Archive for July, 2010

Take me to the island…

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

I’m about to head off to the annual Jigs and Rigs Festival, put together by the Audio Terrorists and Force 10 Crew. I’ll be playing at 2am on the Audio Terrorists stage. The line-up is something serious, the best of home-grown talent, featuring (to name just a few, mind) Ronan Dunne, Lakker, Herv, Niamh De Barra, Ed Devane, A-Force and 2bit.

It looks like this (12miles back to Antrim coast, 20 to Scotland):

Down in the harbour…

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

I was asked to paint at the annual Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Festival of World Cultures. But the cool thing about this was that all the paint that was gonna be used was recycled. It comes from the Community Repaint Scheme. This initiative was set up by the good folks at the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun (who also operate a furniture recycling project). You can find out more about the scheme here.

Another cool thing about this project was that the man like A-Force was going to be working with me, it was his first time painting in years, and his first public/live/street art piece. Had a great time doing this, got to eat some bangin falafel and samosas and drink some good coffee (man, the food stalls at the festival are UNREAL).

This was a great experience, normally doing murals we’ll have lots of little acrylics, mixed with a big tub of white emulsion to give them extra ‘legs’, but when I saw some of the colours they had up at the Repaint Scheme, man, I was like a kid in a sweet shop kid after eating a sweetshop, bouncing off the walls style. Great fun just lashing into big tins with masonry brushes. The theme for this year was biodiversity, and here’s what the finished piece looked like, big ups to Andy and all the folks at the Rediscovery Centre! (and to Sheila for the life-saving sandwiches!)

Kansas City Prophets (LIVE), T-Polar, Eomac B2B Redmonk @ !Kaboogie

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

This Friday, !Kaboogie’s latest signings, London’s Kansas City Prophets and Belfast’s T-Polar will be treating us to some audio splendor of the finest ilk.

I first heard Kansas City Prophets back in 2003. His two EPs for Control Tower, ‘Ignition’ and ‘Puncture’ were some of the finest records put out by the electro imprint. 2005 featured the mighty Grim Dubs Vol. 3 (released by Werk Discs). Releases for Seed Records, Wide and, more recently, Balkan Vinyl have  followed since.

One of the more ear-opening experiences I have had was checking a liveset he did for London-based radio stream ILLFM. While there was still a strong electro framework there, it was coated in a film of dubwise excellence that blew me away, add to that some great vocal work by guests such as Linton Kwesi Johnson and Soom T and yr onto a winner!

Here’s a recent set of his to get a feel of his music, deep, bass-heavy tunes that are free of clichés yet mash up a dancefloor.

Prolific comes somewhat close to describing T-Polar (check his discography). One of the men responsible for the legendary Ecker nights in the Menagerie, he’s a master of all styles, the consistent motifs being lethal basslines and warped vocal science.

Click on the picture below for a mix of his that was recently featured on

Keep eyes and ears out for KBG004 “Defiance EP”, with two tracks each from the lads, plus vocal appearances from none other than LINTON KWESI JOHNSON and SOOM T.

In the meantime, see ye up the front on Friday!

A4 Sounds Techno for cash

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Yes, yes, cannot wait for this! It’s rare that the oppurtunity to blast out techno comes around, looking at the lineup for this it’s gonna be a BANGIN night. My formative years in Dublin (when I realised I’d lost my retyrn bus ticket to Wexford) consisted of a healthy diet of techno so I’m delighted to be doing this. Here’s ze official explanations of what’s happening:

“We are taking part in Tuam Arts Festival this year. We have been given a retail unit in Tuam Shopping Centre to turn into a shop. This show will run from 21st Aug until 28th Aug. We will become A4 CORP for the week and host an interactive shopping experience for all those that pass through.

As we are self funded and the show will be free to the public we need to raise money to put the show together. So we’d be really grateful if you could join us on Sat 24th July at The Cavern in The Good Bits to help us do this. The gig is €10.”

Summer Base in Belfast this weekend!

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Yo! Summer Base this weekend as part of the Belfast Trans Festival. We did Winter Base last January in Ulster Hall and it was a BIGTIME GOODTIME. International street art and music buzz.

St Anne’s Square, Cathedral Quarter
Saturday 17th July, Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 July, 2–6pm

Some of the artists include:

Will Barras (London), Mr Kern (Bordeaux), Graham Dews (Bristol). Also Featuring…KVLR, Frizelle, Redmonk, Danleo, Dog Boy, Bad Seed, Koncrete Tekniques, Miguel Martin, and many more to be announced…

Cignol Album Launch

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Go to this.

For a taster of Cignol’s work check his awesome track “Leiden Ex” that we featured on the second !Kaboogie Label Sampler