‘The Hop House’ is coming to Dublin this April and May which will feature live performances, DJ sets, interactive art stations, and food from Hang Dai, The Big Blue Bus and the Brazilian Kitchen in various venues across the city centre.
The event breakdown looks like this:
April 13th at The Bernard Shaw
Yankari Afrobeat Collective (Live)
April 26th at Wigwam
Jimmy Rouge (Orange Tree Edits)
May 11th at Whelan’s
Tickets priced at priced at €12 per event are available now via Eventbrite.ie
First up, it’s Kildare duo and Nialler9 favourites Mix & Fairbanks who have turned up the heat to a considerable level with an Afro blasting slice of carnivale rhythms that nearly loses the run of itself in the build until those horns bring us back into focus. Mix & Fairbanks are having some year and every release whether edit, remix or original is a blast.
Meanwhile, OTE mastermind Jimmy Rouge puts in another fine fine effort that shows he’s not one for relying on the outside talent. His ‘Litmus Groove’ has more of an obvious Afro flavour but it’s absorbing and weighted beautifully for dancefloor explorations.
I’ve been playing both of these songs out in recent months whether at Lumo or a Nialler9 DJ set and they both slay. It’s a vinyl only release so pick it up before it’s too late.
Volume 2 just came out this week and the quality hasn’t dropped with Cove and R.Kitt delivering another brace of excellent cuts. Cove’s ‘Ibi Won’ adds some heft to the original, while Robbie Kitt (brother of David New Jackson and Dip DJ) sharpens the low-end focus of African Brothers Band’s Ngyegye No So.