Tiga’s ‘3 Rules’ is a snarky club jam from the Canadian’s recent album No Fantasy Required. I play it out a lot and it can mess with people in a nice way through the lyrics (“never dance with your hands up”) and the silent stop.

After the announcement yesterday of new music from Soulwax, the good news keeps on coming with 2ManyDJs and Tiga released this collaborative stripped-down remix of the track under their DeeWee label name.

“We just kept strippin’ it down until it was reduced to a pure energetic essence that only I could hear,” says Tiga. “I eventually agreed to add ‘music’ back into the mix so everyone could enjoy it as much as I did. And that to me is what music is all about: giving people something they can hear.”

The mix sat on a hard drive for months until one fateful night during the closing set of Tiga’s recent residency at XOYO:

“The track just seemed to call out to me. It said, ‘Hey man, try giving me a spin’, then ‘What do you have to lose?’, then ‘It’ll make a great story for the press release’, and finally ‘I am now lodged inside your head and I will not leave until you give me the kind of spin I rightly deserve.’ I don’t usually negotiate with terrorists, but I went for it and the crowd went full-on ape-nuts. Did the track then wink at me and disappear from the hard drive forever? That’s between me and the track and the hard drive, I’m afraid.”

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Posted on November 16th, 2016

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Forbidden Fruit have announced their lineup of artists and parties for the late-night city part of the festival and it includes Jungle, Tale Of Us, Detroit Swindle, Tiga, Freddie Gibbs, Bondax and more playing at parties hosted by Lumo, Hidden Agenda, Discotekken, Sense, Telephones, This Greedy Pig and more.

Entry for the below shows are only valid with wristbands, day or weekend, from the festival. A limited amount of tickets will be available on-site also.

Tickets for the festival are available on Ticketmaster.

Forbidden Fruit afterparties


Special Guest & Bodhi @ Button Factory
Detroit Swindle with The Malibu Club @ The Grand Social
Gerd Jansen with Telephones @ Wigwam


Tale of Us @ Button Factory
Bondax & Special Guests with Hidden Agenda @ The Grand Social
Jungle DJ Set with Lumo @ Wigwam
Freddie Gibbs with Sense @ The Sugar Club
The Rnb Club @ Tengu


Groove Armada DJ Set with Curve @ Button Factory
FunkinEven with Discotekken @ The Grand Social
Âme Live with Bodytonic @ Wigwam
Jackmaster & DJ Deece @ Tengu
Tiga b2b Jori Hulkkonnen with This Greedy Pig @ The Sugar Club

The Forbidden Fruit After Party Bus, one 1 bus each night, leaves Kilmainham at 11:00pm sharp and drops off at Dame Street.

Posted on April 27th, 2016


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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night:

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two

 Part one

  1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra  – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
  2. LA Priest – Oino
  3. Gwenno – Calon Peiriant
  4. Disclosure – Nocturnal (feat. The Weeknd)
  5. Bicep – Just
  6. Pleasure Beach – Go
  7. #albumoftheweek: Girl Band –  In Plastic
  8. Wyvern Lingo –  Subside
  9. Talos – In Time
  10. Saint Sister –  Madrid
  11. #tbt: RSAG – Stick To Your Line
  12. Empress Of – Make Up
  13. !!! –  Bam City

  Part two

  1. Girls Names –  Reticence
  2. Fierce Mild –  Small Talk
  3. Chvrches – Clearest Blue
  4. Raury  – Devil’s Whisper
  5. Roots Manuva  – Don’t Breathe Out
  6. Rejjie Snow – blakkst-skn feat Rejjie Snow (prod. Kaytranda)
  7. Blue Daisy  – Darker Than Blue
  8. Kodiak Blue –  Zapusk
  9. Martyn  – Falling For You
  10. Julia Holter –  Sea Calls Me Home
  11. Majical Cloudz – Silver Car Crash
  12. Wounded Healer  – Check Your Patterns
  13. Donnacha Costello – Leaving Berlin
  14. Tame Impala – Let It Happen (Soulwax remix)

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on October 2nd, 2015


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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night:

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two

 Part one

  1. Girl Band – Pears For Lunch
  2. Beach House –  Sparks
  3. CHVRCHES – Clearest Blue
  4. Soft Lit – I Cant Help It
  5. Shamir –  I Know It’s a Good Thing
  6. #albumoftheweek: Empress Of –  How Do You Do It
  7. #albumoftheweek: Empress Of –  Need Myself
  8. Emmanuelle –  Free Hifi 2Many Djs Edit
  9. TIGA  – Bugatti (feat. Pusha T)
  10. #gig: Katharine Philippa –  A Case Of You // I Can’t Make You Love Me [cover]
  11. Pleasure Beach Go
  12. Maud In Cahoots  – Cure For The Crazy
  13. #tbt: Fleetwood Mac – Big Love

  Part two

  1. Kelela – Rewind
  2. MED BLU MADLIB feat. MF DOOM – Knock Knock
  3. Shit Robot – Where It’s At (feat. Reggie Watts)
  4. Pional  – Invisible / Amenaza
  5. Bicep & Hammer  – Dahlia
  6. Wounded Healer –  Panic About Love
  7. Låpsley – Hurt Me
  8. YACHT – I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler
  9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra –  Like Acid Rain
  10. Wet – Weak
  11. Darkstar – Stoke The Fire
  12. Martyn –  Falling For You

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on September 25th, 2015


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AH. Super Furry Animals couldn’t have picked a better place to come and play their first Irish show in years other than Body & Soul.

They’ve just been added to the lineup for the summer solstice weekend from June 19th to 21st in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath along with:

Super Furry Animals, Tiga, Kiasmos (as revealed at their gig), SOAK , Kuenta i Tambu (KiT), Vin Gordon and the Real Rock Band, Clu, Cloud Castle Lake, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, Planet Parade and a new 2000-capacity venue featuring Northern Soul, reggae, ska fun kand more with The Mouse Outfit, Chai Wallah, Stuff and more to play.

SFA have just started back playing live again to promote their Welsh language reissue Mwng. Here they are from this week:

Ticketsare now in tier 4 of 5 for Body & Soul and that means prices from €139 plus fees.

Posted on May 1st, 2015


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Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham.


Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos 


The pairing of music and visuals is something I’ve always enjoyed but the concept of a music video has obviously changed in the last ten years. There are of course, still concepts, themes, ideas, techniques and executions that lift a song into another realm but there’s also so much video content out there now, that there are plenty of live video and TV performances, vignettes, parodies, and short documentaries around music that did the same thing a music video is supposed to do: to put the artist in front of more people. Here are 20 of my favourite “music videos” of this year.

Hit page 3 for a Youtube playlist.

20. DJ Rashad – ‘She A Go’

Video by: Peter Greenless

The world sadly lost the Chicago footwork DJ Rashad this year to drugs. His music existed in a discombobulating place alongside his partner Spinn. This fan-video for ‘She A Go’ used stock video footage of office life to do the same thing constructing a hyper-real experience in the process.

19. Angel Olsen – ‘Hi-Five’

Video by: Zia Anger

The singer Angel Olsen returned with Burn Your Fire For No Witness, her second album, which had a throwback rock feel. Suitably, the video feels like its beamed from another time via its filmic cinematography and Olsen’s movements specifically are inspired by choreographed studio performances from female pop stars of old, of which the director said “were always so wild and psychedelic and humorous from afar. The more you watch them, the more wooden and awkward the performances become. There is a certain loneliness captured. The song ‘Hi-Five’ seems to contain the same sort of duality.”

18. Ibeyi – ‘River’

Video by: Ed Morris

The recent introduction of the Chromecast to the home entertainment system has meant more space and time for music videos on a larger screen. After seeing these girls perform at Other Voices last week, I watched this video again, noticing how the French-Cuban twins are held down by male hands under water, how they hold their breath for long periods of time, the dead-eyed stare and the on-time lip syncing at the centre of all of this deceptively simple concept.

17. Compassion Crew – ‘Masters Of The Gentlemanly Art’

Video by: Simon Landrein

Dance music can be a perfect vehicle for a wide-open music video narrative and Simon Landrein lets his animation and imagination run wild on a stylistic train journey full of suggestion to match the chugging rough house track from the Irish producer.

16. Clu – ‘Mirrors’

Video by: Kevin Freeney

The Dublin duo of Sean Cooley and Kevin A. Freeney, Clu, have always put their electronic music and visual work on a par and on ‘Mirrors’, they’ve nailed both. It’s a complementary collaboration that transcends a typical visual tacked on to music setup. The video directed by Freeney serves as a chassis for a potent mix of music (an amalgamation of bass / garage / post-dubstep) , visual (cinematic sumptuous imagery), interpretive dancing and colour that makes for an impressive display of art in total.

15. Katharine Phillippa – Live at TedX

Video by: TedXStormont

The Belfast-based musician performs two songs with the help of a loop station, a bow, a drum, a keyboard, a laptop and an author’s intensity that leaps through the screen.

14. John Grant – ‘Glacier’

Video by: Jubilee Starter

With the upcoming Marriage Referendum in May next year, single-sex marriage will go to a public vote. It’s an incremental attempt at recognising the rights of the people in this country and should pass because who are you or are I to say to someone – “no, you’re love is not the same as mine” or “no, your love is not valid” or “no, your love isn’t something to be celebrated or recognised.”

In that context, ‘Glacier’, a song from the gentle giant John Grant who has battled with his identity and control and who has been made to feel bad for who he is, eloquently addresses those struggling with their sexual identity – “This pain, it is a glacier moving through you, carving out deep valleys and creating spectacular landscapes,” goes the chorus.

The video serves as a brief history lesson of the journey for that recognition of gay rights over the years juxtaposing chronological footage of the American gay rights movement, newspaper headlines, and pop culture to leave you with a stirring narrative of the journey so far. Here you can donate to the Marriage Equality campaign for 2015.

13. Vic Mensa – ‘Down On My Luck’

Video by: Ben Dickinson at Ghost Robot.

There’s a wrong decision at every turn. This video shows the possibilities.

12. Ratking – ‘Canal’

Video by: Eric K

A video that simultaneously captures the grimey decay of New York City while making the trio look cool as fuck.

11. We Are Shining feat. Eliza Doolittle – ‘Killing’

Video by: unknown. Knife thrower: John Taylor. Dancer: Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus,

Can you watch this without losing your shit?

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Posted on December 17th, 2014


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BBC Radio One DJ and Dubliner Annie Mac is coming back home for a show in Twisted Pepper The Academy (upgraded due to demand) on December 3rd for a DJ set.

Tickets are €19.90 plus fees on sale now from Ticketmaster.

Meanwhile, Annie’s latest endeavour is a music festival in Malta called Lost and Found next April featuring Carl Craig, Kaytranada, Kerri Chandler, Ten Walls, Tiga, Julio Bashmore, Paleman and more.

The DJ’s latest AMP compilation is out now and features tracks from Tiga, Disclosure, Jungle, Ten Walls, Cyril Hahn’s Jessie Ware remix, Vic Mensa, Jamie xx, Wet, Lapsley and more across 2 discs.

That fun Tiga track – ‘Bugatti’:

Posted on November 21st, 2014

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My favourite songs of the month. Get the majority of them as a continuous playlist on Spotify | Youtube | Soundcloud

The chart

  1. Tiga – ‘Bugatti’
  2. Yumi Zouma – ‘Alena’
  3. Tei-Shi – ‘Bassically’
  4. Kleerup – ‘Let Me in’
  5. Dorian Concept – ‘The Few’
  6. Run The Jewels – ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)
  7. Ghostface Killah & Badbadnotgood – ‘Gunshowers’
  8. Ekkah – ‘Last Chance To Dance’
  9. Lapsley – ‘Falling Short’
  10. GL – ‘Take Me Back’
  11. Caribou – ‘Mars’
  12. Gaze Is Ghost – ‘Revolvere’
  13. Talos – ‘Bloom’
  14. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’
  15. Ibeyi – ‘River’
  16. Wildbirds & Peacedrums – ‘Keep Some Hope’
  17. Le Galaxie – ‘Carmen’
  18. Oh Wonder – ‘Shark’
  19. Aquilo – ‘Human’
  20. Silences – ‘Sister Snow’
  21. Tala – ‘Alchemy’
  22. Alunageorge – ‘Supernatural’
  23. Halos – ‘Dust’
  24. Bicep & Hammer – ‘Icebowl’
  25. Daniel Avery – ‘All I Need’ (Roman Flugel remix)
  26. Lethal Dialect x Jackknife-J –’26 Laws’ feat. Jess Kav
  27. Ta’East – ’72’10’
  28. Thrupence – ‘Silk’
  29. Mmoths – ‘Yago’
  30. Lakker – ‘Mountain Divide’

Posted on November 3rd, 2014


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See this page for a Soundcloud playlist of all the tracks.

1. Tiga – ‘Bugatti’


A novelty hit that is actually smartly-constructed.

One of those tunes that was hanging in the background smirking and voguing until last week, when a great music video dropped and the song couldn’t be ignored any longer. It even got its own Pusha T version, though Pusha appears to be turning into a bit of a Redman of the 90s for the alt-music game at the moment. Tiga, that cheeky Canadian chappy does much with little here, showing you can make a great novelty-sounding dumb club hit with serious musical smarts.

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Posted on October 28th, 2014

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Tiga is a DJ and producer known for his dry humour and ‘Bugatti’ is another one of those tracks the Canadian has produced that fits his personality.

And like his ‘Shoes’ video, ‘Bugatti’ is a dumb song instantly made better by a great video, which is what we have above in very GIF-able format by Helmi and Division Paris.

Posted on October 23rd, 2014


Aoife McElwain chatted to musical genius and entertainer (his words) earlier this week ahead of his Dublin solo piano talk show in The Sugar Club this Saturday (Tickets are €19.85 plus fees). Canadian-born Chilly has just released his career best album Ivory Tower which has a companion film of the same name currently showcasing in major cities. You may recognise his ‘Never Stop’ song in the latest Apple ad and noticed his crazy rapping on single ‘I Am Europe’ which slams together mutually exclusive ideals – sample line: ” I’m socialist lingerie, I’m diplomatic techno / I’m gay pastry and racist cappuccino”. Chilly now based in Paris, talked to Aoife about his collaborators including Feist and Tiga, going independent, the film, his epic piano battle with Andrew W.K. and why’s he’s a loudmouth entertainer and not an artist. But first, we need to know.. what exactly is a racist cappucino..

How exactly, would you define a racist cappuccino and if it was the only thing available to you in the morning, would you still drink it?

Well, a racist cappuccino is not necessarily a complaint. I say “I Am Europe” because I really feel like I have a lot of those qualities I’m describing, both bad and good. Europe is fascinated by places like Europe and America. America is like the new world and Africa is the old world. Everybody is fascinated by other races and other cultures. In Europe, they are really trying hard to keep their old values and they realise it’s not the same place it was a 100 years ago. It’s actually a better place. I moved to Europe in ’98. I went to Germany. My parents had to leave Europe because of the Germans in the ’30s. So I think I’m a product of the European experiment working. The fact that I could go back to Berlin in ’98 that fast and use the fact of being a Jewish American rapper in Berlin to my advantage in a media sense. It’s a beautiful thing. I’m a strange product of America and Europe. I have a European skillset and an American attitude. Old school aristocratic skills: arranging music and the technique of music but I have a totally capitalistic attitude compared to most Europeans which allows me to write songs like “I Am Europe” but also get away with it. So that’s what a racist cappuccino is.

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Posted on November 11th, 2010


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chromeoLast Gang Records are releasing a deluxe version of Tiga’s album Ciao! next week through iTunes. The expanded edition includes bonus reworks of Tiga tunes from Chromeo, A-Trak and Steve Aoki along with videos (full tracklisting).

Here’s Chromeo’s remix of ‘What You Need’ which turned out as more of a cover than a remix really. Meanwhile, Chromeo are busy in the studio working on their new album (due in August) and they’ve started a studio diary which you can watch after the jump.

MP3: Tiga – What You Need (Chromeo remix)


Posted on March 2nd, 2010

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tiga My digital column in the Indo’s Day and Night magazine contains lots of juicy music recommendations this week. Links to tracks from Wave Machines, Ellie Goulding, Vega, Burial/Four Tet, Liechtenstein, The Chasms, Tiga’s awesome ‘Shoes’ (check the brilliant video), Fly Girlz, Lissy Trulie and Fred Falke remixes Grizzly Bear’s ‘Two Weeks’, The Golden Filter remix Empire of the Sun, Calvin Harris doing Passion Pit and my favourite – Classixx remixing Phoenix’ ‘Listzomania’.

Tiga – Shoes

Videos with cute kids singing Jarvis and Pavement, what My Little Pony would be like if Michael Bay directed it, Goonies re-united and a look at Nick Cave’s bonkers script for Gladiator 2.

On the gig front in Dublin tonight – you are spoiled for choice… (more…)

Posted on May 15th, 2009


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