Last October, former Halfset members Stephen Shannon and Cillian McDonnell returned to music under the name Mount Alaska.

The duo have a long-standing friendship (having met each other the week McDonnell moved to Dublin in 1994) and Mount Alaska allows the pair to indulge in a fully electronic recording process using analogue synths and equipment.

‘Radius’ is Mount Alaska’s third such track a song that is dense in its production with digital drum hits, undercurrents of cloudy synth lines, stormy vocals and patches of melody lines. It’s like Burial crossed with Moderat.

The duo are planning on playing live very soon.

Posted on July 31st, 2017

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A bunch of tiers of Forbidden Fruit tickets went on sale yesterday and some sold out very quickly.

With headliners Flying Lotus, Bon Iver, Aphex Twin and Orbital, already announced, the organisers announced more names today including: Moderat, Maceo Plex, Motor City Drum Ensemble, NAO, KiNK & Mall Grab.

In case you needed further convincing. Ticket page.

Posted on February 10th, 2017


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POD & Hidden Agenda are bringing back Metropolis Festival in the RDS on November 3rd to 5th this year.

The Mother City festival takes place indoors at the RDS and this year the music will include:

  • Grace Jones
  • DJ Shadow
  • Solomun
  • Moderat
  • SBTRKT (DJ Set)
  • Booka Shade – Movements 10
  • Crystal Castles
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • Fatima Yamaha
  • Fakear
  • Girl Band


DJ Shadow will play the opening night on Thursday December 3rd in the Shelbourne Hall. Tickets for that can be bought separately at €39.50 inc. booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

Tickets for the rest of the festival are priced at:

DJ Shadow – Opening Party

Thursday 3rd November


Weekend Early

Bird (2 Day)

Friday 4th / Saturday 5th


Weekend (2 Day)

Friday 4th / Saturday 5th


DJ Shadow – Opening Party + Weekend (3 Day)

Thursday 3rd / Friday 4th / Saturday 5th


A Ticket Instalment Plan will be available until the end of August. Pay 50% of your ticket now and settle the remainder of the balance before October 3th.

Tickets go on sale at 9:00am this Thursday 11th August at €129 inc. booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.

Posted on August 9th, 2016


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Hidden Agenda are hosting an afterparty for anyone heading to the Moderat gig in Vicar Street in conjunction with U:mack.

I’ll happen at the Mezz in Temple Bar.

U:mack & Hidden Agenda Presents
with DjJsets by
Frank B / Sias
Colin Devine Music

Door tax €8 with Moderat Vicar St stub (€12 without)

We’ll be playing tunes by Moderat / Modeselektor / Shed / Siriusmo / Alex Banks / Lazer Sword / Apparat / Dj Koze / Dark Sky / Ame / Clark / Squarepusher & lots more.

Facebook event.

Posted on April 6th, 2016



Lumo is back in Yamamori Tengu this Friday for a proper non-political party on polling day.

We are moving downstairs to the bar for the forseeable future. It gives us a larger capacity for walkups on the night and we’ll also have a Funktion One soundsystem in place for our resident DJs Nialler9, Simon Roche and Gavin Elsted (Adultrock).

If you’ve not been before, check out the Lumo Club Chart below for a flavour of sounds.  It’s a house party in a club vibe with no restrictions on genre. Lumo is a club for dancing featuring a good soundsystem, a decent bar and DJs in the corner playing classics and curveballs. Lumo is not a house and techno night. It’s a club night where you will dance with friends, old and new.

Online tickets are sold out now but we’ll have 100 tickets on the door on Friday from 10pm in out Bar Tengu @ Yamamori Sushi, 38/39 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1. It’ll be €10 in and we go til 3am. It usually is full by 1am ish. Looking forward to partying with you again.


Kelela – ‘Rewind’
Boney M – ‘Rasputin’
Anderson Paak – ‘Am I Wrong’
Daft Punk – ‘Face to Face’
Evelyn Thomas – ‘High Energy’


Junior Boys – ‘What You Won’t Do For Love’
Moderat – ‘Reminder’
Hercules & Love Affair, John Grant – ‘I Try To Talk To You’ (Morgan Geist mix)
Contessa – Super Star’
Dinosaur – ‘Kiss Me Again’ (Pablo & Shoey Rejig)


James Welsh – ‘The Way’
Fatima Yamaha – ‘Half Moon Rising’
Desireless – ‘Voyage Voyage’
Operators – ‘Cold Light’
Sparky – ‘Signals’

Listen on Spotify

Follow Lumo on Facebook and Twitter.

The LUMO CLUB playlist on Spotify.

Posted on February 23rd, 2016


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With news that Moderat will release their third album III on April 1st on Monkeytown, Modeselektor and Apparat also announced an extensive world tour, including a Dublin date.

That happens in Vicar Street on Wednesday April 6th and with over 2k people interested in the gig on Facebook, you might like to know that the tickets are on sale now at €28+fees.

Moderat III Tracklist:

1. Eating Hooks
2. Running
3. Finder
4. Ghostmother
5. Reminder
6. The Fool
7. Intruder
8. Animal Trails
9. Ethereal

Moderat Tour Dates

(ticket links via
Mon. March 28 – Paris, FR @ L’Olympia
Tue. March 29 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
Wed. March 30 – Leipzig, DE @ Werk 2
Thu. March 31 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
Fri. April 1 – Wiesbaden, DE @ Schlachthof
Sat. April 2 – London, UK @ St John of Hackney
Sun. April 3 – Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory
Tue. April 5 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC
Wed. April 6 – Dublin, IE @ Victar Street
Thu. April 7 – Brighton, UK @ Corn Exchange
Fri. April 8 – Brussels, BE @ Cirque Royale
Sat. April 9 – Hamburg, DE @ Docks
Sun. April 10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
Thu. April 21 – Poznan, PL @ Hala 2 MTP
Fri. April 22 – Warsaw, PL @ Progresja
Sat. April 23 – Wroclaw, PL @ Eter
Sun. April 24 – Budapest, HU @ Akvarium
Tue. April 26 – Graz, AT @ Orpheum
Wed. April 27 – Zurich, CH @ X-TRA
Thu. April 28 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz
Fri. April 29 – Rome, IT @ Spazio900
Sat. April 30 – Marseille, FR @ Cabaret Aléatoire
Sun. May 1 – Toulouse, FR @ Le Bikini
Mon. May 2 – Bordeaux, FR @ Le Rocher Palmer
Tue. May 3 – Nantes, FR @ Stereolux
Thu. May 5 – Lausanne, CH @ LesDocks
Sat. May 7 – Basel, CH @ Volkshaus
Sun. May 8 – Stuttgart, DE @ LKA Longhorn
Fri. May 19 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sat. May 20 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Sun. May 21 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall
Mon. May 23 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
Tue. May 24 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Thu. May 26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
Fri. May 27 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
Sat. May 28 – Bradley, CA @ Lightning in a Bottle Festival
Mon. June 5 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
Sat. August 13 – Bochum, DE @ Jahrhunderthalle Ritournelle

Posted on January 15th, 2016


One of the better albums I’ve heard in recent months is Galaxy of Nowhere from Mondkopf. Part of the Fluokids family, Mondkopf is a 23 year-oldToulouse-born Parisian-based producer whose sound is a mix of the big beat drops of Modeselektor with the emotional synths of M83/Apparat with the electronic melodies of Nosaj Thing. He has remixed the likes of The Golden Filter, The Teenagers, and most recently, Caribou. Galaxy of Nowhere is the most engaging thoroughbred electronic album I’ve heard so far this year.

Here’s an exclusive cut which doesn’t appear on the album as well as ‘Libera Me’, a Galaxy of Nowhere standout. [Buy from Rough Trade | Amazon | eMusic]

Mondkompf – ‘First Light’

Mondkopf – ‘Libera Me’

Posted on May 5th, 2010


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Yes, it’s still list season. As State kicks off its Top 50 of the year, here are my own top 30 albums of the year in four-page epic form.

30. Channel OneSound to Light
29. ClarkTotem’s Flare
28. The Phantom Band Checkmate Savage
27. MicachuJewellery
26. DM StithHeavy Ghosts
25. The Holy Roman ArmyHow the Light Gets In
24. Florence and the MachineLungs
23. Dirty ProjectorsBitte Orca
22. Dan DeaconBromst
21. The HorrorsPrimary Colours

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Posted on December 21st, 2009


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SMD Remember those archaic days when you picked up a magazine or a weekly music paper in your grubby music-hungry hands and read a playlist of what the publication’s writers were playing in the office that week? There is power in those recommendation charts. Here is my version. No great fanfare or descriptions just ten of the best song around right now you should know or you might already know.

This week: The Major Lazer and Mos Def albums obsessions continue, a new track from Yo La Tengo, Toddla T’s excellent skanky album, new Clark, The XX and Simian Mobile Disco.

  1. Major LazerKeep it Goin’ LouderGuns Don’t Kill People Lazers Do
  2. Yo La TengoHere to FallPopular Songs
  3. Memory CassetteBicycle (Horrors Cosmic Dub)
  4. Mos DefQuiet Dog Bite HardThe Ecstatic
  5. Toddla TBoom DJ From the Steel CitySkanky Skanky
  6. (more…)

Posted on July 28th, 2009

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Two very different remixes here for you today that have been floating around the net for the last month or so.

A Shackleton remix of Moderat’s ‘Rusty Nails’ has turned up on an unofficial bootleg Moderat remixes EP (alongside Headhunter and T++). Taking the original’s beats and stretching the template from four and a half minutes of great electronica to a full nine minutes of sublime eerie, pitch-shifted despairing vocals and dark side of the sun ambience, it’s been hailed as his greatest work and Boomkat have called it one of the greatest records of the year.

It’s got a head-crushing dystopian feel. Wailing and firework crunches embellish the driving bass-synth and a clack clack rhythm. This is the kind of tune that Thom Yorke is aiming for. An epic remix that is happier spinning on its axis for its lifespan than taking off into the stratosphere.

Moderat – Rusty Nail (Shackleton remix)


Posted on July 27th, 2009


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Our quarter-century podcast is all about new releases. We’ve got superb new tasty tunes from Hudson Mohawke, Montreal’s Clues (whose debut is worth checking out), a song from the already-lauded Suckers EP, a song from the new Starfucker EPlum, a track from David Kitt’s new one The Nightsaver and towards the dancier end of the spectrum: brand new tunes from Clark, Moderat, The Juan Maclean and I shit you not, a surprising song from the Twilight soundtrack.

Aoife Mc is your podhost – check out her new food blog – I Can Has Cook?

Podcast #25 -Tracklisting


Posted on April 29th, 2009


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