Dublin based producer Chósta has announced his highly anticipated first release of 2022, and it’s a memoir to his somewhat, love hate relationship with Dublin City. Vox is built around a street recording that was taken while walking through the city centre one afternoon, capturing the beauty and unpredictability of Dublin city, as it lyes across shuffling beats, and melodic tones.
Chósta is running off the back from his biggest show yet, as he recently supported electronic titan Caribou at the Iveagh Gardens. Following the symbolic performance for the promising up and comer, he announces his first release of 2022, in the shape of Dublin City memoir, soaked in antiquity, grit and sauntering melodies.
“During the interminable third lockdown early last year, I was watching grainy old footage from RTE’s archives on YouTube and there were a couple of clips that stood out. Both were light hearted news segments interviewing stall owners on Dublin’s renowned Henry and Moore Street markets from the 1970s and 80s, but one particular stall owner struck a chord with me. This lady made holly and wax flowers by hand, carrying on four generations of tradition in her family, but she was the last florist left in that particular area mostly because her colleagues had been turfed out due to the increasing commercialisation of the street.” – Chósta
‘Vox’ is built around that sample and a street recording of a dapper gentleman beautifully playing a saxophone while Chósta was walking through the city centre one afternoon, and it’s paired with melancholic keys and shuffling beats.
The archived footage is a nod at Dublin’s deep history, but also whispers themes of the present, reminding Chósta of the historical importance of Iveagh and Smithfield markets that are either rented out to big corporations or rotting away in dereliction. The video, directed by Rob Maguire, offers a glimpse of that grim reality, but more importantly attempts to showcase the wonderful locals still operating and persevering on Henry Street and the Liberties market in spite of trying circumstances – a message we can all take heart from.
“It was a bit of an awakening for me, in that we perceive gentrification and cultural erosion as a fairly recent phenomena, but in reality it was going on in the early 80s and before. Despite this, she remained defiant.” – Chosta
“This is my part of Dublin and it’s a part I’m never going to give up.”