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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Posted on May 22nd, 2017

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This Afro disco dancefloor track comes from a surprising source – the blind Malian couple known as Amadou & Mariam. The pair always had a capacity for soaring transformative melodies so it’s nice to hear them bring that with extra heat on their first track in five years ‘Bofou Safou’. The title takes its name… Read more »

Posted on May 2nd, 2017

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Underneath The Orange Tree present a new Dublin label focusing on edits drops its first release on February 17th. The Orange Tree Edits white label’s first release is from Jimmy Rouge and both tracks are Afrobeat edits. ‘Pembe’ is muscular bass house-tinged Afro funk while ‘Fo Ya’ is brushed up funk and afro disco. Underneath… Read more »

Posted on January 19th, 2017

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In a short time, TooFools, a band brought to us by Lorcan O’Dwyer, Steven McCann and their big gang of friends have made a splash on the Dublin music landscape. They introduced themselves with a live video by Christian Tierney of Insanity. Now, nearly a year later and with much live experience under their belts,… Read more »

Posted on November 3rd, 2016

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‘“Stand On The Word”’ is a song that is steeped in club culture history. The original recording was made in 1982 by Phyliss McKoy Joubert and the children of the Celstial Choir at the First Baptist Church in Crown Heights, New York. A gospel album called Somebody Prayed For This was recorded and ‘Stand On… Read more »

Posted on September 8th, 2016

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Summer weather can’t be relied on, one day it can be scorching, one day torrential. I’m a big believer in surrounding yourself with things to encourage your mood and music to soundtrack the season. Just because the weather isn’t playing ball doesn’t mean your tunes can’t lift you. Which is where Marius Lauber’s escapist debut… Read more »

Posted on August 19th, 2016

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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… Read more »

Posted on August 12th, 2016

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​Matt O’Baoill and Max Zanga are Tebi Rex an alt hip-hop duo from Maynooth, Kildare whose styles take in pop, acoustic and dance as part of its sound. is the lead single of the Ducks-To-Position EP which was released on Bandcamp on Sunday. Tebi Rex are part of the Word Up Collective, a new hip-hop… Read more »

Posted on August 9th, 2016

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The nu-disco synth electronic band Plutonic Dust (Veronica Moran, Patrick McAdam, Kevin McKnight, Ciaran O’Shea and John Tyrrell) and have been hovering around the Irish music scene for the last few years. Without a huge buildup, they released their debut album a while back. Grand Delusions shares a similar sonic space by the likes of… Read more »

Posted on July 14th, 2016

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Ahead of some live dates this summer, Todd Terje and his dance troupe/band The Olsens have announced a double vinyl EP of remakes/covers of tracks by Yellow Magic Orchestra, Boney M, Vangelis and remixes of the tracks. The Big Cover-Up is released on June 17th on Terje’s own Olsen records. The tracklist is velow and… Read more »

Posted on April 28th, 2016

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Dance music legend Larry Levan is interwoven into the history of DJing in the 20th century. Via his influential DJ sets at the Paradise Garage in New York from 1977 to 1987 which lead to the formation of the garage house sound (Essential reading: Bill Brewster’s Last Night A DJ Save My Life ), the… Read more »

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

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Hubie Davison’s previous output tended to fall in the spheres of ambient laid back electronica or tougher dance music but his new track ‘Sanctified’ is something else altogether. A fervent disco groove is at the heart of this house music celebration: strings coalesce, bass thumps and the title track is sung with exaltation. Hubie beefs… Read more »

Posted on November 20th, 2015

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!!! (the world’s only Google-proof band name actually pronounced as Chk Chk Chk) are real outliers of American independent music. They never really fit into any real scene, they were associated with the rise of New York music at the peak of DFA and LCD Soundsystem but they’re from California and their members live all over… Read more »

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

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