point Of Everything).
The Belfast boys deliver a stonker.
The Belfast house duo Bicep have been on some roll of late. Everything they touch has a sense of magic to it.
Last year’s output included two tunes that due to heavy rotation were basically instant classics. The bleeping minimalism of ‘Just’ dominated but their collaboration with Hammer ‘Dahlia’ was equally moving.
For a 2016 reminder, their Isaac Tichauer’s ‘Higher Level’ remix follows the lead of ‘Just’ building from booming house-bass track to a siren synth line over the song’s “at a higher level” vocal sample. It’s music to get lost it.
The Loft Record release with remixes from Hackman, Dorsia and Lancelot, is available on 12″ has sold out vinyl wise but is available digitally on April 22nd.
Irish album of the year contender dropped on Friday.
God Knows, MuRli and MynameisjOhn dropped Let The Dead Bury The Dead, their brilliant second album on Friday and in the process, the Limerick-based rap trio explore the fertile ground between two distinct cultural polarities, as an African migrant in Ireland with familial pressure and the balancing act between expectation and the determination to follow a chosen path. It’s full of heart and soul.
‘Lights On’, the album’s new single is a way in. It’s a song about embracing your new surroundings and being yourself – in Rusangano’s case – being African, Irish, Limerick, Clare, repping the culture they’re experiencing and involved in.
How to enter free entry comps – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.
Kaleidoscope Night @ Bello Bar (€10)
[Contemporary/experimental] the music of Berio, Brian Eno, an Austrian yodeling fiddler, Telemann with recorder and bodhran, and music inspired by Irish artist George Vaughan.
Ye Vagabonds @ The Grand Social (€12)
[Folk] Old-fashioned folk duo.
Miles Graham @ Whelan’s Upstairs (€11)
[Pop] Sligo-based soul pop musician
Young Hearts Run Free: Yule! @ The Co-Op, Newmarket Square (€22, BYOB), 7:15pm)
[Xmas show] Land Lovers, Switzerland, The Mess Around, DJ Dandelion, Paddy Hanna, White Collar Boy, Women’s Christmas, Dónal Lunny, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, Stephen James Smith, Young Hearts DJ’s, Super Surprise Guests!
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble @ The Sugar Club (€10+ , 2pm-5pm)
[All Ages] New Orleans brass bands week on Leeson Street.
Jerry Fish Electric Slideshow @ Vicar Street (€26)
[Rock/n/roll] musical guests like Dublin’s finest rock ’n’ roll renegades The Minutes, New Orleans Funk Street collective Stomptown Brass, blues troubadour Johnny Stewart and the latin party hurricane that is the San Patricio Mariachi Band
Turning Pirate are putting on a Back To The Future party with Today FM on Wednesday October 21st in the Button Factory. The house band, The Flux Capacitors will feature Graham Hopkins (The Frames), Cormac Curran (Villagers), Dan O’Connor (Spring Break), Laura Mackey (Boss Volenti, Spring Break) and Joe Furlong (Planet Parade) and they will play live soundtrack with Booka Brass Band and other guests. Tickets are €15 from Tickets.ie.
Telephones’ next party is happening in the Boxing arena on South Circular Road on Sunday October 25th. Ringside Disco will feature DJs, BBQ, badminton in the stadium – “Think 1980s school hall + big PA + lights + TLC + vibes.” DJS include Papa Lou (Discotekken) JOMA (Telephones) Sol O’Carroll, Mark Allton (Discotekken) Al Murphy (Loose Ends) Liam Maher (Telephones) and DIP DJs. Tickets €8+
New promoter P.U.G Productions are bringing Fujiya & Miyagi to Hangar for a show on Friday 13th November. Tickets €15+fees available from Ticketmaster. Support from Everything Shook. Here’s their classic track:
Another new promoter/night Modern Magic presents Luke Vibert, Alexander Robotnick, & Automatic Tasty at District 8 on October 17th. Tickets €10/€15+
Next week, a Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity Campaign fundraiser called Ain’t No Border High Enough featuring Donal Dineen, Lasertom, Cormac Dermody & Radie Peat (Lynched), The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Landless, Let’s Set Sail, Owensie, Twin Headed Wolf and more takes place on Thursday Oct 15th @ The S.ugar Club. Tickets: €15 / €8 (unwaged).
Niall D’Arcy is a DJ you will know from residencies at Hidden Agenda at weekends and the Somewhere? club in The Workman’s on Wednesday nights. Both club were voted top of the best club nights in last year’s poll so Niall and company are doing something right. The Newbridge, Kildare man continues to embed himself behind decks in the city and if you want to see him play over the Christmas and New Year, you can see him support Krystal Klear on Stephen’s Night and Frank B on NYE, both in Opium Rooms.
Jack J – ‘Looking Forward To You’
This is my track of the year. Jack J, who is also one half of Pender Street Steppers, put this out on Mood Hut back in August, and I’m pretty sure I’ve played it in every DJ set since I got my hands on it. Smooth as silk bassline and vocal, and works as well at 2am as it does at 10pm, which is always the sign of a great house record.
Leon Vynehall – ‘It’s Just (House of Dupree)’
This guy keeps getting better and better. We’ve had him play Hidden Agenda a couple of times, and he’s one of the best DJs/Producers around at the moment, as well being a very nice guy. This track is from his mini album entitled “Music For The Uninvited”, and it samples an old Isley Brothers track called “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time For Love)”, which is a sample you might also recognise from the J Dilla track “So Far To Go”. This track uses that sample just as effectively, and the result is a fantastic, peak time club track.
Zanzibar Chanel – ‘Drunk At The Jazz Dub’
Two Australian dudes, who make insanely catchy dance music. They came to my attention after I watched their Boiler Room last year, and I’ve
been hooked ever since. A producer + singer duo who essentially make very well put together party music. This track is from the recently released “Drunk At The Jazz Club EP” and is one of their standout tracks.
Adultrock – ‘Chants’
Another one that I’ve been playing out a lot this year. Released on Bodytonic at the end of March this year, this one finally, and well deservedly put fellow Newbridge man, Gavin Elsted, on the map. It’s been played out by the likes of James Holden, John Talabot, and Pional, so it must be doing something right. This track has a gorgeous Italo feel to it, with big synths stabs building up to a massive, hands in the air, last 90 seconds or so.
Young Thug – ‘Stoner’
I nicked this one from Kaytranada after his set at Electric Picnic, and I’ve been playing it every Wednesday in the Workman’s ever since. Massive low end, a super catchy bass melody, and a guy rapping about being a stoner. What more could you possibly want?
Mac DeMarco – ‘Chamber of Reflection’
This track has probably been brought to a lot of peoples’ attention recently due to Wiz Khalifa putting out a version of it with him rapping over the instrumental. The original is much better though, so just stick to that. The best track, from the best album of the year in my opinion. I’ve listened to this album at least once a week since it came out back in April. It’s got this haunting synth line to just reels you in. Stellar stuff from Mac.
Perfect Pussy – ‘I’
Probably the biggest curveball on this list. This is a hardcore punk rock track. Definitely the rawest thing I’ve heard this year. It was released on Captured Tracks, a label that has a knack for putting out great music (see Mac DeMarco track above). This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I fucking love how heavy and raw it is.
Jay Daniel – ‘Royal Dilemma’
A close runner up to that Jack J track for track of the year. Released on Kyle Hall’s label, Wild Oats, back in February, this is another one that works at 10pm, and works just as well at 2am. A hypnotic bassline, with an intricate beat underneath it, and a hint of some hip-hop influences too. There is a moment in the track about 5 minutes in where the bassline stops for a couple seconds and then drops back, and it makes me weak every time. So good.
Telephones – ‘Lotus Land’ (Sunset Mix)
A beautiful piece of mid tempo disco house music, that racks in just under the 10 minute mark. This is track is full of melodies, sounds, and textures that all fit together perfectly, and is best listened to on a big system with your eyes closed. A track to get lost in.
Andras & Oscar – ‘Every Time I Go’
The slickest house jam I’ve heard this year. This was one of those tracks that I had on repeat for a couple of hours after I first heard it. I’ve actually just played it four times whilst writing this little description of it. It’s a track that makes you stop and listen carefully. All of the Andras & Oscar stuff is great actually, but this is the best of the bunch.
Soul Syndicate ‘Riot’ or whatever Discogs has dropped off for me that week.
An Italo-disco tune you have a soft spot for?
Like most people I could take or leave Italo but I guess (and no marks for originality here) the instrumental of Doctor’s Cat ‘Feel The Drive’ is the one for me.
A song have you discovered/heard in a club, gig or mix recently that blew you away and why?
I reckon Joy Orb / Jackmaster deserve credit for what seems to be the ‘most discovered that has blown us away this year’ which is Batongo ‘Aquirre’ (Fango Remix) and I say that because no one I knew was playing that track up until Jack put it in his Essential mix and then suddenly we are all drawing for it EVERY set so I hate to admit it… especially with Jack BUT without a doubt when I heard him playing this out before the Essential mix I WAS DYING to know but didn’t wanna lose face until Joy told us. But in fairness, credit where credit’s due Jack has championed it.
A really good sad song?
T-Connection ‘Heaven In Your Eyes’ – all time favourite slow / sad jam.
Your first vinyl purchase and what do you remember about it?
I strangely can’t remember my first vinyl purchase truth be told so it must not have been ‘that’ special a moment but it would have been in All City and I would have been around 14 years old.. In fact I THINK I may have bought Dirt Style Records’ DJ Q-Bert’s Toasted Marshmellow Breaks purely because of the cover sleeve and I was big into graffiti at the time but I don’t think I really bought anything significant til I was like 16 when I got my MPC.
A song guaranteed to get people on the dance floor?
‘Tonight I’m Alright’ – Narada Michael Walden (Joey Negro Spirit Of ’79 Mix) always gets people up. Needs to be dropped correctly though.
A track you’ve played that cleared the floor?
Anything by Joy Orbison.
A song that’s always likely to get played when you DJ?
For a long time it was ‘Let’s Dance And Freak’ by Kerrier District but now I think my set staple would be Mike Delgado ‘Birdmans Revenge’ (Rhythm Masters Remix).
Song of the year so far?
Leon Vynehall – ‘It’s Just (House Of Dupree)’
A new artist/label are you most excited about..
There is very little I haven’t been loving from Marquis Hawkes, the guy’s production rate seems insane and all of it is great. DABJ would be a label I am ALWAYS happy to get new promos from and play out close to 90% of it.
What song did you hear this year that you wish you’d written?
Hudson Mohawke – ‘Forever One’
What’s your favourite Irish release of late?
It hasn’t been released as far as I am aware just yet but this guy OMID who I found on Sound cloud has some fucking amazing material including one track in particular I have been playing religiously called ‘Motown’. The vibe is very raw techno house stuff ala Levon Vincent or
Moodymann but his stuff really impressed me. He has release on First Second which is a great new imprint from Dublin too.