Rob­bie Kitt has soaked up his brother David’s knowl­edge and mu­si­cian­ship and ap­plied it to his own mu­sic with ease

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Sub­tly emo­tive Ir­ish dance mu­sic




It’s prob­a­bly not an easy task to fol­low in the foot­steps of a si­b­ling who has es­tab­lished them­selves as one of Ire­land’s finest al­ter­na­tive elec­tronic artists and singer-song­writ­ers but Rob­bie Kitt has soaked up his brother David’s knowl­edge and mu­si­cian­ship and ap­plied it to his own mu­sic with ease.

Kitt the younger can of­ten be found be­hind the decks of some of Dublin’s dwin­dling dance clubs play­ing house, disco and off-kil­ter elec­tron­ica, ei­ther solo or with the Dip Col­lec­tive of DJs and is a firm be­liever in the cul­tural value of club spa­ces and the com­mu­ni­ties that sur­round them. As such Kitt sup­ports the Give Us The Night Cam­paign, which is start­ing once again, to put pres­sure on law­mak­ers to ease the re­stric­tive laws around open­ing hours for the coun­try’s venues.

Com­mu­nity is also at the cen­tre of Kitt’s ra­dio out­put, as one of the se­lec­tors on the on­line ra­dio sta­tion Dublin Dig­i­tal Ra­dio where his out­put has taken in am­bi­ent spe­cials and up­lift­ing house mu­sic.

All of the above forms the blue­print for his solo work as R.Kitt, as heard across a smat­ter­ing of re­leases in the last two years. On his 2017 EP for the Pear la­bel, he put out four tracks of jaunty synth-based elec­tron­ica with nods to Aphex Twin’s melodic work and ana­logue groovers with ti­tles that fur­ther re­in­force his love of his home­town - Dublin is Bub­blin’ and Jig­saw - the space where the Dip par­ties take place.

Bet­ter yet was 2018’s Tin­gle EP on Ber­lin/Dublin la­bel Gold­brick, which wan­ders from the house jam Break­boy fea­tur­ing the in­struc­tional vo­cals of Jennifer Moore (Dream­cy­cles) to the ana­logue melodies of Emo­tional Freak to the evoca­tive trop­i­cal vista of the ti­tle track.

An hour-long mix of un­re­leased mu­sic for Rinse FM’s AVA Power Hour show in Novem­ber sug­gests there’s much more to come from R.Kitt that will con­trib­ute to, and help keep the pegged-in dance­floors of the coun­try primed for danc­ing for an­other gen­er­a­tion to come.

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