I’ve covered Orange Tree’s first two releases here earlier this year but the success of the just-released third 12″ in the series from the Dublin label is worth noting because a) it’s currently top of the Juno chart in all genres and b) it has two grade A dancefloor bangers that people are really responding to.

First up, it’s Kildare duo and Nialler9 favourites Mix & Fairbanks who have turned up the heat to a considerable level with an Afro blasting slice of carnivale rhythms that nearly loses the run of itself in the build until those horns bring us back into focus. Mix & Fairbanks are having some year and every release whether edit, remix or original is a blast.

Meanwhile, OTE mastermind Jimmy Rouge puts in another fine fine effort that shows he’s not one for relying on the outside talent. His ‘Litmus Groove’ has more of an obvious Afro flavour but it’s absorbing and weighted beautifully for dancefloor explorations.

I’ve been playing both of these songs out in recent months whether at Lumo or a Nialler9 DJ set and they both slay. It’s a vinyl only release so pick it up before it’s too late.

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Posted on July 25th, 2017

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The Newbridge, Kildare duo of Rob Smyth and Gary O’Reilly aka Mix & Fairbanks are following up their first collection of DJ edits, their whopper original debut and their extended Le Boom remix with another collection of Made & Played edits that they’ve been playing out of late in their DJ sets.

Check out the edits of Womack And Womack, Logg and Karriem.

Catch the at Life Festival this weekend and Bare In The Woods next month.

Posted on May 22nd, 2017

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I’m a big fan of 12″ extended remixes – the kind that were prevalent in the eighties and that most of the great pop songs of the era have. Think of extended versions made for the dancefloor of Madonna’s ‘Into The Groove’, Inner City’s ‘Good Life’ or Womack & Womack ‘Teardrops’.

Kildare duo Mix & Fairbanks know the value of a good club edit (and a great debut single) and so too, it seems, do Le Boom. The electro-pop pairing of Christy Leech and Aimee Mallon turned heads with their brilliant debut single ‘What We Do’ and now with summer 2017 approaching M&F have given that tune the extended 10-minute remix treatment before more new material arrives later this year. Catch Le Boom at the Nialler9 Music Cork show on Thursday (comment below for a guaranteed entry wristband) and on May 25th at Bello Bar in Dublin for Nialler9 and Hoembeat’s Future Proof with Ailbhe Reddy and Soulé.

Mix & Fairbanks meanwhile play Vinyl Love for Repeal this Sunday as well as BARE in the Woods and Life Festival.

There’s also a radio edit of the remix too:

Catch Le Boom live festivals this summer including: Forbidden Fruit Festival, Body & Soul, Sea Sessions, Townlands Carnival, Truck Festival (UK), Sunflower Fest, Castlepalooza and Indiependence

Digital release: Wednesday 17th May.

Posted on May 9th, 2017

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As I wrote recently, my hometown of Newbridge, Kildare has clearly punched above its regional weight in the music stakes in recent times.

Now, taking its name from the phone area code, 045 Recordings is a group of the new generation of artists from the town who are presenting music together. The first release is an EP out today and it’s already caught ears with Mix & Fairbanks’ Daft Punk meets Todd Terje ‘Girls’ and Phare’s deep roller ‘Night-Time’. Here’s the EP in full featuring ‘Searching’, a slow cosmic disco track from Cinema, ‘The Levy’, a hypnotic electronic instrumental from Adultrock and ‘Little And Often’, a dancefloor house track from new talent Conor C.

045 Recordings are taking over upstairs room at Lumo Club in Tengu tomorrow night too.

Buy the EP on Bandcamp.

Listen on Spotify.

Posted on April 21st, 2017

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Mix & Fairbanks are two young Kildare producers and DJs Rob Smyth and Gary O’Reilly who in a short time have been nailing electronic disco productions in a live setting, via DJ edits, remixes and mixes.

Well, wait til you hear their first original track…

Along with other Newbridge, Kildare crew, they feature on the 045 Recordings EP to be released on Friday and launched at Lumo with sets from M&F, Phare, Conor C and Cinema, while Adultrock’s Gavin Elsted will be downstairs with the other two Lumo DJs, myself and Simon Roche.

‘Girls’ the Mix & Fairbanks song from the EP is an absolute dancefloor stomper, a synth-rush tune that melds the bouncing pinging synth of ‘Inspector Norse’ with a Daft Punk style vocoder robot vocal. I can’t stop playing it and I’m going to be playing it all summer long. Come hear it live at Lumo this Saturday and check back Friday for the full EP stream.

Pre-order the EP on Bandcamp.
Hear Phare’s track from the 045 compilation.

EP Tracklist
1. Searching – Cinema
2. Little & Often – Conor C
3. Nighttime – Phare
4. The Levy – Adultrock
5. Girls – Mix & Fairbanks

Posted on April 18th, 2017

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Ruairi Lynch aka Bantum’s Move album is nominated for a Choice Music Prize this week and to mark the occasion, here are two top-quality remixes from Irish artists Mix & Fairbanks and Phare (both from Newbridge, Kildare).

M&F’s version of ‘Move’ takes the original’s metallic percussive loop and reworks it as a funky dancefloor stomper. Phare’s version of ‘Take It’ ups the hypnotic swerving rhhythm with snatches of the original’s voices

Both tunes are a free download on Bandcamp.

Previously:Mix & Fairbanks’ soulful house & disco edits EP will start your weekend

Previously: Phare – ‘up’

Previously: Album of the week: Bantum – Move

Mix & Fairbanks, alongside Adultrock, Cinema, Phare, and Conor C will be starting a label under the name of ‘045 Recordings’ with a few releases already planned for the year.

Posted on March 7th, 2017

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The Newbridge, Kildare duo of Rob Smyth and Gary O’Reilly aka Mix & Fairbanks have been playing and making some of the best edits and remixes around of late and their latest free download EP, offers further proof of their abilities.

Premiered via Four Four, Made & Played features three soulful disco and house dancefloor edits of Kenix, Sharon Redd and Angie Stone.

Newbridge has been the hometown for a lot of music people of late starting with the likes of Super Extra Bonus Party, Mmoths, DJ Deece (playing the upcoming Boiler Room) and eh, me.

The town will be formalising its credentials in the form of a new record label, 045 Recordings featuring the newest crop of artists from the area in including Adultrock, Cinema, Phare, and Conor C.

Check out Mix & Fairbanks excellent Nialler9 Linn Drumm mix:

Posted on March 3rd, 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 👌

Posted on February 7th, 2017

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Mix & Fairbanks have been knocking it out of the park in Ireland lately, from their DJ sets all over (they played our Lumo night last month and are in the Sugar Club tonight) to their DJ sets (check their Linndrum special).

They’re still young in the game but they have the smarts and skills too.

Their latest release is this edit of Indeep’s classic ‘Last Nite A DJ Saved My Life’, a retooled edit for the clubs.

Another sweeet mix:

Posted on August 12th, 2016

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Each mix in the Nialler9 Mix Series features feature a theme and will be put together by some of my favourite DJs local or international.

It wasn’t intentional but the first two artists in the Nialler9 Mix Series are from my hometown of Newbridge, Co. Kildare. Something in the water for sure. Following on from DJ Deece’s Warmup Mix, Newbridge disco edits DJs and producers Gary O’Reilly and Rob Smyth aka Mix & Fairbanks delivered a stonking mix and is all themed around the ’80s Drum machine – the Linndrum.

“After the death of Prince, Facebook was flooded with people sharing their favourite songs and memories. One article that stood out to us was about how Prince revolutionised the use of the LinnDrum, a drum machine from 1982. We chose the LinnDrum as the theme for this mix, and picked some of our favourite tracks where it features. Most of the songs have been edited or remixed, some more than others, although we tried to stay true to the originals.”

Download it at Zippyshare

You can catch Mix & Fairbanks this weekend at BARE in the woods and then at Body & Soul’s Absolut stage (along with Lumo), at Dublin City Block Party and Longitude. Dates.

Follow Mix & Fairbanks on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

Mix & Fairbanks – Linndrum mix Tracklist

Mtume – Juicy Fruit
Mr. Mister – Broken Wings
Kraftwerk – Boing Boom Tschak
Bananarama – Cruel Summer
Queen – Radio Ga-Ga
Prince – 1999
Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita
Miami Sound Machine – Dr. Beat
Eddie Murphy – Boogie In Your Butt
Roy Ayers – In The Dark
Patrick Cowley – Get A Little
Bobby O – How To Pick Up Girls
Prince – When Doves Cry
Sheila E – The Glamorous Life
Janet Jackson – Control
Peter Brown – They Only Come Out At Night
Expose – Come Go With Me
Inner City – Good Life
Madonna – Burning Up
The League Unlimited Orchestra – Things That Dreams Are Made Of
Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Starting Something
Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder – Together in Electric Dreams

Posted on June 9th, 2016

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