Last February, Carlow-based producer, musician and DJ James Strain aka Auxiliary Phoenix debuted ‘Night Light’ featuring vocals from Cannibal Ox’s Vast Air.

Now, the project has an EP out on March 2nd which will house that song and four others which feature collaborations with Gentle Jones, Illab and Knowah.

Strain describes the EP as “future beats / hip hop tracks” and says there is “some footwork-tinged electronic beats, sitar, and rap”.

‘BRB’ is an instrumental standout, a trip-hop style workout with dazed piano and rhythms that are reminscent of Fly Lo.


1. Night Light (feat. Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox & Gentle Jones)
2. BRB
3. Signal Boost (feat. Knowah)
4. Neptune Horizon
5. A Splash of Paint (feat. D-Sisive)
6. Night Light V2 (Remix feat. Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Gentle Jones & Illab)

Posted on February 15th, 2018


Carlow beat producer James Strain aka Auxiliary Phoenix has hooked up with Cannibal Ox’s Vast Aire & Gentle Jones (High Elders) on a new tune called ‘Night Light’.

Taken from his forthcoming EP , Power Cosmic, out later in Spring via Little L Records, the tune is a jazzy beat-focused night jam.

Check out the tune and the VHS-inspired video below.


Posted on February 23rd, 2017

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When Boiler Room first came to Dublin last year, it’s first night was centred around grime music, which isn’t exactly representative of the city’s music scene.

However, there are a small pocket of producers and MCs making music that could be characterised as grime and you can imagine with the rise of Skepta and the general UK grime resurgence that could be also felt here in the coming years.

While we wait for that, Wriggle put together a snapshot of grimey bass music made here (incorporating grime, footwork and dubstep) from artists like Major Grave, CLU, Wastefellow, Aaron Darkimh, Shriekin, TRYTRYDIEDOWN, Auxiliary Phoenix, Cnámha, Ian Nyquist Ozwald & Daddy’s Grrl.

It’s all instrumental.

Posted on October 10th, 2016


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Windings asked two producers to remix tracks from this year’s split LP with Land Lovers and the results that came back are available now as a free download but more importantly, are very worth your ear time.

Carlow’s Auxiliary Phoenix turned ‘Bladerubber’ into something that sounds more like Radiohead in atmosphere while Limerick’s Naive Ted gives ‘Spiral Stairs’ a Dilla-style beat production sheen.

Grab the release here.

Posted on December 9th, 2014


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