Abode Radio 006: Daniel Young

Selector and Iris co-founder Daniel Young picks some tracks to get us through the January blues.

JM: Talk us through the vibe of your picks.

DY: I’ve been playing out and about recently, and it’s pretty much made up of staples from my bag. I try and keep things Balearic but this selection is a pretty good representation of my musical taste, it has some world music and dub in there amongst others. I had to limit myself to one Doom track and obviously, I had to get Belfast in there!

JM: You are launching a new magazine store, Iris, whats the idea behind it, and what can we expect?

DY: Iris came about quite organically, and I guess ultimately it’s a passion project. Me and Aoife (Co-Owner of Iris) both collect magazines and we just kept coming back to the conversation that there was nowhere local that we could get the magazines we loved and knew there were others that felt the same. We wanted to make the magazines we loved more accessible to others who maybe have never seen them before. Aoife is an amazing designer, and within days of deciding we were committed to the project, she had a name and branding completed. It’s all been so quick since then. We’re now fully stocked, launching our website at the end of the month and we’re doing our first market in Dublin. You can expect an eclectic mix, ranging from Japanese titles to design classics right through to kids magazines. Something for everyone hopefully.

JM: And what mag are you most excited to share?

DY: For me, it’s magazine B Guinness and Snow Peak. Pint of plain and Japanese fashion/lifestyle? Hard to beat. Huge fan of the Go Out Urban Outdoor Style Book too. Some serious inspiration in there.

JM: Belfast has a thriving cultural scene, do you notice many similarities and differences between Belfast and Dublin?

DY: Yeah, Belfast is really on the rise. We have so much good stuff going on, and I’ve found it’s continued to grow, especially in the last few years. As a local, it’s great to see so many new things, especially independents open. For example, I would have spent a lot of time in Dublin buying music as I couldn’t find anything I was looking for, so when my friend Marion opened Sound Advice, it was a huge indication of the direction we’re going in. I spend so much time between the two and there are definitely differences but I think both have communities with a great appetite for creativity and change. Dublin is one of my favourite places, and every time I’m here I seem to find something new that I love.

You can check out Iris for more info on website launch


What’s good, what’s nice? The question nobody asked is finally getting answered. An eclectic list of what’s catching our eyes, making the day, night and feed that little bit nicer.

1. Outfit Illustrations

Images by the incredibly talented Simon MacAleese.

Check latest arrivals here.

2. These vintage truckers from @damagedglitter

3. Running club artwork

4. The walls in Variety Jones.

The Liberties restaurant, fronted by bossman brothers Keelen and Aaron not only cook a mean meal but curated a gallery level art collection. Shucking oysters while being surrounded by wall to wall Robyn Carey aint a bad combo

Abode Radio: Jordan Hearns

We link up prolific activist, artist & DJ, Jordan Hearns for the third instalment of Abode Radio. Jordan, who is a mainstay for Irish culture, plays in some of the best clubs in Ireland and has a regular slot on DDR. With work featured on I-D, Sabukaru and District to name a few, is there anything this guy can’t do?

JM: So Jordan, talk us through the vibe of the tracks you selected.

JH: I love an emotive track – something lush, sultry, sweet, tender and groovy all in one. A genre defiant list, this playlist has tracks for all of the above. With everything from Elton John to Armand Van Helden (and a ton of golden era Boogie/Disco mixed in), thank me later for putting ye on!

JM: Still waiting for indoor nightlife to return. I’m sure you have visualised your first night back on the dancefloor; Whats the venue and what are we wearing?

JH: Oh god, tough question! First night back, and every other night for that matter, I’m front left, dancing for Ireland. I want maximum comfort for maximum movement. Venue wise, the obvious answer is Jigsaw, though that’s not possible now..

But regardless of the club, the first night back fit is simple – my now-signature Nike Waffle Trainer 2s, navy baggies, white tank, an over shirt, like a work shirt or something, and my assorted jewellery. Halfway through I can ditch the shirt and have no restrictions. Gotta give the boys something to look at!

JM: Your photography work documents club culture and its importance. What’s projects have you lined up when dance floors are full again.

JH: Can’t say much currently but more will be revealed late October…!

JM: And finally, what’s the first and last track you have lined up for your first gig back?

JH: If I step foot into a club post Covid and hear anything but straight up belters, there’ll be war. I’m keeping it bumpy and bouncy, ensuring maximum NRG.

First track is X-Coast – Track 2
Last track is Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness (Dex & Jonesey’s Higher Stated Mix)

Hard hitters front to back!

Have a look at Jordans work here . Want more music? check our last mix with Eric Davidson

Fabrics 101: Seersucker

In fabrics 101, we deep dive into fabrics we come into contact with. We go through their histories, purposes and why we love them.

As we are well into summer, I felt Seersucker was the perfect place to start. Often seen as a summer fabric, it spans back to British Colonization, American Workwear, Ivy League to modern day streetwear.

As warmer months approach, days get longer and fabrics get lighter. One go-to is Seersucker, but what is it? At its core, Seersucker is a puckered all-cotton fabric which is normally striped or checkered. The word “Seersucker” comes from the persian words “Shîr” and “shakar” which translates to “milk” and “sugar” that reference the soft and bumby texture to the fabric. It’s made by the “Slack Tension” method which means its weaved at two different speeds which gives it’s bumpy texture (one for the fabric fanatics). The result, is lightweightness and breathability. This is down to the threads bunching together which causes bumps and wrinkles in the fabric. This means that air pockets form between the skin and the fabric which helps with air-circulation.

The origins of the fabric trace back to the Middle East, but was popularised during the 19th Century British Colonisation. The light, breathable fabric was a mainstay in the warm, muggy climate of India. It was when it hit the U.S, the fabric took a life of its own. Seerucker became the go to fabric for outdoor labourers in the South. Having durable, lightweight clothing was a must working in blistering heat. The classic blue and white engineer uniform became the defecto. Oh, and Hickory Stripe? Yep, that’s a heavy duty Seersucker.

It was when work clothes manufacturer – Haspel Company began making suits in the material to offer an alternative for office workers. The suit was seen as an “Everyman Suit”, as it was a much cheaper, more durable and practical. As class snobbery ensued, the suit was classed as “cheap” and was kept as office wear and nurse uniforms

It was only in the 1930s that counter culture college students began wearing seersucker in an act of reverse snobbery of sorts. Seersucker blazers, pants and shirts were used as staples for the new found Preppy look. It was only then, that stores like Brooks Brothers, Sears and Macy’s caught onto the trend and ran with it. Since then, Seersucker has had a long standing association with Ivy League preppiness and Aristocratic Southern style.

So where is Seerucker today? Brands like Noah are leaning into the preppy Ivy elements of the material, celebrating the Americanness with pastel blazers and shorts

While Albam, has merged its workwear and sartorial history with workwear suit jackets, smocks and pants

A New Series

A new segment to abode; we take time out of trying to sell you stuff to talk about things we’re into at the moment. With or without context, expect us to blab about whatever’s helping us get through the day. Things we like, and think you will too.

The power of a good playlist is not to be underestimated. To kick off the series, here are some playlists that we always seem to gravitate towards.

1. Abode Mixtape

2. Monday Morning Mixtape

3. About Love

4. Jenkem Mix 74: Louie Lopez


Happy listening!

Abode Radio 002

Our first guest was always going to be Eric Davidson. A prolific taste maker, cultural shaper and all round nice bloke, he shows us a snippet of his musical taste, and we’re all the better for it!

002 features a healthy mix of beats, trap and a few curve balls too. enjoy.

See our other playlists here

Abode Radio 001

The Abode Radio brings you a regular curation of music that makes you feel at home, wherever that may be. Expect an eclectic mix of toe tappers, hip shakers and head nodders from Abode and guests.

To kick the series off, we have selected tracks that we enjoy to play out loud. Enjoy.

Looking for more music? See our other playlists here.