Back2Basics old school dance music on RTE Pulse 26.11.2014

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Carl Cox

Carl Cox’s 1991 classic ‘I Want You Forever’.

Back2Basics is the only old school dance music show on RTE Pulse. It moved to the nation’s favourite in January this year and was on community radio for 18 months prior to RTE. It started as a two hour show where Padraic and I talked the background to some of the tracks, the clubs we remembered them, some memories admittedly were hazy, but we wanted to do something a little different with the show as noboby really talks about dance music, who made it, where the sample came from and what clubs played the records.

When the show moved to RTE we had to up our game and make it more slicker. With show reduced to an hour, more of a focus moved to music and ensurubg the mixes were slicker...

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The R.A.G.E show

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The R.A.G.E, Fade St, Dublin

On this week’s show I’ve been crate digging again, this time at The R.A.G.E second-hand shop on Fade Street. The Record Spot in the basement is full of vinyl. All the records played on this week’s show were bought in the shop. As you can see by the photo on the right  I got more than I could fit into one show. All these records cost on €10 – that’s 11 12″s. Three of them I already own and reckon I can get €20, or more, for the three on Discogs, so I’ll have made a profit and got a load of free records. You really can’t beat value like that. Check out The R.A.G.E at 16b Fade Street, Dublin 2, in the city’s now blossoming Creative Quarter. They also have a website site for The R.A.G.E and for The Record Spot.


Spooky ‘Stereo’

Inner City ‘Hallelujah (Leftfield On High Vocal...

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Back2Basics with DJ Spiral old school vinyl mix 12.11.2014

Category: Dj SpiralGuest MixesInterviewsLegends Of The Old SchoolMinimixOld schoolPiano ClassicsPodcastsRTE PulseSimon Palmer

DI Spiral Legends Of The Old School

DJ Spiral is back

This week it is the big Legends Of The Old Skhool 3 at The Button Factory. So we had DJ Spiral in the studio again doing an exclusive vinyl mix. Get ready for Legends Of The Old Skool 4 coming soon. Tracklist Control ‘So Deep’ Two Amigos ‘Los Puerbos (Summer Madness Mix)’ Liberation ‘Liberation II’ R.H.C. ‘Fever Called Love’ The Grid ‘Rollercoaster (Nemesis Mix) DJ Spiral live vinyl mix D.O.P. ‘Lion’ DJ Dado feat Michele Weeks ‘Give Me Love (Antiqua Club Mix) Bahamut ‘Bump In The Night (Q-Burns Abstract Remix)’ Floor Federation ‘Music For The Masses (Lisa Pin Up & Tomislav Suitcase Mix)’ Mrs Wood ‘Joanna’ – the scratching that Spiral does at the end of this record is absolutely class. Playback Link Please click here to listen to this week’s show.

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DJ Spiral Legends Of The Old Skool 3

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DJ Spiral Legends Of The Old School

DJ Spiral is back

On tonight’s Back2Basics we have DJ Spiral in the studio again, doing a live vinyl mix in advance of this Friday’s Legends Of The Old School 3, at The Button Factory. Last time he was here he cost thousands of euro damage after he took the roof off the RTE Radio Centre*.

This Friday it will all be about massive piano classics, which were the bread and butter of the early acid house rave scene. Dubliners will get the chance to see one of the most defining dance records of ever played live. Namely. ‘Where Love Lives’ by Alison Limerick. Alison’s voice is even more astounding in the flesh...

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Back2Basics RTE Pulse 5th November, 2014

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Due to sound issues on the show (due to my fault not RTE’s) instead of a link to the RTE Player, below is the old school vinyl mix used on the show uploaded to Mixcloud. Back2Basics is always made using only vinyl and is normally live on the on air from the studio (warts and all); the show is back live again this Wednesday at 11pm on RTEPulse.


Sister Bliss With Colette ‘Cantgetaman, cantgetajob (Life’s A Bitch’)(Hooj Mix)

Jupiter Ace feat Shena ‘Thousand Years’ (Just Leave Me Now)

Faithless Insomnia (Armand’s European Vacation Mix)

Bootsy Collins ‘Party Lick-A-Ble’s’ (Headrush House Mix)

Size 9 ‘I’m Ready’

Cyanide Vol 1 ‘Focus Rev Dub’ (this is by Nick Bracegirdle of Chicane)

Art Of Trance ‘Silence’

Deep Dish ‘Say Hello’ (Paul van Dyk Remix)

Back2Basics RTE Pulse 5th No...

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Back2Basics RTE Pulse – old school vinyl show – 29th October, 2014

Category: Old schoolPodcastsProgressive House


This old school vinyl show on RTE Pulse went from a remix of classic 80s track, included two progressive house remixes of Mike Oldfield and Eric Clapton and finished with a sample of a quote from an aging American lamenting about prostitute


1. Nirobi Edits ‘Twice In A Reincarnation’ – a remix of Talking Heads’ ‘Once In A Lifetime. There were only 500 12″s of this record pressed.

2. Change Inc. ‘It’s Not Over Now’ – Italo classic from 1990 featuring the famous sample from First Choice’s disco classic ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’

3. Live Element ‘Be Free’ (Original Vocal) – this is another of the records that I bought in Oxfam, that I didn’t have time to pltay on last week’s show.

4. GusGus ‘I Still Have Last Night In My Body’ (gusgus original mix)


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Oxfam Vinyl Special 22nd October, 2014

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Oxfam Ireland logo

Oxfam Georges Street

Those people over at the Oxfam shop in Georges Street, Dublin, recently let me have a sneak preview of their vinyl sale. So I decided to dedicate a whole show to Oxfam and fill it with a mix made using only records that I bought at Oxfam Georges Street.

I was amazed at the quality, both in terms of the music on offer and the condition of the records. There was a lot ‘near mint’ vinyl, in a much better condition than I get from a lot of second hand record shops. I think  this is because lots of DJs offload their old vinyl at specialist second hand record stores as they think they’ll get more money and can use the credit again new records.  As they’re DJs the vvinyl can often have taken a battering...

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Orbital to split

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Below is the announcement issued today by Orbital. We interivewed Phil Hartnoll when he was DJing in Dublin recently; you can listen to the interview here.

Orbital to split

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15.11.2014 Old school guest mix from Karl O’Brien

Category: discoFunkGuest MixesKarl O'BrienSoul

We’re keen to get local DJs involved in the show, so they can demonstrate their skills in mixing live vinyl on air.  Let’s face it, that rarely happens on radio these days. This week we had the pleasure of hosting Karl O’Brien in the studio; he gave us an hour of sweet jazz, soul and funk sampled records, featuring snippets from the likes of Funkadelic and including the such luminaries as Ron Trent and Joey Negro.

It was a pleasure, as we don’t get deep down and groovy enough on Back2Basics. Karl managed to fit 13 finely tuned jams into the hour we had, which is a new record for the show. So let’s play spot the sample – answers on a postcard please.

A big thanks to Karl for doing us the honour of hosting his skills. We hope to have him back in the future. Cheers!

Track list


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Old school garage – Back2Basics 8th October, 2014

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The Paradise Garage

The Paradise Garage – ‘garage music’ was invented here.

Last Friday in Dublin a new night kicked off called Garage, in Pygmalion. RTE Pulse techno legend Will Kinsella is the new Music Director, of what is one of Dublin’s best late night bars. This year they’ve had Leftfield, Ashley Beedle and Late Night Tuff Guy all DJing there. On Friday we had the equally capable RTE Pulse DJs Tome Lowe and Niall Redmond at the helm doing back-to-back hour long slots. And boy did they did not disappoint, it was a class night.

I’ve always loved garage, it was the main staple of many a night in the post rave era and mid-nineties with DJs like Graeme Park and Tom Wainwright filling their sets with uplifting voal garage...

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