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