The art of old skool dub – Back2Basics – 16th September

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old school vinyl show

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Back2Basics is old skool, nu skool and future classics. Presented by Simon, the show airs every Wednesday at 11pm until 12am. It is RTE’s, and Ireland’s, only radio show where the music is 100% vinyl each and every week.

This week’s show was all about showcasing old skool dub mixes, the often forgotten nuggets on the b-sides of records. They are often the best versions and are commonly the producer’s favourite and can often the be original mix that was intended to be main track. But they get relegated to the b-side after the record company gets its way and has more commercially friendly vocal on the A-side. As DJ Sneak says “it’s always been about the b-sides”.

Well it was supposed to be all about the wonder of dub until I accidentally played a vocal mix as my last record. In my defence it was my first night in RTE Pulse’s new digital bunker and there was a lot going on.

digital bunker

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  1. UNITY “UNITY” (Club Dub)
  2. U2 “even better than the REAL THING” (sexy dub mix)
  3. Sterling Void and Paris Brightledge “It’s Alright” (dub)
  4. Alison Limerick “Put Your Faith In Me” (3 Spirits Dub)
  5. Taylor Dayne “Tell It To My Heart” (T’Empo Blue Room Dub)
  6. The Police “Walking On The Moon” (Roger Sanchez Darkside Of The Dub)
  7. My Friend Sam Featuring Viola Wills “It’s My Pleasure” (Dub)
  8. The Music “Breakin'” (Redanka Dub)
  9. The Killers “Somebody Told Me” (Josh Harris Dub)
  10. Grace “Skin On Skin” (Oakenfold & Osborne 12″ Mix) – but I meant to play the Dub Mix, which is much better because it is basically an instrumental of Orange, which is the track that was used on U2’s “Lemon” (Orange and Lemon geddit?). But it is a live vinyl show and it was my first time in the new studio, so apologies.

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