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Written by: 4 August 2016 No Comment

This week I’ve been playing catchup and done some digging around the soundcloud for one of my goto accounts Dekmantel, the Amsterdam based DJs, events company and record label. Caught up with a couple of the podcasts, both of which are ace and by well know to the BMP names… plus will there I came across their Selector Series which I’d never tried before, foolishly… and there’s the one included here by Andy Votel  -again a name known to the BMP… and finally in my vomit of soundcloud downloads is a Tim Sweeny radio show… Tim is also known in these parts.

So here we have it a few hours of solid listening by names we know from a soundcloud account Bob digs… all copied and pasted here with an eye of minimum effort for maximum return.

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Joy Orbsion is someone we have a long and fruitful relationship with here at Dekmantel. He is, and always has been, a pure embodiment of UK dance music. His sound is steeped in English musical history (often explicitly in the form of sampled monologues) but also very much makes a new history of its own. He’s had countless underground hits from his definitive post-dubstep breakthrough ‘Hyph Mngo’ to his peak time tech tools with Boddika, and each one marks a mini reinvention of his style. What ties them all together, though, is O’Grady’s unique penchant for blending garage, bass, funky, house, techno and old school jungle into his own fresh concoctions.

The two hour podcast he has served up here -as a perfect warm up to our festival this weekend- is split into two parts. Says the artist himself, “the first half is basically a way of showcasing producers that are doing great things at the moment and is completely made up of new, unreleased music, and the second half is basically winding things down with a load of stuff from my record collection. A come down, of sorts.” Starting with a spoken word snippet from his jungle playing uncle Ray Keith, the mix is initially atmospheric and moody, with sleek and stripped back drums and smeared synths making for a heady and intimate mood. After picking up through skewed bass patterns and skeletal techno, the second half seduces with elegiac rhythms, jazz selections and spoken word tracks as well as delicious soul sounds, reggae and stoned broken beat. The results show exactly where Orbison is at musically, as well as offering an insight into where he has come from.


Danny Wolfers aka Legowelt is irrepressible. Creativity flows from the Dutchman like water from a tap: if he’s not making his own fan magazines, writing and performing in web movies about space weed, drawing album art based on his own dreams or making his own synths, he’s probably making music. That music comes under an intricate web of aliases on labels all over the world , and at Dekmantel we recently signed him up as Occult Orientated Crime, one of his more ambient leaning projects, for the May album Just a Clown on Crack. It was a dark and abstract affair and in that spirit Legowelt recorded us a podcast of similarly subversive and immersive sounds.

Over the course of 80 minutes, the mix has you suspended in outer space as all manner of spaceships and alien life forms drift by your window. Rippling synths and smeared pads, gurgling machines and silky melodies all stretch out into the distance and range from rueful and reflective to rather more meaning later on. It is the perfect soundtrack to sooth busy modern minds.

In the first week of September we’re heading to the beautiful scenery of Tisno, Croatia, to celebrate the first edition of Dekmantel Selectors. In the run up to the festival, we’ve launched a new temporary podcast-series where we invite ten of our selectors from the festival to dig deep in their unique collections. The idea behind the mix is to create a Time Document, focusing on a specific period of time with the artist being free in choosing this period. This period could in fact entail anything: a certain decennia, the time he or she fell in love, The Cold War, November ’92 – March ’93, or the rise of Nigerian music. It’s up to the Selectors to choose and tell us a story based on their music collection.

Our next Selectors Podcast is created by the UK based Andy Votel, who we’ve been admiring for the work he has been putting out with his highly anticipated Finders Keepers Records. 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the renowned label, a seemingly tireless imprint which at this point has archived a wide array of psychedelic, jazz, folk, funk music and more from over six decades and across forty different countries. As a co-head of the Finders Keepers operation, Votel (who has also enjoyed a long, prolific career as a DJ and producer) brings a similar passion for disparate sounds to his sets, full of exotic tracks you’ve never heard before and will likely never hear again.

Votel’s love for Turkish records is a well-known thing, and his connection with the country is a truely special one. Votel: “I first discovered Turkish psych in a Dusseldorf bookshop in the late nineties, and was amazed by the loud fuzz guitar which I later learned was a Saz. Since then I have been fascinated with the nations truly alternative approach to pop-music via psych, funk, electronics, surf and disco as well as their total genuine independence from the Western music industry.”

Altough his love for this music is a well-known thing, he has never made a mix that fully consists of Turkish. Until now. “I spent a lot of time searching for heavy prog, but after introducing the work of Selda to the wider world via our Finders Keepers label, my obsession with the Turkish female vocals and synthesizers has become more of an unwanning obsession than a passing penchant. Various magazines and festivals have asked me to do a Turkish Mixtape over the years, but his finally seemed like the right opportunity. I’ve been waiting years to do this mix, so it’s very close to my heart.”

Votul continues. “The mix is called ‘To The Davul A Daughter Vol.1’ and consists of two hours of exclusively obscure ‘Anatolian Femme Funk’. This mix is also dedicated to the people of Turkey who have shown major enthusiasm and encouragement in Finders Keepers activities, via both record digging and parties, which remains globally unrivaled to me. The recent tension and hardships the country has had to face will never destroy the spirit of a nation which continues to dance to the unshakable beat of its own Davul.”

First hour: Casper Tielrooij
Second hour: Tim Sweeney

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