ADEV 2018 after

ADEV 2018 was absolute great this weekend. Last year we already had a great time playing records there… possibly this year was maybe even  more intense. We played the closing set this year… so partly in the dark… and a longer set as last year…

After starting with a “relaxed” acid track we built it up and up and up to more and more extreme sounds and beats and tempos… The video above is almost at the end of our set… and shot from somewhere in the crowd.

A huge thank you to ADEV for having us again!

Ravage

For the Ravage crew (events and podcast series) me and Alacidus did a back2back mix… one take, only vinyl… as always… the mix includes elektro, techno, acid and tracks bordering industrial and hardcore… new stuff and old stuff… it is all in there… you can click play below…

ADEV

Yesterday me and Alacidus played back 2 back during the ADEV rally… it was an absolute great opportunity  for us the play music we cannot play at many places… the streetrave was all about attention for the subcultural roots of dance music culture and the more edgy and adventurous aspects of contemporary dance music for which there is almost no space at ADE… neither at many venues and festivals in general these days…

Next to that ADEV was this year about retaining and saving ADM, a cultural free haven in Amsterdam which is threatened by real estate agencies…

We selected some of our favourite classics and contemporary tracks in the field of techno music… meaning we played only hard and brutal tracks…  and had a lot of fun doing so…

Fight for your right to party!

Hardcore

When I was a teenager I was not into hardcore (gabber house)… not at all… the first hardcore music which found its way into my stereo was most like the dj Dano remix of a Fear Factory track… that was 1997… already quite late for the true Dutch hardcore scene… and dj Dano was from Amsterdam of course and not from Rotterdam… not a minor detail when it comes to hardcore music… also I heard some Ultraviolence some years earlier but was not impressed with that project back then… and still not…

And in some ways the Covenant track “Edge Of Dawn” features elements from hardcore… and this piece is from 1994… so from the same era as the first wave of hardcore…

Only more recently I got more interested in this music… because of its loudness, it roughness and simply because it is so extreme… even compared with some industrial techno from the today… still I prefer the truly dark and twisted stuff… not when it becomes “funny” with vocal samples and stuff…

Anyway… I saw a great documentary a few years ago about the scene… both musicwise as when it comes to the subculture this film is a true document… you can see this film “Gabbers” with subtitles below (as it is a Dutch production of course) … and below that is another documentary on the scene with a focus on the Energiehal in Rotterdam (now demolished and also with English subtitles)… which was a special place for the parties of thescene in the first part of the 1990’s… enjoy!

Onmens

onmensLPOnmens is quite a new outfit from Belgium… last year they released two albums… of which one, entitled “Witruimte”, is also available on vinyl…

This duo is armed with electronics, electric guitar and voice/screams… sort of the same line-up as legendary Belgian EBM pioneers The Neon Judgement… Onmens is maybe a bit weirder and with more of a punk punch to it… although of course the first stuff from The Neon Judgement was also rather punk influenced… so yes… Onmens could be seen as working in the tradition of this influential 80’s band…

The electronic beats of Onmens are rough and in your face and the vocals are mostly delivered in screams… but the ten songs on the “Witruimte” are still quite diverse… from uptempo tunes to more weird and a bit vague and trippy pieces… both in sound and in madness the band reminds me at times of PIA fRAUS… of which Embers (see their “Kout EP” on ET) is an offspring…

Also the band shares instruments/line-up, sound and attitude with the Dutch duo Aux Raus (now defunct)… but Onmens is Belgian and Aux Raus was Dutch… so expect industrial/EBM/weird influences instead of hardcore gabber stuff in the sound of Onmens…

I recommend to keep an eye out for Onmens… both for new material as for live shows… promising stuff for the future! And… I have a few copies of the “Witruimte” vinyl LP in the webshop

And… here is video/track from the album… enjoy!