MARGIE JEAN LEWIS
“This is a time to grieve, to sing, to meet your neighbours, to offer help, to connect, to share, to expand, to evolve, to observe nature, a time to escape to imaginary worlds and bring some joy from there back into this one.” – Margie Jean Lewis
AOKI TAKAMASA + TUJIKO NORIKO
Feeling like digging here because in this time of crisis, I’m feeling like being cocooned with music that is as familiar as my teenage obsessions. So I’ve gone for 5 early influential tracks on me as a musician. As in, 5 tracks I’ve listened to mannnnnny times and that I still return to for the magic they possess.
I listened to Tujiko Nuriko obsessively the year I finished high school and Fly Variation has repeated on me ever since. I think at the time I felt the song understood me more than i could understand myself, despite the fact it was all in Japanese.
A song I found on Soundcloud by mistake and thence became my bedroom dancing theme music for about a year. This was me at 27. I like Mei Saraswati’s vibe, she obviously had a lot of other things going on, so much so that she never released anything. Think I connected with her on that alone… 😉
Just a perfectly gorgeous track. It moved me then and it moves me now. I think soothing Portuguese is all we need.
A genius in full flow. Also one of my most listened tracks of 2014….
I don’t think I’ve listened to any 22 minute track as many times as I have this one. For me, this is a happy sunny Summer lounge room in Dublin, listening with the windows open, sitting in the windowsill for a long time watching birds flying around the Rathmines dome and looking real close up as the sun shone through miniature explosions on the surface of my sparkling water. Do yourself a favour and and take some mushrooms before listening.
Margie and Sharon’s Floral instalation at ALS19
Photos : Steve Battle
Steve Manning runs Hidden Agenda and Dublin’s own Big Romance – one of our favourite haunts in the city. Steve has blessed us with his eclectic mix of dance music selections Love Stories passed.
Over the last decade, Hidden Agenda have cemented themselves as one Ireland’s most dynamic event brands. HA helped found Metropolis Festival and have hosted artists such as Run The Jewels, Nicolas Jaar, Mos Def, Flight Facilities, Todd Terje, Jay Electronica, Kelis, DJ Koze, David August and many more.
A firm favourite in the Big Romance and has closed out many a late night parties. It’s taken from the “Who is William Onyeabor?” compilation album released by Luaka Bop, which is a record label set up by David Byrne. The whole compilation is ace.
Earlier this year, my girlfriend and I hosted an Arthur Russell night with Peter Broderick in the Big Romance celebrating the album ‘Iowa Dream’ and I love this track from that album.
Nick Drake was reluctant to perform live or be interviewed and this meant he never achieved commercial success (he died aged 26). The 1998 documentary A Stranger Among Us is worth a watch .
‘KISS FROM A ROSE‘
This song is a constant earworm and hopefully it is now stuck in your head.
An uplifting Italo banger that I played at ALS last year. One for the disco fingers and a staple in most of my DJ sets.
“Simple things like cooking, cleaning and the daily Irish Times crossword have kept me going and I check in with my family every few days to see how they are all getting on! ” – Éna Brennan
‘THE SPOILS FT. HOPE SANDOVAL”
I love the slow pace and swell in the strings in this track (arranged by film/theatre composer Dan Jone). The last two minutes are a bath for the ears.
‘THE PALM SUNDAY TORNADO HITS CRYSTAL LAKE’
This is probably my favourite song in the world under 2min. I wish I’d written that chord sequence.
Aldous is wonderfully weird. Her spoken BV in the final choruses of this track give me a lot of joy.
Enya is a goddam national treasure. Hard to even choose which song to pick. Go listen to them all, at once.
Closing with a banger for all those who have, like me, found themselves going slightly insane singing and dancing to Classic FM whilst cooking/cleaning.
“Following my bliss led me to the Another Love Story tribe – so to all my brothers and sisters of the tribe, I send love and light.” – Gerry Dalton, ALS Lighting Guru
HOSH & 1979 FEAT. JALJA
This is my Covid19 Anthem Track!
Brilliant remix of an old skool house classic originally by Silicon Soul. Invokes memories of clubbing at the start of the millennium.
I love the deep analogue Techno sounds and the haunting vocals with a very shamanic message to consider in these times of uncertainty.
DER DRITTE RAUM
‘HALE BOPP (BORIS BREJCHA REMIX)’
A recent excellent remix by Boris Brejcha of a very old classic German techno track from ’98 which was originally released to celebrate the appearance of Comet Hale-Bopp in our skies. I vaguely remember dancing to the original in a forest somewhere in Wicklow.
‘TRAUMA (WORAKLS REMIX)’
A truly epic melodic track, this 10 minute masterpiece from 2 of Hungry Music’s best producers brings you on a healing trance journey through the deep melodies of this track. As a Shamanic practitioner I often use trance dance as a meditative healing experience.