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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS - Jim Car­roll JC Tony Clay­ton-Lea

As Oc­tave One, Lenny and Lawrence Bur­den have been pro­duc­ing pris­tine, ground­break­ing sounds since I Be­lieve ap­peared on a 10 Records in­tro­duc­tion to techno’s new school back in 1990. Since then, the duo – along with a sup­port­ing cast of up to three other broth­ers on oc­ca­sions – have re­leased many fine cuts. Aside from the block­buster Black Wa­ter, check out some of their mid-1990s re­leases for 430 West for size, while their live show con­tin­ues to thrill. Sup­port tonight from Giles Arm­strong. FASTER FASTER FASTER Sam Binga Bris­tol pro­ducer Sam Binga has be­come one of the lead­ing lights when it comes to elec­tronic mu­sic which ups the tempo. Blend­ing juke, jun­gle, foot­work, crunk, dance­hall and drum’n’bass, Binga’s re­cent EPs like Nuh Chat and TransAt­lantic are chock­ablock with tracks which are meatier and heav­ier than any­thing else around. Sup­port from Mike Fate and Jonezy.

OTHER VOICES In 2003, Other Voices be­gan as a ve­hi­cle to high­light un­her­alded Ir­ish singer-song­writ­ers. As the years passed, how­ever, it de­vel­oped from a show­case for Ir­ish mu­si­cians and bands to some­thing else al­to­gether. That it has lasted this long is down to a bunch of peo­ple with more sense than money, and with more steely re­solve than Su­per­man.

That some­thing else al­to­gether is ex­pand­ing with each pass­ing year. Yes, there are the stal­wart evening gigs in Din­gle’s St James Church (which, across this week­end, will in­clude the likes of Lap­s­ley, Jack Gar­ratt, Low, Richard Haw­ley (above), Glen Hansard, Gaz Coombes, Gavin James, Otherkin, Ane Brun and Keaton Hen­son), but over the past three years, the event’s Mu­sic Trail has in­creased in pro­file and ap­peal to the point where many mu­sic lovers don’t even bother try­ing to blag a ticket to the church – there’s too much other good stuff on of­fer in the town’s pubs and off­beat venues.

Other Voices isn’t all about mu­sic, though – voices speak as well as sing, and one of the best new-ish events on the pro­gramme is the Ban­ter ses­sions, at which Ir­ish Times mu­sic critic Jim Car­roll sits down with a group of peo­ple and, well, chats nat­u­rally with them. The line-up for this year’s Ban­ter in­cludes mu­sic pro­moter Vince Power, mu­si­cian Donal Lunny, pho­to­jour­nal­ist Jean Cur­ran, Sinn Féin coun­cil­lor Eoin Ó Broin, film makers Conor Hor­gan and Katie Holly, and jour­nal­ist/ac­tivist/ au­thor Una Mul­lally.

And we haven’t even started to tell you about the restau­rants, the bars, the beauty of the Din­gle penin­sula, the way the mu­si­cians roam around town and the cof­fee at Mur­phy’s Ice Cream shop on Strand Street. Oh – al­most for­got – the Harry Clarke win­dows at Díseart In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion and Celtic Cul­ture on Green St are also well worth a visit. So much to do, so lit­tle time.

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