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10.01.2017 | Words by: Luc Mastenbroek.

A week ago today we celebrated our one-year anniversary by sharing cake, birthday wishes and memories of the past year. Two days before the celebration we rounded off 2016 with a twenty-five hour New Year’s Day party that left us with weeks of positive vibes. Two rooms open, people dancing in the hallway, on the benches. It’s summed up by the best possible mix-up: Vic and Mairo’s genre-bending sets upstairs – playing dancehall, Theo Parrish, Sean Paul – Job and Elias going full force tribal trance, Interstellar Funk blowing up the monitor speakers once again, Woody doing what he does best, Avalon Emerson closing with George Michael, Cinnaman’s late night jams, and DJ Dustin providing the soundtrack for a sunny gathering during the final hours. And one crowd dancing to it all – smoothly shifting between eighties dance moves, hip-hop energy and a techno workout. 

Seeing as we’re looking back, this coming Thursday the second edition of Tijdgenoten will take place; in collaboration with media research institute LIMA we’ve invited Donna Verheijden to take over several rooms. The opening is free for all and there’ll be live music by Torus, Laser Poodle and Kevin Bray, whilst Bredt will play tracks before and after. After the opening, you can experience Donna’s work during club nights, between two courses in the restaurant, or after a cup of tea in our café.

Also, after a brief interlude, Subbacultcha is back with a great string of live concerts. Thursday next week Yves Tumor will present his beautiful new album ‘Serpent Music’ in Het Muzieklokaal, not to be missed by fans of Dean Blunt or Mykki Blanco. Also in February: Dutch shoegaze by MICH on the 1st and Vancouver rap from Tommy Genesis on the 7th. Then in March Subbacultcha have done me a massive favor by inviting two of my personal heroes: on March 2nd Dollkraut will present his latest album on Jennifer Cardini’s new label Dischi Autunno, and two weeks later Nathan Fake (whose contribution to the Essential Mix series provided the soundtrack to my teenage stoner years) will perform his forthcoming album in Het Muzieklokaal.   

Perhaps the most special show we’re hosting is something that approached us pretty last minute. We’ve been wanting to invite King Britt’s ‘To Unprotect and Subserve’ to Amsterdam for a while, and now because he’s playing that great CTM Festival it suddenly became reality. Under his Fhloston Paradigm moniker, he produced this piece for the first time during the Ferguson protests in 2014 as a performance for Black Lives Matter, built of passages that (re)processes the police brutality against African-Americans. Last year King Britt performed this piece in Rotterdam, and on Sunday February 5th in Het Muzieklokaal the piece will be debuted in Amsterdam.

In the club we’ve invited a few guests we’ve been longing to host since day one. Finally, on Saturday February 25th the great Tama Sumo will come and play a long set, invited by Elias Mazian (thanks for the still life from Bali!). And on Friday February 10th, we finally got DJ Fett Burger to mix all night with Young Marco. Joining in on Vic and Mairo’s night is Ge-Ology, who just did this great Dekmantel Podcast. On the second Saturday we’re shining a light on the Ilian Tape label, by inviting the two Zenker Brothers and Andrea, alongside Jasper Wolff & Maarten Mittendorff. On Sundays we’ll provide a few things we cannot yet tell – though we’re already at liberty to uncover the night with Mike Servito and Carlos Valdes.

Returning to De School is Peter Van Hoesen, between local hero Mattikk and Neel of Voices from the Lake. Optimo and Cinnaman will join forces on Friday 17th and Tom Trago and Steve Rachmad as Sterac Electronics will play an all-night boogie set to celebrate Steve’s new album on Voyage Direct. And on Saturday February 18th Tijana T will return for opening duties before the mystery of Talismann. As always our gym is there for you to stay fit between dancing, on Saturdays and Sundays Het Gymlokaal opens at 9:00 for your in-between workout. Witness the fitness.
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