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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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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Los Angeles’ Kisses have been knocking around on the periphery of the music blogosphere for a number of years now. I featured a song of the same name as the band from them back in 2010, a tropical indie pop number. Last week, Jesse Kivel and Zinzi Edmundson, who are a musical married couple with… Read more »

Posted on October 16th, 2015

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JD Sampson has form in riot grrrl band Le Tigre and the active electro band MEN while Nick van Hofwegen has been known for his soulful R&B jams as Young & Sick and his illustration work. All that experience has been brought to bear on the pair’s new project Sharer. They met when they were… Read more »

Posted on August 26th, 2015

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Following on from the Record Store Day release of the opening track ‘All U Writers’, !!! (Chk Chk Chk) have announced their sixth album due on Warp in October 16th As If. ‘Freedom ’15’ is my favourite side of the band – an incendiary disco-twisted dance punk live recording that sounds like The Juan Maclean,… Read more »

Posted on July 31st, 2015

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