FOAL LOTTA LOVE
There’s a serious line-up of clubbing action around the country this month, with Foals, Leftfield and David Holmes leading the St. Patrick's Weekend charge. By Will Kinsella
On March 2, Prospect present KC Lights at Habitat in Limerick. Prospect releases on Hervé’s Cheap Thrills imprint, and his track ‘Lose It All’ gained support from well-known house artists like Rudimental, MK, and Danny Howard. ‘No No No’, meanwhile, received a definitive yes in Ibiza, where it was the anthem of 2015.
Down in Cork the same night, Solace host Traumer at Cyprus Avenue. France’s Traumer has releases on Venture Records, Skryptöm and Stephan Bodzin’s label Herzblut, on which is first LP came out in 2014. His two latest EPs, meanwhile, are on Desolat records and he’s seen regularly at Paris’s Rex club.
Shivers Present Soundstream at Electric Garden & Theatre in Galway on March 3. Described as a “true-school” Berlin artist, heavily influenced by Detroit and Chicago music.
They run their own label titled Soundstream and have recently released two 12 inches with Smith’n Hack. They have upcoming shows at Berghain (Berlin), Canal Mills (Leeds), Pygmalion (Dublin), Noorderlicht (Amsterdam). Down in Clare that night legendary Irish Hip Hop DJ Eric Moore is performing at Hideaway, Ennis, Co. Clare Turning to Dublin, on March 4, George Fitzgerald will deliver a three-hour set at the Button Factory. English-born, Berlin-based, Fitzgerald has released on Hotflush, Aus, Hypercolour, and his own imprint ManMake
Music. He’s also signed to Domino sub label Double Six Recordings, which released his album Fading Love in 2015.
On the same night, Vision Collector bring Schoppen Wittes to the Chocolate Factory. Wittes is a Berlin heavyweight club promoter and revered house and techno DJ. Local support on the night comes from Pineal Navigation and Breen.
Also on March 4, Debut at Mutate bring Lewis Fautzi to the Wiley Fox. Fautzi has released with Faut Section, Polegroup, Slam’s Soma Records and Len Faki’s Figure. In addition, he has performed at Tresor, Gare Porto, Lux Frágil and Berghain.
In what is a seriously busy night of clubbing action in the capital, Division & Subject also host legendary Berlin DJ Tama Sumo at Pygmalion. Sumo is a resident at Panorama Bar and Berghain, and made her name as a DJ in the ’90s through her genre-bending sets at Dance with the Aliens parties, as well as her residency at Globus (Tresor). You can find her releases on Rabid Records, Hotflush Recording, Diamond & Pearls and OstGut Ton.
Moving on to March 8, and the brilliantly named Anti-Social Acid Club bring Ansome to The Loft Venue in Galway. Ansome runs his own label, South London Analogue Material, which features the likes of ABSL, Ayarcana and Bas Mooy. He has also released on imprints such as Files Rec, Mindcut and Mord.
Meanwhile, on March 9, Electric have Bicep at the Electric Garden & Theatre in Galway.
The Belfast duo have released on Rush Hour, AUS, Wolf Music and their own FEEL MY BICEP imprint. They’ve also made appearances on Boiler Room and BBC Radio One’s Essential
Mix, in addition to being a driving force behind AVA Festival in Belfast. The following night, March 10, they make their way to Dublin for a set at District 8.
Elsewhere, clubbing fans should note that Wah Wah Club has moved to the South William Bar, where Sense host Art’s House on March 10.
Also, across town that night, Subject have Amp Fiddler performing live at The Sugar Club. Of course, there is a serious line-up of clubbing action on St. Patrick’s weekend, with two of the most mouthwatering gigs being the stunning one-two of Foals and Leftfield DJ sets at Opium Rooms. The indie-dance heroes hit the venue on Paddy’s eve, while Neil Barnes will be providing some scintillating dancefloor action the following night. Also on March 17, there’s a mouthwatering double bill at the Sugar Club, with Donal Dineen and Myles O’Reilly hosting This Ain’t Disco New York, and David Holmes presenting God’s Waiting Room, a choice selection of soundtrack numbers, library music, psych, rock and roll, experimental and other leftfield gems.
Finally, Hidden Agenda host Detroit Swindle at District 8 on March 23. Detroit Swindle run Heist Recordings, whose roster includes Fouk, Nebraska, Max Graef, Andy Hart and Ireland’s Brame & Hamo. The Detroit Swindle boys have an impressive remix CV, having reworked the likes of Hercules and Love Affair, Chet Faker, Seven Davis Jr and Daft Punk. In addition, they have also released on labels such as Freerange, Future Classics, and Dirt Crew, and also run their own night at Amsterdam’s Claire club.
Also on March 23, We Are Just US host a Half Baked Showcase at Yamamori Tengo with Greg Brockman. French-born, London-based Brockman has performed at notable venues such as Concrete in Paris, Berlin’s Club der Visionäre and Vienna’s Pratersaune.