Very simply, here are my favourite tunes of the year as a DJ or a club attendee. Available as a Spotify playlist where available.
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High stakes dance music from one-half of Daft Punk from the Gasper Noe film Climax.
Lunar Orbit Rendezvous
Kraftwerk-esque vocoder electronica from Belfast producer.
A Thing (Jordan Remix)
Belfast producer Jordan added some muscular percussive heft to this disco house cut.
Sheffield producer brings uplifting piano disco house on DFA Records.
Bain De Soleil
Harold Boue aka Abstraxion came through with a great 3-track EP on Hivern Discs and this is the cut I go back to.
What Did She Say?
A 1989 Belgian Zaïrian electronic song that got a re-release this year.
Insistent acid-electro edit with guitars and moans.
Apartment Records and Carlow’s finest back at it again.
Breakboy feat. Jenn
Robbie Kitt and Jenn Dreamcycles make a shimmering meditative dance cut.
Jaunty synth fun on Permanent Vacation.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.