Archive for November, 2011

Unabombers @ The POD, Support from ES DJS

November 22, 2011


Downtown Sounds is proud to present yet another Dublin ramraid by Manchester’s finest DJ duo, The Unabombers.

They ran a much-loved night in the rainy city for 13 years called ‘Electric Chair’, releasing 7 mix albums of their inimitable ‘Northern Sulphuric Souling’ style – a heady brew of soul, hip hop, freaky deaky r’n’b, diva disco, house, techno and other 21st Century dancefloor slayers.

Since winding up Electric Chair in early 2008 they’ve gone on to run ‘Electric Elephant’, a 4 day festival in the Adriatic coastal town of Petrcane, a beautiful place which many people have dubbed ‘The New Ibiza’.

Next year will see it celebrate it’s 5th Year, with a heavyweight line up featuring Andrew Weatherall and Chris Duckenfield already gaining momentum…

Support on the night comes from Dublin’s Michael McKenna, whose DJ-friendly edits of old disco tracks under the alias ‘Keep Schtum’ helped bag him a slot at Electric Elephant this year. His edit of Odyssey’s ‘Hang Together’ has become an anthem with the Electriks crowd so we should see much backslapping and blokey bonhomie as he hands the reins over to the UB’s……

Meanwhile in The Lobby our friends at Fatty Fatty Phonographics will be celebrating the release of their debut 12” – ‘The Rejigs Volume 1’ by Pablo and Shoey.

Featuring the disco know-how of Downtownsounds/Fatty Fatty messer Pablo and the production trickery of Shoey of the External Sounds crew from Drogheda, it showcases three discofunk bombs reworked for the modern dancefloor, and is already garnering DJ support from local stalwarts like Billy Scurry, Padraic Disconaut and Martin Roche, not to mention overseas action from the likes of Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45’s, London) and ex Tresor resident DJ Raw Sugar all the way down in New Zealand!

To mark the occasion of the release Fatty Fatty’s mysterious man of records G-Mos will be joined by External Sounds DJ’s for what should be an epic show of local disco force….



Date: Saturday 26th November
Venue: The POD Complex, Harcourt St, Dublin 2
Tel: + 353 1 4763374

Doors 11pm
Admission: 10 Euro


Fatty Fatty Phonographics Launch First EP.

November 15, 2011

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We are delighted to announce that the very first release on our Fatty Fatty Phonographics label is imminent.

Constructed with love and no small measure of JUST PLAY THE FUCKIN’ NOTE! by Pablo and Shoey, it’s entitled The Rejigs Volume 1

It will feature re-works off tracks by The Emotions, Glady Knight and The Pips and Bernard Purdie on lovely fat 12 inch black vinyl, and will also be available as a download for you modern types.

Pablo is of course a stalwart of the Fatty Fatty crew, while Shoey is the resident production whizz from External Sounds, a Drogheda based collective with the same spirit and soul.

You can listen to samples of the sweet tracks here

First on the chopping block is the rambunctious disco-funk of The Emotions’ ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love’. Produced by Earth, Wind and Fire’s Maurice White and legendary arranger Charles Stepney, this one plays heavily on the gospel flavoured vocal breakdown and heavy funk horns, which Andy Weatherall et al chewed a chunk off of for the Primal Scream classic ‘Loaded’.

Following Dead Rose Music Company’s recent hypno-house floor-smasher ‘Just A Bitter Love’, the lads take the Gladys Knight belter ‘Taste Of Bitter Love’ and put the song right back at the centre, playing around with the luscious piano line and keening strings, even creating a dreamy new 2 step outro for sweet and smooth mixing out.

Last but not least we have legendary funky drummer Bernard Purdie and his 1972 cut ‘Good Livin’ Good Lovin’. It’s a heavy funk bomb with a psychedelic wah-wah led intro and an absolutely killer piano line, not to mention some wise words from Bill Cosby on the jazz, lifted from obscuro American cult comedy show ‘The Simpsons’. Another one for the sample spotters amongst you, fans of The Prodigy will immediately cop it as the base of their mammoth ’3 Kilos’.

There will be a couple of launch parties to coincide with the release, the first in conjunction with Belfast Music Club at The Menagerie, Friday November 25th, where Jimmy B and Pablo will be going head to head with our nordy disco brothers. Nicky Siano could not say enough good things about their intimate 200 capacity sweatbox after playing there at the end of last month and we can’t wait to make a return trip.

The following day – Saturday 26th – we’ll be hot-tailing it back to Dublin in time for a Downtownsounds/Fatty Fatty team up as Manchester’s all conquering DJ duo The Unabombers return to Dublin @ The POD.

This will serve as a nice warm up for our Downtownsounds Classics series, celebrating the anthems of the long running Dublin DJ crew that now hoists it’s flag to the Nightlfight mast.

We’ll begin in the New Year with the re-issue of Nicky Siano and Arthur Russell’s disco classic ‘Kiss Me Again’ and a 21st Century bomb we’re holding in reserve for the moment.

Both tracks will be given the Pablo and Shoey Rejig treatment for extended dancefloor goodness.

Raw Human Emotion – Pablo & Shoey