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Top 5 Tunes of 2011.

December 19, 2011

As we approach the last days of 2011, here’s my personal top 5 dancefloor tunes of the Year.

Words by Andrew K

1. Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You

No problem in deciding as to what my number one was. Julio Bashmore has undoubtedly been the big success story of the 2011 dance music scene, and this track was his crowning moment. Based in Bristol this young produce/dj has gone from the back rooms to the top of the bill in such a short space of time, while churning out an abundance of quality House music packed full of classic sounds and futuristic grooves, in the process. ‘Battle For Middle You’ is a example of the fine state of health that contemporary house music currently finds itself in.

2. Oliver $ – Doin’ Ya Thang

This cheeky little number first came to my attention while listening to The Disconauts on the Sunday afternoon at this years Electric Picnic festival. A fairly ordinary base heavy house tunes that chugs along until its brought to life by the introduction of the caramel tones of Kenny Dixon Jr aka Moodymann. The vocal is taken from a recording of his dj set @ Cutloose, Manchester sept 2010 and turns this track into an infectious stomper that brings the dancefloor alive.

3. Faith Evans – Love Like This Before (B+S Edit)

Another slice of quality house music from the Bristol massive. This track takes the vocals from Faith Evans 1998 hit R&B track ‘Love Like This Before’ and merges it with the deep, dubby, and bass grooves from Future Boogies ‘Behling & Simpson’ to create something very special indeed.

4. LCD Soundsystem – You Wanted A Hit

Ok technically this song was release in December 2010, however i didn’t catch it until 2011, so I’m going to break ranks and include it in my top 5. This is another nugget of ‘LCD Soundsystem’ gold. Without doubt the most prolific producers of top class dancefloor indie/electronica of the past 10 years they sadly decided to call it a day this year, however this is definitely not the last we’ll hear of messrs Murphy and Mahoney.

5. Pablo & Shoey – Raw Human Emotion

This list wouldn’t be complete without a tip of the hat to some the home grown talent that’s currently producing top class edits to rival anything out there. This year has seen great tracks from the likes of Keep Stchum, as well as the Get Down lads in the sunny southeast.  However my choice is from closer to home. Pablo & Shoeys ‘Raw Human Emotion’ from theire first EP,  is a re-edit of ‘I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love’ by The Emotions, produced by Earth Wind and Fire’s Maurice White with legendary arranger Charles Stepney. That oh so catchy chorus got lifted by Primal Scream on their classic Andrew Weatherall produced ‘Loaded’ from the even more classic ‘Screamadelica‘ LP


External Sounds Christmas Hoedown

December 19, 2011

External Sounds is having a good old Christmas Hoedown at the Purple Room on St Stephens night. Supplying the soundtrack to this festive knees up are the External Sounds residents djs, who will be joined by a live performance from Electronic/Instrumental Hip Hop duo ‘Copious’, as well as a set from one of the Drogheda’s new breed of dj talent ‘LayLow Leee’.

Couple this great musical line up with the fact of everyone’s enforced previous 2 day absence from any nightclubs, and we got all the ingredients for a real Christmas cracker!

Doors open at the earlier then usual time of 10pm. Admission is €7, with a discounted rate of €5 before midnight.

Here’s a bit more Info on our guests….


Copious are an Irish electronic/ instrumental hip-hop duo consisting of musicians Dermot O Mahony and Gareth Kinsella from Drogheda Co. Louth.
The group formed in 2002 and has seen an ever-changing line up of band members over the years usually assembled to play live shows eg.Tadhg Murphy (National Philamonic and Royal Irish Chamber Orchestra), Keith Kelly (Cachimbo), Ian Earle (Rythmatix), Danny Mc Eoin (Intinn), Rob Kearney, Gary Martin and Rob Mullen (External Sounds Dj’s).
In 2011 the band reverted back to the two founding members and have been producing synth and MPC based music with live drums since then.
The duo are set to release their debut EP Attack From The Attic in mid 2012, which promises to deliver their usual blend of wailing synthesized sounds with monstrous beats, along with some more melodic and chilled out electronic rock and hip hop arrangements.

LayLow Leee

Leee is one of a wealth of young dj talent currently coming to the surface of the local electronic music scene. A regular guest at several club nights in the towns Purple Room venue, he has recently launched his own night called ‘Who Cares!?’ Not your conventional young dj, leee keeps his eclectic sets, deep & dubby, but most definitely always groovy.