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

Category: Back2BasicsOxfamOxfam IrelandRTE PulseRTE Pulse showsSasha

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

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

Category: Podcasts

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 released.  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)

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

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

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