Throwback Thursday #7: Torgas Valley Reds


Unless you’re from Northern Ireland, and belong to a particular generation and point in time, there is a strong chance you have never heard of Torgas Valley Reds. This is a tragedy, and one that befalls more great bands than you can possibly imagine. As a brief history lesson, Torgas Valley Reds were a band based in Belfast that existed in the early 2000s. They emerged from the ashes of a reasonably successful indie outfit called Backwater, and in their time they won the hearts of many people via wonderful indie pop tunes infused with soul and verve, and brilliant live shows.

Just as they were about to release their debut album, they broke up. This meant that the record got buried, and for a long time no one got to hear it. For fans of the band, this was a bit of a nightmare. Knowing that those timeless songs were captured somewhere, but unable to heard, was tortuous. The ‘lost’ Torgas Valley Reds stayed buried from 2004 until 2012, when Howl records made it available to buy via (Bandcamp). If you don’t own it yet, you should go and buy it right now.

In case you need any more convincing, and because these songs aren’t already on YouTube, I’ve decided to pick out my three favourite tracks from the album and publish them.

First off is ‘Torgas Valley Blue’, which is their total anthem, and one of the best songs you’ve never heard.

Next up is ‘Actualities’, which is completely in French. Many bonus points.

And finally is ‘Me & My Buddies Would Vote For You’, which would be great if it acted as a call for more good people in Northern Ireland to get involved in politics.

Glory days.


Friday Bangers #35


Gonna be honest and say that this pic selection for the Gigantic Friday Bangers videos today is pretty darned sweet. The tracks are super too, but flip me look at the pics too. Big ups to the Lavery’s photographers, Filly and Paul, who take the pics at the club week in and week out.

This is the latest Little Dragon track. We’ve loved pretty much everything they have done to date, and are well stoked for the arrival of the new album. It’s due to drop next week, and if this track is anything to go by we’re in for a treat.

As is the norm for the blog, this song is a slice of perfect electro pop. It has been out for a few years, but it just entered the Gigantic set last week. No idea how Jupiter stayed out of our lives for so long, as they really are right up the Gigantic staße.

And this last song is for a bit of fun. We don’t really play any mashups, but this one is a good way to satisfy Katie (pictured) and Rosie’s endless requests for No Scrubs, in a different way.

See you on the dancefloor!


Two For Tuesdays #1: Future Islands

Future Islands - Photo by Mike Vorassi - Roof 3

Kicking off a new style of post today. It’s essentially two tracks from one band that we’re digging right now. As has been documented on this blog, we’ve been big fans of Future Islands for a good while. Their new album ‘Singles’ dropped earlier in the year, and they achieved a fair bit of notoriety off the back of that Letterman performance. The band seem to divide people a bit, with some folks just unable to get into it. This new album album didn’t seem to have the same grab as their earlier records, but it turns out it’s just a slow burner that you need to stick with. After a few listens the songs will burrow their way into your brain and start bedding in. Here are two of the standout tracks that have helped win us over.

Friday Bangers #34

It’s time I faced up to the facts, I have an unstoppable addiction to electro pop. I just can’t get enough of it, I think I have a genuine problem. I had to include a sort of indie track this week in an attempt to redress the balance, and even that still has an electro bent.

Anyway, on with the tunes. First up is a track by the ever reliable Gigamesh. I’ve been caning Gigamesh remixes for years, and his own tracks are every bit as good as the ones he works on. This is a straight up dancefloor banger.

Next up is Warpaint, and a tune from their new self-titled album. It’s called ‘Disco //Very’, and I do love a wee play on words.

And the last tune is my favourite of the bunch this week. It’s the unstoppable Grum, with the club edit of his tune ‘Can’t Shake This Feeling’. It reeks of the 80s, which is a great smell if you ask me.

See you on the dancefloor.


Friday Bangers #33


It seems that I make these kinds of posts too often. You know, where I apologise for not blogging often enough, and I promise that things are gonna change and I’ll blog more frequently from now on, and please forgive me, and all that shit. It happens all the time, and I think I just need to face up to the fact that it’s always gonna be like this. I’m not even gonna make excuses or try to explain myself, or tell you what has been keeping me so busy. No, I’m just gonna post up three super sweet bangers and get on with it. So here goes…

First up is a tune that I’ve been loving for a few weeks, and you know why? Because it’s ELECTRO POP! LONG LIVE ELECTRO POP! It’s an absolute belter of a track that reminds me of loads of things that I can’t put my finger on. That’s the sign of a good record, if you ask me (which you just did, in your head).

I have no idea what they are singing about in this song, because it’s all in French. They could be talking about how much they like disembowelling dogs for all I know. It doesn’t really matter what they are saying because everything sounds cool in French. You just can’t beat bit of quality French indie.

Prince has been popping up all over the show lately, doing impromptu gigs, releasing records, and being generally princely. I don’t know how he gets away with being so creepy. Actually, I do. It’s by being sickeningly talented musician and purveyor of incredible songs. Still a bit of a creep though. Here’s a cheeky reedit of a Prince classic. Enjoy!

Future Islands on Letterman


We’ve been big fans of Future Islands at Gigantic for years now (check out this blog post from 2012, with three of their best tracks). They feel like a weird anomaly in the modern world of music. They’re not playing to a trend or trying to be part of a current sound, they’re just doing what they do, and making it work.

Obviously it helps that their frontman Samuel T. Herring is a consummate performer, throwing shapes and pulling faces like nobodies business. The fact that he is doing on on Letterman to a global audience of MILLIONS is just marvellous. Our hero.

Friday Bangers: FAUX Shizzle


This weeks special guests at Gigantic are the incredibly talented and remarkably handsome FAUX DJs. They kindly agreed to pen todays Friday Bangers post, and their choices are deadly. Take it away boys…


When we play out you’re going to get a big range of tunes but for this Friday Bangers post we wanted to keep it as current as possible and as true to the Bangers concept as possible. We’re keeping it electronic and we want to melt the face right off of your face.

To us, a banger is a tune that can the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. It will make you want to fist pump. It will make you want to put your hood up and get serious about your dancing. It will have at least one moment when you want to shout, ‘FFFFUUUUUUCCCCCKKKKK THIS IS SO GOOD!’ No matter where you are or when you hear it you will want to close your eyes and open them to find a room/field/bunker full of like minded individuals doing the same thing as you, getting caught up in the music. At least that’s the idea.

Daniel Avery – Drone Logic

Starting with a bit of a slow burner. When this track starts you think you’re just listening to another electronic house tune then you get a liquid bass line to focus your attention and things start to become a little bit ‘Rez’. Avery keeps adding layer after layer to production more and more onto you until you’re gasping for air. Then there’s that breakdown. Jesus.

Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite

According to Jackmaster, king top bossman at Numbers records and part of the Lucky Me collective, this song is cocaine in aural form and, if I may be so bold as to quote him verbatim, ‘Up The Bolivian Marching Powder Troops!’ Indeed, ahem. From the man who brought you the ubiquitous ‘Inspector Norse’, this has been released to whet the appetite before ‘It’s Album Time’, which is Terje’s first album despite the fact that it feels like he’s been around longer than Jesus.

Sub Focus – Turn Back Time (Special Request remix)

This is a special one because it’s not on our new mix because it’s far too super ultra fresh (well to me anyway). Oooof! Dem strings. Going in hard pop tune from Special Request aka Paul Woolford. He’s still on that piano house vibe from ‘Untitled’ (THE biggest banger of 2013) and the bass is doing all the right things to move your insides in the current uncertain financial climate. Less said about the original the better but this was on the release back in December and went to number 10. It’s probably Woolford’s most accessible tune to date and it’s possible a major label could be releasing it in it’s own right. Could Special Request have a Top 10 single? Christ knows but this is big.

If this hasn’t satiated your need for bangers (or you want to hear a few of these in context) we’ve just pulled together a new mix full of the things. Get it here:

Other mixes available at our sound cloud:

Look out for a more relaxed mix coming soon.
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Come Down With Me #11


Oh sweet, sweet Sunday. You really can’t beat guilt-free pottering and lounging. Today has been mainly spent alternating between both of those activities. If you’re currently partaking too, here are a few tunes for you to listen to in the background to smooth you along.

To me, this track sounds like melting chocolate – gooey, runny and delicious. I do find it a bit weird that The Internet are an offshoot of OFWGKTA, and I think they’re better.

I really like the wistful, dreamy vibe of this tune, and it reminds me a lot of The Whitest Boy Alive, which is always going be a Good Thing. Must remind myself to investigate more Outfit tunes.

And finally this is just a song that I keep going back to. It’s from DJ Shadow‘s last album, and is one of the highlights. I just adore the Little Dragon vocal.

Friday Bangers #31


The bad news is that this is the only post I’ve had time for this week. The good news is that there is a bevvy of new tracks lined up for next week already. The additional good news is that all of the tunes today and certified bangarangers, and will definitely give a bit of zip to your Friday.

First up we have YACHT‘s recent single ‘Plastic Soul’. It was released on cassingle format. Now, usually I hate on cassettes because they are a bit rubbish, but YACHT can do pretty much whatever they like and I will still love them because they are GOLDEN. Away and buy the single online nai, you can also pick up a sweet remix of it by the equally awesome Gramme.

And next we have a wicked tune by Hyper Crush, who are from L.A. and who look completely ridiculous. See below.


Don’t let that put you off, this tune is banging in a way that M.I.A. can relate to.

And finally we have a bit of a throwback here. I started playing this track because Cate Walshe requested it on the Gigantic Facebook page, and I haven’t stopped playing it since.

Enjoy the tunes, and if you’re in Belfast and fancy hitting the club tonight, zip over the the Facebook page or Twitter and shout out for guest list.


Friday Bangers #30


In the true spirit of turning 30, the Friday Bangers are just motoring on like nothing is happening. La la la, nothing to see here…

The tracks today are all absolutely splendid. Kicking things off we have the new single from St. Vincent. Brian Coney and Andrew Lemon both asked me for this song before I had it. They are two gents with fine taste, so it is now a firm staple of the set.

Next up is another wonderful cut from Shit Robot. I’ve been caning ‘Feels Real’ for an incredible amount of time, and I reckon this is gonna be getting the same treatment.

And finally we have one of my all time favourites, Chromeo. They’ve enlisted the vocal talents of the marvellous Toro Y Moi for this tune. Love Toro Y Moi, love Chromeo, love this song. LOVE.