‘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)
  • Watermelon DJs
  • Telephone DJs

April 26th at Wigwam

  • Jimmy Rouge (Orange Tree Edits)
  • LUMO DJs
  • Telephone DJs

May 11th at Whelan’s

  • SHIPS (Live)
  • LUMO DJs
  • Telephone DJs

Tickets priced at priced at €12 per event are available now via Eventbrite.ie

Posted on April 5th, 2018


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Orange Tree Edits has released the fourth instalment in the Dublin label’s edit series and the two tracks on this one come from label boss Jimmy Rouge.

‘Dorian’ is a slight departure from the Afro edit sound that the series has embraced with a more exotic, possibly Asian disco flavour at play.

‘Clock’ meanwhile, is a lower-tempo jazzy lounge groover.

Buy the release at one of these shops.

See more about their previous releases – 003, 002 and 001 which feature artists Mix and Fairbanks and R.Kitt.

Posted on January 29th, 2018


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 to.

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.

Juno Records
Phonica Records
Rush Hour Store
Piccadilly Records

Posted on July 25th, 2017

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New Dublin edit label Orange Tree Edits released their first 12″ in January and it sold out within a day because the two edits on the release from Jimmy Rouge were high-quality Afrobeat dancefloor weapons.

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.

Robbie is also putting on the first night of Dublin Dance Society tonight upstairs in Whelan’s as a new showcase night for live electronic acts.

Buy the 12″ before it’s gone.

In person in All City, Dublin

or online:
Rush Hour
Redeye Records

Posted on March 24th, 2017


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