We are extremely happy to share the first release by duo Illnoledge on Mink Records. Listen here:
lllnoledge is a duo consisting of two brothers: Steve Hartley en Mill Voyance. Music and spirituality are closely related – this is the philosophy with which the brothers were raised. Illnoledge have developed their own music style dubbed ‘Akan Fu’, containing elements of Afrobeat, Soul, Latin, Jazz en Reggae. Hypnotizing heart-beat rhythms, mystic melodies, magical harmonies and cryptic lyrics.
On ’Fearless: ‘This song is dedicated to our ancestors. We traveled to our father’s homeland and found out more about our ancestral history. We found out about their faith and traditions and how they fought for their freedom in times of slavery. This inspired us to write and compose this song.’
Music, production, mix by Stephen Hartley Linger and Milton Leo Linger Mastering: Jerboa Mastering Costume design: Tricia Nganga Mokosi Creative direction artwork: Marieke McKenna & Philine van den Hul Photography: Philine van den Hul Special thanks to: Nike Ayinla & Nas Hosen (Orisun Studio)
Unbelievable but true: today marks the six year anniversary of the release of Pitou’s critically acclaimed, self titled debut EP ‘Pitou’! We released the 7 track EP on CD and vinylduring a magical evening at Amsterdam’s Vondelkerk (pictured below, by Ramy Moharam Fouad).
It’s been amazing to have seen her artistry develop over the years – we are honoured that Mink is the home to her first two records.
Wow… we are still enjoying the afterglow of last Sunday, on which our festival took place at Paard in The Hague. We would really like to thank all the musicians: The Visual, Illnoledge, Donna Blue and TOUSCH – the DJs, those who attended, Orisun Studio and Reconsider Studio, and the whole team at Paard. After having to postpone this event twice due to the pandemic, it was truly magical to celebrate music and community again, after such a tough year, together with so many familiar friendly faces. Our hearts are full!
Here are some pictures taken by Aaron Mitchell, Lilly Jackson and Nora Cammann!
Our offering to you… dear friends, music and art lovers: Mink Records Festival on 26 September 2021 a Covid-19 proof festival in The Hague at Paard to celebrate music and the arts in tough times, and support each other.
Third time’s a charm… after having to last minute postpone this event twice due to COVID restrictions it looks like it’s finally happening this time! Tickets can be found here.
A celebration of musical and artistic talent, with live performances, DJ sets, and a vinyl record stall. The original event was sold out but we are now working with a larger capacity so tickets are on sale again via the Paard website! Would love to see you all there, it’s a pretty significant date for me as it also marks the 5 year existence of Mink Records… 🪐
⤖ Live music: Donna Blue, The Visual, Illnoledge, TOUSCH ⤖ DJs: Gianni Tjon, Silk, Nostalgic Nas, Marieke Mckenna, Andre Agressi ⤖ Partners/Visual Art: Orisun Studio (Homegrown), Reconsider Studio, Philine van den Hul ⤖ Market: 3345 vinyl records, Mink Records merchandise stall
Bless your eyes and ears with these beautiful arrangements and performances by Pitou & Artvark Saxophone Quartet, filmed by Rauwkost Collective, at Het Concertgebouw.
They perform a selection of material from Pitou’s two EP’s released on Mink: ‘Pitou‘ (2016) and ‘I Fall Asleep So Fast‘ (2018). Both records are available in our webshop on CD and vinyl. Check out the wonderful performances in the videos below.
Last friday PIP Den Haag and N8W8 Rotterdam visited my house, for a live stream interview about Mink Records & a DJ set. The episode was part of their online series ‘De Nacht Blijft (Thuis)’, which aims to bring nightlife to you via livestreams, now that clubs and venues are closed. Other institutions who featured on episodes include WORM, BIRD, Het Magazijn, Today’s Art, Weelde, Rotown, Paard and many more.
The Mink Records live stream can be found in two parts,here’s the first one, that contains the interview I did with Gino and Sam (in Dutch, sorry), about Mink Records, recent projects I’ve been working on (like a proposal we submitted to The Hague’s city council that contains a plan to convert a derelict nuclear bunker from the Cold War era to dozens of music studios and rehearsal spaces, amongst other things). The second part is my DJ set, which can be found here.
UPDATE 4 september: Le Guess Who has unfortunately been postponed to next year due to new Covid measures.
Torii have been booked for this year’s edition of the wonderful Le Guess Who Festival, that takes place in Utrecht. It’s one of our favourite festivals – “Eclectic and probing” – New York Times / “LGW proves that even in times of political divide, music and art can bring us together into a more hopeful future” – The Line of Best Fit.
Update: Unfortunately due to new Covid measures and restrictions, all Dutch artists set to play international showcase festival Reeperbahn this weekend will not be able to travel to Germany. We hope to be back next year!
Torii have been booked as the closing act at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg! They play the Imperial Theatre on Saturday the 19th at 22.30 PM. Check out the full Reeperbahn Festival line up on their website.