Ciara Brady is one of the newest names on Dublin’s DJ scene but quickly made her name for her selection of Disco, Funk, Groove and House music at regular nights at Toast Dublin and Neon Neon’s The Little Disco at The Academy. Check out her Mixcloud. ~You can also catch her at Lumo’s Christmas Party on December 22nd.
St Germain – Real Blues (Malachi edit)
St Germain are unquestionably one of my biggest musical influences to date. To see Malachi’s modernisation of the classic St Germain track “Real blues” has enabled me to play it more frequently at gigs these days and share my love for them with everyone. No question about it, it is my track of the year. It always makes me a very happy camper when it comes on!
Disco Credit – Ebony Cuts
With the first release on the “My Love is Underground” label in three years, I was overcome with excitement to hear what the releases on Jeremy Underground’s label had in store for us and by God was it good. “Ebony Cuts” incorporates tastes of two of my favourite sounds around; the fresh sound of French influenced Disco and the funky Italo boogie groove. It is by far one of my favourite disco tracks of the year.
Crackazat – Coffee Time
Originally having only 300 copies available on vinyl from Eureka! in Japan, this motivational feel-good hip shaking anthem is the perfect song for strutting down the road to work in the morning after a rough weekend, triple shot latte in hand!
Eli Escobar ft. Vanessa Daou & Nomi Ruiz – Phreeky
Easily the best track from the latest album “Happiness” by New York’s house and disco legend; Eli Escobar. This toe tapper of a tune dares you put it playing on repeat. It’s the perfect song for getting that feel good, hands in the air, dancing vibes going on any night.
Bobby Analog – When Will Our Day Come
This deep house/disco dinger is a fine example of what Belfast’s Bobby Analog is capable of. Constantly churning out more top class tracks than I can shake a stick at, we are only scratching the surface of his talent with this track. “When Will Our Day Come” brings a sense the beloved sun blazed foreign summer festivals, boat parties and piña coladas! A tune to get you through the dark and cold Irish winter months.
Andrés – Mighty Tribe
Released this summer on the La Vida label, this track always reminds me of the exciting pilgrimage to Irish music festivals. Car packed to the rafters with tents, friends and raingear. Windows down, wind (and probably rain) in your hair and not a care in the world. And yes, that is a sample of Earth, Wind & Fire you hear in there!
Long Island Sound – Delusions
This Dublin duo have been ubiquitous this year when it comes to festivals and putting on a good gig. “Delusions”, a quality track off their upcoming EP “Last Place You Look” is only a tiny taste of how talented this pair are. They incorporate a very distinct but constant smooth flowing sound into each track and performance combined with gentle groovy vocals and bass lines that you can’t help but dance to.
Jamie Trench – Locks, Frocks & 2 Floating Sparrows
Despite having a ridiculously comical (yet ironically quite memorable) track title, this quality track from Jamie Trench’s SHAG Edits Vol. 2 just oozes sunny Sunday morning vibes while also showing us the high calibre of music production provided by his “Roots For Bloom” Label. It’s the perfect track to transition into the winding down of a set.
Quinton Campbell – FM Patterns
You can see exactly why he won AVA Festival’s 2016 Emerging Producer of the Year and was immediately snapped up by Extended Play Recordings. I have not heard a track of this originality and quality in this genre in quite some time. It has so many intriguing layers, that together have provided us with pure musical wizardry, what an absolutely class tune!
Unknown Artist – Oye Coma Va (K&F Edit)
A frightfully funky re-edit of Carlos Santana’s original, released on the vinyl only “Persies” label, London based duo Krywald & Farrer have churned out yet another top-notch party re-work. In their words, better described as “Beefed up, pared-down and dangerous”.
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.