Yung money baller PATCHWORK aka Koen Hesp out of Haarlem, came down to the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam to join us for our ‘Werk Space’ project. The ZenSupremacy producer invited his label buddy Chef Red and recorded a gang of new material.
The instrumental version of “So Far” was also birthed during his visit to the studios and was supposed to have singer Danny Cainco from Dallas on vocals.
Sadly he was unable to record the vocals on time due to technical difficulties.
Later this week we will have Rotterdam beatmaker Giorgio Oehlers join us in the studio. He will be the second producer out of the Darker Than Wax camp to represent, but best believe you will come to discover, love and respect many more talented Dutch producers. Please grab a free download and be so kind to check out more music from PATCHWORK.
One of Belgian’s best-kept secrets is producer/musician TITLE, who in everyday life he goes by the name of Toon Janssens (cat out of the bag).
Like many he grew up in a musical family and learned how to play instruments at an early age. Around 2010 the one-man project TITLE was founded with the sole purpose of making uptempo and synth based music for the dance floor. Over the paste few years TITLE has played at Tomorrowland, Big Chill London, ADE and supported Bonobo, Cinematic Orchestra, Bilal and more.
Monday TITLE drops the latest chapter entitled “Memories” on Cosmonostro. The album fuses Hip-Hop vibes with funky synths and electronic beats. The ‘title’ track is definitely the one for us so enjoy a stream and pre-order the rest of the album.
DEFLOn is a young beatmaker straight from north cakalak and let me tell you he is bustin’ out some serious beats.
No doubt about it that this guy has skills and a passion for experimental Hip-Hop beats. Back in 2012 DEFLOn dropped his “Darker Than Black” album on Circuitree Records and “A Ghostly Apparition” released a year later. The producer returns, this time on Laruche Records, with his latest project titled “Vibrate“. It is perhaps best described as a colorful palette of instrumentals tinted with Electronic, Jazz, House and Hip-Hop influences.
Grillz grew up in a musical family with his father being a jazz pianist and a guitarist as well.
Back in 2001 Grillz started a studdy in classical guitar at the conservatory of Lyon. Music has always been a big part of his life and one of his earliest influences come from the primitive style of Hip-Hop. Eventually the French producer started drawing influences from Jazz, Funk and Soul music. In 2005 Grillz invested in an electric guitar and started playing in Gypsy, Rock and Jazz bands. He instantly fell in love with producing his own electronic music, bought an MPD and stole his father’s MIDI keyboard to get serious in 2011.
Fast-forward to today, which marks the release date of his “Architect” EP and the exclusive premiere of the track “Skylines” on our Soundcloud page. The entire EP is available on Cosmonostro (name your price).
For our fifth Werk Space edition we invited veteran producer Wantigga. Who we have always known as simply Wan. He thought it would be a good idea to invite fellow Soulection producer Jarreau Vandal for a collaboration at the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam. Now we’re not exaggerating when we say the outcome of last months Werk Space adventure is truly phenomenal.
As a starting point the two Dutch producers used the infamous ‘So Flute’ sample. They completely switch it up with Jarreau going buck wild on the drums. At this moment the track is not entirely finished yet, but Wantigga suplied us with an exclusive Werk Space preview right here!
Astral Black seems to be a label/collective from the United Kingdom and as they say their business is tapes, parties, vinyl and tees. They have returned with the brand new, 14-track strong compilation, titled Frass FM 2.
Just like on the first compilation, we find another impressive list of producers such as Soulection representatives Sivey and JD Reid. Other super dope producers such as K15, Budgie, Jon Phonics and Jaisu have also donated a piece of music. Our favorite gems on Frass FM 2 come from Sivey and Budgie, but this does not mean you shouldn’t download the compilation for free and listen for yourself.
Recently I came across a French label called On And On Records. The independent label was co-founded by 20syl and has it’s roots in Hip-Hop music, but for their latest compilation they delve deep into the Electronic beats scene.
On And On’s mission statement is to develop projects with eclectic and passionate artists. While overseeing the creative direction of the project, 20syl himself carefully handpicked prominent artists from the new international beatmaking scene for their newly released “On And On – 1Ø1” compilation album. The 23-track release introduces a wide range of talented producers such as 20syl, Shash’U (Fool’s Gold), IAMNOBODI (Soulection), Elaquent (HW&W), Phazz, Pomrad, Freddie Joachim (Mellow Orange), Tayreeb and Monk’ (Darker Than Wax).
To most it is no surprise that the French producer we know as Evil Needle is heavily influenced by nineties Hip-Hop music.
He is known for his crystal-clear, luminous sounds which most praise him highly for. On his latest album, entitled “Reminisce“, he delivers what you’d expect. Titty tight beats, sounding crispy as f*ck. Some might say it’s the usual recipe, but I’m still snacking away on all 11 songs myself at the moment.
I remember Evil Needle telling me he started messing around with making his drums sound live. Over the years it seems he has mastered this quite well as you can hear on tracks such as “Lullaby”. One of the reasons I still love this sound, is because I’m a sucker for downtempo melodic joints that gently brush the ear. “Sunday Morning” is the perfect example and like we say…shit is simply vibin’.
Reminisce marks his 3rd release with HW&W following “Equilibrium” & “Qualia” and only features JSMN on vocals. It’s big, it’s bad and it’s well worth it, so pick up a digital copy right here.
The Netherlands might be considered a small country with few inhabitants, but when it comes to electronic music it’s a breeding ground for young talent.
In January 2015 Moovmnt birthed the project known as ‘Werk Space‘. We were playing with the idea to put together a bunch of different producers on a compilation. However this was not exciting enough, so we decided to work out the idea and approached the Red Bull Studios Amsterdam.
The Red Bull Studios Amsterdam is a state-of-the-art recording and production facility, where renowned and up-and-coming artists, are provided with everything they need in order to celebrate and create music!
Each month we invite a producer from the Netherlands to showcase his artistry and challenges him to work in an amazingly fruitful environment. In addition fellow musicians, vocalists and instrumentalists are invited. By doing so collaborations, that otherwise would have never been initiated, are conceived.
The first three tracks from Singularis, Moods and AJ Beats are now available for free download, so grab the Werk Space EP1 right here! We’ve had help from a few incredible artists, without whom the Werk Space project would have never been possible. Our sincerest thanks go out to:
Parker Madicine fuses Detroit Boogie with Electronic Future Beats while expressing his love for golden age Hip-Hop at the same time. On his Layers EP he declares his love for eighties music with tracks like “Mazimuth” and “Carnival Into Space”. The first was remixed by Vancouver-based producer Mosaic and the latter by Australian Funk lord Inkswel.
In the past Parker released music on Carl Craig’s Planet E imprint, but for his latest work he finds refuge at Brooklyn’s finest, Bastard Jazz. Snatch up a free download of Mosaic’s remix on Bandcamp and order the rest of the EP if you like the way it sounds.