Dario G passes away

Dario G passes away

Paul Spencer, also known as 90s pop/dance act, Dario G has lost his fight with cancer.

The producer who gave us hits such as 'Sunchyme' and 'Carnaval De Paris', was just 53.

He fought his illness with courage and determination since his diagnosis last year but over the last few weeks, his condition deteriorated.

RIP

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This record changed the dynamic of deep house music

This record changed the dynamic of deep house music

I picked up Hot Lizard's "165 Drop" on one of many record shopping trips to London, from a brilliant little (legendary) shop called Tag Records (anagram of Gat Decor, incase you didn’t already know)

I loved a lot of the deep house that was coming out at the time, but the UK producers like Charles Webster took it to an entirely different and beautiful place for me, giving this style a very subtle new edge and warm, atmospheric structures that were missing in a lot of the groove led American records.   There was a such a buzz about this EP when it was released and understandably so - it's an absolute beauty, having stood the test of time with incredible style and grace.

Although deep house had obviously been around for years when this was released, it somehow felt fresh and exciting - a subtle evolution of the genre that gently nudged things in a new direction with its slightly techy vibe.   This is just one of those timeless slabs of heaven for me that I have carried in my box through many’s a cold winter over the years.   The Pacific label was co-owned by Justin Deighton, who also has a strong connection to Belfast via Timmy Stewart and their many collaborations.  

 

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Frankie Knuckles 10 Years Gone

Frankie Knuckles is 10 years gone today.

I can’t overstate too much the significance of this man’s impact on the formation of house music, and the electronic music genre as a whole. I feel a great sense of gratitude for how his productions helped shape my early musical viewpoints, and still do to this day.

This particular track was originally recorded by Jamie Principle and released in 1986, it would have been classed as one of the first house tracks.

Knuckles played the record to death in his sets and it quickly gathered serious momentum in the clubs.

A year later Trax Records signed the song which Knuckles then reproduced and his name was added as the artist and Principle the songwriter.

The track is possibly most recognisable to the younger audience from the main sample that was borrowed from it to create The Source & Candi Staton’s massive worldwide smash hit “You Got The Love” in 1989

This is just one of life’s iconic music pieces and one of hundreds of reasons that fully establish the well deserved tag that Frankie Knuckles gained as “The Godfather Of House”

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A NIGHT OF LEGENDS, goes from strength to strength.

A NIGHT OF LEGENDS, goes from strength to strength.

Plans are coming together rapidly for what could be described as one of the biggest ever line-ups of DJ talent from across the dance music scene in N.Ireland.

Physical paper tickets are now available from our online store, and direct from our Banbridge building.

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The event, named A Night Of Legends was announced in December and was created to raise much needed funds to help a much loved DJ who has contributed over 25 years of service to dance-floors across Ireland.

Paper tickets are now available to purchase from Belfast Underground HERE

Next day delivery is available via Royal Mail 1st Class post, or collection is available on Saturdays between 12pm - 5pm from Belfast Underground's Banbridge store.

Fergie McWilliams / DJ Fergie / DJ Fergie Freeman has been an important part of the DJ scene in Northern Ireland for nearly 3 decades.

Fergie suffered a brain injury a while back, resulting in many life problems, which include no longer being able to walk unaided and loss of speech. This has affected his life in so many ways that are unimaginable for someone of such big character.

Known for his love of BIG tunes and the uplifting styles of electronic music, Fergie gained thousands of fans and friends through his many club residencies and hundreds of mix tapes back in the day.

His best mates initially set up a GO FUND ME page to help out with their dear friend’s many complex needs and they have raised almost £3,000. This initial funding was raised to secure the necessary funds to purchase an electric wheelchair to aid and help in his continued rehabilitation.

Response from the DJ community was instant!

So, for one night only Sat May 4th 2024 the lads are asking that you join them for a night of seriously big tunes as they come together to support our dear friend and talented DJ who is facing incredibly tough times due to his illness.

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Radio legend Steve Wright passes away

Radio legend Steve Wright passes away

One of the finest DJs in the history of British radio, Steve Wright, has passed away aged 69.

The much loved radio personality, MBE recipient and occasional television presenter, introduced the morning zoo / comedy sketch format to British radio with a humorous collection of his fictional personalities.

His family confirmed his death "with deep sorrow and profound regret" in a statement issued on Tuesday.

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RIP Mallorca Lee

RIP Mallorca Lee

The world of electronic rave music has lost one of its favourite hardcore sons.

Ultra-Sonic founder, front man, producer and globetrotting DJ, Mallorca Lee has died just weeks after announcing his terminal diagnosis. He was 51.

His first heartfelt social media post revealing his illness, left thousands of fans around the world stunned and in complete shock. The post stated that he had months to live. Sadly that was not to be.

Mallorca's family broke the news of his passing on his official Facebook page on Monday.

“We love you infinity, goodbye and safe trip.”

Mall was always a very firm favourite in North / South Ireland and was renowned for his electrifying energy and stage presence. There was a strong connection and common ground between the Scottish rave scene and our very own. It is one of the few things that brings all communities together as one.

One post on his official Facebook page said “I apologise for not telling all of my family and friends individually, it just breaks my heart a thousand times and I don’t have the strength to go through it all over and over again"

“I love you all, the last ten years have been the best of them all, it really has been wonderful.

“Love, that’s all we ever really have, our one true currency, so tell the ones around you what they mean to you, every day.”

We pass on our heartfelt condolences to Mallorca's family.

May he rest in peace.

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AVA Belfast 2024 lineup revealed

AVA Belfast 2024 lineup revealed

AVA has become the missing jewel in Belfast's electronic music crown.

The annual festival, brainchild of Belfast native Sarah McBriar, is now into its 10th successful year and continues to go from strength to strength.

From its fledgling years of building the brand and selling 1500 tickets at the T13 Building, to now clocking up a standard of 10,000+ sales on each day of recent events, the production values and line ups at each show continue to grow with each years festival.

You can see the reinvestment in each new event as they continue to make each one stronger than the last. Every little attention to detail is considered in the planning.

Acts booked for each year are carefully selected and represent the absolute cream of current DJ and production rosters globally. With the electronic music world changing so quickly, these guys have the required eye for talent and their finger well and truly on the pulse of what is fresh.

2024 sees another very fresh turnout of acts with many regular names appearing alongside the most upfront worldwide artists.

The mighty Belfast titans BICEP return again, this time with their critically acclaimed Chroma AV DJ set to offer their home crowd something very special.

US house god Kerri Chandler makes a headline appearance, along with rising stars Nia Archives and Barry Can't Swim

As usual, the standard of local support DJs is of the highest standard.

We think that this year will be the strongest yet

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