Amsterdam’s Dekmantel: record label, events company and perhaps most notably, one of the world’s finest house and techno festivals. Recently visiting Glasgow for a collaborative party with Numbers, it’s fair to say there are more than a few Dekmantel devotees here, and it seems that love is reciprocated. Inviting JD Twitch to mix the 38th installment of their podcast series, the Optimo luminary has compiled a mix devoted entirely to Dutch club music, digging out classics you’ve probably never heard of, but will spend hours trying to track down.
“It's a mix of all Dutch dance tracks from the very early 90s. It features a handful of well known classics but lots of forgotten gems and these were all records I played incessantly in very sweaty raves at that time, so a few of the records are a little scratchy, dusty, worn down. I wanted to do this mix as I was mad about Dutch records back then and I think Holland produced so much amazing music during this period and had a very distinctive, unique sound and perhaps a lot of people today don't know it was one of the pioneering nations of house and techno. The club I did back then, Pure, brought over a lot of Dutch artists to play in the early 90s - Dimitri (many, many times), Eddie de de Clercq, Marcello, Random XS, Terrace, Miss Djax, Unit Moebius, Orlando Voorn, Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia and Acid Junkies to name a few. Lastly, I think the records from back then still sound great today!” – JD Twitch
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