We premiere new music from emerging Dublin producer RUANAIDH as the young artist releases his debut track, ‘Shamisen Break’. The youngster blends leftfield percussive grooves with hard-edged techno grit to create an introspective club track that defies genre.

RUANAIDH, the moniker of Dublin-based DJ Richie Rooney, is an exciting and innovative force in Dublin’s electronic music scene. Favouring a blend of bouncy rave and techno tunes, but also not shy to veer into ghetto, electro, jungle and bass, Ruanaidh tends to blur the lines of genre, and never stick to one sound. 

His versatility has earned him slots in many of Dublin’s finest venues, including Index, Wigwam, The Sound House, Bow Lane Social Club and many more. Additionally, he has held down support slots for big names like LaLa, Prozak, and Prince Prada. Making moves in the post-lockdown Dublin scene the past 2 years, and constantly exploring music for far longer, he is an exciting DJ to watch and will only rise further.

The young artist now presents his debut release, ‘Shamisen Break’, a kaleidoscopic and nonconformist entry into the world of club music production. The track is an exploration of sound that seamlessly blends the traditional with the contemporary. The track is built around an enchanting melody of the shamisen, a traditional Japanese folk instrument known for its haunting and evocative tones. A distorted kick and low vibrating synth serve as the backbone of the track, while a tasteful old-school chorus of breaks scintillates throughout the track, weaving their way through the shamisen’s melody. The juxtaposition of an ancient instrument with contemporary percussion and production techniques provides a fascinating view into Ruanaidh’s tastes and ideas. It’s clear, there is much more to come from the young up-and-comer.

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