a true lowlands collaboration on the clone jack for daze series. betonkust and innershades team up for the benelux connection ep. harking back to the days of when new beat and early chicago house ruled the dutch and belgian dance floors and ravers cruised the benelux in search of that perfect beat.
recorded in an ageing holiday park during off-season, center parcs is the debut lp by dutch artists betonkust & palmbomen ii a conceptual, musical-tristesse full of lo-fi harmony, and fanciful, psychedelic-coloured modulations, with an undercurrent of saturated, outsider-house beats, all recorded to tape. with a shared passion for experimental music, and gnarled dutch electro, the duo have crafted an lp of esoteric-electronic-pop, reflective of the time the two spent holed-up in isolation, in the out-of-time center parcs setting
betonkust has been spotted lurking in the realm of seedy late night body music alongside artists such as palmbomen ii, landing his noirish wares on 1080p, pinkman and most notably dekmantel. now he makes the logical leap to crimes of the future alongside equally accomplished belgian producer innershades, previously spotted on wicked bass, creme organization, hot haus and many more besides. the sound on forever in boccaccio is totally fitting for crimes of the future, all muscular drum machines beats and analogue synth lines angled to send a shiver down your spine. watch out for the unexpected rave hit of -jambers at carat afterclub- which comes on strong with some fist-shaking peak time euro techno motifs.
taken from the forthcoming dekmantel lp center parcs by esoteric dutch production duo betonkust & palmbomen ii, comes the leo/ mirjam’. the track is a rendition of upbeat-melancholic, future- retroism, and a slice of saturated house music. the flip features a special, unyielding, acid-tempo rework by legowelt. likely to vanish soon.. tip!
dalmata daniel continue with their inspired pairing of sonics and personalities on their seventh release (1st part of their split series) to date courtesy of dutch producer betonkust and budapest-based hardware techno fiend Új bála. as much as both differ in their geographical roots – holland and hungary, respectively, at first glance (or listen), their sound also ventures into different sonic territories. 1080p and pinkman-affiliate betonkust delivers vintage-tinged electronics – most prominently on his -ferenc s escape- – while Új bála digs deeper into the basement and unravels his analogue acid and badass beats. his -the piggy-bank deal- even touches upon oriental flavours. on the other hand, the music on this ep is buoyant and joyful, a welcome antidote to the gloom and doom that s not only been prevalent in the world around us, but also in too much music of the last few years.
betonkust immediately blended in with the 9300 family and it felt like we ve been knowing each other for years and years. after his characteristic remix on innershades latest ep (aal006), it was only a matter of time before he would deliver his own release on our label. with varied percussions, hard kicks and dark synths, the 0% swing ep brings you back to a time when belgian highways were still lavisly flanked by discotheques and afterhours clubs. an era that counts as one of the most beatiful pages in belgian dance history and of which betonkust probably has more knowledge than most of our fellow-countrymen. all four tracks on this proper release produce a thrilling energy that will bring those sleepy ravers, from the 90 s, back to life.
betonkust and palmbomen ii are back with their second collaborative effort. this time on the dutch pinkman label. six brand new tracks that seem a lot darker than their previous work. somewhere between belgian new beat from 1988 and the west coast sound of holland. a lo-fi nightmare that turns out to be reality. pounding drums, paranoid acid patterns and angsty out of control synth choirs.
during the eighties it was possible to observe an italian fascination with the mysterious far east. this can be found across art, design and music in italy during this time, in subtle or obvious ways. specifically there are italo-disco records that proudly show this influence, some of the best known being: fun fun – -living in japan-, koto – -chinese revenge- and city-o – -rose of tokyo-.
following in this theme is fancy – -null null-. not to be confused with the famous euro-disco artist behind -slice me nice-, this fancy is a one-off project from italo-disco icon raffaele fiume, the artist and voice behind many great italo-disco hits, such as: helicon – -you ... see-, malcom & the bad girls – -shoot me- and ralph river band – -strange vibration-.
adding to the original tracks of the 1982 release is a totally ecstatic and powerful remix from betonkust: one of the most talented and exciting dutch producers of recent years. also included is an instrumental edit from hysteric, for those who find the unique vocals challenging.
the marie ep, featuring two originals by the hague youngsters sterk water sporting repetitive minimalism, dutch lyrics, early 80 s electronica and lo-fi minimal wave on marie and zonder te voelen. legowelt and betonkust are on remix duties. west-coast legend legowelt obviously closed his curtains for this pitch dark mix for marie and betonkust makes you want to put on your ugliest pair of sunglasses with his trancey translation of zonder te voelen.
to celebrate the 10th anniversary of dekmantel’s goings on in the world of events, festivals, and great music, the team behind the label have been releasing a record a month featuring some of their favourite artists, as part of a ten-year anniversary series collection. featuring acts close to the label’s collective, debuts, and legacy talents the crew have always wanted to sign, the series has seen the likes of gigi masin, call super, fatima yamaha, and more. this penultimate ep, sees dekmantel debut releases by lena willikens, space dimension controller, and dutch lo-fi star betonkust and palmbomen, in addition to a special cut by bufima
after inaugurating the label with a first ep in december of 2014, innershades returns home to deliver what will be the 6th release on 9300 records. kerrebroek memories is the self made soundtrack of his childhood memories in the shared hometown of aalst (belgium). expect to hear a homage to early dutch electro with a modern twist and innershades well known trademark for dancefloor injected house tracks. rising dutch star and new bff of the belgian 9300 family betonkust polished the a1-listed darkness fades track into a melodious electro classic.