From 1st to 5th November, REC. Festival will engulf many of Rotterdam’s unique venues, displaying such an astonishingly wide variety of live and electronic acts that the word genre may start to feel obsolete. On Saturday night we’ll curate an evening for them at BAR, which is filled with Strange Sounds From Beyond. Since the moment is almost upon us, we’d like to take a moment to introduce some of those artists both sonically and in the written word.
The Archive of Hessel Veldman
While preparations are in full swing for today’s event, we would like to take a moment to highlight one of our speakers, and in particular, the feats he has done in the past. Dutch Sounds From Beyond being our topic of the day, a certain focus on experimentalism is in place; it’s the main reason why Hessel Veldman started his label in the 80s in the first place. Here’s a short overview of al his endeavours.
Leuk en Ko: Fun Has No Punchline
A few years ago, my label partner forwarded to me some music by Leuk en Ko, wondering if we should be getting that out. Just where the music fits between camp, pop and sarcasm, it was difficult to say. That it then turned out to be an old project by Jan Duivenvoorden and Richard van den Bogaert, veterans of Unit Moebius, a techno conglomerate in The Hague, only added to the confusion. How could Unit Moebius possibly be cut from the same cloth as Leuk en Ko?
As part of ADE’s Playground program, Strange Sounds From Beyond will kick off the inaugural edition of Dutch Sounds From Beyond on ADE’s Thursday, with an afternoon/evening of panel discussions, presentations and performances dedicated to Dutch underground music culture. Continue reading if you want to join.
SSFB 2017: The Story of a Glorious Day in Pictures
We want to thank all of our visitors and the artists for being there with us last Sunday. Thank you for being the best festival crowd in the world! It was a day filled with magic and great performances by all artists. Enjoy these moments that were captured by the lovely Bibian Bingen and Marinka Grondel.
Sing Selda Sing
Sunday night may be the first time many of us will be acquainted with the Turkish powerhouse known affectionately as Selda, but for Suzan Yücel – a child of Turkish immigrants in the Netherlands who grew up side by side with Selda’s music – this name strikes a far more familiar chord.
Mutant Beat Dance: An Interview and 5 Exclusive Snippets
To get us sufficiently warmed up for this Sunday, Mutant Beat Dance unleashes a second set of 5 exclusive snippets from their new 25-track album; plus a candid interview featuring Steve Summers, the new addition to the project. The trio will make their European debut at Strange Sounds From Beyond 2017.
Rush Hour 20 Years: An Interview with Antal
In the 20 years since Antal Heitlager co-founded Rush Hour, it has become so much more than the initial store and mail order service for more obscure house and techno records. In 1999, the record deals between Dutch artists and companies overseas led to the birth of the Rush Hour Recordings label, which has released hundreds of titles over the years. Today, their events for like-minded music lovers make it to major cities around the world such as Tokyo, Paris and London. I met up with Antal at the Rush Hour store – which has been upgraded to a much bigger location a bit further up the Spuistraat last year – to talk about how it all started and how Rush Hour came to be the household name it is today.