A look at the Ir­ish dance la­bels who’ve been re­ally tear­ing it up of late.

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For my last col­umn of the year, I’ve de­cided to shine the spot­light on some of Ire­land’s top la­bels and artists, such as Leo Dy­namic1, T2, Laugh­ing Man, Tom Ja­cobs, Adrian Bilt, Stereo.type and Rustal, amongst


Leo Dy­namic1 has had an ex­cit­ing 2018. He signed a world­wide record deal with Kobalt – join­ing Calvin Har­ris, Kygo, The Chainsmok­ers and Red Hot Chilli Pep­pers – and also inked a pub­lish­ing deal with Avant Mu­sic group. His track ‘Dance Tonight’ was a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Janethan Jef­fery; both were men­tored by Jack Ponti, for­mer co-writer with Jon Bon Jovi and man­ager of Boyz II Men.

Since trad­ing the box­ing ring for the stu­dio, Leo is mak­ing all the right moves. As well as hit­ting the US charts, he’s pro­duced two top ten hits with Sony Mu­sic Ger­many, ‘Sing For­ever’ and ‘Like I Do’ with DJ Shog. Two of his lat­est re­leases, ‘Jig­saw Pieces’ and ‘Run & Hide’, are cur­rently in the Dutch Dance Top 40 Spo­tify Playlist Chart.

Late Novem­ber found Stereo.type re­leas­ing the Wast­ing Time EP on Ber­lin’s Get Phys­i­cal. Hail­ing from Ire­land and the UK, the Ber­lin­based Ge­orge and Bry honed their craft at their And.You party se­ries in Lon­don, whilst re­leas­ing their de­but track ‘Me­mento’ on Get Phys­i­cal Mu­sic in 2013. Their work can also be found on la­bels such as Kater­mukke’s MUKKE, Ein­musik’s EIN2, LouLou Records and Just Her’s Con­stant Cir­cles. They have per­formed at some of Ber­lin’s finest clubs, in­clud­ing Kater Blau, Water­gate, Golden Gate, and Bier und Bir­git.

Else­where, the sixth Hy­brasil la­bel re­lease hit Beat­port and Band­camp on Novem­ber 26. Hy­brasil 006 fea­tures three tracks, one of which – ‘Ares’ – was playlisted by Dave Clarke on his ra­dio show White Noise.

Hot­house La­bel is the lat­est im­print to ar­rive in Dublin’s bustling un­der­ground, with the launch tak­ing place at Dublin’s Bernard Shaw on Jan­uary 25. The la­bel is a col­lec­tive of artists who fo­cus on ac­ces­si­ble un­der­ground mu­sic, with mem­bers in­clud­ing PrY­mary Colours, Dave Kerr, Jus Damien, Rev­eller and H&G Cre­ations.

Spear­headed by Dave Kerr from Mind­set Musik, Damien from Mo­men­tum DJs &

Daz from PrY­mary Colours, Hot­house was es­tab­lished on the back of the hugely suc­cess­ful monthly Hot­house nights in Ber­lin Bar D2. The first re­lease, HHL 001, fea­tures three tracks ded­i­cated to New York club House Of Yes.

Dublin-born techno artist Peter Sweeney, AKA Rustal, is back on Translu­cent with the Against The Wall EP on Novem­ber 30. This fol­lows on from a remix for Ver­ti­cal Spec­trum on Dolma (re­leased on Oc­to­ber 15); the Xenomorph EP on Gynoid Au­dio; the Priv­i­lage EP on Short Black; The Hol­lows on Swedish la­bel Counter Pulse; and the Wit­ness EP on Aus­tralian la­bel Translu­cent.

Rustal is also shortly to re­lease his track ‘Trans­mis­sion’ on a com­pi­la­tion on Doug Cooney’s RLSD, while the An­dromeda EP will also be re­leased on the Ja­pa­nese la­bel Hyp­notic Room in the new year.

Tom Ja­cobs, mean­while, re­leases his track ‘The Or­gan­ist’ on Ger­man La­bel Black Lemon Records on De­cem­ber 14. Ma­ture and ac­com­plished, the tune is an ex­cep­tional of­fer­ing from Ja­cobs.

An­other re­cent re­lease of note was the self­ti­tled Novem­ber EP by Wick­low duo T2. A two-track ef­fort fea­tur­ing Ir­ish vo­cal­ist Danielle Chong, it’s a solid of­fer­ing from T2, who are com­prised of Gary De­laney and Ryan Cleary. The record boasts lush dark at­mos­pheres, thump­ing bass and ex­pertly pro­duced drums. T2 are def­i­nitely ones to watch.

Fe­bru­ary 2019 finds Laugh­ing Man re­leas­ing a vinyl only EP, Move­ment, on Dublin’s Stand­alone Records. Stand­alone is run by Laugh­ing Man him­self (Do­minic Smith), Sonny An­dreucetti and Fawnic (Oisin But­ler Doyle). Move­ment is their first vinyl re­lease, and fea­tures a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Leeds pro­ducer Ke­pler. Well worth check­ing out!

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