Notes On Rave In Dublin is a documentary that takes you right back to the origins of dance music in Dublin, ‘a story of how an underground works, mutates and survives,’ as we featured here earlier in the year.

A new screening takes place on Friday December 1st in Liberty Hall, Eden Quay.

After the screening there will be a guest presentation on ‘Making Memory In Our Scenes’, speakers on the night include John Byrne who will be talking about a forthcoming compilation called Quare Groove, Garry O’Neill the man behind Where Were You? Dublin Youth Culture & Street Style 1950-2000 and Power FM DJ Ciaran Nugent. That will be followed by a Panel Discussion with Liam Dollard, Francois Pittion, Aoife Ni Canna, Kevin Barry and Sunil Sharpe.

A b2b rave will then take place in the Wiley Fox after with a full venue take over with some of Dublin’s finest DJs.

Upstairs:

Breen x Sias x Melly
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DJ Kit-Kat Tennis League

Downstairs:
Golden Maverick / Francois + More TBC

Tickets for the screening are priced at €12
Tickets for after party in The Wiley Fox are also Priced at €12
or Super Dooper Combo Deal (Screening + Party in Wiley) for €20

All tickets are available from Eventbrite.ie

Posted on November 21st, 2017

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The sold out Electric Picnic has announced the lineup for each night of it’s Anachronica stage – which is based in the woods and themed on an abandoned and forgotten city.

Friday 1st September

Gash Collective – they are women DJs and producers involved in left-field electronic music in Ireland. Representing the collective will be Cailín, Ellll, Cáit and Lolz. Read my interview with Elll about the collective.

Saturday 2nd September

District 8 programmes some of the best Irish DJs in house and techno. Headlining will be local techno legend Sunil Sharpe, joined by Moduse, Long Island Sound and Mode_1.

Sunday 3rd September

Deece Series, an event set up and programmed by DJ Deece, joined by John Daly, Sage and Jonnie Foley.

Posted on July 12th, 2017

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Sunil Sharpe is a Dublin techno DJ and producer who has had a good year with international recognition, an RA mix and Boiler Room appearances too. Catch him on Stephen’s Day in Opium Rooms.
See all the top 10 tracks of 2016 guest selections.


1.

Jerome Hill – It’s Time For The…

To anyone who knows what Jerome does, he is not underrated, but overall I still feel he doesn’t get his rightful props. Here he does some clever chopping and arranging of elements from Cajmere’s ‘Percolator’, adding extra whistles and his own distinctive shuffling drums, to make a serious party track. I don’t have an absolute number 1 track of the year, but this has got played at pretty much every gig I’ve done since I got it! Was also a big highlight of Bloc weekender this year, when Jerome dropped it in his set on the closing night.


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Alpha 606 – Armambo (BMG remix)


Not sure what style you even call this, tribal electro?! Nah, that description sounds quite tacky actually, but it is kind of the style. Either way, it has a really free spirited energy that also becomes very hypnotic. When you hear a track or style as defined as this, that sounds like nothing else around, you have to tip your hat. So often remixes are not really worth the bother but this works so well. Is like the next stage of where UR were going with some of those big, loose electro tracks that they used to put out.


3.

Blush Response – Body Architect


After my Boiler Room set in Dublin I got loads of messages looking for the ID of this. A bellowing techno monster to awaken the dead and kill the dancefloor, this is one of the most powerful hard-edged tracks I’ve heard in ages. I like that it has such a prominent and obnoxious lead sound – something that I feel is missing in a lot of modern techno, much of which is overly focussed on distorted drums or thin bleep sounds.


4.

Randomer – Concierge


Randomer has been on fire this year. Creator of such a rounded, rhythmic sound – he’s now becoming the Joey Beltram of his generation in a weird kind of way. Besides having a quite extensive sound palette that peppers his tracks, a lot of the magic lies in his busy but subtle arrangements too. Randomer’s techno has often sounded like another version of Blawan, but tracks like ‘Concierge’ are seeing him go further down a new path of his own.


5.

Adapta – MKS-50_04


What starts out like a pulsing, Arpanet style electro track, soon turns into a wailing rave weapon. Steve Conner was one half of the great brotherly duo Bitstream, and his solo material as Adapta since, always gets me excited.


6.

Kamikaze Space Programme – Type 3 (JoeFarr remix)


Love KSP’s stuff, and his originals on this release on Vanta Series are strong, but Joe’s remix is the one that I played the most here (and throughout the last quarter of 2016). Intricate, clanging drums underpin a dizzying lead line, that wouldn’t sound out of place on an old shuffle beat Wassermann track or something.


7.

LA-4A – Understand


This in fact came out at the end of 2015, but I got it in early 2016. Re-uses the vocal from a mid-eighties track by Quest called ‘Mind Games’ (LFO’s ‘You Got To Understand’ sampled it too) in a devastating repeated effect, all behind some sharp, springing 808s. Delft has been one of my favourite new labels, and LA-4A (aka Ambivalent) has been straddling the line between techno/acid and electro in a really pleasing way.


8.

Ryan James Ford – Kuhlp Korkhu


Actually there are some deeper, arguably more moving tracks on this record (on Answer Code Request’s ACR label), reminiscent of classic early Autechre, but this is the more “direct banger” from the record that I’ve been playing the most. A perfect tool for sending the crowd into a more spaced-out state, before shifting it up or down a gear.


9.

Christopher Joseph – Outside The Lines


I played this a lot early on in the year, always a nice set-opener to kick off with a bang. Some otherworldly synth sequences turn it into an intense trip, reminding me a lot of ’90s Freddy Fresh, but in a tight, more modern production style. Christopher does a solid job with his label Flexxseal, and it’s refreshing to see new artists put everything out through their own label instead trying to land on ‘big’ labels, despite the fact that his music is big label worthy.


10.

Muzlimgauze – Untitled 1985 (Victor Shan & Gerd Janson Rave Mix)


Have been following Optimo Trax as closely as I can since it started, and here and there, there have been some real gems. The original of this dates back to 1985 apparently, which while not having too many elements, does lay a solid foundation for what Shan and Janson do with their remix. It’s pretty textbook rave stuff – hoover stabs over breakbeats, but with added uplifting keys to give it a breezier feel. Not a million miles away from some of Special Request’s material, but of this style, this was the one I probably came back to most in 2016.


See all the top 10 tracks of 2016 guest selections.

Posted on December 21st, 2016

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Only last May, Boiler Room finally made its way to Dublin for its debut before returning in December.

For its third edition, Boiler Room arrives on the Monday after Forbidden Fruit Festival and leading the charge is Dublin techno king Sunil Sharpe, analogue electro and techno producer DeFeKT, DJs Daire Carolan & Sonel Ali (All City Records, First Second Label,Jheri Tracks) and Cork lo-fi electronics from Elll.

Venue to be confirmed but you can request an invite here.

Posted on May 23rd, 2016

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While I’ll happily admit techno isn’t my preferred choice of late-night listening, it’s usually the work of Sunil Sharpe who turns my head locally, whether through mixes or sets at festivals like last year’s Castlepalooza.

Sharpe’s reputation while long-established seems to have received an extra boost of late. He’s been performing around Europe for a while now but he’s really starting to get the recognition for his abilities in the genre, through Boiler Room features and old-fashioned perseverance.

For his latest mix for Resident Advisor, you can really hear his experienced mastery at work.

RA.506 Sunil Sharpe by Resident Advisor on Mixcloud

Posted on February 8th, 2016

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Eomac rounds up his dozen mixes series with the best one yet as it focuses exclusively on Irish producers or “comrades-in-riddim”. This is a great overview of what’s happening in the Irish electronica and beats right now. You get labels like !Kaboogie, Planet Mu, Alphabet Set, Acroplane, Go Away Recordings and Mantrap with artists like Sunken Foal, Prince Kong, Automatic Tasty, T-Woc, Cignol, Bluefood, A-Force, Sunil Sharpe and Kachanski.

The tracklisting is after this clusterfuck of beats:

DECEMBER: All Irish Promo Mix  by  djeomac
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Posted on January 11th, 2010

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