Orbital to split

Category: OrbitalPodcasts


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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Disco old and new with Neon Disco (1st October, 2014)

Category: ChicdiscoNeon disco


This week’s show was all about disco old and new with Patrick and Eoin (aka The Phantom Vandal) in the studio. We played some great new disco and some old school disco favourites.

Check out Neon Disco this Sunday in The Button Factory details here  and here on Facebook. It is not, as I wrongly assumed, a gay night, it is just a good old fashioned disco that welcomes everyone and everyone is welcome :)


The Jackson Sisters ‘I Believe In Miracles’

Crazy P(enis) ‘You Started Somethin’

Sure Thing ‘Holding You Tight’

Friendly Fires ‘Paris’ (Aeroplane Remix)

Todd Terje ‘Inspector Norse’ (incindentally Terje is pronounced without the E and it is his first name as he’s Terje Olsen.)

Sister Sledge ‘Thinking Of You’

Chic ‘Everybody Dance’

Change ‘Angel In My Pocket’

The Source featuring Can...

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Review of Nick Warren at Melodic in The Grand Social 28.9.2014

Category: #trancefamilyBack2BasicsDJsEDMNick WarrenOld schoolProgressive House

DJ Nick Warren

I should probably put my cards on the table here first. I have just about every 12″ and album Nick Warren has ever releasesd.  I’ve loved his music for over 18 years. Both that which he makes as Way Out West and that which forms his DJ sets. Ever since I heard his set on the 1996 compilation Cream Live Two, from the legendary Liverpool club night. The album included two of Way Out West’s early singles, the beautiful The Gift and the epic Domination. I had heard of Nick for a few years before as his reputation grew following his residency at the Lakota club in Bristol, but being a poor northern kid I had never ventured so far south on my clubbbing exploits.

In the intervenin...

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24th September – Back2Basics feat guest vinyl mix from g_h_o_s_t_b_o_y (old school)

Category: Back2Basicsg_h_o_s_t_b_o_yMother DublinPodcastsRTE PulseSimon Palmervinyl

Ghostboy (old school) Phil Boyle

Do you believe in ghosts boy? -

g_h_o_s_t_b_o_y (old school)

On last night’s show we had the pleasure of a guest vinyl mix from the Mother’s head honcho of the turntables g_h_o_s_t_b_o_y aka Phil Boyle. He’s be tearing up Dublin dancefloors for years and Mother is the best club in Dublin.

Mother takes place every Saturday night in Copper Alley, Exchange St, Dublin 2 (close to Dublin Castle). Started in June 2010, it is an old school style club night for gays and their friends, where the focus is on music and good times rather than fancy shows and pretentious lighting effects. I’ve always found the crowd to be mixed between gays and non-gays and it is one of those great gay clubs where straight girls seem to go to dance and enjoy good music without being annoyed by fellas...

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Back2Basics – old school vinyl show 17.9.2014

Category: #trancefamilyDeep DishEDMJohn DigweedOld schoolPodcastsProgressive HouseRTE PulseTechnoTrance

Starts off classic Balearic then coasts to old school progressive house and trance.

Bomb The Bass

Bomb The Bass ‘Winter In July’ (Cosmic Jammer Club Mix) http://www.discogs.com/Bomb-The-Bass-Winter-In-July/master/86806

Tim Simeon, the man behind, Bomb The Bass is a true old school legend. He was the first person to really make an impact on the charts using a sampler and home recording equipment. He got to number one all over the world with the acid house classic ‘Beat Dis’, which was recorded entirely in his bedroom in his parents house. The introduction to the show features part of this records and also another one of his big tracks Megablast. Also check Don’t Make Me Wait, in fact check out all his tracks, particularly from the nineties as they were incredible.

Solar Plexus

Solar Plexus ‘Solar Plexus’  http://www.discogs...

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Back2Basics old school dance music radio show on RTE Pulse 10.9.2014

Category: EDMJohn DigweedOld schoolPodcastsProgressive HouseRTE PulseRTE Pulse showsTrance

old school dance music record store

In order to promote the great value second hand record stores we have in Dublin, last night’s radio show was made entirely from second hand old school dance music records that I’d bought earlier in the evening, from Spindizzy Records in Dublin city centre. It’s quite ambitious to mix vinyl live on radio, when you don’t know the records that well and with little practise.  I think did OK though.  I picked up some great old school dance music records. They were mostly trance and progressive house classics from the mid-nineties. Each record was bought for €3.99, which is great value especially when you consider the cost of postage, packaging and PayPal fees you have to stump up for on Discogs.com.

When I buy records off Discogs.com I try to restrict myself to bying Near Mint or Mint ...

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Ireland’s old school vinyl show (03/09/2014)

Category: #trancefamilyEDMOld schoolPodcastsProgressive House

This week’s show started progessive, with a smidgen of old school house before building up to finish with three trance stormers. It started with a brilliant re-working of Everything But The Girl’s ‘Lullaby Of Clubland’ that Markus Schulz did a year after the German DJ broke onto the dance music scene. It’s not was well known as some of the EBTG’s other tracks, but I think this progressive remix fits Thorn’s vocals perfectly. This was followed by a classic from DJ Sneak with his remix of The Sneaker Pimps.  Over recent years I’ve come to appreciate the self-proclaimed  house gangster’s blend of minimalist house – check out his Babylon Fallin’.

A great track by Fluke gets a run out too; Fluke were seen by many people as  poor man’s Underworld, which I think is uncalled for as their work is...

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Back2Basics 27/8/2014 – old school house and trance music

Category: #trancefamilyEDMOld schoolProgressive HouseTechnoTrance

Trance music and progressive house were firmly the flavour of last Wednesday’s Back2Basics, the old school dance music show on RTE Pulse, Ireland’s only national dance music station. Back2Basics is produced using only vinyl records and is the only all vinyl show on a state broadcaster anywhere in the world. The shows plays anything from early funk and 70s disco through to house, rave, techo, trance and progressive classics.

We started with a bit of pure summery love from Salt Tank; ‘Pacific Diva’ from the original 1994 12″. Nobody says summer better than Nick Bracegirdle of Chicane, so this track from 2000 was a nice follow up. This was a b-side as was the next version of Crescendo’s ‘Are You Out There’...

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