This weekend is expected to be scorching hot all across Ireland, and there’s no better soundtrack for a heatwave than the sweet sounds of house music. We choose 7 bonafide Irish house music anthems to soundtrack this gloriously sunny weekend.

Met Éireann has spoken, this weekend is going to be a hot one and we’ve got 7 Irish house heaters to blast through your speakers this weekend. Play them loud.

SHEE – First You Get The Sugar

Nothing says “sunny day drinking” like pure, disco-infused house music, and Shee is unrivalled among Irish producers. Shee’s ‘First You Get The Sugar’, released six years ago, encapsulates Ireland’s love for disco-tinged house, perfectly capturing the blissful funk-fueled brass and string elements of the 1970s playing elegantly over the top of a chunky house groove, infectious to say the least.

Sally C – Let’s Get This [Big Saldos Chunkers]

Sally C‘s first release on her imprint Big Saldos Chunkers, ‘Let’s Get This,’ is still as high-spirited and heavy-knit today as it was in June of 2020. The debut offering is an ode to Chicago’s jackin flavours, perfectly capturing the essence of the stripped-back, powerful, and groove-laced house with a tough-edged approach.

Orange Tree Edits – Dorian (Jimmy Rouge Edit)

Returning to Ireland’s gloriously fun-fuelled disco house 2016-2018 era, which solidified many Irish producers, including Jimmy Rouge and his Orange Tree Edits series. Jimmy elegantly flipped nuanced old African records, mastering the idea of the edit, adding touches of house flavour with some heavenly acid on this occasion while not corrupting the original jazzy elegance.

Or:la – Bey, Myself & I [Borne Fruits]

Deviating slightly as Or:la offers an out-of-character house groove while remaining true to her more two-step UK feel. Or:la reworks Beyoncé’s ‘Me, Myself, and I’, expertly intertwining the original R&B-style bassline with Beyonce’s captivating vocals over glitchy percussion and snappy drum fills. A glossy reinterpretation that we didn’t see coming.

Fish Go Deep feat. Rebecca Meagher – Let’s Go Back (Vocal Mix) [Chez]

Irish house music icons Fish Go Deep feature on Chicago house pioneer Chez Damier’s Chez imprint with Cork’s Rebecca Meagher on vocals, an instant classic. Originally released in 2002, ‘Let’s Go Back’ perfectly latches onto Cork’s jazz-influenced house roots that dominated the city. Fish Go Deep provides a soulful masterpiece featuring carefully weaving lush chords, intricate percussion grooves, and a deep sense of warmth from Rebecca Meagher’s vocals.

Hammer – Love Somebody (The Hammer Hits)

Hammer‘s ‘Love Somebody Else’ is a true summer anthem; when this song comes on, you know you’re moving. This high-octane disco rework of The Jones Girls’ You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else, released under Hammer’s Hammer Hits imprint, lit up dance floors all over the world upon it’s release in 2017. Arriving as a white label, it was quickly swept up and is still sought after today.

Brame & Hamo – Limewire

When it comes to Irish house music, Brame & Hamo were unstoppable for a while, relentlessly churning out crisp house-flavoured grooves from their early cuts that felt inspired by Ron Trent’s soulful sounds to more rolling sunny grooves like ‘Limewire’, a breakbeat workout with chic piano chords and a lush acid line, accompanied by a Tuff City Kids, aka Gerd Janson rework.

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